Slot Machines

Everyone loves a good slot machine. Go into any casino and there are rows and rows of them, many of them occupied. They are easy to play and often have fun things to look at on the screen.

Almost all slot machines work the same way, so you can go from slot machine to online slot machine without much noticeable difference.

The things that spin are called reels and they have symbols that stop in random order. They key is to have the symbols stop in a specific combination of patterns so you can receive the largest payout. For any slot game you're playing, you should know if there are any special symbols, rounds, or jackpots. Let's talk a little more about symbols and pay outs and bonuses.

You will usually see around 10 to 12 symbols per game. There are also special wild or bonus symbols. The payline is where you really want to focus your attention. This is where you want your symbols to line up. There are some machines that have over 20 paylines and they may be all over the screen and not just in a straight line. And let's not forget about betting. This is where it matters. This is where you choose how many coins you want to bet per payline and how many paylines to play. Of course, the more you bet, the more you can win. Keep in mind that you are betting per payline, so whichever line hits, it's the bet you made on that payline that matters.

Just a little behind the scenes information about online slot machines is that they are powered by a random number generator (RNG). This generator produces random series, hence the name, of numbers every time you click the spin button. This computer software combined with algorithms is responsible for the symbols that appear on the screen when you spin. This number, symbol, is generated with no clue about the number that came before it. Contrary to popular belief, sitting at one machine all day while have no impact on what symbols will appear next.


If you are new to online slot machines, you should consider the three reel version. It is the simplest game to play, but it only has three reels from which to win. Three symbols appear in a straight line and often the maximum bet is three coins per spin. Don't let that dissuade you. There are large progressive jackpots with three reel slots. Progressive jackpots continue to grow for players, but they are only awarded on maximum spin bets. Once the jackpot is won, the game resets back to zero and the jackpot begins building again.

Typically, casino sites will offer free spins, so you can play the slot machine for free. You can also play games at online casinos for free to get a feel for them before you start actually betting. Always be sure to play the free version of any game first, so you know what you're doing.