The Complete Guide to Video Slot Machines

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When Charles Fey invented the Liberty Bell slot machine in 1895 we doubt he had any idea of just how big his invention was. From that moment on slot game makers have been improving on his idea and finally the latest development - video slot machines.

There are thousands of different variations, some with up to 3025 winning lines and special additional bonus games. This makes for a high hit percentage and a more entertaining playing experience compared to the older style three reel games.

Here at VideoSlotMachines.com we give you the history, show you how they work and teach you how to play. We have also included profiles of some of the most popular video slots from major manufacturers such as IGT, Aristocrat and Bally Gaming.

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How Video Slots Work
We go inside the games to show you exact information regarding how they work, how the odds are determined and more.

History
Find out how slot machines evolved from simple mechanical games to state of the art electronic gaming machines.

Playing Guide
Learn how to play any video slot within minutes. We outline all of the buttons and their use plus other important info.

Bonus Games
Find out about the different types of bonus features such as free spins, pick a box and Wheel of Fortune style bonuses.

Winning Tips
While there is no unbeatable slot machine system, there are some tips that you can use to increase the fun when you play.

Online Slots
The latest development in the history of slots is the fact that you can now play online. We take a look at the options.

Company Information and Game Profiles

There are several big names in the video slot manufacturing business. We take a look at the companies and give you details about the games that they make.

Aristocrat
This Australian based company produces popular games such as Queen of the Nile, Penguin Pays and the Mr Cashman series.

Bally Gaming
Making slot machines since 1932, Bally now makes a big range of video slot games including Texas Cash and Blazing Sevens.

IGT
With highly popular games such as the Wheel of Fortune series you are sure to have seen an IGT slot in your local casino.

Microgaming
One of the biggest developers of online slot machines. Microgaming is behind games such as Thunderstruck and Tomb Raider.

WMS Gaming
WMS is most well known for popular games such as Jackpot Party but they do make a big range of other games.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the outcomes really random?
Yes, every spin is totally random and in no way effected by the amount of money you put in, the amount of your bet or the time between jackpot hits.

Are the symbols weighted like on three reel slots?
In general no. Because video slots have virtual reels they have no need to weight the individual symbols they just add fewer of the highest paying ones and more of the lowest to the virtual reel which can contain anywhere from 10 to hundreds of symbols.

Can you recommend a good slot machine system?
No. There is no system to beat modern day slot machines that actually works. There are some people who use techniques to cheat the machines or force coins to drop but these are all illegal and they tend to end up with a mug shot on the Nevada Gaming Commission web site.

Can the casino change the payout percentages of the games?
No, Each slot machine comes from the factory set at a specific payout rate. To change the percentage a casino would have to get a new gaming chip from the manufacturer. Note however that for example different machines with the same game can and do have different payout percentages. Generally each game comes in four or five payback levels.

Where can I buy a video slot for my home?
We cannot recommend any particular company as we have never bought a game for home use. In many states it is illegal to own one. Also See : Buying a video slot