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An In-Depth Read on How Slot Machines Work from Your Friends at Discovery

From the “look what I came across searching the Web” file, comes this remarkably detailed report on how slot machines operate from the wide-ranging “HowStuffWorks” website.  Both the site and the television show of the same name are owned by the Discovery Company — you know, the same people who have the Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet (my fav), and a host of other “let’s-make-learning-fun” ventures.  

So, if you really want to know how slot machines work then this article chock full of details (I’m talking charts and graphs and full-color diagrams…with cross-sections!) and with words like step motors, digital pulses and solenoids is for you.  For instance, here’s a brief excerpt from the article section entitled “Computerized Slot Machines” —

“Most modern slot machines are designed to look and feel like the old mechanical models, but they work on a completely different principle. The outcome of each pull is actually controlled by a central computer inside the machine, not by the motion of the reels.”

At the end of the article, you’ll find lots of links for other gaming and casino-related subjects you might also want to explore.  And, if after all that, you still have a need for unusual knowledge, there’s always this Thursday’s seasonally-appropriate episode of “HowStuffWorks” television simply entitled — “Turkey.”

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