How to Spin a Reel Slot

How to Spin a Reel Slot
Reel slot machines are traditional slot machines with reels that spin manually. Although they are being replaced by machines with video display reels, you can still find them at most casinos. Many gamblers enjoy seeing the reels actually spin while hoping they hit a jackpot. These machines are simple to operate, although you do have to follow a few steps to select an actual reel slot machine and initiate the spin.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Money or tokens
  • Casino club card (optional)
Step 1
Find a slot machine that has actual reels rather than a video display. Casinos are installing more and more video machines that have a simulated display rather than mechanical reels because they are easier to maintain. Some of these machines look very realistic, so you'll need to inspect them up close to make sure you are selecting an actual reel slot machine.
Step 2
Put the appropriate amount of money or tokens into the reel slot machine to at minimum cover the number of playlines you want to play (more about this in Step 3). Most reel slot machines will accept coins or paper cash. Some casinos require you to purchase tokens that are used for betting purposes and cash them in when you are done gambling.
Check the machine's "Credits" display to make sure it acknowledges the correct amount of money you put into it.
Step 3
Select the number of playlines you wish to play on the reels. Many reel slot machines will let you bet on multiple rows across the reels for each spin at a progressively higher cost. Typically you select the proper number with a button on the machine. There will be posted instructions to guide you. If you do not make a selection, the machine will default to the main payline line only, no matter how much money you have inserted.
Step 4
Pull the machine's handle (located on the far left or far right side of the machine) or press the "spin reels" button to set the slot machine reels in motion. Some reel slot machines still have the old-fashioned handle along with a "spin reels" button, while others only have the button. For those that offer both options, you can choose which you prefer with no effect on the final outcome of the spin.

Tips & Warnings

Many casinos have clubs or rewards programs for slot machine players. Sign up for the card so you can earn rewards while you are playing the reel slot machines. Always insert the card before making your bet so you get credit for every spin.
Do not play a reel slot machine, or any other casino machine, that is acting erratically. If you play a reel slot machine that is not working properly and it hits a jackpot, the casino can refuse to pay you because of the malfunction.

Article Written By Barb Nefer

Based in Kissimmee, Fla., Barb Nefer is a freelance writer with more than 20 years' experience. She is also a mental health counselor and travel agency owner. Her work has appeared in such magazines as "The Writer," "Animal Wellness," "SuperVision," "Bird Talk," "SpeciaLiving" and "Twins."

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