Slot Machine Dictionary by Online-Casinos.com

Ever wondered what the following slots gambling terms really mean: Slot Bonus Feature, Coin Size, Coins per Spin, Payline, Payout Percentage, Pay Table, etc? Here you'll find the answers!

Slot Machine Terms

Bonus Feature Slots

A special kind of slot that offers a bonus round in which it's possible to win free spins, jackpots, and other special wins.

Ever wondered what the following slots gambling terms really mean: Slot Bonus Feature, Coin Size, Coins per Spin, Payline, Payout Percentage, Pay Table, etc? Here you'll find the answers!

Slot Machine Terms

Bonus Feature Slots

A special kind of slot that offers a bonus round in which it's possible to win free spins, jackpots, and other special wins.

Bonus Multiplier Slots

On this kind of slot machine you will be awarded a bonus for playing the maximum number of coins per spin. For example: If you bet 1 coin per spin, a combination pays out 4 coins, had you played 2 coins per spin that combination would pay 8 coins, but had you played 3 coins per spin you would have won 20 coins. As you can see there is a bonus of 8 coins awarded for playing the max. coins per spin. (20-12=8).

Coin Size

Some slot machines will let you choose the size of the coins you play with. For example: A machine takes 3 coins per spin but you can choose the coin size to be either $0.25, $1 or $5.

Coins Per Spin

Some slot machines will let you choose how many coins you want to bet per spin. For example: Many slots offer you the choice to bet either one, two or three coins per spin. Please note that most machines offer you a bonus for playing the max. coins per spin. Also note that if you are playing a progressive jackpot slot machine; you will probably only be eligible to win the jackpot if you play the max. coins per spin.

Diamond Slots

The Diamond Slot is a very popular Las Vegas slot machine on which some of the reel symbols are diamonds.

Fruit Machine

A classic slot machine where the symbols are different kinds of fruit - like cherries, melons, peaches and bananas.

Loose Slots

A slot machine that is ready to pay out a big win.

Multiplier Slot

These kind of slots are recognized as a machines that DO NOT offer the player a bonus for playing the max. number of coins per spin. For example: If you bet 1 coin per spin a combination pays out 4 coins, Had you played 2 coins per spin that combination would pay 8 coins. Had you played 3 coins per spin you would have won 12 coins. As you can see there is no bonus awarded for playing the max. number of coins per spin. These kind of slots are not bad at all, and you should actually look for this kind of slot if you don't like to bet more then one coin per spin. Also see the slot term: Bonus Multiplier Slots.

One Armed Bandit

Another word for a slot machine. The name refers to the fact that slot machines used to have a handle that the player had to pull to get the reels spinning.

Pay Cycle

A popular rumor is that a slot machine goes through 'cycles' - where it will sometimes pay out winnings to players, and other times play to take in profit to the casino. Personally, I think this is just a rumor - as today's random number generators simply don't work like that. Perhaps such cycles did appear in the past - but not with today's slot machines.

Pay Table

A table of symbols that shows the winning combinations of symbols for that particular slot machine. Normally the pay table is located on the front of the slotmachine.

Payline

This used to be the middle line on the slotmachine display - but that is not always the case today. Nowadays, some slots have up to 9 paylines - the more coins you play per spin the more paylines are normally activated. Symbols have to line up on the paylines for the player to win prizes according to the pay table.

Payout Percentage

This is the amount of $$$$ a slotmachine pays out in winnings; on average, for every $100 that has been wagered on the machine. For example: A slot machine has been set to pay out 95% in winnings in the long run. So every time $100 has been wagered, the machine will pay out $95 to the players. Remember that this is in average seen over the entire life time of the machine, it doesn't mean if you put $100 in such a machine and wager $100 you will end up having $95 left. Over the short-term you could win a big jackpot, but you could just as soon have a bad run and lose most of it.

Progressive Jackpot

A slot machine with a jackpot that grows until a lucky gambler wins the big prize. The jackpot is then reset and starts growing again until the next very lucky player comes by and wins.

Reels

The display wheels that shows the symbols.

Sim Slots

Short for simulating slot machine or video slot.

Take Cycle

The opposite of a 'Pay cycle'. A popular rumor is that a slot machine goes through 'cycles' - where it will sometimes pay out winnings to players, and other times play to take in profit to the casino. Personally, I think this is just a rumor - as today's random number generators simply don't work like that. Perhaps such cycles did appear in the past - but not with today's slot machines.

Tight Slots

A slot machine that is NOT about to pay out a big win.

Video Slots

Similar to a slot machine but the mechanical reels have been replaced by a video screen.

Wheel of Fortune Slots

The 'Wheel of Fortune Slot Machine' is a very popular slotmachine in Las Vegas Casinos, offering a huge Jackpot.

Wild Symbol

A symbol that can substitute for other symbols - it's very similar to a wild card in a card game - you can use it to complete a winning combination.

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