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Slot machines can vary dramatically from mechanical, three-reel devices to video games with spinning reels and themes based on music, TV or movies. But the underlying technology—random number generator software that produces new combinations of symbols each time a lever or button is pushed—is essentially the same in all modern machines.
When a winning line of symbols appears, the machine pays credits based on the payout table. The paytable usually lists the symbols and their payout values, ranging from lower-value icons to the top jackpot symbol. Typically, the more symbols a player hits on a payline, the higher the payout.
In addition to the paytable, some machines have an additional display that indicates the likelihood of hitting a particular combination of symbols, based on the number of stops on each reel and other factors. These odds displays are meant to give players a more realistic picture of their chances of hitting the jackpot.
Although playing slots can be fun and exciting, it’s important to play responsibly. If you feel like your gambling is becoming a problem, it’s a good idea to take a step back, relax and talk to someone. You can find more support by visiting our responsible gambling page.