Slot machines: easy to learn - fun to play - know your limit.

News 100 blueBy Clair Nash

March 19th, 2020



Did you know that just under 20 million Canadians regularly gamble? Astonishingly that is almost half of the population.

This figure is far more than other countries like the UK where around a third of people regularly gamble. With that many people regularly gambling and almost $4 billion spent each year at offshore casinos. It is no wonder that several states including Alberta, Ontario, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan have set up their own casinos to prevent this money leaving Canada.

But why have online casinos become so popular? It is fair to say that without the advances in technology of the last few years online casinos would not exist, at least in the numbers they are today. Although smartphones, tablets, and fast internet connections are what makes them possible, they are not why people use them.

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Slot machine casinos are a different world: lots of light and the sound of the machine whirring away. And the yelps from those who win.

There are two main reasons why online casinos have become so popular. Firstly, they are a simple and quick way to have fun. And secondly, slot games have brought a whole new group of people to online casinos. In fact, 48% of all online casino goers log on just to play slots, making slots by far the most popular casino game.

But why slots??

Easy to Learn

When we think of a casino, the first thing that comes to our minds are the well-known card and table games, such as Poker, Blackjack, and Roulette. Although these games have scores of avid fans and players, all require a certain amount of knowledge and skill to play, especially Poker. For anyone new to a casino, playing a skill game that they don’t know against experienced players is not a very attractive choice.

Because slot games are simple and easy to learn, people can be playing and doing well in just a matter of minutes. All without the need for prior knowledge, or even that much skill. It is this ease of play that makes them the best choice for all casino newcomers.

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It is a game of chance – and there are winners.

Better Returns
Casinos are liked by so many people because they are a great place to have fun, but there is no denying that people also play for the chance to win money. It is this chance of winning that drives people when choosing which game to play. Because people want to play games that give them the best chance of winning.

All casino games have a return to player ratio. This is the percentage of money on average that is returned to the player. A 90% ratio would mean for ever $100 you bet you would expect to receive $90 back in winnings. Slot games have a return to player ratio of around 92-96%. This is higher than any other casino game. On top of this high rate, many slots games also provide all manner of different bonuses, such as free spins. Giving players even more opportunities to win.

Made for You
Games like poker or blackjack have remained the same for generations, and are not likely to change anytime soon. Therefore whether or not you play depends totally on if you like the game. This is where slot games are different. There are literally thousands of different slot games to choose from. Like with computer games, there are a multitude of different slot game development companies, releasing games in all manner of different genres, with different storylines, different gameplay, different bonuses and so on. Meaning quite literally, there is a slot game for everyone.

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Hundreds of different slot machine games are available.

Slot games have fast become one of the most popular ways for people to have fun. The best slot games in Canada are fun to play, easy to learn, and offer a far better chance of winning than regular casino games like blackjack and poker. In turn, whatever you like there is a slot game for you.

Clair Nash is an entertainment consultant

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