A Quick Guide to Slot Machine Types
Here at Greektown Casino we take a bit of pride in our slot machine selection. We’ve got one of the biggest varieties of slots around, from classic pull-handle models to the most advanced digital touch-screen layouts, including a section of world-debut slot machines that you can’t play anywhere else yet!
Of course, we do realize that sometimes the amount of options for slot machines can get a little overwhelming, and if you’re not familiar with all the different types of slots out there you might not know which kind you like best!
Without getting too far into the history and details, here’s our quick-and-dirty overview of the more commonly-seen types of slot machine in the world so you know right what you’re looking for during your next casino trip:
- Three Reel/Classic Slots: Commonly referred to as “classic slots”, three reel slots were invented way back in 1899 and are still in use today. These are the traditional slot machine you’ve seen for years in movies, TV shows, and the like, with the three individually spinning physical wheels and the large pull handle (which is sometimes replaced by three buttons). The symbols on the wheels, referred to as “stops” can number anywhere between 10-32 symbols, and these symbols can vary from machine to machine (although they generally include some traditional favorites such as a giant “7” or the “BAR” symbol), and can affect your chances of winning.
- Multi-Payline Slots: On most ‘classic’ slot machines, there was only one payline – meaning that you only won if you lined up three corresponding symbols in a straight line across the front of the machine. In recent years, however, the multi-payline slot has gained popularity and prominence in many casinos. Instead of just playing to win on one line, you can actually increase your wager to play on several different lines across the slot machine display. These machines usually have five or seven wheels to increase the opportunities for a win across each payline, and they offer a lot more flexibility and variety than the typical three-reel classic machines do.
- Progressive Slots: This is a term you’re going to hear a lot in modern casinos, as progressive slots have grown a lot more popular and widespread in recent years. Progressive lots basically work like multi-payline slots except with the fun added twist of the jackpot growing the more people play the machine. Whether on one standard machine or linked across several similar machines, the potential jackpot on progressive slots grows as more people play the machine to add to the excitement!
- Video Slots: Finally, pretty much any new slot machine is manufactured as a video slot. Video slots were invented in the 1980s as a new, more advanced way of displaying the game itself by replacing the wheels with a video screen digitally displaying the symbols and paylines. These days a lot of slot machines use either digital screens or some combination of the two; using physical wheels with a fun video readout displaying footage of some kind (particularly for our slot machines based upon movies or TV shows), or using video for the entire slot game as well.
There’s a lot more to it than just this, but this should give you a good basis to start from the next time you’re headed out to pick a slot machine you like! Try not to get lost, and don’t be afraid to try something new – or stick with an old favorite if you’re in the mood!