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In slot machines, the player inserts cash or, in “ticket-in, ticket-out” machines, a paper ticket with a barcode into a designated slot on the machine. The machine then activates the reels and stops them when a combination of symbols line up on one or more pay lines. The player then earns credits based on the pay table. Symbols vary by machine, but many follow a theme, such as fruit or stylized lucky sevens.

Unlike the old mechanical machines, most modern slots use an RNG (random number generator) chip to determine the outcome of each spin. A spin’s result is determined once the machine’s software activates the random number generator; nothing the player does can change it. This is a major advance from the days when slots were all-or-nothing affairs: the player yanked the lever and either the cherries or lucky sevens lined up, or they didn’t.

One of the best ways to maximize your wins while playing slots is to bank them as soon as you hit them. This is not easy in live casinos, where the distinction between real money play and free play can be blurred, but it is much easier online. Tracking sizeable wins is simple, and you can even do this with a smartphone.