Important slot terms

online-slot-glossary-pls-451022Slot machines are the world’s favourite gambling game; its popularity is especially noticeable in online casinos. However there are still plenty of people for whom slots are a mystery. This article lists all the terms associated with online slot games that are essential for new players to understand in order to master online slots.

243/1024 ways
There are some pokies that do not have paylines but instead have a fixed pattern known as 243 or 1024 ways to win. In order to create a combination, the symbols have to occur in adjacent reels form left to right. When a game has 5 reels and 3 rows, 3 X 3 X 3 X 3 X 3 = 243, which is where the name comes from. The same goes for 5 reels and 4 rows, 4 X 4 X 4 X 4 X 4 = 1024.

Bonus Games
Bonus games, mostly played in a second screen, are extra games incorporated within an online slot game that helps the slot players to win extra money or spins.

Coin size
The amount of money a Player must deposit into the machine in order to begin to play on a Slot machine. The coin size on a dime Slot machine is ten cents.


The number of coins of a specific denomination you want to insert.


The account balance held with the casino that is constantly displayed during your gameplay.

Max Bet
The most coins that you can bet on any one spin. You can bet more than one coin on slot machines. This causes you to win more money on each of your spins. On a Classic Slot machine, the max bet is usually 3 coins which will come with a larger jackpot than if you played one or two coins.

These are lines that run through the reels and determine the payout. Identical symbols have to line up across an active payline for a win.

The amount of money a Slot machine pays out when a Player wins.

Payout Percentage
This is the money that the slot game pays back to a winning Player in the long term average. If a Slot machine boasts a 98% Payout Percentage, it means that, on a long term the slot game pays back $0.98 on every $1.00 inserted into the machine and the remainder is kept back by the machine as the casino’s commission.

Pay Table
Usually located to the top of the Slot machine, the Pay table indicates winning combinations and respective winning amounts.

Progressive Jackpot
Progressive Jackpots are a network of slot games that accumulate the bet amounts of each game connected to the jackpot slot. The jackpot size continues to increase based on the number of coins that are bet.

Random Number Generator
The RNG is a tool that is used to generate numbers in sequence in a random manner in such a way that the generation of the next number is independent of the last number generated. RNGs are used in all forms of online games.

Reels are columns that spin and the symbols land on these reels determining the win.

Scatter Symbols
A scatter symbol can occur anywhere on the reels to activate a winning combination, even if it does not fall on a pay line.

Located within the reels, the symbols can be anything from fruits, to numbers, to cards and more. They vary depending on the type of slot machine being played and are mostly base on the theme incorporated by the game. For example in Microgaming’s slot game Big Bad Wolf, the symbols are based on the tale 3 little pigs and the big bad wolf.

Wild Symbol
This is a symbol that can represent any symbol thereby increasing the Player’s chances of hitting a winning combination. Scatter symbols for example usually tend to be Wild Symbols.