At very first glance one would think that the fruit machines are no different than the regular slot machines. In looks they are very similar for the most part. The real difference comes in is when you are playing them. In some aspects you have better chances of winning on the fruit machines compared to the regular slots.With the regular slots you simply place your bet ,then pull the handle or push the button to get the reel rolling. If they stop on a winning combination they you win a portion of money. A winning combination might be three items that are the same, for example three cherries or three diamonds. Whatever the graphics are on the reels and what the machine shows as being potential winning combinations. There is no other involvement by the player other than to wait to see where the reels are going to stop. Then the process starts all over again.With the fruit machines there are some similarities but some differences as well. You place your bet and pull the handle to get the reels spinning. Now it may be that you will win on a combination just like the regular slots. Or you may win the chance to do some other things without placing your next bet.The machine may allow you to “hold”. If you have two symbols the same, it might allow you to freeze those two symbols and when you pull the lever only the reel that you did not place on hold will spin. If it stops on the same type of symbols like the two you have on hold then you will have a winning combination.The really big difference with the fruit machines is what they call the “trail”. Its sort of like a board game. So you may spin the reel and it will land on a symbol that takes you to the trail screen. Now here all types of things can happen depending on which fruit machine you are playing. There may be a small wheel on the screen that you have to activate. It will land on a number then you will move to that amount of numbers on the trail board. Whatever square you land on may have some sort of bonus attached to it. Like it may say you have three extra free spins. So this means for the next three times that you spin the reels you don’t have to pay to do it. Yet if you win you will get to keep the winnings. In many senses playing the fruit machines means you are getting more opportunity for your bet. This is one of the reasons why they are so popular.Manufacturers of regular slot machines are recognizing how popular these fruit machines are becoming. They are now coming out with similar versions of slot machines that offer second chances by offering bonuses depending on the machine.