Online slots are big business. There isn't an online bookmaker or casino that doesn't offer hundreds of different online slots to its customers. And for good reason. There is a lot of money to be made and, potentially, won on them. Like almost everything on earth, before the dawn of the internet, slots were reasonably popular. But they weren't as stratospherically popular as they are today.
The ease of being able to play them from any mobile device has certainly contributed to their rise in gaming. However, their evolution into all singing and dancing forms of entertainment has also helped.
If you haven't played them before and want to learn how to play online slots, here is a basic guide to help you.
Opening An Online Casino Account
Firstly, you have to have an online account with a slots provider. All reputable and trusted bookmakers have both casino and games sections on their website. So choose a provider such as Ladbrokes, Paddy Power, 32Red, Mr. Green etc…so that you can be confident you're in safe hands.
Opening an account is a relatively simple process. It involves completing an online form where you must provide your personal details, a username and password and a valid email address. You will then be asked to activate the account and from there you can log-in.
At this point, you will be asked to fund your account. Check if there are any new customer offers which often match your first deposit or offer free spins on certain slots. This will help make your first deposit go further. Once you have deposited money into your online account, you are ready to start browsing the online slots.
How To Play Online Slots
Have a look through the games on offer. It can be overwhelming but pick one that you like the look of. Click the ‘Play' button and a new screen will pop up and the game will load. Most of these games will operate on ‘flash' so you may be asked to ‘allow' it. You need to do this so the game can be played.
A basic online slots game will have five reels and 20 paylines, though some have far more than that. You will then have the option to decide how much you want to play for. This is often displayed as ‘bet per line', so if there are 20 active paylines and you're betting 1p per line, your total stake for that spin is 20p. You can adjust this accordingly using the up and down arrows on the game’s controls.
Tip: Always check the default ‘bet per line' as it can be higher than you want to pay. Make sure you change it before you spin.
Once happy, all you need to do is hit that spin button. The reels will be set into motion and after a few seconds, they will to a stop displaying their symbols. If you have matched a winning combination, the winning payline will be highlighted on the screen as well as the amount of money you have won. Any winnings will instantly be added to your online money account.
Online Slot Machine Features
Depending on the type of games you like to play, the online slot machines will offer different features. Many will have wild symbols and special icons which have the potential to boost your winnings. Other slots might take you on journeys to special bonus rounds, or offer up free spins.
On every game there is an information symbol. If you click it you can read through all of the features for that particular game. That includes all of the winning paylines and bonus rounds and what combos are needed to win any jackpots on offer.
Sadly there is no way to predict which online games will be paying out more money or more frequently. It's very much a luck-based form of gambling. The only real way to way give yourself a small edge is to check the Return To Player (RTP) rate on each game before you play it. The higher the percentage, the more often they tend to pay out. However, this is usually in the form of smaller more frequent wins. Online slots with lower RTP games are considered of higher variance so while they don't pay out as often when they do it can be for more money.