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How to play slots?

Leuven, Belgium
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How to play slots?

This is probably a extreme newbie question, but as I've never been to Vegas, nor have I ever gmabled before, i'm going to ask it anyway:)

I'm going to Sin City for two days and I don't want to gamble, just want to play the slots once.

Now, how?:D Is it just putting in a coin and you're done?


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1. Re: How to play slots?

Actually not a simple answer but it is a simple process.

There are many types of slot machines in LV and each can have there own theme and denomination.

Basically on a three coin quarter in machine you can put in say a $1.00 bill or a $100 bill, this will give you credits that you will see on the machine and each credit represents a quarter. Then you can either play one credit, 25 cents or three credits, 75 cents by pressing a button.

Its really not complicated, its more complicated explaining it.

Sterling, Illinois
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2. Re: How to play slots?

yeah you have to remember to play all the lines and that is very confusing you have never played multi line video slots before. I guess the easiest answer would be for you to put your money in the machine and hit the max button until you either win or lose your money.

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3. Re: How to play slots?

It's actually a very good question.

I've watched people play slots. I've tried to read the front of the machines. I've even wasted a few bucks in various machines. I can't actually figure out how the multi line video slots work.

I know the craps table inside and out. I know basic strategy in BJ. But sit me down in front of a video slot machine and I'm lost.

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4. Re: How to play slots?

Before playing you must first kiss your money goodbye. At least that's how I play. :o)

When you insert currency in the machine, it is converted to credits. To get your money out of the machine, you have to hit the Cash Out button. It might say Collect Winnings (or some other misnomer), but once you press that button the machine will spit out a ticket with a cash amount printed on it. You can either insert that ticket in another machine to play or exchange it for money in a ticket redemption machine located in the casino or at the cashier's cage.

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5. Re: How to play slots?

Each slot machine, and most are penny machines now, will offer you a number of lines to play, 20, or 30 or 40 etc. You choose how many you wish to play. Best advice is to play all lines.

Then you choose how much you want to wager per line. This can be anywhere from 1 cent to whatever amount the casino sets as a maximum. Many machines the max will be around 10 or so.

That's it, not that hard at all, you pick how many lines you want, and how much you want per line.

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6. Re: How to play slots?

Once upon a time you put a coin in a slot and pulled the handle. If three paying symbols came up in the middle of the window, you won something. That was a one credit, one line, one denomination machine.

Fast forward to video slots. Now you can choose whether to play one credit, max credits, or something in between. That's your bet on each line. Some machines will only pay the jackpot if you're playing max credits. Some just pay the same amount per credit whether you bet one, max, or something else. Max can be as high as 20 coins.

And these machines have multiple win lines. You typically can see there symbols on each "reel". Its all video, but they still simulate spinning reels. You'll see what I mean after watching it a time or two. In addition to winning if the middle symbols line up, you can choose more "lines". Some straight across, some diagonal, some complicated zig zags. Don't worry about the details, the machine will do it. You just have to pick how many lines you want.

Your total bet is then the number of lines times the bet per line. Its not unusual for a "penny" machine to let you bet 20 lines at 20 coins per line, so you're betting $4 per spin. If you want to extend your playing time, 1 coin per line and max lines can be fun. 1 coin and 1 line on these machines is boring.

Some machines let you choose what "a coin" means. These are multi-denmoination. Not too common on slots, but quite common on video poker machines.

Some of those video slots have bonus rounds. If you get a certain combination of symbols, you go to the bonus. Typically they show you a bunch of choices and you choose until you bust out. My wife like All That Glitters. It shows you 20 gems and you pick one for the gem cutter to try to cut. Sometimes he succeeds and you get credits. Sometimes the gem breaks. Break three and you're back to the regular game. All the ones I've seen work in some similar fashion for the bonus rounds. But there are others like the wheel of fortune machine that spin the wheel and drop the ball.

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7. Re: How to play slots?

Since it is your first time playing, make sure you find one with a handle.

Select the credits manually and pull the handle for the full slot machine experience.

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8. Re: How to play slots?


Can you use a TITO (the ticket with your winnings) from a casino and use it in another casino? In a casino from another group, i.e. ticket issued in a slot from Mirage and used at Flamingo?

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9. Re: How to play slots?

Generally you have to use or cash your TITO's at the property they came from. Some sister properties, Venetian / Palazzo for example, you can use them at either place.

Baltimore, Maryland
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10. Re: How to play slots?

No, tickets must be used/cashed within the casino they were issued.