If you’re new to online slots, finding out exactly what machine to play can be daunting. With so many different styles to choose from, this article will explain the most common online slot types.
There are two main types of online slots: straight and progressive.
Straight Online Slots
Straight online slots have fixed winning combinations and fall into four categories: the Multiplier, the Bonus Multiplier, Multiple Payline and Buy-a-Play.
With multiplier slots, the number of coins that you play multiplies the payout on a win. For example, if the game pays 5 coins on a 1 coin win, it will pay 10 coins if you win by playing two coins.
With multiplier slots, there is no strategic difference based on the number of coins played. As such, it is the ideal machine for anyone wishing to play one coin at a time.
Bonus Multiplier Slots
Bonus multiplier slots offer, surprise, bonuses when playing the maximum number of coins. They can also include bonus tokens in the game that act as ‘wild cards’ or multiply the payout if it is included in a win.
Multiple Payline Slots
Some slot games offer multiple paylines. What this means is that instead of winning the traditional way of simply lining up symbols across the middle line, wins can happen based on extra lines determined by the slot game. The first multiple payline slots had three paylines (horizontally across the top, middle and bottom lines), but modern machines can have up to nine, when including vertical lines and angles.
Often, the number of lines that will result in a win is determined by the number of coins played.
Buy-a-play slot games are the most complicated. Before playing one, be sure to understand the rules fully so that you can maximize your odds or winning. As in multiple payline slots, changing the number of coins played can alter the win conditions.
Jackpots will be won only if playing the maximum number of coins.
Progressive Online Slots
Progressive online slots are very popular, and with good cause. What makes them progressive is that every time a coin is played in the machine, it increases the jackpot, which can become quite substantial over time. Not only that, but the machine may be part of a network of online slots games, all adding to the same jackpot.
The one catch is that in order to win a progressive jackpot, you must play the maximum number of coins. This being said, you should only play the maximum number of coins in progressive online slots. Otherwise, you may still win small amounts, but you are also increasing someone’s eventual win, which you won’t qualify for!
Choosing the game for you
With your newfound knowledge of different online slots, you can now choose the game that’s right for you. There are enough out there, so be sure to take advantage and pick the best one for your style of play.