Slots Quiz: General -Part 2

By Gayle Mitchell

OK, Class, its test time, Part 2.I’ve created this test for novice and veteran slot players.I find that slot players possess different levels of expertise and education.

There’s the group that believes that all you have to know is how to push a spin button or pull that handle. Some think all slots are alike and pay the same. Others got educated once with no continuing education and are bewildered by the newest slot versions arriving frequently to the casino floor.

We all need to upgrade our slots education to stay current, myself included. I visit casinos at least once a week to get educated and work very hard researching any new versions or strategies. Tough work that must be done!

I offer up this quiz in the expectation that all slot players will forever hear the sound of ‘raining coins’.

Let’s get started...

11)What’s a short win?

A        A small jackpot?
B        A win just before you are running out of money?
C        A large win with a small cash outlay?

            C. This happens all the time. A large jackpot is hit with a minimal cash outlay. 15 bucks gets you $1000’s. Now that’s a long win on a short chance.

Take the money and run!

12)       What is “flying solo”?

A         Gambling alone?
B         Slot Players who play one coin only.
C         Only winner of a progressive jackpot?

           B. I call them ‘onesies’. Slot players who play only one coin. I know I advocate wager management, but this is wager suicide. I suggest you drop down a denomination and play max. coins where at least you are in the running for the top jackpot without the ‘slot bends’ of missing out because you should have played just one more coin. The only exception here is the bonus multi-line slots.

13)       What is a ‘certified’ slot?

A         A slot with a certificate from the manufacturer?
B         Slot that is guaranteed to payback a large percentage, as high as 98%+?
C        Slot that is certified to have a certain number of symbols?

            B. Most casinos promote their ‘certified’ slots at a bank or carousel with flashing, large, neon lights generally near the entrance of the casino.  Like carnival barkers, these round neons seem to say: “step right up, folks, see the slots with huge payouts, play the big winners, yowser, yowser, yowser”.

Most ‘certified’ slots are at least dollar denominations.

14)       Do ALL ‘certified’ slots in the carousel/bank offer high payouts?

A         YES?
B         NO?
C         YES and NO depending on casino?

            C.  A casino can legitimately advertise a very high payback even if one of the machines has the advertised payback--sneaky right? However, the casino must tell you whether the payback is all or one. Ask the slot manager if all or one slot is ‘certified’. If the answer is not ALL--Run, don’t walk to another casino.

If there is only one or two, you could spend a lot of money looking for that ‘slot in the haystack’.

15)       Will all ‘certified’ slots payout their advertised rate all the time?

A         YES?
B         NO?
C         Can I sell you some land in Pango Pango ?

            B. ‘Certified’ slots payouts; whether they are advertised at 98% or 100% are programmed over an average period of time that could be weeks or months.

As you know, timing is crucial in the slots game and the same goes for ‘certified’ versions.Don’t stay too long, determine the total amount you want to wager before you play, streeetch your gambling bankroll and have fun.

16)       Which is better: pull the handle or press the spin button on slots?

A         Handle?
B         Spin Button?
C         Neither, both the same?

            C. There is no difference, fellow slot players. Manufacturers still add on the handles as a holdover from the ‘bronze-age’ days of slots. The day is coming when the handle will be eliminated entirely and we will surely yearn for the good ol’ days.

17)       What is a Wild-Pay slot?

A         Slot that has more wild symbols than 7’s?
B         Slot types that offer double, triple and more with wild symbols?
C         Only wild party animals are paid jackpot?

            B. The Wild symbol substitutes for a win, double wild symbols multiplies win, and generally three wild symbols nets you the top jackpot on payline.

There are many more wild slots out there to choose now. However, keep this in mind before selecting, the higher the payout multiplies, (e.g. 5x 10x 20x), the lower the probability of payouts. Therefore, seek out the double and triple wild slots.

18)       How many Games/Hour does the average slot player play?

A.      500/games/hour?
B       600/games/hour?
C.      700/games/hour?

            A. 500/games/hour on average.These stats can change dependent upon whether coins are manually inserted or credits used. There really is no need to hurry, unless you are playing in a Slot Tournament, and then accelerate to warp-speed for the win.

19)       Are there higher dollar values for some Progressives in the casino?

A         YES?
B          NO?
C         All the same?

            A. Oh yeah. Most casinos have a selection of banks/carousels that consist of Progressive slots with different primary jackpot$. All savvy slot players will want to scout out these slots and play ‘large’.

20)       EASY POINT. What’s ‘Call Attendant’?

A         Large cash hand-paid jackpot?
B         Machine is broken, needs maintenance?
C         My slot club card points have reached their limit?

            A. It’s party time! Big time payday with hundreds peeled off into your sweaty, winning palms. All casino players should get this one right and truly enjoy the experience.


20-15: Congrats. A veteran player with a slots education degree. Bravo.

14-10: A slots education should be in your future.

9 or less: Psst, over here. All is not lost, I can help.

Until next we meet, remember: ‘Not only do you have good luck with a gambling education, but you are making your luck.’


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