A slot machine is a machine made for gambling which makes a wheel attached to it rotate whenever a button associated to it is pressed. It is called by different names in different continents. In Britain, it is called as fruit machine while in Australia, it is known as poker machine. Originally, these machines used to have a single lever associated on one side of the machine which one had to push in order too make the wheel spin. Because of this, the machine was also termed as one armed bandits. This method of playing used to make the gambler bankrupt. The legacy of the usage of the levers is still not over, however, introduced with an additional button

These machines have coded patterns made of different symbols. In order to win, a person must have a specific pattern of symbols. According to some surveys, these kinds of machines are responsible of up to seventy percent of the working of the casinos all over the world. With the advancement of tech, new concepts of gambling over slot machines are being introduced in the market on a regular basis. Now, rather than the previous coin entry methods, tickets are used as inputs to the machines, which are actually made up of a bar coded paper. And with that, new touch screen monitors have been introduced in the world of gambling. The game does not require any dexterity from the counterpart of the player. All what it is based upon is sheer luck.

A person is declared as a winner if the patterns appearing on the screen match each other. The patterns are displayed either on a big display screen or some reels which are fed into the machine and which stop one by one in order to reveal the patterns. The symbols generally used are shapes or artistic figures of fruits, roman letters, and cartoons, shapes of some common objects or hearts. In the newer version, where LCD screens are employed, animated characters appear on the screen.

The winning combination depends upon machine to machine. The pattern required in order to win is shown on the machines itself, or accessible if touched at the right spot on the touch screens. The modes of rewarding may also be different, such as transaction of an amount to the bar coded paper, or some cash, or some extra games

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