Top 5 questions about online casino slots answered

Published on March 7, 2017 in Casino Tips

Introduction to online slotsSlot machines have been one of the most popular forms of gambling for many years. With the introduction of online casinos and online slots, their popularity has only skyrocketed. 

Thanks to online and mobile casinos which are easily accessed from just about anywhere in the world with a stable internet connection, you can spin the reels of your favourite slot or try something new with the click of a button.

Free slots are extremely popular too thanks to the freedom they offer players who want to experience a new slot without having to spend any hard-earned cash.

The SpinRoom offers a huge number of free online slots that are available to play whenever you please without having to register an account, add your credit card details, or spend any money at all.
 

You may be wondering what makes online slots so much fun or what you need to know before playing for the first time? We've answered all of your questions below.

  1. What is a payline? - When playing an online slot, the payline is the number of available lines on which you can land winning combinations. The number of paylines per slot can vary based on how the slot is created. A single slot can have as many as 100 paylines giving you even more chances to win! Many online slots allow you to choose how many paylines you want to activate, while some have a fixed number of paylines that you bet on. The more paylines you play on, the more frequently you'll win, but often with smaller payouts.
  2. How do reels affect gameplay? - Much like paylines, reels are the number of sections that run vertically down a slot. Traditional reels had 3 reels (and a smaller number of paylines) while newer slots have up to 7 reels. The current industry standard is 5 reels on a slot. The more reels you pay with, the more symbols you'll have to spin which can lead to bigger and better wins.
  3. How do bet levels work? - Bet levels are much like coin bets in that you choose how much you want to spend at one time by adjusting the bet levels. First you'll choose your coin value and then you up your bet level which boosts your overall bet. Always be sure to choose carefully and not overshoot your budget.
  4. Do symbols matter? - Symbols are your gateway to winning while playing an online slot. Each symbol generally has a different value and by landing as many symbols of the highest value on the reels at one time, you're bound to land huge jackpots.

    As we mentioned in the paylines section, you will need to land matching symbols on a winning line in order receive any cash. That being said, the subject matter of the symbols is of no importance. Whether you're playing a slot that has numbers, cards, or animals as the symbols, the only thing that matters is what value those symbols represent. Be sure to check out the paytable of the slot you're playing for more information. Besides symbol values, there are also special symbols such as Wilds, Scatters, and Multipliers. Let's take a closer look at them next. 

    Wilds:
    These symbols can be tricky, but landing them on the reels often leads to big wins. A Wild symbol tends to replace regular symbols in a line that could lead to wins. If this happens, you can often receive wins that you normally wouldn't trigger if the Wild had been any other symbol.  

    Scatters:
    For the most part, Scatter symbols tend to lead to bonus or special features. Landing the correct number of Scatter symbols could mean activating the free spins rounds or playing a mini game that can payout impressive bonuses! Scatter symbols are definitely a firm favourite and if the slot you're playing is missing a Scatter, there are more than likely no bonus games available. 

    Multipliers:
    While Multipliers can often be triggered by Wild or Scatter symbols, there are many slots where the Multiplier is a standalone symbol. By triggering a Multiplier, you'll get what you expect, a multiplied bet and win. Whether you trigger a Multiplier during the base game or bonus game, a Multiplier can often climb in value and go a long way in boosting your overall win. Multipliers are never a bad addition to any online slot.
  5. Are free spins really free? - In one word: YES. Free spin rounds are one of the best ways to earn huge sums of cash while not needing to spend any of your own. While spinning the reels of an online slot, free spin rounds can be triggered by bonus symbols. Your bank will then be frozen as you're often transported to a new screen where the free spins await.

    A free spin round often looks different to the base game and the symbols may vary slightly too. Here the fun begins as you spin the reels of this new slot for free, but keep the winnings. Free spins are often accompanied by multipliers boosting your bank even further.

If you're ready to start playing online slots, visit The SpinRoom and discover the fun behind free slots before spending any cash at one of our top recommended online casinos.