Introduction To Slots

Though the first land based slot machine was developed in 1887 by Charles Fey in California, slots gained widespread popularity only in the 1960s. Money Honey developed by Bally was the first of the popular machines. The next stage in the development was the use of computer software to simulate the spinning of the reels. Such machines are known as video slots. Today video slots are popular at both land casinos and online casinos. More than 70% of the online casino games are slots and most of the new games being added are slots. Also slots are the fastest evolving casino game with new features being added every month.

How To Play Slots

After selecting the slot game, the player has to first select the betting parameters. These are the coin denomination, the number of paylines and the number of coins per payline. Many slots fix the number of coins at one. The betting parameters are selected by operating the buttons in the panel below the reels. The paylines are the sequence of symbols across the reels that are considered for potential payouts. The total amount that the player wagers per spin is the product of all the betting parameters.

After the bets are placed the player clicks the Spin button to activate the reels. Slot games have a Bet Max button that automatically selects the maximum number of paylines and coins and starts the reels. When the reels stops the symbols in the paylines are compared with the pay table. The pay table gives the payouts in coins for one coin wagered. Usually three or more of like symbols aligned from left to right in active paylines result in payouts. There are special symbols called scatter symbols that often give payouts when three or more appear anywhere on the reels. The total payout for the spin is indicated in a cell below the reels.

Slot games have free spins and bonus features that get activated when certain specified combinations of symbols appear on the reels. Players are not required to place any bets during these features. They may be asked to make some selections in order to ascertain the number of free spins and the payout multiplier or pick objects for bonus credits. Clear instructions are provided on the screen. Most slot games provide an Auto Play feature. This allows the player to activate the slot game for a preset number of spins without manual intervention. The Auto Play feature can be programmed to terminate after a big win.

Slots Strategy

Slots are games based purely on luck and no strategy can influence the outcome of the reels. The important strategic decisions need to be taken before starting the game. The first strategic decision concerns the choice of slot games. Some slot games are volatile and result in infrequent but large payouts. Other slot games are not volatile and offer smaller but more frequent payouts. Players must choose slot games based on their objectives. Players who do not mind losing their bankrolls but are not satisfied with small wins should choose volatile slots. Players who want to conserve their bankrolls should choose slot games that are not volatile. A volatile slot will have very high and very low payouts in the pay table, whereas non-volatile slots will have the payouts bunched around a central value.

The second strategy concerns bankroll management. From their allocated bankroll for the session and the time they want to wager players must work out the amount they should wager per spin. They must activate all the paylines because pay table combinations only pay when they are on active paylines. Therefore players should manipulate the coin denomination and, if available, the number of coins and select maximum number of paylines to make up the total bet.