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Tuesday, 02 July 2013 07:13

The Basics of Online Slots

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Of all the games available at an online casino, the slots are some of the most lucrative and popular. Here's how to make the most of your slots experience.

A casino player, particularly an online casino player, is spoilt for choice with hundreds of games available at the click of a button. The majority of a casino's inventory will be slot machines, and since online slots take up no floor space, an online casino can stock literally thousands of varieties. As some of the most lucrative and enjoyable casino games, slots are very simple to play – you only need to know the basics and you're off!


Reels are the vertical columns on which the symbols spin. The first slot machines began with three reels (the traditional 'fruit machines'), but the majority of modern slots have five reels.


The term 'payline' refers to an arbitrary line on a slot machine that allows a player to win. When the player spins the reels, the symbols settle in a combination on the screen and if a certain combination falls on an active payline then the player will win the payout associated with that particular combination.

Wild Symbols

A wild symbol substitutes for other symbols to form winning combinations. For example, if you spin two Kings on an active payline and a wild, the wild will function as a King symbol and you'll receive the payout for three Kings. Wild symbols often mean the difference between a winning spin and a spin that gets you nowhere!

Scatter symbols

Scatter symbols disregard the payline system altogether, and pay out wherever they fall on the screen.

Free Spins

Free spins are triggered by certain events, for example, spinning three scatters. The reels then spin without the player having to pay for the spin, but they bank the cash if there are any wins.

Bonus games

Bonus games are one of the best aspects of a slot game. Slot manufacturers are extremely inventive when it comes to designing slot games, and players love to see how the theme is brought to life. Bonus rounds are also the place where the biggest payouts, or jackpots, are awarded. If you're lucky enough to enter the bonus rounds you're sure to scoop up some great prizes!