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How Playing Fruit Machines Can Affect Your Mood

Slot machines are casino gambling machines that contain three or more reels that spin upon the push of a button, today. The first slot machines were operated with a lever on the side – which when combined with the fact that slot machines have the capability to leave its players vastly impoverished, led to the slot machines’ nickname of “the one-armed bandit.” A lot of slot machines today have a lever on the side in addition to the button on the front panel of the machine. The slot machine payoff depends on the patterns of the symbols visible on the screen, and while most slot machines have a predetermined jackpot visible on the screen, some slot machines’ payoff depends on the amount of money the player has inserted into the slot, which has a currency detector to validate the money. The slot is basically the origin of the name of the machines, although the slot machines are also commonly known as fruit machines, because the images that spin on the reels are of traditional fruits, such as lemons, cherries and bananas.

1.    Online Fruit Machines

The rise of online gambling didn’t leave the fruit machines behind. There are plenty of online casinos that offer gambling on fruit machines. There are plenty of different types of games as well – from traditional, three fruit slots, to five reel games, as well as games that tell you a story while you play that have an incredible amount of interactive elements. There is also the progressive jackpot draw – the more you play, the more money you spend, the bigger the payoff gets.

Online fruit machines, or slots, offer a wide variety of options that change the traditional gameplay. You can choose anything from the number of lines you want to play, to how many coins you want to play at one time. The game’s interface is also very easy to bring up, and after you’ve determined the nature of the gameplay, you can even set up an auto-spin feature, and just sit back in front of your computer and watch the game play out on your screen.

2.    Fruit Machines and Strategy

Other games, like poker or blackjack, require a strategy to ensure you will break even or win a large sum of money by playing. This is not the case with fruit machines. Traditionally, there is no strategy that a player can employ in order to win a game – which means the players don’t necessarily have to try to hard or concentrate on the game.

However, there are a few things that players can do to make their fruit machine gambling worthwhile. For example, if the player doesn’t want to spend a lot of money, but still get an opportunity to win a big jackpot, they can look for a fruit machine that doesn’t require a large maximum amount of coins.

In normal circumstances, online fruit machines have better odds than land based fruit machines, but some of them still promise payouts that are better than average, where the player can get up to 98% payback. Also, playing at the aforementioned progressive jackpot fruit machines can be also considered a winning strategy. Progressive jackpot machines offer a huge jackpot the more you play them, which brings the odds in the player’s favor – and the player might actually profit from playing, or at least break even.

3.    How Fruit Machines Affect Mood

Winning at casino games (or any other game, for that matter) makes the player get a victory high. This high is produced by the fact that the brain releases endorphins and produces leptin. Endorphins are the body’s natural narcotics that make you feel good. Leptin aids the endorphins by making the players feel satisfied when they win, so in theory, the more the player wins, the more satisfied he is. However, when the amount of leptin in the body reaches a certain level, it stops being produced by the brain, so marathon players actually feel less satisfied the more they play. 

However, not everyone reacts the same way to winning. Some gamblers get a victory high and a healthy doze of leptin by simple wins, and for them, playing a few rounds at a fruit machine will make them satisfied enough to leave. On the other hand, there are players who need to win big, or to win several times in a row, or to win at least ten or twenty times before they can walk away. This happens because their brains produce less leptin with each win, so they need to win something specific in order to feel satisfied enough. Also, the more they play, the less satisfied they feel, so they need a good win to be able to walk away from the game.

4.    What Makes Fruit Machines Addictive and How to Fight It

Winning at fruit machines occurs rarely – especially compared to other casino games. But, when the player actually wins it feels even more satisfying, creating an even bigger victory high. It is what draws the players to the slots, and what creates the obsession that some gamblers have with fruit machines.

But it’s not just about winning. Fruit machines’ mechanism – the spinning of the fruit patterns make the players want to play more by creating a sense of excitement and euphoria, especially when the wheels start to spin. In that moment of uncertainty, the brain overwhelms the body with dopamine – which is another chemical that makes the players feel good. It is the reason why fruit machines are addictive – the players start chasing their loss, and every new game starts with the release of dopamine. And when they lose, lack of leptin keeps them from being satisfied, and that makes them keep playing and losing money.

However, this doesn’t mean fruit machines addiction cannot be fought on the same level. In fact, a project called Food and Mood was set up by Amanda Geary, where the connection between good mood and food has been thoroughly explored. Their findings have been groundbreaking and have been used to treat various mental health problems, especially mood disorders.

We are all aware that certain foods are good for our health, however, with the project, it has been discovered that there are foods which can affect our mood, and increase the release of endorphins, making us feel good, while still keeping a healthy diet. These types of foods contain the so called good mood protein, called tryptophan. It can be found in fish rich with oil, in fruits like avocado, apricots and bananas, and in nuts and seeds. Once the tryptophan is absorbed into the body, it transforms into serotonin – the brain chemical that makes us feel good, optimistic, and calm.