How Slot Machines Work

If you’ve been to the casinos multiple times already, you should realize by now there are certain area that has rows and rows of slot machines. Lots of them, actually. It acts as a diversion for casual players. Lucky for you, slot machine does not require any necessary gambling knowledge. The idea of slot machines became too successful – eventually these machines moved off to the sidelines to become one of the most popular and the most profitable game in town.

Back in the day, slot machines are more like classic and now it’s been placed with computer-controlled machines. Ah, technology. The way this slot machine works is you have to pull a handle and rotate it a series of reels (three times to be exact) that have pictures in them. The way to win this is to determine by which pictures line up with the pay line, a line that is located in the middle. The amount you win – the payout – depends on which pictures stops along the line.

The classic slot machine design works with gears and levers.  The central element is a metal shaft, which supports the reels. The shaft is connected to a handle to get things moving. Next, a braking system makes the spinning reels to a stop, and then the sensors communicate the position of the reels. A coin will come after to unlock the brake so the handle could move.

There are a number of ways to arrange these elements. The basic design includes three reels mounted on the central shaft. The central shaft supports three notched discs and they are connected to three reels. A second shaft below the central supports the kicker,  which is a piece of metal compromising three paddles. The kicker paddles are to be lined up so that they can push against the notches on the three discs. Plus, the second shaft also supports a series of connected stoppers.

The kicker and the stoppers are both connected to springs, which hold them in a standby position. The kicker is then placed behind the discs, while the stoppers are held up against the discs then locks them into place.