Other features considered deceptive by critics include differing symbol sizes (winning symbols are larger stop buttons (give the illusion of control though the outcome is determined on initial wager) and frequent small wins (accompanied by flashing lights and bells).
Thus the odds of losing symbols appearing on the payline became disproportionate to their actual frequency on the physical reel.
They were what Horbay refers to as normals.
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