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• In a previous article on the slot machines, we explored some common but very useful terms that one should know before playing the slots. Knowing them doesn't affect the outcome of your odds in the slightest, but we like the idea of playing with your eyes open and knowing exactly what you're playing for, how you’re playing it, and how the machine calculates your payouts.


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Here are some key terms to know: • Candle • The candle is the light that sits on top of the slot machine. We promise that it's not the slot machine pretending to be a policeman. Rather, it flashes to alert the casino when there is a potential problem with the machine that needs manual rectification.


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• Hand pay • If you found that you just won a jackpot of $10,000, would you be very pleased if that money was paid in one dollar coins? Probably not, because the slots basin certainly wouldn’t be large enough and you’d probably have to make several trips to the bank just to unload your winnings. What most high payout slots do is print a ticket upon a successful win. This ticket can be taken to an exchange point or cage and exchanged for cash.


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• We want to give you some cautionary advice here: if you're lucky enough to win a very handsome payout on the slot machines, be sure to deposit that money into your bank account before you actually leave the casino. Unfortunately, there are many unsavory lurkers that watch those who've recently made money and will often try and con them out of it some way or another once they've left the casino premises.


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• Tilt • Most slots today have failsafe switches that protect the casino's interests and the integrity of the slot machine if there's even the slightest suspicion of external and unauthorized tampering. If the “tilt switch” is activated, then the machine would immediately break a circuit to prevent any payouts whatsoever.


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• Rollup • When you win a jackpot, you don't only want to see the amount you've won flashing on the screen. You want the bright lights, the big sounds, and the exciting animations to celebrate your win. A rollup does just that. It dramatizes a win by playing sounds and special video animations. This adds to the sense of exuberation and satisfaction on finally winning your deserved jackpot.

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