How to Find the Odds of a Slot

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In the casino, a slot is a mechanical device that pays out credits according to a paytable when certain symbols line up on a spin. Players insert cash or, in ticket-in, ticket-out machines, paper tickets with barcodes. The machine then activates a reel that spins and stops to rearrange the symbols. If a winning combination appears, the player earns credits based on the paytable. The symbols vary from machine to machine, but classic symbols include fruit and stylized lucky sevens. Many slots have a theme, and symbols and bonus features are aligned with the theme.

To determine the chances of a particular sequence, start by counting the number of possible combinations. For example, three fruit pays 10 coins, and there are six different fruits. So, there are 216 different combinations.

Next, find the odds for each of the combinations listed on the pay table. Note that this method assumes that the symbols occur equally frequently on each of the three reels. However, electronic technology allows manufacturers to weight specific symbols so that they appear more often than others. This reduces the total number of possible combinations but increases jackpot size and frequency. The odds for a particular combination are also affected by the number of other symbols appearing on a single reel. For example, a symbol that is “wild” can substitute for other symbols to create a winning combination.