You probably already know almost all there is to know about video slots so I’m going to keep this short and casual, giving my own personal thoughts and ideas about what video slots are all about.
The first three words that come to my mind when thinking about explaining different dimensions of slots are: machine, money, addiction.
From a technical point of view, slots are rather simple machines that, at their roots, were (and still are) huge boxes fitted with one or more screens, a few buttons and speakers. The general idea of this machine is that you need to match symbols in order to win. The symbols I’m talking about can be found on the vertical reels that can generally range from 3 to 5 in number and each individual reel can contain 3 or more symbols. These are the ones that spin vertically and stop randomly in their tracks. If you happen to align a predefined number of symbols in a predefined number of ways, you get a cash prize. There is also a large ammount of bonus symbols and multipliers and such that gives a new dimension to the slot experience and keeps things interesting and profitable. The winning requirements are different depending on the machine you play. Online slots are no different than physical slot machines in terms of functionality, as they funtion based on the same principles, the only difference being that online slots are portable and easily accesible.
Aside from being a good way to pass time if you choose to play slots for free, they real deal is playing for actual money. This is the core essence of video slots, winning money. Most of the time, slot machines are designed and programmed to eventually give you most of your money back, and on top of it, give you a chance to make a profit, but all of this depends on how lucky you are and how much money you are willing to invest. It’s a gamble, naturally, that is the name of the game. You are certainly not guaranteed to win, but it’s worth a shot. It’s worth mentioning that, generally, the more money you bet, the higher the prizes get, so if you want to win big, you have to bet big.
As with most things, moderation is key. Video slots are no exception as they are often seen as being very harmful in the sense that some people who play slots on a regular basis can become addicted to slots and gambling in general. Make no mistake, I don’t agree with gambling your house and savings away but these are very extreme examples. In the most cases, and under the most normal circumstances, people often make a small profit, break even or lose a little bit of money. And there are probably more people who became filthy rich from playing slots than people who lost everything. The point is: even if you know how lucky you are, you need a cool head when playing slots, and if you get easily frustrated, just quit while you’re not too far behind.
All in all, playing video slots is an overall good experience that everyone should try at least once, just to see what it’s like. The joy of winning is sweet indeed but losing leaves quite the bitter taste. Just remember to exercise caution and have a good time while doing so.