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Symbols, Reels and Paylines
The symbols on a slot machine can really be anything at all. They are often related to the theme of the slot machine game. Dolphin Tale, for example, has an underwater theme; symbols include dolphins, fish, clams, crabs, shrimp, and octopuses. Common symbols on many slot machines include cherries, playing cards, the number 7, and the bar symbol.
A payline is a line that runs across all the reels. A payline may be horizontal, diagonal, or zigzagged. When you bet on a particular payline, you are said to have “enabled” that payline. You win at slots when the winning symbols appear on a payline that you have enabled. Some modern online slots games employ Ways To Win, allowing a winning payout whenever matching symbols appear on adjacent reels, instead of paylines.
Classic Slots, Video Slots, and Fruit Machines
Classic slots, also known as reel slots, are the three-reel slot machines. They have a curved, 3-D appearance on your computer screen, just like the original mechanical slot machines had. They can have 1, 3, or 5 paylines.
Video slots are the five-reel slot machines. They appear flat on your computer screen, much like a flat-screen TV. They all have at least 5 paylines, some have up to 100 paylines, and a few have done away with paylines altogether and offer hundreds of Ways To Win.
Fruit machines, also known as AWP (Amusement with Prizes) machines, are UK-style three-reel slot machines. Fruit machines have special Hold and Nudge features, and often have bonus games within the slot machine game.
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If, for example, you select a coin size of $0.25 and you select 5 coins, you will be betting $1.25 on each enabled payline. If you select 3 paylines, your total wager will be $3.75 on each spin.
How to Win at Online Slots
Every online slot machine has a payout schedule that tells you which symbols, in which combinations, pay out how many coins. The payout schedule is easily accessible, and you may consult it whenever you want. It is not necessary to memorize the payout schedule, or to do anything to claim your winnings. The machine will do the figuring for you and will automatically add your winnings to your casino account.
Online Progressive Slots
Before you play a progressive slot machine game, make sure to read the rules of the particular game carefully. In most cases, you have to bet the maximum amount to be eligible for the progressive jackpot. The rules might vary with each game, so make sure you understand and follow the rules of the particular progressive slot machine that you have chosen.
Scatter Symbols, Wild Symbols, and Multipliers
In Ladies Night, for example, the Waiter is a scatter symbol. If two Waiter symbols appear anywhere on the five reels, you win 2 times the total amount of your bet. If more Waiter symbols appear you win even more, up to 500 times your bet if five Waiter symbols appear.
Wild Symbols appear in both classic slots and video slots. A wild symbol can substitute for any other symbol to complete a winning combination, much like a wild card in a game of poker. In many slots games, the wild symbol also acts as a multiplier. This means that the payout for a winning combination that includes the wild symbol is multiplied by 2, 3, or even more.
In the Lion's Share online slots game, for example, the Lion is a wild symbol and also a multiplier. If one Lion is used as a wild symbol to complete a winning combination, the payout is doubled. If two Lions are used to complete the winning combination, the payout is quadrupled.
Free Spins, Gambles, and other Bonus Features
Another common bonus feature is the gamble feature. After a winning spin, you can try to double your winnings by guessing the colour of a playing card, or quadruple your winnings by guessing the suit. If you guess wrong, of course, you lose your original winnings. That's why it's called gamble.
There are lots of other bonus features in online slots games. In the Treasure bonus game in Age of Discovery, you can win up to 32,250 coins. In Bars and Stripes, the Hat bonus game allows you to win up to 47,500 coins.
There are lots of other online casino slots games with their own special features. Be sure to check out the games themselves for all the details.
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