Playing Online Slots – A Novice’s Guide to Hitting the Jackpot; Part 1

Playing online Slot machines are simple, easy to learn and fun games to play; it is this combination that makes slots so popular with both novice and experienced players.

Here we will go through the basics of playing online slot machines and in Part 2 some strategies to help you win big.

When playing online slots you just need to know the machine’s pay table and how many coins you should play. It really is that easy so let’s quickly review the basics.

Coins

You can drop as many Casino chips as you wish into the online slot machine.

Putting chips in the online slot machine increases your credit reflected in the coin setting for the machine and the dollar value of the chips.

Each online slot machine is set to play a certain coin denomination –

$0.25 coins, $1 coins or $5 coins. If you put a $120 Casino chip in a slot machine with a $1 coin setting, your coin credits will be 120.

Betting

To play an online slot machine make a credit and click the spin button to spin the reels.

The reels will spin independently and then come to a standstill in a random way on various symbols that make up the Pay Line (the horizontal line running across the reels). If the reels stop at a winning combination according to the payout table, on the machine you win in line with the pay table.

Payouts

When playing online slot machines payouts are shown in the payout table at the top of each machine.

The payout tables have rows containing the payout amounts for various winning combinations of reel symbols at the Play Line.
Each has a combination of possible payout amounts, depending on the number of Coins that are played.

When you change the Coins Bet value, the vertical column of payout amounts for that Coins Bet number will be highlighted.

Number Of Reels

When playing online slot machines in the old days most had three reels, but casinos offer machines with more today and four or five are very common

When it comes to the odds of winning when playing online slot machines the most important thing to keep in mind is to look at the number of reels a machine has, and how many symbols are displayed on each reel.

The greater the number of reels and symbols, the more the odds of hitting the jackpot or any other winning combination will be.
The number of symbols on each reel is built into the computer chip that operates the online slot machine; the actual number of symbols dictates the size of the jackpot that the machine wills payout.

The reason for the programmed symbols is to make the jackpot hard enough to win that the machine will generate enough money to pay for the jackpot and make a profit.

When playing online slot machines most are set to pay out between 83 to 98 percent of the coins that are played in the course of a pay cycle.

Machines Multiple Coins

On average, machines operate on a two or three coin maximum.
With multiple coin machines, there are variations.

With some machines, the number of coins played is proportional to the payoff, and others offer a payoff that is more than proportional.

Some machines don’t even pay a jackpot on one coin, and the three-coin jackpot often pays 150% of a two-coin win.
With these machines play the maximum number of coins to increase your odds of success.

The standard slot machine has one 1 – 3 paylines for multi-lined pay lines; a coin must be played for a specific pay line, for that pay line to be able to generate a win.

When playing online slots you are playing a pure game of chance, but having said that there is a right and a wrong way to play online slot machines.

Play the right way and you can get the odds a little more in your favor. Online slot machines are fun, but more fun when you win the jackpot.

We will look at some strategies to win when playing online slots in part 2