In slot machines, a player may have to wait for several pulls before receiving the maximum payout. However, it is very rare for the machine to fail to pay the minimum payout over several pulls. The word “tilt” comes from the tilt switches of old electromechanical slot machines, which would break the circuit when tilted and cause an alarm. Even though the tilt switches are no longer used, any technical fault is still called “tilt.”

In the beginning, a player will have to test a slot machine’s payout percentage to ensure that the winnings are legitimate. A machine that pays only a fraction of what the player puts in will eventually stop paying. The odds of a win at the slot machine’s bonus rounds may not be accurate, so it is crucial to make a realistic assessment before playing. Even if you do win, you should always remember that you will probably lose more money than you won in a given session.

As the name implies, slot machines pay out credits if the symbols line up. They are usually displayed on the machine’s face and are accessible by pressing the service button. For older machines, the pay tables are listed above and below the wheel. Modern video slot machines display them in a help menu. If you are unsure of which symbols are the most rewarding, the pay tables will help you to decide if a given machine is worth playing.