Slot Machine Pay Tables

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When a gamer inserts cash or, in “ticket-in, ticket-out” machines, a paper ticket with a barcode into a slot on a machine, a random number is generated by the machine and compared to preprogrammed probabilities. If the number corresponds with winning combinations of symbols lined up on the reels, the player earns credits based on the payout schedule listed in the machine’s pay table. The machine’s payouts are determined by the symbols that appear on the reels and by the theme of the game. Some classic symbols include fruit, stylized lucky sevens, and horseshoes.

Understanding how a slot game’s pay tables are structured can make the games easier to play. They are usually organized into coloured boxes to show how the symbol locations should line up in order to trigger winning combinations. This structure makes them readable and less overwhelming than a standard table that may be divided into multiple slides or pages. Besides, learning how to read these tables can help players avoid myths and develop a sound strategy based on probability.