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Slot Machines

Come play these classic casino games. Place your bet, hit the spin button and if the symbols on the screen match up you're a winner.

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How to Play

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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


MULTIPLIER GAMES
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Multiplier games have a table of payouts for specific combinations of symbols. In most cases, the payout is multiplied by the bet multiplier wagered to determine the winning payout. For example, if the payout for three Red 7 symbols is 5 credits on an original one credit wager, the same combination would pay 10 credits if you wagered two credits and 15 credits if you wagered three credits.

For some machines, playing the maximum wager will increase the payout even more. For example, a one credit wager yields a jackpot of 1,000 credits while a two credit wager yields a jackpot double in size (2,000 credits), and a three credit wager (the maximum) yields a jackpot of 5,000 credits, which is more than triple the size of the one credit jackpot.


MULTILINE GAMES
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These machines have more than one pay line possible - so you can win on multiple lines! The pay lines are activated depending on how many lines you select to play on the game. A typical penny slot machine will offer up to 30 or 40 lines to play, but it is not uncommon to find machines that offer up to as many as 100 lines of play.  

 


BUY-A-PAY/ANTE GAMES
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In these games, an additional bet or wager is required to be made to qualify for additional pays or bonuses. If you choose not to make this additional bet or wager, and the winning symbol combination of a special pay or bonus appears, you will not qualify for the win, but rather will receive a losing result. Reviewing the game rules will help ensure you understand the game, and most of these types of games will let you know if your current wager is not eligible for the additional pays or bonuses.  


PROGRESSIVE SLOT MACHINES
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Progressive slot machines have a jackpot pool that continues to grow with each credit played until someone hits the winning combination and is awarded the progressive prize.

On most progressive slots, you must wager the maximum number of credits to qualify to win the progressive jackpot. If the winning jackpot combination appears and you are not playing the maximum number of credits, you'll win a fixed jackpot amount corresponding to the number of credits you played according to the paytable - not the progressive prize.

Progressive slots can be stand-alone single machines or they can be a group of machines linked together contributing to a common jackpot pool. There are also wide area progressive slots where several groups of machines across several different slot locations all contribute to one large common jackpot pool.


MYSTERY BONUS GAMES
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A Mystery Bonus is a group of slot machines that are all connected and offer a randomly won bonus prize before the meter reaches a randomly determined value. You could win the bonus prize with any number of credits played! Each credit contributes to the bonus prize and the Mystery Bonus Game winner wins when his or her credit is the one that reaches the randomly determined mystery value that will trigger the bonus win.

The Bonus prize can be awarded at any time, on any spin - winning or non-winning! So when a Mystery Bonus Game winner is announced, be sure to check the overhead sign for the machine number. You could be a winner!

B.C Gold and Race to Win are two Mystery Bonus games offered in some casinos in B.C. Look for the overhead B.C Gold and Race to Win signs over the bank of slot machines at participating casinos.

 

 

 

Slot Machines - Odds of Winning

It's important to note that slot machines operate randomly, no matter how many wins or losses have occurred in the past, altering play patterns, time of day, or position of the machine within the casino. In other words, the result of your last game has no bearing on the result of your next game.

Odds of winning smaller prizes are much greater than the odds of winning the top prize. But, remember, the outcome is random, every time you play.