I don’t know of any SAHD that hasn’t heard of, or played on, an online casino site or virtual slot machine. But for the uninitiated, the vast array of online gambling sites and slot providers can seem daunting, to say the least.
It would take more than a blog post to fully explain all the different types of slot machines available through the various online gambling sites. Every casino offers a vast array of slots to attract gamblers and they can come in a multitude of differing variations: from single line to progressive.
If you’re just venturing into the online slot machine world, you might want to try a few out before you find one you’re comfortable with. Remember, the play is a great deal quicker than traditional slot machines, so take your time to understand what you’re playing before committing your finances. There are a number of no deposit casino’s that offer you the chance to try before you buy.
The purpose of this post is to ease you through the gaming minefield and answer any of those burning gambling questions that may have been keeping you awake at night…in addition to the screaming kids!
Number of Reels
There are usually three or five reels in a slot machine. ‘Classic’ slots tend to have just three reels. Five reels are more common today and feature more than one pay-line.
Number of Rows
Slot machines feature one, two, or several horizontal rows, which mark positions on the vertical reels. Extra rows above and beyond the pay-out line are designed to tease the player by showing them just how close they were to winning.
Number of Pay-Lines
There can be one or more pay-lines crossing the reels. It’s common to see between three and twenty pay-lines. For a winning combination, the specified symbols must fall on a line – often the central horizontal line.
On a slot with more than one pay-line, you can bring additional lines into play by increasing the amount of coins you play. You don’t have to bet on every available pay-line.
In order to fully converse with the online slot community, you’ll also need to be familiar to some online slot phrases.
The monetary value of the coins you will use to play. In other words the amount of money you will be betting with when you spin the reels.
The time it takes for a machine to pay out. Traditional gaming experts explain that in order to meet the programmed pay-out percentage that every slot machine goes through after meeting a pre-set number of coins, the machine must pay-out. Newer online experts will argue that the pay cycle no longer exists because of the random number generator in each machine.
Online slot machines that pay out a lot! Loose slots are the opposite to ‘tight slots’ that don’t seem to pay out much at all.
There are also diamond slots; which simply refer to the diamond symbol on the reels you spin and fruit Machines; which refer to the fruit symbols on the reels you spin – fruit machines are not a healthy vending machine!
Wheel of Fortune
Slots that offer enormous pay-outs.
This article was written by Kathryn Thompson, an experienced lifestyle blogger who has written about topics from parenting on a budget to online understanding online casino’s.