Slots Terminology and Glossary

Slots Terminology

Slot machines are also known as one-armed bandits because they were originally operated by a lever on the side of the machine instead of a button on the front panel, and because of their ability to leave the slot player broke (one-armed bandits).

Many modern machines still have a legacy lever in addition to the button.

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Slots Terminology

The amount of money wagered on a slot.

Bet Max
Bet the maximum amount of coins

Bonus Feature
Any additional way to win in addition to the reel pays

Buy-a-Pay Slots
On these machines, each coin you put in buys a winning combination.

A light on the top of the machine that flashes to indicate a problem with the machine

A group of slot machines.

Classic Slots
Traditional slots that consist of 3 reels and can include multiple paylines, as well as wild and scatter symbols.

Coin Size
The denomination of the coin that you must play at a machine.

Units of currency that slots can be played in.

Coins Per Line
The amount that's bet on each payline.

Coin Per Spin
This is how many coins you choose to bet on each game.

Currency or tokens used to represent money.

Fruit Machine
The UK version of slots which commonly have features such as the option to hold the reels, nudge and bonus games.

This is a slot player’s way of describing a win.

Hit Rate / Frequency
A term used to describe how often a slot machine pays a winning combination.

Hold Percentage
The amount of money (in percentage form) that the house hold backs from players over time.

The area where the money is stored in a slot machine.

The highest possible win on a slot machine

Loose Slots
The dream of every slot player is to find loose slots those machines that return a high percentage to the player.

Low Level
Slot machines at seating level position where a person can sit and play.

Maximum Bet
The highest possible bet in coins for a game.

Slot machines that accept a few different coin denominations.

A slot machine with more than one pay line.

Max Bet
The maximum number of coins that can be played per spin. With most progressive slot machines, the max bet must be played in order to qualify for the big jackpot prize.

Mechanical Slots
Traditional mechanical slot machines that have actual reels inside.

One Armed Bandit
Slang term used to refer to slot machines. Because of their ability to leave the slot player broke

The percentage of winnings a machine will pay out in relation to the amount of money put in.

Pay for Play Machines
One-two-three coin option slot machines with staggered payoffs - the more coins played, the higher the potential winnings.

Pay Line
The line at which the symbols must align to determine a win or not.

Pay Out
The amount of money of credits paid to the player for a specific combination or win.

Pay Out Percentage
The % of bets that a slot machine will pay back over the long term.

Pay Table
A table or board on the slot machine showing the payoff for each winning combination. It will also indicate bonus features, max bet options.

Australian slang for slot machines.

Progressive Slots
A group of slot machines linked together which have a communal big jackpot.

Progressive Jackpot
A big jackpot that grows progressively as more people play and more money is deposited. For every spin, another small amount is added to the jackpot total. Generally the progressive jackpot is linked with other machines.

Progressive Ticker
A section on the slot machines that indicates how much the current progressive jackpot is worth.

Random Number Generator (RNG)
A device that generates new numbers on a completely random basis and controls the spinning of the slot machine reel. The RNG is used in many casino machines to provide absolute randomness.

The rotating narrow barrels on which the symbols appear. Slot machines have between 3-5 reels.

The process of dramatizing a win by playing sounds while the meters count up to the amount that has been won.

Scatter Pay
A pay out found on video slots that wins without having to line up. This often activates the bonus feature or bonus game.

Slant Top
A type of slot machine which is wider and shorter than normal machines, and which are becoming popular is casinos, replacing the traditional ones.

Slot Club Member
A loyalty program run by many casinos (online and land casinos) which provides regular players with extra points and bonuses.

Slot Schedule
Posted on the front of slot machines. All the information needed to determine the denominations you can play and the winning amounts.

Spins are when the reels appear to be in motion before coming to a stop .

Stacked Wilds
This happens when many wild symbols are positioned on top of each other on the reels.

Stand Up
Slot machines that need to be played standing up.

Anywhere that a real stops – between or on symbols.

The pictures or graphics on the reels that need to line up in order to win.

Take/Pay Cycle
The cycle of slot machine whereby it is expected that the machine will payout after a certain amount of coins have been fed into it.

A reference to the small amount often paid out to keep a player seated and continuously betting.

Tight Slots
Slot machines that pay back a low percentage of the money played into them.

A malfunctioning machine.

Video Slots
Slot machines without reels, but rather a video screen that generates a picture of reels spinning.

Wild Symbol
A joker type symbol that will act as the required symbol to make up a winning combination in a pay line.

Wild Multiplier
A wild symbols that not only substitutes for other symbols but also multiplies any win it is part of.

Winning Combinations
The amount of ways to win as displayed by the paytable.

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