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Online Slots: The Terms You Need to Know

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Then you’re in the right place! PlayFrank Online Casino is chocka with online slots to suit all kinds of players at any level of experience. To help to on your pokie playing journey, we’ve compiled a glossary of the most common slot terms you’re likely to come across.

Once you’ve got the slot terminology nailed, it’s time to check out the vast selection of online pokies available for players in New Zealand. You can find out more about the different types of online slots we offer in our classic fruit machines and video slots guides.

So, let’s get down to business. Here’s our rundown of the main mechanics and functionalities you’ll find in online slots. Make yourself a cuppa, put your feet up, and give it a read.

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Slot term glossary index

Online Slot Terms Explained

Reels

These spinning columns with symbols on them are a fundamental aspect of online pokies – they’re where all the action happens. The majority of online slots have 5 reels, but this varies from slot to slot. Many classic slots will have 4 reels, 3 reels or perhaps even just a single reel, while modern slot games often feature 6, 7 or more reels. The number of reels on a slot game has no bearing on your likelihood of winning, however. Your chances of bagging some cash will depend on other factors.

Bet amounts

The amount of money you place on every spin is known as the bet amount. What you spend on each spin can be adjusted manually on the console of an online slot – simply alter the coin value and coin level as desired. You’ll find the amount of money that can be bet on each spin will vary significantly, depending on the game. Bets can start from as little as 0.10 cents a spin and shoot all the way up £100 for one spin. If you’re feeling particularly lucky, there’s also the option on some online slots to instantly increase the amount of your bet to ‘max bet’.

Paylines

Paylines, also referred to as bet lines or win lines, are the vertical, horizontal or diagonal lines that pay out a fixed sum of money when certain combinations of symbols fall across them. Slot games usually pay from left to right, but there are some that pay both ways. While some pokies have fixed paylines, with most a player will set the number of paylines to bet on.

Paytable

Casino slot machines will normally feature a screen showing a complete list of payouts that can be won when you land specific combinations of symbols. Usually, the amounts specified are a multiple of your wager.

Spins

A spin sets the reels of a slot in motion and is activated when you click the SPIN or PLAY button. You’ll find that some games have autoplay and autospin functions. With these options, you can choose to spin the reels a preset number of times or play until you’ve spent a fixed amount of money.

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Slot Terms for More Advanced Players

The slot terms we’ve covered up to now are pretty easy to get your head around. So, let’s get on to some of the more interesting features found in many of today’s modern online slots. Be sure to look out for these terms when you’re playing your next online pokie, because each and every one could be the key to greater and bigger wins.

Wilds

A wild can substitute for any other symbol found on a payline, with the exception of, in most cases, the scatter symbol. The benefit of wilds landing on the reels is that they increase the likelihood of you getting a winning combination. There are various kinds of wilds found in slot games, including stacked wilds, sticky wilds, random wilds, and moving wilds, with each having a slightly different purpose. They all, however, have the primary function of substituting for other symbols on the reels.

Free spins

Pretty much all online slots offer the possibility of free spins in one manner or another. Free spins cost the player nothing and can be triggered within a game in various ways – often as part of a bonus feature. Retriggering free spins, particularly along with stacked wilds and multipliers, can really boost a player’s winning potential. The free spins on offer will vary depending on the slot game, although, considering they’re free, bagging them is always going to be a good thing.

Multipliers

Multipliers will increase your payout by a specific amount – by up to 1000x in some cases! On some pokies, wilds can function as multipliers, and multipliers will occasionally be a feature of a game’s free spin bonus round.

Advanced autoplay

With the advanced autoplay or autospin functions, players can set the reels to automatically spin a predetermined number of times, or until a preset amount of money bet has been used on spins. This means you don’t have to continuously be spinning or betting manually. Instead, you can just sit back and watch the drama unfold.

This is just a small glimpse of the features that can be found in online slots. Pokies also have a variety of unique bonus features, which you can find out more about in our comprehensive bonus slots guide.

Three Common Slot Terms Players Mix Up

We’ve covered all the main terms you’re likely to come across when playing online slots, so now let’s take a brief look at the more obscure terminology you might also run into. Don’t worry about not understanding these concepts though, even experienced players have trouble with them, and you really don’t need to know what they mean to enjoy a slot game to the fullest. If you’re curious, though, here’s a quick rundown of the most common.  

Hit frequency

The hit frequency is the likelihood that a particular slot will score a winning combination after a spin. This probability is normally expressed as a percentage, with the number indicating which games have a high and which a low hit frequency. When you play a high hit frequency pokie, your chances of winning money over time are improved.

Return to Player (RTP) or payback rate

Basically, RTP (Return to Player) refers to the percentage of all money wagered that will be returned to players in a slot game over time. The payback rates of online slots vary depending on their features, and those with the highest RTP offer a greater chance of you winning back more of the money you wagered.

Volatility

How often and how much you’re likely to win on online pokies will depend on the volatility of the game. On a high volatility slot winnings tend to be bigger, although less frequent, which means you will probably be waiting longer for a win. On the other hand, wins are far more frequent on low volatility slots, though the payout will be smaller.  

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