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Looking for the easiest casino game that there is.  Well look no further because playing slots is literally child's play.  You place you bet and hit the spin button and the machine does the rest.  Its reels will spin, each one coming to a rest at a random point, and depending on which symbols are displayed across the pay-lines, you win or lose.  And playing slots online is no harder than traditional slots.

Even though slots is a no-brainer, it is still worth while getting to know the ins and outs before you play for real money.


The Online Slot Machine

Slots come in many forms and offer a plethora of different themes but essentially they are all pretty much the same.  There are a number of elements that are present for all slots, and these are illustrated in the slot machine below.

Reels & Pay-lines

All slot machines will have reels - either 3, 5, or even 7.  The machine pictured above has 3.  The reels are what spin when the bet/spin button is hit.

All slot machines will have pay-lines.  The machine pictured above has 5 pay-lines but this will also vary from one machine to the next.  1, 3, 5 and 9 pay-lines are most common but you can find up to 21 pay-lines on some machines.


All slot machines will have a pay-table.  The pay-table will either be on the game consol, as it is on the above machine, or available on a consol activated second screen.  The pay-table tells you what combination of symbols are required along the pay-lines to win coins, and how many coins you'll win.  For example, in the above game, 3 dollar symbols on pay-line 5 (diagonal bottom left to top right) will earn you 6,000 coins.


Most online slots will let you choose the value of the coins that you can bet with.`  Although there are many exceptions, typical coin value ranges offered are:

  • Microgaming slots: $0.25, $0.50, $1 and $5 per coin.  

  • Boss Media slots: $0.25, $0.50, $1 and $5 per coin.  

  • Playtech slots: $0.05, $0.50, $1 and $5 per coin.  

  • Wagerlogic slots: $0.01, $0.10, $0.50, $1 and $5 per coin.  

  • Odds On slots: 0.50, $1, $5 and $10 per coin.

Placing the wager

All slot machines will have a bet or spin button.  As the name suggests, hit this button and the reels will spin and you're in the game.

Once you've selected your coin value, you can then make a single coin bet, or a multiple coin bet.  The above figure illustrates a typical bet control on an online slot machine.  To bet a single coin, you would hit the 'BET ONE' button then the 'SPIN' button.  To bet 2 coins or 2 pay-lines, you would hit the 'BET ONE' twice then the 'SPIN' button.  To bet the maximum number of coins, simply hit the 'BET MAX' button and the the maximum coin bet will be laid and the reels will spin.

Slot machines will also allow to play more than one coin per spin.  Singe pay-line machines will allow you to play 2, 3, 4 or 5 coins per spin, while multiple line machines will let you play one coin for every line.  So for each spin, your possible bet amount can be very small, or quite large.  Here are a couple of examples:

  1. You have a choice of $0.25, $0.50, $1 and $5 per coin, on 3 reel, single line, 3 coin machine.  In this case, you can bet one $0.25 coin for a total bet of $0.25 per spin, or three $5 coins for a total bet of $15 per spin.  

  2. You have a choice of $0.01, $0.10, $0.50, $1 and $5 per coin, on a 5 reel, 9 line machine.  In this case, you can bet one $0.01 coin on one line for a total bet of $0.01 per spin, or one $5 coin for every line for a total bet $45 per spin.


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