Online slots are not much different from traditional slot machines you will find in an casino or amusement arcade. The original mechanical slot payouts were determined by the number of reels and the number of stops on each reel. Modern slot machines are governed by random number generators.

Random Number Generator

A Random Number Generator is a piece of software, usually housed on a computer chip placed inside the slot machine by the manufacturer. In online terms, the Random Number Generator is the piece of software on the game server. The purpose of both is identical, and that is to randomly select hundreds of numbers and symbols every second, faster than you can pull the handle or click the spin button. It's working even when the machine is idle. Each random number corresponds to a certain reel and symbol combination that is randomly chosen after the first coin is dropped or credit played. Naturally, the fewest programmed combinations are for the top jackpot.


Payouts for modern slot machines, whether online or in a casino or amusement arcade, are governed by random number generators.

Because of this, there are few secrets or strategies for winning at slot machines - you'll never know what the actual odds are.

Online casinos have increasingly relied on independent auditors to verify payout percentages. It is not unusual to see a 96% payout - but whether you come away on top or the next guy does is down to lady luck.


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