How to Explain Online Slots to a Friend

If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you’ve got a love for slot machines like me. After all, if you’re making the effort to go to a place called Slots of Vegas, your favorite casino game probably isn’t Blackjack (though we’ve got that) or Roulette (though we’ve got that too). Nor is it video poker (yup, got that) or Craps (me again to let you know that, yup, we’ve got that as well).

No, you’re in love with online slot machines. Maybe a little too much. Maybe your friends don’t share your love. Maybe they don’t understand the fascination. Or maybe they have no idea what they are or how they work.

Slots are easy to play, but with so many paylines and reels spinning, it can look way more complex than Craps (which really isn’t that complicated at all…just check our Craps posts for proof). So today, I’m going to break it all down for you, so you can break it all down for them – in simple terms.

The goal of slot machines


Your goal is simple. Press a button and watch the symbols line up. If you manage to hit the right combination (usually at least three) you win some cash. The amount you’ll win depends on which symbols you’ve lined up and how much they’re worth. There’s a payout chart in every game that lists everything. Remember, every game is different.

Understanding reels


Every slot machine has a set number of reels. Some have three. Others have five. The reels are what spin round and round. Different symbols rest on the reels. When each one comes to a stop, the game takes a look at all the visible symbols and pays you out if you’ve lined them up.

Getting to know paylines


Each game comes with a certain number of paylines. To win cash, matching symbols must line up on a payline. Paylines often move in different directions, so in a multi-payline slot machine, you don’t necessarily have to match three in a row horizontally. You also don’t have to play all the paylines. If a slot machine has 50 paylines, you can often play between one payline and all 50.

Understand betting


To play, you simply hit the Spin button. But you need to make your bet first. The bet amount is usually the bet per payline. You can often bet as little as $0.01 and jump all the way to $5 per payline. In a 25-payline game, that means you can bet a maximum of $100 per spin.

That’s pretty much all there is to know. If your friend isn’t interested in reading this just tell them to press AutoPlay. The software will do all the work for them so they don’t have to lift a finger. See? Way easier than table games.

Rose Pratt

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