Online Slot Games: Frequently Asked Questions Part I
Today, we’re answering the questions we get asked most often about online slots. If you’re just starting out with slots, you’ll find everything you need to know in this two-part guide.
How do slots work?
Gone are the days of slots being actual machines. Now, you simply need to go on the internet to play an online slot machine game.
Instead of using levers for a mechanical reaction, online slots use computer technology called Random Number Generators. Every time you hit the “Spin” button, the game’s Random Number Generator completes a set of algorithms that calculate numbers. These numbers correspond with points on the reels where the action will stop. If the reels end up positioned in a way where matching icons are lined up side by side on a payline, you win.
How do progressive jackpots work?
Games that have progressive jackpots direct a fraction of each coin wagered towards the jackpot. There are two ways it can pay: randomly or by triggering the top-winning line. Random progressive jackpots generally don’t require betting minimums, whereas the jackpots connected to the top lines require you to bet the maximum number of coins for eligibility.
What are annuities?
When big jackpots hit, casinos often pay players through installments (annuities), which are payment plans.
How do wild symbols work?
Wilds are like wild cards; they can substitute for almost any icon to complete winning lines. If you land three A’s and one wild on a payline, you’d be paid for landing four A’s. A lot of games also offer payouts for lining up wilds. Most wilds don’t substitute for scatters.
How do scatters work?
Scatters trigger bonuses. Generally, you need to land at least three anywhere on the reels (they don’t need to line up) to get the bonus, which is usually a set of free spins, or a bonus round.
How do multipliers work?
Often displayed as 3X or 4X, multipliers increase payouts. A 3X multiplier triples payouts and a 2X multiplier doubles payouts.
What are paylines?
A payline is a line that crosses each reel, from left to right. Games with paylines require matching icons to land on a payline starting at the left-most reel in order to win.
Are slots ever due to hit?
Slots are never due to hit because they have no memory. Every new spin sets off a new series of algorithms that are in no way connected to the previous result.
What are tight and loose slots?
The terms tight and loose describe how much a slot pays out. Every game has a Return To Player (RTP) percentage that dictates how much the machine will pay out over the long run. A game with a high RTP percentage (97% for example) is loose, and a game with a low RTP (93% for example) is tight. These are just some of the common terms used everyday when playing online Slots.