Fruit Machine Playing Tips
The one main difference between Fruit Machines and standard Casino Slots is that the former can be beaten by a savvy player, and this is why these kinds of gaming machines are so very popular. However beating them is going to take lots of playing strategy and as such we will look at ways in which you can improve your chances of winning when playing them either online or in land based venues.
Fruit Machines are also known as AWPs (Amusement with Prizes).
Each Fruit Machine is going to pay in cycles, this is a predetermined number of games set by the designer of that particular game. The number of games which make up each cycle is a strictly guarded secret, however it is fair to say they will number the tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of spins.
A Fruit Machine will be set to payout a certain payout percentage per cycle it plays, and whilst land based venues such as amusement centres can and do offer very low payout percentages, often in the 72% range, online casinos will have their Fruities set to return a much higher payout percentage, with 94% and above not being uncommon.
At the moment, the best place to play online fruit machines is at LeoVegas.
Forcing Fruit Machines To Payout
The reason for us mentioning these payout percentages is that this is where the Fruit Machines can often be manipulated into paying out. Allow us to explain how this is done:
Each playing cycle will have some parameters, these are the lowest payout percentage that the machine will be allowed to play at, and its aiming payout percentage which it is aiming to achieve at the end of each cycle.
During normal play the payout percentages can vary up and down with no dramatic effect of these payout percentages, however savvy players will play the Fruit Machine to lose, and by doing this they will force the game to payout, as by continually losing the payout percentage will drop to its lowest permitted payout percentage and will correct this and bring it back up by spinning in a series of large paying combinations or a series of jackpots.
If you are wondering how a player can play to lose, then how they do this is by various methods; Should, for example, a hold feature be offered, then they will hold all the symbols and thus no winning combinations can possibly spin in on that game.
Should a nudge feature be awarded then they will nudge in reel symbols which do not result in a winning combination being formed on the win line or win lines. Also, whenever they spin in a winning combination they will use the gamble feature and keep gambling the payouts value until they lose it.
Eventually the payout percentage drops so low that the Fruit Machine will have no option but to spin in the jackpot or a series of large winning payouts to bring its payout percentage back up to what it is aiming to payout.
Signs a Fruit Machine may be about to Pay
Often when a physical Fruit Machine is located in say a pub or club, you will get some customers of that particular venue recognising certain tell-tale signs that the Fruit Machine is about to play – Often, this is when they have watched another customer pump a lot of money into that machine and have spun in no large paying combinations.
These players will then jump on that machine and start playing it in the way mentioned above. However if the machine has been played a lot without paying out, then there are some further tell-tale signs that that machine may be about to pay, if a savvy player hasn’t been sat there watching it.
One of these signs is when a Fruit Machine is what is known as “backing“, this means that when a coin is inserted into it, instead of that coin filling up the payout hopper, the coins instead fall down the back of the machine into the cash buckets at the bottom of the machine, when this happens it is a sure sign that that machine hasn’t paid out recently as the payout hopper is full.
Another way to tell whether a fruit machine’s hopper is full is by getting hold of what is known as a refill key. This is a key which is inserted into the front of the machine and when turned it allows employees of that venue to refill the machine, should it have run out of money in its hopper and short-paid a player.
This allows the machine not to suffer any downtime as there is no need to call out an engineer to open up the machine and refill it, and by allowing employees to fill the machine this way a full audit trail is left, and negates the possibility of any employee helping themselves to the contents of the machine!
By inserting this key, which are all a standard type, and therefore readily available, the display on the machine will show how much money is currently held in the hopper, and as such this information is invaluable to a savvy Fruit Machine player, and if the hopper level is low that means they should avoid playing it as it will have recently paid out!
Online Fruit Machine Playing Tips
The one online casino software company who have the largest collection of these games is Microgaming housed by casinos such as 32 Red or LeoVegas and they have what is known as a Jackpot Thermometer type feature available with in any casino they power.
This is an on-screen indicator which lets you see in an instant whether a Fruit Machine has recently paid out, or not. This is a valuable tool for an online Fruit Machine player, as unlike at a land-based venue, when playing online Fruities you cannot see which machines have been played and haven’t paid out recently.
So one valuable Fruit Machine playing tip is to check this Jackpot Thermometer when you next log into any Microgaming-powered casino, as you will be able to see which machines may be due to payout recently and which ones already have!