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Slots and Video Poker terms, meaning of words: Terminology, Jargon, Slang, Vocabulary.

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Carousel - a group of slot machines.
Coin size - (Also, denomination) is the value of the coin that you are betting. If you play a 50-cent machine, your coin size is 50 cents, regardless of how many coins you bet.
Hopper - This is where the money is stored inside the machine.
Low Level - Slot machines you can sit at to play.
Multi-denominational - Slot machines that accept different coin denominations.
Multi-line - A slot machine with more than one pay line. Slot machines may have several pay lines.
Max Bet - The maximum amount of coins that you can play per spin. It is of the most importance when playing progressive slots because usually the max bet must be played to qualify for the big jackpot.
Number of Coins Bet - This is the number of coins you bet of a particular size. On a 50-cent game it would be the number of 50-cent coins you bet.
Payback - The percentage of winnings a machine will payout in relation to the amount put in.
Pay for Play Machines - These are generally one-two-three coins option slot machines with staggered payoffs. The more coins you put the better the payoffs.
Payline (or Pay Line) - The line at which the symbols must align to win.
Pay Table (Paytable) - The section of the slot machine which shows the payoffs for each type of winning combination. The pay table will also tell you if there are bonus features and if playing the 'Max Bet' will reward you with a top bonus prize. On a regular slot machine the paytable always quotes payouts in coins, and not casino credits, dollars or other currency. Progressive slots paytables quote payouts in credits or units of currency.
Pokies - Term used as slang in Australia and New Zeland short for videopoker machines, also as a generic word for poker, slot and fruit machine games.
Progressive Slots - A group of slot machines called a Carousel linked together to pay one common big jackpot.
Progressive Jackpot - The big jackpot that grows progressively as people play. For each spin/hand played the machine adds a small credit to the running jackpot total. Sometimes several machines are linked up together to form a combined large jackpot, and also several casinos may join together to form an inter-casino progressive jackpot that can generate very large sums.
Reels - The rotating narrow barrels on which the symbols appear. Modern slot machines can have from 3 to 5 reels.
Slot Club Member - Slot clubs were invented for slot fanatics. By becoming a member you are given a card (like a credit card). Using your card while playing the slots (also table games in some casinos) helps you earn free points / cash. The rules, number of points needed to achieve regular club status, and the benefits given to the player are different at every casino.
Stand Up - Slot machines where you play standing up.
Symbols - The pictures or graphics that line up on the payline to score a win.
Take/Pay Cycle - Based on the assumption that most slot machines work on cycles, it is when to expect a machine to pay out following a certain amount of coins fed into it.
Tilt - When a machine stops operation, usually following a malfunction.
Wild Symbol - This is like a joker and will act as 'the desired' symbol to make up a winning combination on the payline.

Video Poker
Boat - Another name for a full house.
Catching Cards - Getting favorable cards.
Cowboys - Kings.
Fishhooks - Jacks.
Flush - Five cards of the same suit.
Four of a Kind - Four cards of the same rank.
Full House - A hand consisting of three cards of one rank and two cards of another rank.
Joker - (Also, Wild Card) A card that can be labelled whatever suit and rank the possessor wishes to.
Ladies - Queens.
Max Bet - The maximum amount of coins that you can play per spin. It is of the most importance when playing progressive slots because usually the max bet must be played to qualify for the big jackpot.
Progressive Jackpot - The big jackpot that grows progressively as people play. For each spin/hand played the machine adds a small credit to the running jackpot total. Sometimes several machines are linked up together to form a combined large jackpot, and also several casinos may join together to form an inter-casino progressive jackpot that can generate very large sums.
Quads - Four of a kind.
Rainbow - Three or four cards of different suits.
Royal Straight Flush - An ace high straight flush. Also called a Royal Flush, or simply a Royal.
Straight - Five cards of consecutive ranks or in sequence.
Straight Flush - A hand consisting of five cards of consecutive ranks and of the same suit.
Suit - Any one of the four types of cards: clubs, diamonds, hearts or spades.
Trips - Three of a kind.

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