How to Read a Slot Paytable


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Unlike table games like blackjack or poker, playing slots doesn’t require any particular strategy or instincts. However, understanding how to read a slot paytable can make a big difference in your odds of winning. The pay table will tell you what each symbol is worth and which bet sizes correspond to them. It also indicates how much the jackpot is and any caps the casino may have placed on it.

You’ll find slots in all kinds of places, from casinos to racetracks and everywhere in between. Some of them are called fruit machines, pokies, fruities, puggies or one-armed bandits, but they all work the same way.

Many people believe that slots pay better at night, but the truth is that it’s just because there are more people playing them then. It’s also important to remember that casinos can’t alter their payout percentages on individual machines, because they would need to open each one and make the change manually.

Every slot machine has what’s known as a cycle, which means it is programmed to — over an extended period of time — take in x amount in bets and spit out y amount in wins. It’s the math that’s stacked against you, but knowing how to read the pay table can help you understand your odds of winning.