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A Beginners Guide to Online Slots

March 12, 2018
A Beginners Guide to Online Slots

Online slot machines at all of our featured USA casino sites generally have 3 reels or 5 reels. The 3 reel slot machines are more commonly referred to as classic online slots or fruit machines and the 5 reel slots are often referred to as bonus round slots, video slots, or multilined slots. They are generally always available in the real money mode and in the free play demo mode and they can be launched either instantly in your web browser or from within a perfectly secure download client.

These platform options will depend on exactly where you are playing. For example some online casinos are entirely non-downloadable and others give you the option to play from within a perfectly secure download client or instantly in your web browser, plus you will also find that most desktop slots today are also now available on mobile. Therefore you can now take your favourite slots with you wherever you go. The 3 reel classic slots tend to have anywhere from 1 to 5 paylines and the 5 reel slots can have anywhere from 10 to 50 paylines.

Some 5 reel slots have been known to have 100 paylines, plus you can also now find a growing number of online slots with 243 different ways to win (similar betting range to a 30 paylined slot), as well as slots with 720 ways to win per spin. You can play on these games from as little as $0.01 - $.1.00 per spin which is ideal for low rollers, up to as much as $500.00 or more per spin. In other words, everyone today from low rollers to high rollers can now enjoy playing on hundreds of online slot machines in the real money mode.

The Wild Symbols usually substitute other symbols on the reels to help form new winning combinations that otherwise weren’t there, plus you can also now find one or two other Wild Symbol variations (e.g. Regular Wilds, Stacked Wild Symbols, Grouped Wild Symbols, Wild Reels, Multiplying Wilds and Expanding Wild Symbols, to name but a few), as well as Scatter Symbols and Bonus Symbols.

The Scatter Symbols tend to award some kind of guaranteed payout when anywhere from 2 to 5 of them show up on the reels at the same time. This payout can range from 1X or 2X times your total bet up to 50X or more times your total bet. You will also find that three or more Scatter Symbols landing on the reels at the same time will trigger a Free Spins Bonus and two or three Bonus Symbols showing up can trigger either an on-reels feature or a second screen (sometimes multi-level) bonus round such as a clicking bonus (aka pick me bonus).