Everything the slot player needs to know
|Best Slot Machine Odds|
Calculating the odds of winning at the slot machines is plenty more complicated than it was many years ago when slots only had just a few reels, symbols and a single payline. For instance, a standard slot machine may likely have three reels, fifteen slots symbols and a single payline. This would mean that a player would have a 1 in a 3,375 chance of hitting the jackpot, which is calculated by determining all of the possible symbol outcomes. In this case, since there are fifteen symbols for every reel, and three reels on a single payline, the odds of hitting the jackpot are 15 x 15 x 15 (fifteen symbols per reel) which comes to 3,375.
These days, slot machines can have many more reels, symbols and paylines, although there are a few machines still out similar to their predecessors. And while calculating the odds of winning at a machine can still be done, this figure is not nearly as important as a machines payout percentage (ratio of total bet amounts to total payouts). Players should always remember that the odds of winning the big jackpot at a slot machine will always be very slim, and that the payout percentage is what most accurately represents the overall amount of a slot machines winning payouts. And if it is payout percentage that means most, players have the best odds playing Atlantic City slot machines.
However, there are a few things that can be misleading about slot machine payout percentages. The payouts will always be higher at machines with higher stake values. Since the casino can take less money to generate the same amount of profit from a lower stake machine, the payout percentage will be higher. Larger casinos with more traffic will tend to have higher payout percentages since they are bringing in more money overall and can afford to payout a little less. This is why at places where there is a large amount of competition between casinos, players can find better payout percentages. Just keep in mind the factors just mentioned. If you have the choice of playing the slot machines at a less frequented downtown Las Vegas casino or a casino on the Strip who both offer the same payout percentage for different slot machines, you should gamble at the place with less action and lower stakes.