Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Video Slots


In this section we cover some of the most popular video slot related questions. Slot machines in general are probably the most misunderstood of all casino games and many players seem to treat them as mythical creatures.

In reality they are just programmed machines to make the casinos money in the long run. Of course people do win on the slots every day but you would be hard pressed to find many long term players who are ahead.

Video Slots FAQ

The following are the most common question we get asked regarding video slots. If you have a question which is not answered below then please contact us. We aim to answer all questions within 24 hours. We may add your question to the list below so please let us know if you prefer that we do not.

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.

Is there an advantage to playing the higher denomination machines?
Yes, this is true for all types of slot machines. The higher the coin size the lower the percentage of the spin that the casino needs to keep. For this reason penny slots tend to have the worst pay out percentages in the casinos.

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

Where can I play video slots online?
Check out our information page regarding Online Slots where we give you information about playing video slot games online. If you want to find out more about online slots then we recommend visiting which has what seems to be quite a comprehensive guide including reviews of a large amount of 5 Reel Slots.

If the machine feels hot does this mean it's near a jackpot?
No, a hot machine indicates only that the lights inside the machine have heated up the pay table or the metals of the game. It has no relation to anything on the reels.

Is the gamble feature a good bet?
It's a great bet. In fact the red or black gamble on many video slots has no house advantage at all, plus it is always a 50/50 bet so your odds of doubling up are not bad at all.

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

How can you tell the pay out percentages?
As a player you cannot gauge the pay out percentages by playing. If you are lucky you may get to see the pay out percentage when a technician is working on a game. Knowing the pay out percentage won't really help you win but of course going for the loosest slots is good.

I've seen casinos advertising slots at 100% payout. How can this be?
The problem with these advertisements is that they usually just point you to a bank of slot machines where one may be set at 100%. Chances are you will never find it and even if you did there is no guarantee that you would win in the short term.