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Slot Machine TermsIt is a fact that slot machines are some of the easiest casino games to play, games based on pure luck enjoyed in general by casual casino players. They don’t have the most favorable house edge, but they are lots of fun and make big payouts, making it worthwhile for playing. However, we wouldn’t advise you to indulge into playing slots without prior knowledge of the terms necessary for a better understanding of the game, therefore we have prepared this slot dictionary:

3D Slots – these are simply slots where all the animations, symbols, cut-scenes, intros and everything else, even the interface, is in 3D. Some of the best 3D slot games that can be played at online casinos have been designed by NetEnt and Betsoft.

Bonus Round – bonus rounds are featured on most of the slots today, especially in the case of online slots. Bonus rounds are activated by landing three or more wild symbols and can be free spins or bonus screens where you need to select something after which bonus money is given.

Bonus Screens – when a bonus round has been activated, you are taken to a second screen where a bonus game is displayed.

Cashback – cashbacks in the context of slots can be cash returned in the form of rewards or simply cash, or by converting comp points into cash. They can be regarded as bonus money to which bonus terms apply.

Coin per Line – the amount of coins you want to bet per line.

Coin Size – this is the denomination of the coin you will use to play the game.

Free Spins – are usually a bonus feature activated with the wild symbol. When you are playing free spins, no money is deducted from your bankroll per spin.

Lever – slot machines, also known as one-armed bandits, that have a handle on the side of the machine which they can pull to spin the reels.

Loose Slots – slot players believe that some slots payout abnormally frequently than other slots based on the assumption that they are sort of “broken”, or that their Random Number Generator doesn’t work properly.

Multiplier – multipliers are given with slot machines that offer bonus features where payouts are multiplied several times.

Pay Table – the pay table is the part where players can see all the possible winning combinations of symbols, how much a jackpot is paid, what bonus features the game has and anything about the slot.

Payline – a payline is a pattern to which the symbols must align in order for a payout to be activated. Slots can have up to 50 paylines, however standard slot games feature from 9 to 25 paylines.

Progressive Slot – a progressive slot machine has a progressive jackpot that continues to rise as players wager their money in the game. A progressive jackpot is formed by taking a small percent of each wager made on any progressive slot within the progressive jackpot network.

Reels – the reels are the spinning “drums” with symbols on them. When they stop spinning the symbols align to form a payline.

Scatter Symbol – scatter symbols can appear anywhere on the reels and if three or more scatters appear you can get free spins. If you land another 3 scatters during the free spins, your payout is multiplied.

Slot Tournaments – casinos organize slot tournaments where players compete who will make the most from playing a specific slot game within a specified time for a certain prize. Slot tournaments have either entrance fees or they are free. The top slot players share the prize pool.

Stacked Wilds – some slot machines have stacked wilds, which means wilds that fall on top of each other, increasing the chances for a bigger payout.

Video Slots – most of the slots nowadays are video slot games. They have 5 reels and in most cases 20 to 30 paylines. They don’t have physical reels and are run by a computer program.

Wilds – wild symbols act as substitutes for the standard symbols missing from a payline. They are like jokers that help you complete the payline.

Top tips
  • Always try to play the maximum bet for the best payouts, even if that means lowering the coin denominations.
  • Choosing slot machines that have more than one bonus round for better chances at winning and collecting payouts.
  • Make sure to compare the pay tables with progressive slots as these games often pay less for the base game than standard video slot machines. In some cases, it is better to play a progressive with a lower jackpot and better base game payouts.