How does a casino work?

Casino Players

And why is it an honest business where luck isn’t on your side anyway?

The principle of operation of slot machines

In the casino there are halls for slot machines. They are called slot machines or slots. They are easy to play: the slot screen spinning symbols, the player’s task – to collect the winning combination. You make a note, set the parameters of the game and make a bet. If several symbols are collected according to the specified parameters, you win. The symbols are collected by themselves according to the algorithm sewn into the slot: dexterity of hands and force of pressing do not affect the result.

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Casino activities in Russia are regulated by the law “On state regulation of the organization and conduct of gambling”.

Briefly about how the slot machine: any slot machine is a computer with a screen and a few buttons. In the heart of this computer chip that decides whether you win now or not. His decision is tied in math, the internal configuration and a lot more different. The chip is made so that it was impossible to predict his behavior right now, but in the long run on a large number of games he gave a statistically predictable result.

Whether you win or not, the chip in the computer decides.

There were stories in the press about someone hacking into slot chips with special emitters. They said they were giving off some waves that would confuse the chip and make it pay for the winnings at a predictable moment. Even if that’s true, in Russia it’s a crime – if caught, they can go to jail.

There are a lot of slot machine models. They are different firms, whose names make sense only for casino owners. Regardless of the firm and origin of all machines must be certified for the game in Russia and have configurable game parameters available only to the casino.

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Still slot machines are divided by type of housing and different seating: aprite and slant top. On the apright machines monitor is installed almost vertically, at eye level; on the slant top – significantly tilted. The gameplay on the machines is the same. Decisive factor in choosing the slot machine for the player will be the game in which he plans to play. In the casino, where I worked, preferred the apraits. They were the most popular games, as well as mechanical, not electronic buttons. They were nicer to press.

For the player, machines differ in the quality of graphics, sound, execution of the body and buttons. Inside all machines – soulless semiconductors and many layers of protection. No “more successful” and “less successful” games on the machines do not exist.


The jackpot is a super prize on slot machines. If you’re very lucky, you don’t get the usual winnings, you get the “jackpot break”, which is a big megaprize. This is how casinos encourage players to spend time on slots. The jackpot can be fixed, progressive and secret.

Slots machine

A fixed jackpot is a jackpot whose amount is determined in advance. In order to win, a certain combination has to be assembled. It’s just a super prize, nothing interesting.

The progressive jackpot grows during the game. It is easily recognized by the scoreboard, which is placed over a group of slot machines. All machines in this group list a small percentage of each game in the total jackpot, then someone alone takes it.

Mystery, or “Mystery” jackpot – a random win that can be obtained by any player, regardless of the betting, the presence of a winning combination and compliance with any other conditions. The winner is determined randomly when the jackpot reaches a certain amount. The mystery jackpot budget can be allocated by the casino management: to encourage players or to encourage them to play more.

Can you beat the casino

Most of the jackpots and other casino winnings are not at the expense of the casino, but of the losses of other people. Almost any winnings at the slot machine means that you take the money that the slot machine fed the other players. And if you are promised to tell how to “bankrupt the casino,” do not believe it: either cheat you, or offer to cheat the casino. And both will not end well.

This does not prevent you from winning honestly, just do not think that you beat the casino in this way.

How do you pay your casino winnings

When you win at a modern casino, a mountain of coins doesn’t fall on you. Instead, the slot machine gives you a special coupon – TITO. You can exchange it for money or continue playing the same or another slot machine.

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Large amounts of winnings can be cashed only with the help of slot hall staff. Depending on the situation and the payout amount, a slot super or shift manager can help. Before continuing with the payment, they can check with the CCTV department, check the setting of the slot machine. They need to make sure that the payout has been calculated correctly. After that, the employee accompanies the guest to the cash register and helps to get the winnings.

How does a casino make money at a slot machine?

The slot industry has an RTP indicator – return to player. This is the average percentage of money that the slot machine theoretically returns to players if you look at a long period of time. Casino earns on the difference between how many clients have contributed, and how many have taken.

RTP – how much the slot machine returns in the form of winnings. It is always less than 100%.

Casinos are advantageous for players to win more often, so they set a higher payout percentage than the law requires. For players in the premium sector RTP can be 94-96%. The remaining 4-6% of turnover is a “holding”, the earnings of the casino. In fact, it is a commission for the use of the machine. People put money in the car, the casino takes a small percentage, and give the rest as a win.

A special commission monitors how the casino slot machines work: each machine must be certified, have a special seal and documents. If the check finds out that the slot machine was replaced by a chip or underestimated RTP, the casino will have to pay a fine. For serious violations of the casino may be suspended for up to 90 days. Therefore, in legal gambling areas management carefully monitors compliance with the law.