Symbols, Payout Percentage, and Jackpot Hit Frequency


A slot machine is a coin-operated electronic device where players insert cash or a paper ticket into a designated slot. The machine then spins and stops to rearrange symbols that may be winning combinations, according to a pay table. Some machines also offer bonus features such as free spins, wild symbols, and scatters.

Symbols on Slot Games

The symbols on a slot game are usually aligned with the theme of the game, and include figures from various cultures and times, as well as cards from nine through ace. They can be a variety of shapes, colors, or sizes. Some are simple and others contain a range of designs, with the symbols ranging from stylized lucky sevens to fruits and bells.

Symbols are important to slot games because they determine what wins are awarded. Typically, three or more matching symbols appear on a pay line to win a certain amount of credits. The symbols are often illustrated in a pay table, which may be listed on the machine’s face or within a help menu.

Payout Percentage

A slot’s payout percentage is a measure of how much it pays out over a certain period of time. This can vary from one machine to the next, and is usually posted on the machine’s rules page or on the casino’s website.

Jackpot Hit Frequency

Slots hit jackpots much less frequently than real-world conditions would predict. Depending on the size of the jackpot, it can take thousands or millions of spins to hit it.