A beginners guide to playing slots

By Swindon Link - 27 January 2023

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If you’re brand new to playing Slots, this article will provide you with the basic rules and advice you may want to know before you get the reels spinning.

The game itself is mostly self-explanatory, but it could get confusing trying to remember all the symbols and their meanings.

Gaming has never been easier, and playing online slots means you can game anywhere, you have internet access, at any time. Online casinos have allowed the slot classics to flourish and adapt to the new way of playing your favourites. 

Keep on reading to find out more.

The history of Slots

In 1891, Charles Augustus Fey created the first slot machine that would allow automatic payouts. This machine featured three reels and five symbols; hearts, diamonds, spades, horseshoes and a Liberty Bell.

The highest payout was awarded for three bell symbols, which is why the machine was named the Liberty Bell. The game gained huge popularity, and without a patent, it wasn’t long before others copied his design.

From here, the slot game industry took off, and nearly a century later, the world of online Slots was born.

How do you play?

People love to play Slots because they’re easy to understand and there’s no strategy. Standard slot machines have three or five reels, each adored with symbols and, when you hit the spin button, they start spinning.

The aim is to line up matching combinations on a payline to bag a win. It’s really that simple! The amount you win depends on the symbol combination and how much you bet. The more you bet, the higher your potential payout.

Online vs land-based slots

There are two types of Slots: online or land-based. Both types of Slots use the same basic principle to spin the reels and generate winning combinations, but there are some key differences you should be aware of before you start playing.

As online Slots are played virtually, which means gameplay is not restricted by space or time, you can play for as long, or as short as you want.

Whereas land-based casino Slots typically have bigger jackpots and higher stakes, but the machines are restricted to one place, and you may have to travel to find the game you want.

How to win?

There is no outright way to win on slot machines, but there are some things you can look out for to help you make the most of your gaming experience.

First, always choose a denomination that you can afford to lose, without breaking the bank. Secondly, pick a slot with a variance and Return to Player (RTP) rate that best suits your bankroll or style of gameplay.

Finally, make sure to take advantage of any bonuses or promotions that the casino offers, as this could boost your gameplay. But remember to read the terms and conditions in case there are any wagering requirements that need to be met first.

We hope this article has helped you navigate your way around the world of Slots. Will you be spinning the reels any time soon?

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