Slots Rules & Strategies
Slots is the easiest casino game to learn and play. It's also one of the online casinos' most popular game today.
First you place your bet. Typically you can bet one, two or more coins (up to five or ten on some slot machines). Depending on the machine, the coins may be $.05, $0.5, $5 or other values. So if you bet five coins on a $1 machine, your bet is five dollars.
Next you click a button to spin the wheels. This is the same as pulling the arm on a real slot machine. Now all you do is wait and see if you win!
Where the wheels stop determines if you win and how much. The goal is to get the symbols (cherries, numbers and so on) to line up on the payline in one of the winning combinations listed on the pay table. Each game will have its own pay table. For example, three bars in a row may pay 20 to 1. Three cherries in a row may pay 3 to 1. Some machines have three or five paylines, or pay on the diagonal. Check the casino rules for details. To get this information, you usually just click a help button or visit preview games page.
Some online casinos offer so-called progressive jackpots. That means that a jackpot builds as more and more players play the casino's progressive machines. The first person to hit the winning combination (e.g. 777 or others) wins the total jackpot. To be eligible for the jackpot you usually have to play the maximum number of coins. Then the jackpot resets to a lower value and starts to increase again as more people play.
The result of each spin of the wheels is determined by a computer program that generates random results. This is true for both online slots games and slot machines found in terrestrial casinos. The machines can easily be set by the casino to generate whatever payout they choose. For example, they may set it to 96%. That means for every 100 dollars bet, the machine will, on average, pay out 96 dollars. The other four dollars goes to the casino and that's how they make their profit. Of course, that's just on average. It's possible, if Lady Luck is on your side, to make hundreds or even thousands of dollars with just one spin. On some large progressive jackpots you can win even millions, as Anthony P who won $1,594,649.21 at Captain Cooks Casino on May 30, 2002.
It's a common myth that slot machines are the worst gamble in a casino. The truth is that making bad bets at the craps table or blackjack table can give far worse odds than any slot machine. The odds you get when playing slots are similar to those for roulette.
Another commonly held belief is that a slot machine that just gave a big payout won't pay out again for a while. Actually, statistically speaking, the odds are the same for every spin and every spin is completely random and independent of all past spins. So there's no way to predict the next spin and a jackpot is just as likely to be hit right after the last one was hit as it is after a thousand dry spins.
Most slot machines reward you for playing the maximum number of coins. For example the jackpot may pay 2000 coins with 2 coins played, but 4000 coins when 3 coins are played. If you don't feel comfortable playing the maximum coins you might consider moving down to a machine that accepts lower-value coins so you can play the maximum. For example instead of playing one coin at a dollar machine, play the maximum number of coins at a quarter machine. Some online casinos let you play for nickels (All Slots Casino has some of the lowest betting limits starting from 1c).
Play at casinos that advertise the best payout percentages. These casinos are eager for your business are willing to reward you with better payouts. The build-in payouts for slots games are different in each casino for each slot game. Some of the casinos pays out well over 99% for some slots (e.g. Zodiac Casino) while others rip up to 10% on each spin! Check out our payouts page to find casinos with the highest payout percentages for Slots.
If you're playing a progressive machine, remember that you'll probably have to bet the maximum number of coins to be eligible to win the big jackpot. You may find the largest currently available jackpot at our Jackpots page.