Types Of Slot Machines

There are many different types of slots that you can play in land based casinos and online casinos. New slots appear all the time (on a weekly basis) and you should know what these slots are and which ones you like best.

The previous article, the Slots Glossary, already described all the basic terms and names for everything related to slots. Slots are very easy to play, but we aim to show you the different types of slot machines – from the classic slot machines to the modern and popular slots that are being developed today. Take a look at the table below:

Types of Slots Description

3-Roll Slots

3-Roll Slots are the classic games based on the original slot machine by Charles Fey. These of course have three reels with classic symbols such as melons, cherries, sevens, bar symbols and cards. The 3-reel slots usually have a payline that is located in the middle of the reels. Some of these slots also have three or five paylines (across the top, middle and bottom reels and from bottom left to top right and top left to bottom right, i.e. diagonally).

5-Reel Slots

5-Reel Slots are just like the 3-Reel Slots but have five reels (hence the name). These games can be more difficult to win than the 3-reel versions, but the potential winnings are much higher. The 5-reel slots usually have wild symbols that help you get winning combinations.

Video Slots

These types of slot machines are very common in online casinos today and they are among the most popular games. These games come in a huge variety of themes and images. There is no limit in their variety. Most video slot machines have five reels, but there are also some with up to nine reels. The number of game lines varies, there can be up to 60 paylines, which means more chances of winning. However, you must remember that it also costs more money (or coins) to play all the paylines.

If a video slot has 30 paylines and the coin value is 50c, you would play with €15 per spin. We recommend that you play with lower stakes so that you can play longer.

Bonus Slots

Bonus slot machines are video slots with a bonus game or feature. This is usually activated when you get three or more special symbols (usually bonus) on certain reels (varies from game to game). If you want to see how to trigger a bonus round, you can read about it in the payout table of the slot game. Most bonus rounds give you free spins or a click-me game.

The free spins usually play themselves through and then pay you your winnings at the end. Click Me games require you to make a choice (for example, click on one of three boxes), which then includes a prize. We recommend that you play the Jurassic Park Slot, as it has several bonus rounds.

Multi Spin Slots

The Multi Spin Slots are usually played by more experienced players. These are usually 3-reel slot machines with more than one set of reels. The best way to describe these games is to imagine 50 hands of Jacks or Better Videopoker. You play 50 rounds of Video Poker with 50 decks of cards at once. A great multi spin slot machine is Ugga Bugga, which you can find at Bitstarz.

Progressive Jackpot Slots

Progressive jackpot slots are basically slot machines that are linked to a jackpot. These can be 3-reel slots, 5-reel slots, video slots, etc., and they can have bonus rounds. The jackpots on these games accumulate over time. A small portion of the stakes in the game goes into the jackpot.

This jackpot will then continue to grow until one lucky player hits the winning combination needed to crack this jackpot. Some jackpots are already worth millions because the game is so popular. The biggest online jackpot ever won was 11.7 million euros.

This was won by a Norwegian player in the game Mega Fortune. You can find this game for example at 7BitCasino. To win these huge jackpots you almost always have to play the maximum bet. If you bet half of the bet you can win half of the jackpot (etc.), or the chances are lower with a low bet. Usually you need five identical symbols (without the wild symbol) which is usually quite difficult to achieve. But it is generally possible.

Fruit Machines

The Fruit Machines (also often called Fruities) are a British type of slot machine. They are called Fruit Machines because the symbols are mostly fruits like churches and melons. The slot machines are usually found in pubs, but there are also many online.

They are also sometimes called Amusement with Prizes (AWP). These Fruit Machines often have the Hold and Nudge features. They may have two identical symbols and a different one. You can then hold the two symbols and spin the third one again. If you are lucky, you get the third matching symbol and win. On the break, you can move the symbol up or down one line to get it on the pay line.

We recommend the Cash ‘n’ Curry slot at Guts.com (from Microgaming). This slot has Indian food as its theme and is extremely entertaining.

As you can see there are many different types of slot machines. You have the choice and it depends on your preferences. We recommend that you visit our Online Slots section, because there you will find a large variety of different slot machines and you can see what you like. In the next article you can read more about the payout/redeem rates and what they mean in terms of online slots.