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Most slot games have a theme, and the symbols and bonus features are usually aligned with that theme. Symbols vary from classic fruit and bells to stylized lucky sevens. Many slot machines also have special symbols that trigger different bonus rounds and jackpots. In addition, most modern slot machines allow players to choose how many paylines they want to wager on with each spin. Choosing the number of paylines is known as playing free slots, while betting according to fixed lines is known as playing fixed slots.
With electromechanical slot machines, a malfunction could be caused by the door switch being in the wrong position, a reel motor failing, or even out of paper. Modern video slot machines use microprocessors to monitor their status and can be programmed to weight particular symbols, causing them to appear more often on a given reel than they would in reality. This is how manufacturers can increase the likelihood of winning combinations without increasing jackpot sizes. However, these odds still limit the maximum amount a player can win on each spin.