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Ask the Slot Expert: Will All Slot Machines Be Video in the Future?20 February 2013
By John Robison, Las Vegas Sun
Thanks for the kind words about my columns.
I hope you won't feel bad, but B is the case. The numbers from the RNG are used to determine where each reel will stop. The program running the slot machine then looks at the combinations formed on the paylines you played and pays off any winning combinations.
Happy and lucky 2013 to you,
I predict that the slot machine with three or more spinning physical reels will eventually disappear. The physical reels will be replaced with their depictions on a video monitor. First, mechanisms have a tendency to break, so video slots require less maintenance. Second, physical reels do not add any value to the slot-playing experience. Ticket machines quickly replaced coin-based machines because the coins did not add any value to the experience (although some players did like playing Scrooge McDuck and running their hands through the pile of coins in the coin tray and getting their hands dirty). Coins, in fact, cost the casinos a lot of money in collection, counting, and hopper-filling and hopper-repairing costs.
The first video slots were not successful because players didn't trust them. Because they couldn't see the spinning reels, they didn't think the machines were fair. Now that video slots have been accepted and taken over almost the entire slot floor, the manufacturers can ditch the physical reels and go all video.
That doesn't mean that all the slots will be multi-line/multi-coin with dozens of paylines. There's no reason why new video slots can't be like the first video slots -- electronic representations of 3-reel machines.
That said, manufacturers still make machines with physical spinning reels. Let your casino know that these are the machines you like to play and maybe it will get more of them.
Jackpots for all,
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