When the lever is engaged, and the wheels start to spin at full speed, the same feeling always emerges: these slot machines can play with suspense! If some people dream of finding a trick to win more at slot machines, it should not be forgotten that the outcome of each draw remains the result of chance … But what happens inside the machine when to play? What determines your gain? Discover the secret of the mechanisms of traditional slot machines.
The combination of symbols: the factor determining your gain
First of all, let’s remember the initial principle of the slot machine. The participant must pull a lever or press a button, depending on the model. This gesture starts the process: the rollers start to turn. In the end, the 3 or 5 wheels stabilize on a pattern. If the combination is one of the winners, you win cash directly.
So, we always recommend choosing the right slot machine before you start playing: some offer more winning combinations, which leaves more chances of winning something, even if it is not necessarily the jackpot.
How a mechanical slot machine works
Inside a mechanical slot machine, there are levers, springs, and notches all-around a central shaft, on which the famous reels are placed. Directly connected to the lever, which actuates the device, the shaft also includes a brake putting an end to the race, as well as a sensor in order to know the final combination and to unlock the gains, if necessary.
On the lower part of the central tree, a second tree brings together the stops of each wheel and the pusher allowing the race to last – and the suspense at the same time.
Obviously, the player who has fun with the slot machine does not need to dwell on all these details in order to have a good time. He just inserts a coin or a token in the slot provided for this purpose, he launches the machine, and he waits feverishly for the verdict!
The most classic machines have three reels, and it takes three identical signs to win something. But it sometimes happens to find five-roller models, on which the winning combinations are different: they are not only based on the horizontal alignment of the patterns, but also on the vertical correspondences, even diagonal in some cases.
Modern slot machines: an engine, but always total reliability
In a second step, the mechanical slot machines were abandoned from casinos in favor of similar models, operating with electricity. In this case, the wheels are started by a motor and slowed down by a stopper, all thanks to solenoids. However, the basic principle remains the same, and the draw remains subject to total chance!
Many people wonder even today if slot machines can be faked: the answer is definitely no! The computer programs used to generate the combinations are completely random and scrupulously controlled. Do not believe, either, that the winnings do not arrive until a certain time of play: you can try dozens of times without receiving a significant sum … Or, conversely, winning the jackpot the first time.
What does computer control of slot machines change?
If the arrival of electric motors has slightly modified the mode of operation of slot machines, the development of digital technologies is also participating in the modernization of devices. Indeed, although they keep a deliberately vintage appearance, current machines very often operate under the orders of a computer.
The latter controls the motors responsible for the rotation of the rollers and ensures that they stop at a given moment. Thanks to the presence of an RNG generator of random numbers, the participants ensure that each time, the probability of falling on the jackpot remains identical. In sum, the slot machine has never been as fair as since the arrival of digital.
The modernization of the machines has made them easier to use for players, who can, for example, mobilize money from their player account, in a “virtual” version, rather than inserting tokens manually each time. They also have a greater variety of tools to know their earnings, their expenses, and control everything.
Counters record all the movements of the slot machines (entries, receipts, exits, redistribution rate, etc.). These data are accessible by the Ministry of the Interior: agents regularly check them.
Today we are in the era of video rolls. Nothing is mechanical, or even just electric. Reliability is increased, and the pleasure of playing: intact!