What Changes When You Change Denomination?

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An increasing number of slot machines are multi-denomination machines. Players less acclimated to them wonder what changes when you change denomination:

What outcome of a spin changes when you play a penny slot and then change to a 10 cent denom? Are you still playing the same amount of lines? Is your payback on any given spin the same?


A few things can change when you change denomination:

  • Number of lines: Many machines, as you increase the denomination, can see the number of lines decrease to balance out the bet. This is common on Link style machines, but this practice has spread through other types of games as well.
  • Slot Machine payback: Casinos can set each denomination at a different payback level. Some, but not all, will raise paybacks on higher denomination games. But when the number of lines change, the game is often slightly different, so the payback options will often change a bit, and the casinos will have to choose a different setting.

So your outcome can and likely will be different for a couple of reasons, whether it be the amount of lines you’re playing or the fact that there may be at least subtle adjustments that go along with that change, as well as potential payback changes.

Some players like to change denominations, thinking moving from one denomination that’s not cooperating will improve when they move to another one that might cooperate better. But it’s not like the slot’s putting the money in one denom that you have to find – slots aren’t skill machines, and it’s based on when you hit the button to initiate the spin that determines the outcome, and not whether the slot is on some sort of a streak.

If your bankroll allows you to play higher denominations, it’s generally recommended as the odds are the payback will be better. All else being equal, you at least have a chance at better payback over time on the higher denomination.

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