The cost of playing a fruit machine depends on the type of game you choose to play. A machine with a £70 jackpot usually gives the player the option of picking between 25p or 30p, 50p or £1 stakes. Some cheaper games like the popular £5.00 jackpot machines normally have much smaller stakes (between 5p or 10p). This smaller jackpot machines are a good like to practice your gameplay without risking a fortune.
To start the game you need to inserted a coin into the slot. The number of spins that coin buys you is displayed on the machine. To start the game press the illuminated/flashing START button. The machines reels will now spinning, stoping after a few seconds in sequence from left to right. If you match the correct symbols on the payline then you'll win. Payouts and symbols are normally displayed on the machine.
Occasionally before pressing the start button you'll be given the chance to HOLD one of more reels/symbols. This opportunity will be made clear by the three illuminated hold buttons underneath each reel flashing on and off. The HOLD button may allow you to complete winning paylines easily. If the payline shows two CHERRY symbols then you should HOLD them and then spin. This means you only have to get one more CHERRY symbol to win.
The gamble feature on a fruit machine allows you to gamble any wins for the chance of winning more. For example if you win £1 you can either collect the win or gamble it. You might need to enter a sub-game to gamble this money, such as a simply hi-lo numbers game where you must pick if the next number shown will be higher or lower. If you choose correctly the win is doubled.
Most pub fruit machines have a NUDGE feature. The nudge allows you to move one or more of the symbols up or down, meaning you can complete a winning line even after the spin has finished. The number of nudges offered is normally between 1 and 5. New players often get confused by this feature, mainly because the hold buttons are also used as nudge buttons. Make sure you check if you have been awards a HOLD or a NUDGE before hitting the buttons.
A winning payout is triggered when you match the correct symbols across the payline. Most machines use Cherries, Lemons & Melon symbols – hence the name ‘Fruit Machine' Some machines use different symbols like the Deal Or No Deal machine that used icons from the Game Show (red boxes etc). Don't worry the machine will also tell you when you've won, it's not like bingo where you have to shout out! Most wins result when three symbols of the same kind are present on the pay line.
The maximum cash amount a pub fruit machine can payout is set by the UK government. Currently the maximum win is £70.00 in pubs, bingo halls and casinos. If children can play the games then the total jackpot cannot be more than £5.00, this is usually the case at seaside arcades.
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