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Beginners Guide – Slot Machines

 

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Introduction

Slots.. Oh dear – where do I start???   There are soooooo many different ones on-line it could make your brain hurt!  So what I’ve decided to do with this page is just give a brief overview, and  then list out some of my favourites I’ve played with my personal review of them.

 

To start with, if you’re from the UK like me, or other countries with ‘fruit machines’, try to forget all about those completely rigged heaps of crap.  Online slots look similar, but are completely different because most of them really are random!

 

Most online slots are traditional 3 or 5 reel type, but different slots have different numbers of pay-lines;-

3-reel; 1, 3 or 5 win lines.     5-reel; 5, 9, 11, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50 and now even 100 win lines!

In 2010 we saw the first All-Ways-Pay slots; basically all symbols are left-to-right scatters which essentially means you are playing with 243 win lines (3 row slots) or even 1,024 lines! (4 rows, e.g. Arctic Fortune)

 

Note that different softwares have different win line patterns eg: winline 4 on MG is not the same ‘shape’ as winline 4 on Crypto. See our Slots Software Guide below.

 

Then we have different categories of slots:-

Normal; Just pay out standard wins for combinations of symbols.

 

Bonus; Have one or more bonus features triggered by getting certain symbols in view.  The bonus rounds are normally ‘free-spins’ with a multiplier (eg. 15 free spins with all wins x3), or ‘picks’ where you click on a number of symbols to reveal a mystery prize, or a combination of both.

 

Progressive Jackpot; Have a common ‘pool’ of funds contributed to by ALL casinos using the same software to give a massive jackpot which is usually won by getting the highest ranking symbols on the highest numbered line payline on the slot. (e.g. Line 15 on a 15 line slot).  Some progressives are also ‘bonus round’ slots and some of these only give the jackpot in the bonus round, while others still pay as described above.

 

Getting Started

If you’re new to online slots you really should play all those you like the sound of in ‘practice mode’ before you play for real money so you know what to expect.  All online casinos should give you the facility to do this.  You will find the pay tables by clicking on a button on the screen.

 

When you’ve decided to play for real, the first thing to be aware of is what bet level the slot is on when you initially bring it onto your screen.  The vast majority will NOT be set at the minimum bet level, but you can manually reduce this using the on-screen control buttons.  Note that the cost indicator is per line, not per spin!  They will also normally be set at maximum paylines, which again, you may wish to reduce. E.g. Some people like to play 25 line slots using only 9 or 15 paylines for various reasons, including making their money last longer!

 

Many casinos’ have ‘autoplay’ so you don’t get finger ache clicking that mouse button.  MG’s is the best (access by hitting the ‘expert’ button) because you can set it to stop if you hit a big win!

 

 

Reel Weighting & Randomness

The most fundamental way in which video slots differ from real slot machines is that they do not have physical reels.  This allows the slot to have ‘weighted’ reels. 

This is done in one of two ways; a) The reels on a slot do not all have the same number of symbols on them.  E.g. On Tomb Raider the reels have 24, 28, 34, 40 & 40 symbols.  So the chances of getting the scatter symbol on reel 1 is 3 in 24, but on reel 5 it is 3 in 40.

 

b)  The reels all have the same number of symbols, but the odds of each one appearing is different.  E.g. Each reel could have just 10 symbols on it, but it is programmed so that the jackpot symbol only appears 1 in 30 spins, while the lowest value symbol appears 1 in 5 spins. 

 

Neither of these ways of weighting means the machine is ‘rigged’ – the results of each spin is still entirely random, but this weighting just makes for more playing excitement.  Note: Most slots described as ‘UK Style Fruit Machines’ are NOT random in the way described above.

 

 

Know your odds

Like all casino games, slots have a house edge.  This varies from one machine to another but typically the Return To Player (RTP) is somewhere between 94-97%. 

 

However, you have to remember that most slots are high variance and that those percentages are based on an infinite number of spins taking into account all possible winning combinations – including the jackpot.  Therefore unless you are extremely lucky & actually hit the jackpot, your return is normally going to be 1-2% lower than the average RTP. 

 

If like me your preference is for the bonus slots, you also need to know what the chances of actually getting the bonus is, because if you’re not hitting the bonus rounds, the chances of profiting are very slim.  No casinos I know of publish this information, and it is almost impossible to work out unless you know how many of each symbol is on each reel, and how many symbols in total. 

 

I searched the net to try to find this information, but to no avail.  So I decided to plot out the reels of some MG slots to get the data I wanted. But because this takes many, many hours – don’t expect to many more soon!   The numbers written in Blue in the table below is accurate.

Typically most Bonus Features and Free-Spins hit about once in every 100 to 175 spins, except at Rival Gaming casinos where they are much easier to hit.

 

 

Bonus Rounds & Jackpots

These vary from one slot to another, but typically bonus rounds are usual triggered either by getting certain ‘Scatter’ symbols on certain reels, or by getting a set number of consecutive symbols on a winline.   The bonus itself is usually either a pre-set or random number of ‘free-spins’ with a multiplier, or it’s ‘picks’ when you select from a number of symbols on the screen to reveal random prizes. 

 

Some slots combine the two; you pick symbols that give you a random number of free-spins!   Note that while it is possible to get very big wins from the bonus rounds, it is also possible on many slots to get close to, or actually nothing! L

 

The Jackpot on most video slots is getting 5 ‘wild’ symbols on a winline.  On progressive slots these 5 wilds have to be on a particular winline (normally the highest available; e.g. line 15 on a 15-line slot).

 

Bonus Video Slot Strategy

People who don't play them often can't understand how you can profit from games with 95% payout, but you can!  They are no different from any other casino game - the house edge is always against you and if you keep playing any game long enough you will lose.

 

Let's compare to Blackjack; If you play 100 $1 hands with a H.A. of 1%, on average you will lose just $1.  But a run of good or bad luck could see you end with +$20 or -$20. More than that is very unlikely because BJ is a very low variance game.

 

Play 100 $1 spins on a Bonus Slot with H.A. 95% will average a loss of $5, but this is very UNLIKELY due to very high variance.  You could find you have rotten luck and lose $50, or even more!  But if you hit a good bonus feature you could easily win 50, 100, 200 or even more times your bet! You'll NEVER get that with Blackjack!

 

The key to success (as with all games) is money management - knowing when to stop.  Don't lose too much on one particular game, and quit when you're ahead & switch to a different game.

 

Sounds simple I know, but to be honest it isn't that easy. I often break my own rules - but I try not to do it too much!   Like any strategy for any game you do need a bit of good luck, (or at least - not too much bad luck).  More importantly than anything - you need self-control.

 

Given that what I want is the bonus rounds, and that they occur once every 120 – 160 spins, what I do is start with up to 25 spins at double my minimum bet (in case I get lucky) and then 100 at minimum. (Depending on the slot, my minimum is usually either 2c or 5c per line). I will then increase my bets every 25 or 50 spins e.g. 2c, 4c, 6c, 8c.  If I get past about 250 spins with no feature, or my bank has dropped by more than my pre-set limit, I stop & try a different slot.  Sometimes I alter the total bet by changing the number of win-lines as well as, or instead of just changing the stake/line. That’s pretty much all there is to it!

 

Note: This method by itself is not a guaranteed way to win on slots – it’s just the way I like to play. I feel that it improves my chances, but this can not be backed up mathematically. It is possible that you are just as likely to be successful by flat-betting all the time, or using any different betting pattern. However by using this method, along with taking generous casino bonuses, I made profits every year 2005-2010.

 

Of course I don't always win, and I have uploaded 3 of my genuine play logs to show what can happen:-

 

A great winning run.   $100 deposit led to $800 withdrawal – and I wagered more than 2x the WR!

A miracle recovery!   $225 start crashed right down to $1.07, but recovered to cash out $200 profit!

A diabolical losing session.  $240 start (100% bonus) – total blow out not even half way to WR.

 

These Excel spreadsheets show how I record my wagers – the sheets are set up so I only input the blue figures – the rest is calculated using very simple equations.  I’ve also linked some pretty screenshots!

If you study them carefully you will see I only low-roll the majority of the time – even when I’m well ahead. You will also see some mad moments when I totally lose the plot, so I am human – honestly! J

 

Best Slots

This is all a matter of opinion of course, and it’s unlikely any two players will agree on this. One thing most of us do agree on (backed by a recent online poll) is that the best software for slots playability is MicroGaming far and away better than the competition.  But I also enjoy many slots on other softwares, as you’ll see in my favourite slots table below the Software Guide!

 

 

SBv2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guide to Slots Software

There are a bewildering number of suppliers of online slots software these days!

The table below gives some of the most popular ones, which are playable at the reputable online casinos featured on this website.

Just click on the casino’s name in the “Where to Play” column to try any of these great games, in fun mode, or for real money.

Enjoy!

 

Software Brand Name

Software Best Known For

USA?

Where to Play

Welcome Bonus (as of June 2012)

Other Casinos

Ash Gaming

Multi-platform slots, like Alice in Wonderland, etc.

No

 

 

None.

Astra

Arcade Classics; Reel King, etc.

No

 

 

None.

Barcrest

Arcade Classics; Cashino, Rainbow Riches, etc.

No

 

 

None.

Bellfruit

Cops ‘n’ Robbers, Snakes & Ladders, etc.

No

 

 

TBA

BetOnSoft (Saucify)

Great selection of High Definition video slots.

USA_OK

Grand Eagle

100% up to $/£ 250, WR (D+B)x20, Cashable

See: Here

BetSoft

Great slots like The Slot Father.

No

Casino Luck

100% up to $/€/£100 with No WR, Phantom

None.

Blueprint Gaming

Cartoon based slots; e.g. Viz - the Slot, Chuzzle…

No

tba

(Was Virgin Casino – Switched software!!)

None.

CTXM

Good range of slots, like Vampire Slayers, etc.

No

10 Bet

100% to £/€ 500. WR Bx30, Cashable.

None.

Dynamite Idea

A handful of slots, like Bar-X, etc.

No

tba

(Was Virgin Casino – Switched software!!)

None.

Electracade

Just a few slots; Who Wants to be a Millionaire, etc.

No

tba

(Was Virgin Casino – Switched software!!)

None.

Freemantle

The X-Factor slot game

No

tba

(Was Virgin Casino – Switched software!!)

None.

IGT / WagerWorks

Wolf Run, Cleopatra, Elvis, Texas Tea, + lots more!

No

 

 

None.

MicroGaming (MG)

Biggest selection of slots anywhere; 300+

No

32Red

160% up to €/£160, WR Bx30, Cashable.

See: MG Casinos Page

Net Entertainment

Innovative, Unique and Entertaining slots

No

Redbet Casino

100% up to €100, WR Bx35, Cashable

See: NetEnt Page

NextGen

Exciting slots with big hit potential eg. 300 Shields

No

 

 

None.

Novomatic

Classics like Book of Ra, Columbus, etc.

No

 

 

None.

NuWorks

A slight variation on the ever-popular RTG

USA_OK

BuzzLuck

100% up to $868, WR (D+B)x25, Phantom

Lucky Club

PlayTech

Great Slots, including the Marvel Comic Series

No

Grand Reef

100% up to £/€/$250, WR (D+B)x20, Cashable.

See: Playtech Casinos

PlayNGo

A relatively small collection of slots – but good!

No

Mr. Smith

100% up to €/£100, WR (D+B)x25 Cashable

See: NetEnt Page

Rival Gaming

iSlots which follow a story, or have different levels

USA_OK

Superior Casino

100% to £/€/$300, WR (D+B)x13, Cashable

See: Rival Casinos Page

RealTime Gaming (RTG)

The Real Series Slots – all with Random Jackpots

USA_OK

Las Vegas USA

125% to $125, WR (D+B)x30, Cashable

SlotoCash

SlotLand (Own Brand)

Some of the first slots ever on the Internet!

USA_OK

Slotland

$23 Free – No Deposit!  WR Bx20, Cashable

None.

Top Game

Big range of popular slots; Grave Grabbers, etc.

USA_OK

Box24 Casino

$24 Free – No Deposit!  WR Bx99, Cashable

See: Here

Vegas Technologies (WGS)

Variations on many of the Cryptologic slots.

USA_OK

Liberty Slots

100% up to $100. WR (D+B)x20, Sticky

Miami Club

Virtue Fusion

Various great slots – mostly progressives.

No

tba

(Was Virgin Casino – Switched software!!)

None.

WagerLogic (CryptoLogic)

Vast array of different slots, inc CasinoMeister

No

Intercasino

100% up to $/€/£250 WR (D+B)x15, Cashable

Betsafe

WagerWorks / IGT

Massive range of classic Vegas Slots

No

 

 

None.

WGS (Vegas Technologies)

Variations on many of the Cryptologic slots.

USA_OK

Miami Club

100% up to $100. WR (D+B)x20, Cashable

Liberty Slots

WMS (Williams)

Casino Greats: Wizard of Oz, Zeus, etc.

No

Mr. Smith

100% up to €/£100, WR (D+B)x25 Cashable

None.

Win-A-Day (Own Brand)

Unique slots and a casino-wide progressive JP.

USA_OK

WinADay

$24 Free – No Deposit!  WR Bx20, Cashable

None.

* Bonus Notes: Some bonuses are exclusive – you will ONLY get them if you click on the casino links above. ALL bonuses are for new players only.

 

 

 

 

 

My Favourite Slots

 

 

 

(2007)

(So just a little bit out-of-date!)

Key to table:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

Name of Slot / (Software)

Jackpot

Multiplier of max jackpot if hit during ‘normal’ spins. (Bet per line x N)

 

R

L

P

Number of Reels

Number of win-lines

Progressive jackpot?

KK

(SS)

Kasino King’s personal rating of the slot (out of 10)

Screenshot of one of KK’s great hits! (if applicable) – click on SS to view!

Description

Black; How the bonus feature/jackpot is triggered.

Blue; KK’s personal review.

Red; Bad points about the slot (if any).

B?

Bonus Rounds? (No. of types)

 

B spin

Approx. spins between bonuses.

(Blue = actual, Green = estimate)

Where to play

Recommended casinos to play this slot.  (Sign-up or other bonuses offered).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

R/L/P

B?

B spin

Jackpot

KK

Description

Where to play (Bonus info)

 

Dolphin Tale

(Microgaming)

5

 

40

 

No

1

150

x 3,000

(x60,000 in free spins)

10

 

SS

3 scatter clam symbols anywhere in view trigger the free spins where you face a difficult choice. You pick how many spins you want & get randomly awarded one of three multipliers:  From 25 spins at x2, 3 or 5 down to 5 spins at x10, 15 or 20. What makes it even more fun is any symbol can randomly turn wild during the free-spins, greatly boosting your win!  This feature on this slot is just about my favourite free-spin variant. I usually go for just 5 free-spins then pray for the x20 and 1 or 2 really big hits!  (Note: I find 40 win-lines is too many, so usually play this one anywhere from 17 to 25 lines)

Go Wild (50 FREE spins on Thunderstruck II)

 

32Red (160% to $/€/£160)

 

Platinum Play

($/€/£ 1,500 free-play for 24hrs!)

 

Atlantis

(Grand Virtual)

5

 

11

 

No

4

30-40

 

x 2,000

9

 

SS

This slot has FOUR different bonus features:-

Free-spins: 5 to 25 spins for 3-5 Nautilus: Wild symbol multiplies wins by x5, and any bonus round awards are tripled!

Treasure Hunt: 3+ Astrolabes take you to a prize maze – Navigate the Mermaid though the caves collecting prizes, monster repellent and trap keys, avoid the Kraken & the traps until you find the exit.

Obelisk: Reach the top of the column for the biggest prizes.

Seahorse Race: Pick 3 from 6 horses and race to the finish line.

With all the features, the more scatters that trigger the round, the bigger your prizes!   This is simply the most amazing slot I’ve ever played! The graphics & sounds must be seen to be believed. The unusual graphics & reel layouts takes a bit of getting used to.

No-where!

 

This super software was scrapped in 2013 – what a tragedy!

 

 

 

Rain Dance

(RTG)

5

 

20

 

Yes

1

130

x 5,000

9

One of many different ‘Real Series’ slots, on this one the bonus is triggered by 3 or more scatters in view. Your chances are enhanced by an extra free-spin if you get 2 in view. You get 10 spins @ x3 for 3 scatters, 15x4 for 4 & 100x5 for 5! Three or more scatters in the free spins give you the same bonus again. Therefore, if you do get 5 scatters initially you are guaranteed a MEGA win!  I have never had the 5 scatters myself, but I know others who have. I live in hope! All the Real Series of slots have a maximum win of 40,000 x line bet, so if you get the 100 spins with re-triggers it’s likely you will be capped before finishing all your spins. L

iNetBet  (200% slots bonus)

 

Sun Palace  (125% to $500)

 

USAok

 

Tomb Raider

(Microgaming)

5

 

15

 

No

2

Lara’s:

124

Idols:

70

x 7,500

9

 

SS

3 or more round Lara scatter symbols give you 10 free spins with all wins multiplied by 3 (except Tomb Bonus), can retrigger.   Or 3 or more Idols on a winline give you a corresponding number of picks in the ‘Tomb Bonus’.  Very playable slot as you should normally get one bonus or the other every 47-50 spins.

Only bad point is many MG’s have it at 5c/line min.

Go Wild (50 FREE spins on Thunderstruck II)

 

32Red (160% to $/€/£160)

 

Platinum Play

($/€/£ 1,500 free-play for 24hrs!)

 

Reel Crime

(Rival Gaming)

5

 

15

 

No

3

60

x 750

9

This slot is unique in that it follows a story line, with comic-book style animated scenes between each of the rounds. When you complete each section you get a prize bonus round before moving on, or going back to the start, depending on the outcome. As you start each section you get the opportunity to change your stake which is then fixed. The symbols on the reels also change as you advance.  In addition they have free spins triggered by scatter symbols. Great fun to play! This is a low very variance slot = little chance of really big wins, but money can last a long time!

Superior Casino ($25 FREE)

 

Vegas-2-Web (SUB $150)

 

USAok

 

Hampsteads

(CryptoLogic)

5

 

9

 

No

1

130

x 5,000

9

 

SS

3 scattered Toasters anywhere in view randomly award from 1 to 5 bonus rounds. Click the 9 squares to match 3 characters and win the biggest prizes.   I love the feature on this fun slot, mainly because I have hit the top prize more times than I can remember! ($225 from a 90c spin)  This slot is very old, and looks it. Slow & jerky play, but I forgive that due to the potential for big wins. Min bet too high (10c/line)

Intercasino $ ($125 free/mth)

Intercasino £UK (£125/mth)

 

 

 

Lotto Madness

(Playtech)

5

 

20

 

Yes *

1

130

x 10,000

9

 

SS

Get the ‘Lotto Wheel’ scatter feature anywhere on reels 1 & 5 and spin the wheel for your free-spins & multiplier; anything from 3 spins @ x2 to 20 @ x10!  Has an optional progressive ‘Dollar Ball’ side-bet.  The feature is great if you get a high number (obviously), but the normal wins are usually frequent & often good, making this a very playable & fun slot!

Bet365

 

Casino Plex (€500 free)

 

Ladies Nite, Spring Break,

Thunderstruck

(Microgaming)

5

9

No

1

143

x 10,000

8

 

SS

3 scatter symbols anywhere in view trigger 15 free spins with a x3 multiplier. Can re-trigger.  Wild symbol doubles all wins.  I’ve grouped these three together because they are all basically the same slot, just with different symbols & sounds!  Thunderstruck has arguably the best graphic & sounds of any slot, but I seem to win more regularly on Ladies Nite, but then I’ve hit the jackpot on Spring Break..!

Go Wild (50 FREE spins)

32Red (160% to $/€/£160)

Platinum Play

($/€/£ 1,500 free-play for 24hrs!)

 

Harvey’s

(Microgaming)

5

 

25

 

No

1

127

x 2,000

(x50,000 in free spins)

8

 

SS

2 champagne bottles anywhere on reels 2 & 4 trigger a bonus of 6 to 30 free spins.  Each win then has a random multiplier of x2 to x25 applied to it.  Can retrigger.  Possibly the most playable 25 liner ever!  Often 25 lines = crap wins, but Harvey’s somehow manages to give good playing time for your money.  The bonus rounds can provide very big payouts! 

Go Wild (50 FREE spins on Thunderstruck II)

32Red (160% to $/€/£160)

Platinum Play

($/€/£ 1,500 free-play for 24hrs!)

 

Fruit Frenzy

(RTG)

5

 

25

 

Yes

1

130

x 10,000

8

 

SS

I think this was the first ‘Real Series’ slot with 25 win-lines. But I know it is the most fun to play with crazy cartoon graphics & sounds!  Any 5-of-a-kind win triggers the ‘Fire the Strawberry’ feature – win from 5 to 20 free-spins played at 25 lines (regardless of how many you were playing before getting the feature) with all wins doubled.   This slot just makes you smile – even if you’re losing!  

iNetBet  (200% slots bonus)

 

Sun Palace  (125% to $500)

 

USAok

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of my Major slot hits!

 

(May 28th, 2007)

Bjwld2000

 

That’s a $2.50 spin which paid out $2001.50 = 800 x cost of spin! J

The win was: Any 5 of a kind in column 5 with 5 the same on any horizontal line pays 8000 to 1.

(and I had just upped my bets from my usual 10c/line…. J )

 

 

July 2007; a $478 win from a 75c spin:

(This was hit on the last free-spin, with all bets x6)

Isis478

 

 

December 2008 – a fabulous $2002 win from a $6 spin:

(Ended up making a $2,350 profit from a $200 deposit!)

Baby$2002

 

 

July 2009 – Several re-triggers lead to €1028 from a €4 spin:

PinitasX257

 

 

 

To see my “ScreenShot of the Month” from January 2005 to present date, please see

the right-hand column on this page: KK’s Month by Month Results Log

 

 

 

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