How To Play Online Slot Machines

When it comes to playing online slots machines, most people think that all slots are the same and you pop your money in the machine, hit the spin button and wait for a win to spin in. Technically, there’s a lot more to playing online slots than meets the eye.

The differences

Online casinos offer hundreds if not thousands of different slots machines to play. All of which have different themes, designs, graphics, payouts, pay tables, bonuses, features and the list goes on and on.

It’s a really good idea to review the game you want to play first, this provides hints and tips on how the game is played the best way to bet, the amount you can win and so on. Reviews can tell you if the slot game is a progressive jackpot slot or a non-progressive slot, features multiple paylines or single paylines, wilds, scatters, multipliers, bonus rounds or free spins.

Free play

Some online casino sites allow you to play for free. This is a great feature because it allows you to test the games and see how its played without having to put your hand in your pocket!

Pay table details

When you’ve decided on a slot game you really want to play, the nest task is to familiarise yourself with the pay table. This is where you will find the ins and outs for this particular game. You will get a glimpse of the available symbols, the symbols you need to win, the winning combinations you can get, the way you can win the jackpot and more.

The slot feature also shows you the max and minimum pay lines you can bet on, the max and minimum bet available and the various other features within the game such as wilds, scatters, bonus icons, bonus game round and how the work and how you can trigger them.

You can choose to play as many or as few paylines as you like (depending on the slot game as some slot games have fixed paylines). The more paylines you bet on, the bigger your chances of winning. Every time you add an additional payline, your stake rises. An example of this is if you have twenty paylines and your stake per line is £1, your total stake will be £20 per spin.

Tasty jackpots

There’s so many different slots around, with so many different jackpots. Some offer fixed payouts (non-progressive jackpots) and others offer a progressive jackpot. To win the eye-watering amounts of cash on offer with the progressive jackpots, you will need to bet big! Some slots offer different levels of progressive jackpots, there’s small ones that allow you to bet small but to win jackpots of millions and millions of pounds, you will need to wager big bucks.

Variations of slot machines

You will come across so many different online slot machines when playing at casino sites, these include:

  • Classic slots – any slot machine with 3 reels is a classic slot machine. Offering a single payline that offers the chance to play with more than one coin per spin.
  • Video slots – 5 reel slots that can feature up to 100 paylines. They offer so many different ways to win and you can trigger more than one main bonus round whilst playing.
  • Progressive slots – where the jackpot grows and grows to millions of pounds until it is won
  • Fruit Machines – this is a British term for an old-school slot machine with 3 reels, designed around arcade style machines with regular small payout features.
  • 243 ways slots – these 5 reel slot machines give up to 243 ways to win on every spin, which means they cost more to play.
  • Non-progressive slot – this type of game has a set payout and you need to spin in the symbols stated to get the jackpot on offer.

Auto spin

If you’re like me and you hate pressing your mouse after each and every spin, you can use the online slot games auto spin feature. You select the spins you want the machine to spin automatically on your behalf, sit back and watch those reels spin.


Setting a budget is one of the most important things you can do when it comes to playing slots online. It’s so easy to spend more than you can afford in such a short space of time. By setting a budget you will reduce your chances of getting into financial trouble.

The vast majority of online casino sites offer players the option of setting a deposit limit, my advice would be to set that before you even start to play. This allows you to play with piece of mind that you won’t be able to spend more than you’ve stated as your maximum deposit limit.

Don’t start chasing money, I’ve heard plenty of people saying ‘It’s had so much money, it’s due to go’ – because that is not the case. Play with your head and not your heart – know when enough is enough and stop.

Slots bonuses

When you sign up to an online casino, you are more often than not welcomed with a large welcome bonus on top of your first deposit. Before you accept that bonus you should read the terms and conditions, because sometimes it’s better to reject a bonus than accept it! Some slots bonuses have big wagering requirements attached to them, so when you win, you will have to wager (play through) a certain amount of times before you can withdraw to your bank. Example, if the wagering requirement is 10x the bonus and you received a £50 bonus – you will have to play through a total of £500 before being able to withdraw.

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Responsible gambling

Whether you love to have the odd bet now and again or play regularly, you should always gamble responsibly. Set yourself limits and never go over them. If you think you are gambling too much, there are plenty of organisations online than can help you.

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