All About Slots

Slot games are one of the simplest gambling games available online. You can start playing with as little as 1p and you could win millions.

When you open a slot game for the first time the best place to start is the pay table. The pay table will tell you everything you need to know about that slot game. It’ll give you information on what features are available within the game, like scatters, wilds or free spins. Plus, don’t miss out on the bonus games if there are any. It will also show you if there are any special bet levels or jackpots and give you a breakdown of the games prizes.

Slot games come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Most commonly they have 3 or 5 reels and then paylines vary from game to game. Reels are the number of vertical columns that hold the game icons. Paylines are the winning lines that run horizontally.

There are a couple of features that most slot games have that make playing much easier. First up is the Bet Max feature which allows you to bet the maximum amount of paylines across the reels. Giving you the best chance of a win. Also, don’t miss the auto play feature. Using the auto play feature you can select the number of times you want to spin and then just let the reels run until your spins are done. Winnings will flash up during auto spin and if you hit a bonus round the slot game will pause so you can play the bonus game.

You can have so much fun playing slots and they are all so different you’ll never get bored!

Slot Game Features

Slot games have loads of special features, here is a breakdown of the most common features.

Wilds

Wilds could be compared to the joker in a pack of cards, it can be used with any symbol on the reels to create winning combinations.

Scatters

Scatters are a slot players best friend; it basically is the key to unlocking various fun bonus features within slot games. Unlike other slot game features where symbols must be lined up to create winning paylines, the scatter just needs to appear on the reels to open extras like free spins, mini games and other bonuses depending on the game. Scatter symbols are typically one of the highest paying symbols in a slot game. All scatter symbols

Bonus games

One of the best slots features is the bonus game. These are special games (often video games) that you can ‘unlock’ during play by getting the right combination on the reels. Some have their own little stories and plot lines. Of course, many are just simple games like pick 3 random prizes. Some bonus games have a skill element to them, while others are just random. Of course, when it comes to triggering the bonus games it’s all pot luck, there’s no skill involved.

Slot Themes

Traditional slots all had symbols of fruit or bars but things have moved on and today slot game themes come from popular culture, TV, film, nostalgia, history and whatever else you can think of really.

Most commonly you’ll see slots that have been licensed from some popular entertainment commodity like a band or the latest box office hit. The introduction of video slots has meant that you can now have clips of music or video to help set the scene for the slots player and give them more than ever before.

Video slots

Video slots are the latest development in the modern day slot machine. The introduction of video slots has allowed slot games to progress in terms of the visual content. Advances in technology have meant that slots have developed elements of animation and moving images. One of the biggest differences between video slots and reel machines is the way payouts are calculated. With reel machines, the only way to win the big jackpot is to play the maximum coins for that slot.

1024 ways to win

Slot games with 1024 ways to win are really easy to play. The object is to match symbols consecutively across the reels. Games with 1024 ways to win always feature five reels, which run left to right. You need to match enough symbols in a row – usually three or more – and you’ll win. The longer your combination the bigger your reward. In a slot game with 1024 ways to win there is no such thing as a payline. Instead, you can have any possible left to right combination.

The number of “ways” a machine is described as gives you some insight into just how many paylines you effectively have when you play it. For instance, 1024 refers to the fact that there are five reels, each of which has four symbol positions. Since all possible combinations work, the number of “lines” on the game is equal to 4x4x4x4x4 – or 1,024.

Win both ways

Win both ways is a great feature and can have just as much of a positive effect as any other special feature. That being the case, if you’re able to find a game that includes this particular feature alongside any other greats like wilds or bonus rounds, you’re in for a treat. The win both ways feature allows the player to win from both left to right and right to left.

Progressive Jackpots

A progressive jackpot is a jackpot on a slot game where the value of the jackpot increases a small amount each game until a player wins a jackpot. These jackpots can reach colossal heights. The biggest progressive jackpot ever won was £13, 209, 300, which was won by Jon Heywood in the UK.