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Analysis of 21 Bell Slot Machine
This appendix attempts to show how return for the 21 Bell Slot Machine is calculated.
Table 1 shows the frequency of each symbol(s) on each reel. Each stop is equally likely.
Table 1 — Reel Strips
|Stop||Reel 1||Reel 2||Reel 3|
|4||cherry||7 and orange||bell|
|7||7||plum and bar||bell|
|8||bell and bar||bell||melon and orange|
|12||plum||melon and orange||bell|
|15||melon||cherry||7 and bar|
|18||plum||cherry||melon and orange|
|20||plum||melon and orange||lemon|
Table 2 shows the frequency of each symbol on each reel.
Table 2 — Symbol Frequency
|Symbol||Reel 1||Reel 2||Reel 3|
Table 3 shows the number of combinations of each paying combination (probability combinations) and the expected return for each paying combination over all possible outcomes (return combinations).
Table 3 — Probability and Return Combinations
|melon, melon, bar||100||4||400|
|bell, bell, bar||18||5||90|
|plum, plum, bar||14||21||294|
|orange, orange, bar||10||25||250|
|cherry, cherry, any||5||240||1200|
|cherry, any, any||2||560||1120|
The bottom row of table 3 shows 1073 probability combinations and 7556 return combinations. With 20 stops on each reel the total combinations is 203=8000. So the probability of any win (hit frequency) is 1073/8000 =13.41%. The machine's expected return is 7556/8000 =94.45%.