The payout table of a slot machine lists the various combinations that the machine will pay out when they are hit. These payout tables are displayed in some form, usually graphically, on the face of the machine, either at the side of the display screen or on another section of the machine. Online slot machines display the payout tables next to the screen in which the slots spin. Alternatively the machine will provide a payout table button that you can press to display the payout table at any time.

Payout tables can look daunting when first encountered, but they essentially represent the various combinations of symbols and slots that will payout out at different rates. Given that you can do nothing to manipulate the spinning of the slots and reels, you do not have to memorize or even have a full understanding of the payout tables, as the machines will automatically pay out according to their payout tables. However it can't hurt to have a basic understanding of how they work.

In their most basic form, slot machines will pay out if you hit certain combinations - for example, 5 bananas in a row. This is straightforward. However they also pay out for more complicated combinations, such as 3 bananas in the same row, plus a wild symbol in any row, combined with a cherry in a specified position, for example. The payout table will indicate by graphically showing this combination, along with the factor by which your bet will be multiplied if you hit the combination, which determines the payout on your wager.

When you hit this combination on the actual slot screen, as line will appear connecting the different symbols, indicating on the slot screen that you have hit the combination. You can then check the payout table to see what the payout factor is for that particular combination.

Landlocked Kazakhstan has remained a mystery to the western traveler for centuries, unknown save from the pages of Marco Polo or Kipling. Few outsiders have experienced the charms of this central Asian country, other than the merchants who plied the Silk Road. Yet since Kazakhstan gained its independence in 1991 and especially under the farsighted and benevolent presidency of Nursultan Nazarbayev, the country has flourished. As the nation flourishes, so do Kazakhstan casinos. Flushed with oil money, it’s boom time in the gambling establishments of this former soviet republic. There are seven cities that have within them legal casino facilities of which there are exactly twenty-eight such places. Indeed if you are hungry for a bet, the tables are the only game in town, as Kazakhstan casinos are the only gambling operations permitted there.
Most notable to the dedicated gambler must be the former capital and largest city in the country, Almaty, that veritable Las Vegas of central Asia, boasting no less than 18 casinos and counting. With a soaring nine percent growth per year, the Kazakh economy has expanded enormously in the last ten years and with it the Kazakh appetite for the gaming tables. The cosmopolitan, multiethnic, multinational city of Almaty is unrecognizable from its previous existence as the principal city of a grey Soviet satellite state. New wealth has brought glamor and excitement to the place, a fact best embodied by the city’s largest casino, Casino Viva. One of a chain, this fabulous Kazakhstan casino hotel can claim twenty-six games tables and ninety-three slot machines.
What’s more, the craze for Internet poker has not gone unnoticed in Kazakhstan casinos with the innovation of video poker fast becoming a favorite. Outside of Almaty, the intrepid gambler is also served; for example, the capital Astana has five casinos, chief amongst them being one of the Casino Zodiak chain that enjoys no less than twenty card tables. If that is not enough for any man, casinos are also to be found further afield in the cities of Aktobe, Kokshetau, Pavlodar, Shimkent, and Ust-kamenogorsk. It is clear, however, that the Kazakh fondness for the green baize and clink of chips is not sated, since the vice-foreign minister recently visited Macao and Hong Kong. The visit was reported to be a “short but fruitful” trip designed to study the gambling industries of these towns and encourage interest in Kazakhstan’s nascent casino business. In fact, a possible direct air link has been touted between Almaty and Hong Kong or Macao, which should bolster enthusiasm for this once exotic place soon set to become the choice of the in-crowd.