In the not-too-distant past, slot-machine players were the second-class citizens of casino customers.
Jackpots were small, payout percentages were horrendous, and slot players just weren't eligible for the kind of complimentary bonuses -- free rooms, shows, meals -- commonly given to table players.
But in the last few decades the face of the casino industry has changed.
Nowadays more than 70 percent of casino revenues comes from slot machines, and in many jurisdictions, that figure tops 80 percent.
About 80 percent of first-time visitors to casinos head for the slots.
It's easy -- just drop coins into the slot and push the button or pull the handle.
Newcomers can find the personal interaction with dealers or other players at the tables intimidating -- slot players avoid that.
And besides, the biggest, most lifestyle-changing jackpots in the casino are offered on the slots.
The following article will tell you everything you need to know about slots, from the basics to various strategies.
We'll start at square one, with a primer on how playing slot machines works.
The most popular slots are penny and nickel video games along with quarter and dollar reel-spinning games, though there are video games in 2-cent, 10-cent, quarter, and dollar denominations and reel spinners up to $100.
Most reel spinners take up to two or three coins at a time while video slots can take 45, 90, and even 500 credits at a time.