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Types of Slots

Let’s take a look at the variety of slot games offered at most online and land casinos. The number of all slot games is really very astonishing as the games can vary in the number of reels and winning paylines, jackpots, themes, betting limits and payouts. It is possible to divide all slot games into such categories:

Classic Slots

Classic Slots have 3 spinning reels and 5 paylines. This type of slots has been popular since the time when slots games were first introduced in the United States. Today you can see classic slots at most casinos as well as pubs and bars. The rules of classic three-reel slots are very simple – in order to win you need to get a winning combination of the same symbols on any of the paylines: top row, middle row, bottom row, right or left diagonal. Usually the player is looking for at least two symbols in the payline as this combination can also bring money.

Multi-reel Slots

When the number of spinning reels on the slot machines was increased up to 5 the multi-reel slots appeared. Today this type of slots game is the second popular after classic slots. The number of paylines used at 5-reel slots may vary, up to 40 or even more.  To win at multi-reel slots the player must get a winning combination of the same symbols on one or more paylines.

So, 5-reel slots are the most popular multi-reel slots games though in the mid-1900's Big Bertha and Super Big Bertha slots machines were introduced. Those machines contained 8 reels with 20 different symbols on each reel. These days it is possible to meet such slots machines at some of the casinos.

Progressive Slots

Progressive slots are characterized by the increasing jackpot. The jackpot grows until one of the players wins it. In order to create a progressive jackpot slot machine takes a percentage of each bet placed by the players and add it to the total jackpot prize.

The slots machines that have the static jackpot are called the Flat Top or Straight slots. In contrast to progressive slots at the flat top slots the size of the jackpot remains the same no matter how much money have been played.

Video Slots

Video Slots are more complicated than the traditional ones. One of the main advantages of video slots is that they are graphically superior and provide greater gambling experience. In fact, the rules of video slots are the same and they also contain 3 or 5 reels with up to 40 paylines as the traditional slots. The payouts at video slots depend not only on the number of symbols on the payline but also on the type of those symbols. Most of the video slots have scatter and wild symbols that are very advantageous for the player.

Multiplier Slots Game

Multiplier Slots are different from the traditional in the way how the payouts are calculated. Multiplier slot machine multiplies the payouts by the number of coins that are played on the spin. For example, if you bet 1 dollar you will be paid 10 dollars on the 10-dollar payline, but if you bet 2 dollars (two 1-dollar coins) you will win 20 dollars.

Bonus Slots

Bonus Slots machine usually has three spinning reels and only one payline, middle row. But there is a special bonus symbol that provides an additional bonus payout when hit. Some of the bonus slots may offer bonus on the specific combinations. Except coins the player can win free extra spins as a bonus at bonus slots machines.