Rules and Strategy

The Rules of Slot Machines

Slot machines are undoubtedly the most popular game in casinos. They require no particular technical skill and playing them isn't expensive. We take you through the "rules" of slot machines, essentially a set of guidelines you should follow before selecting which slot machine to play.

First of all, start by choosing the one that suits you best. You generally have the choice between slot machines with three or five reels. Pay attention as well to the pay-out lines, we find most players initially choose slot machines based monetary value.

Think to yourself at this point: how far can I go if I’m only going to use one coin? In general when it comes to a slot machine, you always want to bet the maximum. This means that you should know how many coins you are ready to play per round. Most slot machines have a limit of five coins. If you start a game by following this pattern, you have every chance of winning the jackpot.

You should begin by choosing your bet. If there are multiple pay-out lines, play all of them. At this point don’t hesitate, bet the maximum amount after inserting your money into the machine. If you are in an online casino, click on "spin". If you are playing in a land-based casino, you can pull the lever. A good number of machines have a false lever to retain the original appearance of the first generation of slot machines. The pay-out lines vary depending on the casinos and the machines themselves. Each casino calculates its budget and any special offers that it’s willing to allocate to its customers. You should also be familiar with the combinations that will help you to win the jackpot or - even better - the progressive jackpot.

Online slot machines are very similar to those found in land-based casinos. They are typically more generous in terms of winnings and jackpots are even more frequent. Moreover, it’s a computer system that generates the spins, everything being executed at random by a complex algorithm. Once a player wins the jackpot, the computer system resets the whole process from scratch. The jackpots are therefore not dependent on the same combinations or number of spins and most slot machines online offer a pay-out rate of 97 percent, making them extremely competitive. All that’s left for you to do is to continue betting and pull the lever!

The different types of slot machines that can be found in modern casinos:

Basic slot machines

Most slot machines function digitally, with a video screen that shows the symbols and a random number generator that determines the place where they will stop. This type of machine offers lower winnings than others, but the winnings are paid out more frequently.

Multiplier slot machines

Multipliers in a game essentially help you to earn more from a win. This type of game feature is directly associated with your winnings. A machine can be either a bonus multiplier or a straight multiplier, with pay-out tables functioning as one row per winning combination and one column per wager. Each additional room increases your gains, therefor if three bars pay 10 for a room, they will pay 30 for 3 and so on. The more money you bet, the more you receive when you win.

Multi-line slot machines

On a traditional slot machine, you are only paid when all three symbols in the centre line match up. Although you can see three lines, the top line and the one below do not offer pay-outs. On a multi-line machine, you can activate three or more lines by adding coins. Some machines allow you to play up to 9 or more coins which increases the number of active lines.

Progressive slot machines

The progressive slot machine takes a portion of the amount wagered and places it into an accumulating ‘pot’ with a big jackpot as a result. All those playing on machines contributing to the ‘pot’ cause the jackpot to increase. When it is finally hit, the jackpot can have reached up to 1 million dollars or even more! You have to play the maximum wager per round to be entitled to win the progressive jackpot. Once the jackpot is won it reverts to its minimum amount and starts to build up again.

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