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When playing slots, there are some things you should know to make the best use of your time and money. These tips will help you understand the science behind slots, so that you can have more fun and maybe even win a jackpot.

You can insert cash or, in “ticket-in, ticket-out” machines, a paper ticket with a barcode into a slot on the machine to activate reels that spin and rearrange symbols into winning combinations based on the paytable. Symbols vary according to the theme of the slot game and can include classics such as fruit, bells, and stylized lucky sevens.

Some people believe that certain machines are ‘hot’ or ‘cold’ or that the rate of pushing buttons affects the chance of a win. The truth is that slot machines are random, and the chances of hitting a jackpot in a particular spin are the same as in any other spin.

To increase the visual appeal of a slot machine, it may wiggle or flash its ‘candle’. The ‘candle’ contains a color that indicates the denomination of the machine, and also flashes in specific patterns to indicate service needed, jackpot, door not secure, etc. Many machines will also have a HELP button that explains the payouts, play lines, and bonus games.