Taking a Look at the Categories of Slot Machine Games

There are numerous categories of slot machines. These quintessential gambling machines that are the primary gambling devices throughout the world come in a wide variety of options. The types, or categories of these fruit machines, pokies or one-armed bandits range from the very basic to the incredibly complicated. These games provide many hours of entertainment to players around the world every day.

These games as we have understood them are the overall category. There are, however, several categories within the slot machine family. Slot machines, in the traditional sense are the lifeblood of both the land-based casinos as well as the online casinos. These games contain three or more spinning reels, and players are rewarded when they achieve a winning combination of symbols on the reels. These slot machines facilitate the casino making significant profits, and ultimately account for some 70% of the revenue of an average land-based or online casino.

Addictive Video Poker

This category of gambling machine, and it is akin to the slot machine, is based on Five-card Draw Poker. Virtual cards are dealt to players, and the aim is to create the best hand possible, depending on the specific requirements of the particular game. Any pay outs achieved are directly related to the strength of the hand achieved, and often there is a basic level of hand to achieve in order to win. Traditional slot machines are created in such a way that the house has a continuous advantage, but in certain video poker games this can be eliminated through a combination of basic strategy and a fair game pay table.

Growing Video Bingo

Where the traditional slot machine has reels, the video bingo machine category features an electronic, or virtual video card. The two most games played on video bingo machines are known as Latin and American bingo. In Latin bingo, the game is played on a 3×5 card, and with 75 balls. This game is particularly popular in Europe. The other predominant game, American bingo, uses a 5×5 card and 90 balls. It is, unsurprisingly the most popular version of video bingo enjoyed in the United States and Canada.

Skill Factor Pachislo

Pachislo derives its name from amalgamating the words ‘pachinko’ and ‘slot machine’. Pachinko originated in Japan, and was traditionally found in arcades and parlours throughout the country. Although culturally similar to slots games, pachinko has been modernised to feature three reels, a regular three coin wager, and an interactive button that allows players manually to halt the spinning reels, adding a small skill factor. Slightly resembling slots games, pachislo games’ stop function is predictable and skilful players can improve their odds markedly from the set 90% return to player. Some skilled players on a machine they are familiar with have shown returns in the region of 200%.

The Most Popular Listing

Therefore, slot machines of all categories are the major source of revenue for both online and land-based casinos. Although different categories may be differently popular all around the casino world, as an overall family they are the most popular form of gambling in the world. Of the categories, traditional slots still reign supreme, although video poker has a devoted following and video bingo is the fastest growing. The pachislo machines in Japan are the most versatile with interesting skill-based elements that make a real difference to the odds.