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A slot machine (American English), fruit machine (British English), poker machine (Australian English) or simply slot (American English) is a casino gambling machine with three or more reels which spin when a button is pushed. Slot machines are also known as one-armed bandits because slot machines were originally operated by a lever on the side of the machine (the one arm) instead of a button on the front panel, and because of their ability to leave the gamer penniless. Many modern machines still have a legacy lever in addition to the button.

Slot machines include a currency detector that validates the coin or money inserted to play. The machine pays off based on patterns of symbols visible on the front of the machine when it stops. Modern computer technology has resulted in many variations on the slot machine concept. Slot machines are the most popular gambling method in casinos and constitute about 70 percent of the average casino's income. It is estimated that thirty percent or more of the profits from gambling machines come from problem gamblers.
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review by . September 03, 2009
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Some people really like to play the slots. When visiting a casino, I am always struck by the solitary gamblers sitting in front of these machines looking slightly mesmerized. I myself have never been a fan. I did enjoy the noises and lights that contributed to the background ambiance in a casino, but actually playing them has little appeal. I like casino gambling, but it is the social element that makes it so fun. Sitting with friends (or even strangers) at a blackjack or craps table is infinitely …
review by . June 23, 2010
In a casino, the only games worth playing are Blackjack and Poker - the first due to the state maintained between each round, unlike games such as roulette, and the latter due to the fact that the house doesn't take a cut and it's somewhat down to the skill of the players.      Slot machines, on the other hand, are mathematically even worse than playing Craps. The software on a slot machine in many jurisdictions is based purely on a random number generator, where the …
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