The rules of slots are pretty simple. You put a coin into the machine, spin the reels and hope to win. If that’s not enough and you want to know how and why you win, here’s a deeper look on slots rules.

 

Let’s go through a slots game and any question you might have about the rules of slots will be answered.

Coin Values – Decide What to Bet

The first decision you have to make is how much to bet.

In most slot machines you can wager between one and five coins. What one coin is worth depends on the machine, but the most common coin denomination is 25 cents.

So if you wish to wager the full amount – five coins – on a 25-cent machine, the total price for a spin is $1.25

However, there are games in which the coin value is as low as five cents, and the true high roller machines have a minimum bet of five or ten dollars.

A lot of slots players advice you to choose a machine where you can afford playing for the max amount. The reason for this is that the payout for max bets often has a higher payout percentage. So instead of playing one coin on a 25-cent machine, it’s usually better to play five coins on a 5-cent machine.

The price is exactly the same.

Also, in many online slots you’re able to change the coin denomination yourself. In doing so, you have the opportunity to design your own game. Most Playtech slots, for instance, allow you to go as low as one cent per coin and as high as five Euros.

After you’ve decided what to wager, push spin.

Rules of Different Slot Machines

When you’ve put your money into the machine and spun the reels, your job is done. But whether or not you won depends on the chosen game.

There are a lot of different types of slots and a lot of different ways to win.

Traditional Slot Rules

The rules of the old classic machines are straightforward. There are three reels and usually one payline placed horizontally in the centre.

The payout table is usually visible on top of the machine.

There are, however, traditional three-reel machines with more three or five paylines. In five-payline games, there are two diagonal paylines as well as three horizontal. Below is an example from Europa Casino.

 

Video Slot Rules

In online video slots, the rules can be a lot more complicated. Not only do you have more reels and more paylines – often going in every direction on the screen – but the games can have certain bonuses, free-spin symbols and separate bonus games.

Most video slots have five reels and between 5 and 50 paylines.

Common Features in Video Slots

Bonus Game: A Bonus game is a separate game detached from the regular slot. To trigger the bonus you need to hit a special combination on the reels or sometimes get a bonus-game symbol of some kind. In the bonus game, you then play “for free” and often have the chance to win quite substantial sums.

 

Bonus Game in Playtech’s Irish Slots

Wild Symbol: Many video slots have wild symbols that can substitute for any other symbols in the game. Also, a combination of wild symbols often generates big payouts and sometimes starts a bonus game.

A wild combination in Playtech’s Pink Panther Slots

Free Spins: Many video slots have free spins, which is exactly what it sounds like. Hit a certain combination and you’ll get a number of free spins, often with unique prices during the free-spin round.

Free Game Mode in Plytech’s Sparta Slots

Scatter symbol: Scatter symbols essentially mean that they pay wherever on the reels they appear – i.e. they don’t have to be on a specific payline. The price differs from game to game, but usually they trigger a bonus game, start free spins or multiply other winnings.

Two scatter symbols on Playtech’s Rocky Slots

Progressive Jackpot: Some slot games have progressive jackpots. On these machines, a small sum of every player’s bet goes into a collective prize pool. This money is then awarded to a player who hits a very rare combination.