Volatility in Online Slot Machines
Online slot machine gambling has gained popularity since the advent of the internet. With all of the convenience and easy to use interface that the computer brings to every day life, it is no wonder that online slot machines have taken off in a big way. This type of gambling takes place on a computer that either requires direct connection to the internet or through a wireless device such as a modem or wireless phone. Software that controls the operation of the machine is installed on the computer either for personal use or to play for a specific online casino. The software creates symbols on reels that signify the reels’ winnings or losses.
When a player wins, the payout is drawn from the “winnings” or in some cases, a combination of the winnings and the bonus features of the slot machine. Every time you place a bet and pull the handle on a slot machine, the computer sends a signal that is interpreted by the device. It is these signals that are interpreted and converted into what you see on screen. If you are playing on one of the many slot games online, chances are you will notice that there are many different symbols that represent paylines on reels. When a player sees a symbol that he or she believes to be a payline, they will need to wait until it becomes red before they can again play.
Varying between light and dark colors, paylines represent winnings or losses on a particular reel. Paylines can change dramatically between machines. Most online slot providers use what is known as a “volatility meter” to determine which paylines are red and which ones are green. A high volatility score indicates that you may end up playing many different slot machines over the course of an hour.