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Learn how skill and knowledge factor into games of chance

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If you find yourself gambling too much, or if it no longer feels like a game, there’s help if you need it.

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How to Play Slots

All B.C. Casinos and Community Gaming Centres offer your favorite slot machines, the same kinds that can be found in many casinos across the world. We have both the classic spinning reel style of games, as well as many of the latest penny video slots.

All of our slot machines offer the convenience of coinless play, meaning rather than having to deal with coins all the time, our slot machines will issue a ticket voucher for the remaining credits left on your machine.

Bill acceptors take $5, $10, $20, $50, or $100 bills in Canadian currency, as well as ticket vouchers. To play, insert the bill or ticket voucher into the bill acceptor of a slot machine and start playing.

Some slot machines allow you to choose how many lines to play, and then you choose the multiplier bet you wish to make. For example, you may first choose to play all the lines, and then wish to multiply any credits won by 2X, so you will then want to choose a bet multiplier of 2X, which will also cost you double the amount of credits to play, regardless of whether you win or lose. If you press the Max Bet button, you'll bet the maximum allowed on that machine for each game, meaning the maximum number of lines and the highest bet multiplier available will be wagered.

Before playing any slot machine, please read the game rules carefully printed on the slot machine glass itself or in the onscreen help menu before deciding what you should wager, and always give consideration to what cost per game you are comfortable with. Not all games play the same, and if you are unsure, please ask a slot attendant to help explain how a particular game is played.

When you're ready to cash out, press the Cash Out button and you'll receive a ticket that can be redeemed at the cashier, Ticket Express redemption machine, or can be inserted into another slot machine. Tickets are valid for 30 days at the Casino or Community Gaming Centre of issue.

How Slot Machines Work

Slot machines operate randomly. This is due to a Random Number Generator (RNG) inside each machine, which cycles through millions of numbers continuously. The outcome of a spin is automatically determined by the RNG at the time you hit the spin button, making it impossible to predict whether you’ll win or lose.

Some machines allow you to stop the spinning reels early. This has no impact on the outcome of the spin, but rather just displays the final result quicker. There’s nothing you can do to actually influence the results or where the reels will stop.

Each slot machine has a unique set of symbols (like a bar, cherries, or the number '7'). Some symbols may show up only once on the 'physical reel' (the reel visible to you), while other symbols may appear on the physical reel more than once. But it is the 'virtual reel' (spinning inside the machine) that determines whether you win or not. So, for example, even if you see the same number of cherries and bars while the physical reel is spinning, the virtual wheel may actually contain twice as many cherries as bars.

For some slot machines, bonus games may be offered where players have a chance to influence the bonus prize amount by interacting with an arcade-style video game. While skill may play a factor in the outcome of the bonus prize, chance still plays a big part.  No matter a player’s skill level, the RNG inside each machine determines the overall payout, including whether a player wins the opportunity to play the bonus game, and the pre-determined maximum amount available to be won during the bonus game.

To learn more about how slot machines work, visit GameSense.ca and watch this video.