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Slot Vocabulary: Pay Table

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Written by Joshua

You’ll often here the term pay table when talking about what a slot machine pays you. But if you aren’t sure what a pay table actually is, today’s piece is for you.

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The original pay tables appeared directly on the slot machine. When games were simpler, had less reels and less symbols, it was easy to print the various pays on the glass. An example of a pay table for a three reel slot machine can be seen above.

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Nowadays, because games are both more complicated and consist of giant HD computer monitors, pay tables are generally embedded into the help screens, but they continue to serve the same purpose.

The goal of a pay table is to convey how much you’ll be paid for certain combinations appearing on either a payline, or on consecutive reels on all ways pays machines. It can help you understand how free bonuses are triggered and played as well.

If you want to get to know a new slot machine, the pay table and help screens are the best place to start, so you can best follow how the game works.

It can also help you analyze things such as how many unique symbols there are, and whether any of the symbols offer mixed pays, which can be indicators of slot volatility or lack thereof.

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My name is Joshua, and I’m a slot enthusiast who works in tech as a marketer by day, and dabbles in casinos periodically during off-times. Know Your Slots will reflect my interests in understanding the various ways you can play slots, travel, casino promotions and how you can get the most out of your casino visits.

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