SUNCOAST has 1 450 slot machines of different types, with different denominations ranging from 1c to R100, which have correspondingly different payouts. The main casino floor has 749 slots, the smoking casino 499 and the Salon Prive 106 (Inclusive of a private gaming room consisting of 17 high end slot machines). There are progressive jackpots with denominations ranging from 2c to R25!
How to play Slots
Slot machines are probably the easiest way to get into casino gambling. There are no real rules, as the only objective is to win the jackpot. Some slot machines will have maximum awards on random bets and others will only pay maximum awards on maximum bets.
Old fashioned one-arm bandit machines required you to drop in a coin and pull the lever, or arm of the machine. Once you have credit in the machine, you usually push a button and wait to see what happens. Lights, ringing bells and themed music will let you know when you have hit the jackpot. All slot machines display payouts, and those that work in different ways will have instructions and game rules on them. There are many types of slot machines that are dependent on the casino. These have different betting amounts as well as different payouts.
Picking a Game
Before you play, make sure you understand the paytable of the games. Learn the symbol combinations and wagers required for each different type of win. Keep in mind your chances of winning increase with each line you play. Stick to your budget and bet with your head. Making use of the jackpot watch station is a good practice.
This will give you an indication of what payouts have occurred and when, which is useful information when deciding where to play. Use the buttons to select the number of lines to play as well as to select the number of credits to wager per line. Remember to check that you have placed the correct bet prior to spinning, this can influence winning combinations and amounts paid so always make sure your bet has registered.
- How Slots Work - The Random Number Generator
- Progressive Slots and Jackpots
How Slots Work - The Random Number Generator
At the heart of a slot machine is a computer chip, which runs a Random Number Generator (RNG). This RNG is continuously cycling through numbers at a rate of thousands per second even when the machine is not being played. These numbers correspond to stop positions on the reels of the slot machine, which display winning or losing combinations of symbols. When you hit the spin button the RNG picks the combination at that given microsecond. Therefore, the outcome of the game is randomly determined at the moment you hit the spin button. When the reels have stopped spinning the machine will check whether the reel stop numbers correspond to a wining or losing combination at which point it will pay out and/or end the game.
Progressive Slots and Jackpots
Progressives are slot machines where the jackpot for the best winning hand or combinations is not a fixed amount. Instead, the jackpot amount continuously increases as players play the linked game, based on the number of coins played. The top award resets when the top combination is hit and the progressive jackpot is won. There are three types of progressives namely Local Area, Stand Alone and Wide Area. The Local Area and Wide Area progressives are identifiable by the signage, which accompanies such machines and displays the progressive jackpot amount(s). The progressive jackpot display represents an amount of money that can be won if a jackpot is hit while playing the maximum number of coins per bet. A percentage of the value of each coin played is added to the jackpot.
Adjacent Matching Symbols
If you achieve the required number of adjacent matching symbols on a payline with credits wagered, the matching symbols and the winning line begin to flash. Additionally, a message displays above the video reels describing the winning line and the number of credits won.
Substitutes (Wild Symbols)
These are like wild cards - they match certain symbols to form winning combinations. Substitute symbols do not always substitute for all other symbols. Look at a game's paytable for exceptions.
Scatter Symbols/Bonus Games
These are special symbols that pay when they appear on the video reels. Some of these will give you options to select number of free spins and multipliers while others will automatically go into number of free spins awarded. See the game's paytable for the number of scatter symbols necessary to win as well as how substitute symbols pay and multiply.
When the multiplier symbols appear in winning combinations on most video reel games, the displayed multipliers are added together then multiplied by the bet per line. For example a 10 x multiplier can turn a one-credit win into a 10 credit win.
Should the player wish to gamble his win, he or she presses the GAMBLE button on the button panel. Two signs featuring the words BLACK and RED, as well as a face down card, will appear on a secondary screen. The player chooses a colour and presses one of the two corresponding buttons on the button panel. The face down card will flip over to reveal a colour.
If the player has chosen the incorrect colour, he or she forfeits his winnings from the game just played. Should the player have chosen the correct colour, he or she will double his or her money. The gamble feature will automatically reappear on the screen.
Should the player wish to continue gambling, he or she repeats the procedure by pressing either the red or black button. This game feature can be repeated up to five times. The player can at any stage revert back to the game by pressing the TAKE WIN button shown on the button panel.
Understanding the Button Panel
Every machine has five line play buttons on the button panel. Some machines have up to five paylines and others have up to nine paylines. In the case of the five payline machine, the buttons are marked 1,2,3,4, and 5. In the case of the nine payline machine, the buttons are marked 1,3,5,7 and 9. By pressing a certain button the player determines how many lines he or she wishes to play.
Every machine has five credit play buttons on the button panel. Certain machines allow up to 10 credits per line played and others allow up to 20 credits per line played. With the ten credit play, the player can choose to bet 1, bet 2, bet 3, bet 5 or bet 10. With the twenty credit play, the player can choose to bet 2, bet 5, bet 10 or bet 20. By pressing the credit button the player determines how many credits per line he or she wishes to play.
Once the game is over, the player can restart the game by simply pressing one of the line play buttons. Should the player wish to change his or her number of credits bet per line, he or she can do so by pressing the credit play button before pressing the line button.
It is important for the player to carefully read the paytables of the machine so that he or she understands how the game plays and pays. A minimum number of a particular symbol is required to make up a winning combination and these symbols must appear in a consecutive order (with the exception of most scatter symbols).