How to Read a Pay Table on a Slot Machine
In a slot machine, players insert cash or, in “ticket-in, ticket-out” machines, paper tickets with barcodes into a slot on the machine to activate it. The machine then spins the reels and if a winning combination of symbols is formed, the player earns credits according to the pay table printed on the machine. The symbols used vary depending on the game, but classic symbols include fruits, bells, and stylized lucky sevens. Many slot games have a theme and bonus features that align with the theme.
Understanding how to read a pay table on a slot machine is important for all slots players. A pay table displays all the regular symbols in a slot, alongside their payout values and how much you can win for landing (typically) three, four, or five of them on a payline. It will also specify how many paylines a slot has and the patterns in which they can form.
It can be accessed by clicking an icon, usually near the bottom of the slot’s screen. The pay table will then display and explain all the game’s rules in a clear and concise way. If the slot has any bonus features, the pay table will also explain what these are and how to trigger them.
In addition to the pay table, the slot will typically feature POP and RTP (Payout Percentage). These figures tell the player what percentage of the time the machine is expected to pay out based on its odds and how often it will hit a jackpot. This information is useful for players, especially if they’re looking to maximize their chance of winning.