Video poker machines have changed clearly over the hadoseries years and so too has the ‘language of slots’. Let’s explore some position terms with this short-version glossary.
Basic Video poker machines: Single payline, known as straight or “flat-top” video poker machines, have a constant top jackpot payout it does not change.
Bet Max: is to bet the max coins for each play/spin. The best winnings occur when the maximum bet is wagered. Exemption: when playing multi-line video poker machines, you must activate all paylines, but to stretch your playing time, bet 1-2 coins/line.
Bonus Added Video poker machines: Features include multi-spins, 5 reels, multi-lines, bonus games, wild symbols, scatter pay, multiplier and nudge-hold. Available at casinos online and land-based.
Collect: Amount of credits/cash won following a session of position play. Bonus video poker machines conclude the bonus round with a Collect button.
Double/Triple Symbols: Whenever these symbols appear in the center of a single payline position in combination with other symbols creating a winning combination, the compensation amount is doubled or tripled. Two or three of these same symbols increase the jackpot payout.
Hit Frequency: is the average number of rotates for video poker machines. The bottom the hit frequency, the better.
For example, a 2 indicates a winner every second spin, while a 7 is a hit approx. every seventh spin. It is best to have a payout an average of every 2nd spin, rather than every seventh spin.
Hold and Re-Spin Bonus Video poker machines: Player holds the baitcasting reel results while the other reels spin unassisted resulting in additional credits.
Line Bet: Guess for each line activated. Tip: to obtain full value at a multi-line bonus position, you should activate all available paylines.
Linked Jackpot: increased by a percentage of coins bet by two or more machines.
Multi-Line Video poker machines: offer multiple paylines up to up to 50. Most of these versions come in cent denominations; also pennie, one fourth and dollar.
Multiplier: Position feature where winning credits are multiplied 2X-10X for a bonus win.
Multiplier Video poker machines Version: pays for certain symbols on a graduating scale. On a three baitcasting reel, you get 5 coins for a ‘cherry’ playing 1 coin, 10 pay for 2 coins and 15 pay for 3 coins. The winnings for playing 1 coin are much smaller than if you played max. coins.
Nudge Video poker machines: Position feature where a paying symbol will ‘drop down’ creating a win. It could be a basketball, diamond, cherry or wild symbol. You just require a little nudge up or down and you are in the money. Nudge video poker machines usually display the word ‘Deluxe’ in the name.
Progressive Video poker machines: offer growing jackpots established by amount of debts played through the linked bank/carousel video poker machines. A more substantial money is required and all progressives have reached least three coin max video poker machines with two jackpot levels — primary and supplementary. When either jackpot wins, values are reset to zero to minimums for each. Max play is mandatory here.
Reels: Number of wheels/reels displayed in window of position produced with symbols specific fot it position theme or game.
Scatter Pays: Specific symbols of the position game that pay even if the symbols are not for a passing fancy payline. Tip: Scatter Pays only pay on a line that has been activated with a bet.
Short Win: This happens all the time. A large jackpot is hit with a minimal cash outlay–15 bucks gets you $1000’s.
Position Schedule: Posted information on front of position lets you know what type of position, denomination, and symbol combination win amounts possible for each coin played. Required reading.