How to Play Slot Machine Games, Rules, Tips & Strategies

Slots games can easily be classified as the most popular games at an online casino...

In fact, many online casinos offer hundreds of different slots titles, making up around half of their available games. As technology has improved, the features and functions available on slots games has improved as well, making these games exciting, dynamic and enthralling!

It really is easy to find a slots game to suit you. There are so many different types of games & rules available that no matter what your preference, you will be able to find something for yourself. In this article we will look at the different sorts of slots machine games that are available so you can make an educated decision on which game will be best for you.

Before you begin playing any casino game it is important to understand how the game works and it is no different when you are considering slot machine games. While slots games are simple to learn and to play, there is more to them than just pulling the lever.

You can divide slots games into three primary types: 

  • Straight slot machines (a.k.a- basic slots or flat tops)
  • Video slots games
  • Progressive slots games.

 Video slots games can fit into one of the other two categories. That being said, there are also a number of different types of games available in each category. Multi-payline games and multi-reel games are popular and different combinations of these games exist. Now we will have a closer look at the different types of games. 


Straight Slots Games

Straight slots games or basic slots games are a very broad category that encompasses a wide range of different types of games. A slot machine is classified as a basic slots game due to the sort of jackpot it offers. A basic slots game has a maximum jackpot that remains static throughout the game. These games tend to offer smaller wins, more often and they are typically lower denomination machines. These games are great for those who want to enjoy a slots game, but have a limited bankroll.

Multiple reels and multiple paylines are characteristics of many slots games. Classic slot machines are a type of basic slots game and these have a single payline in the center of three reels. Most common multi-reel games have five reels and the number of paylines can vary greatly between one and a hundred. You can easily find games with 9, 15, 20, 25, 40 or 50 paylines. Playing with the maximum number of coins will activate all the paylines in the game. The more paylines you have activated, the more coins you will be required to play with, but the more chance you will have of hitting a winning combination. 

Multiple Paylines


Progressive Slots Games

The primary characteristic of a progressive slots game is the progressive jackpot. Unlike the jackpot in a basic slots game that remains static, a progressive jackpot increases as more bets are placed on the machine. This means that the more a machine is played, the larger the jackpot will grow. It continues to grow until one lucky player hits the jackpot and wins the entire amount. You can generally see how big the progressive jackpot is, in real time, as the machine will display the total jackpot amount. It is exciting to watch this amount grow constantly.

Each progressive jackpot has a base starting point. This means that whenever the jackpot has been hit, the amount will revert back to the base point. This amount varies between machines, but the good news is that even if the jackpot has just been hit, there is a minimum jackpot amount that you could win if you hit the jackpot straight afterwards. In order to be able to win the progressive jackpot, you must bet with the maximum number of coins. There is nothing more frustrating than hitting the combination for the progressive jackpot, but not being eligible to win it because you did not bet with the maximum number of coins. 


Playing Slots Games

Once you have chosen a slots game to play, make sure to check the rules and pay table on the machine itself. You will be able to see how the payout is affected by the number of coins that you play with and will be able to decide if it is worthwhile for you to play with a larger number of coins in order to boost your potential payouts.

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