Online Video Slots FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About Online Video Slots

What is a ‘payline’? What is a ‘scatter’? What are ‘wild’ symbols? Read What is What in this Online Video Slots FAQ


Since online video slots are some of the most popular online casino games, we have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions about these games and have provided answers to them. Here is our Video Slots FAQ.

Q: What are ‘paylines’?

The paylines are lines that connect the symbols in order to form a winning combination when the reels have stopped spinning. If the correct symbols appear on that line, then a payout is triggered. The order of the symbols runs from left to right from the furthermost left symbol to the right. Also, there are some online video slots where the paylines run in both directions. Paylines are not just straight lines like in the case of 3-reel slots; instead they can run in different patterns across the reels. You can choose how many paylines you want to play with.

Q: What is a ‘progressive jackpot’ and how is it formed?

Unlike regular jackpots found in online video slots, the progressive jackpot can be unusually high and life-changing amount. The most popular progressive jackpot slots have jackpots that are worth couple of millions of dollars. The name ‘progressive’ comes from the fact that the jackpot increases progressively each time people make bets. It will grow until someone wins it.

A progressive jackpot grows either from bets made in one specific slot or from multiple slots that are connected together. Hitting a progressive jackpot is a rare occasion, usually once or twice a year. But the amount that can be won is incomparable to any other amount that you can win from playing online casino games. There are also progressive jackpot slots that give out much smaller progressive jackpots at more frequent intervals.

Q: What are coins?

The coins represent the money that you bet in a slot game. They are called coins because of the fact that in the land-based casinos gave out coins in the past that you had to insert in the slot each time you want to spin the reels. Also, the winnings came out as coins.

Q: What does the ‘Autoplay’ function do?

The ‘Autoplay’ function is a way to keep the reels spinning without pressing the ‘spin’ button each time. This way you can set the reels to automatically start spinning again after each time they have stopped spinning for a specific number of times. For example, you can set for them to spin 10 times, which is the same like pressing the ‘spin’ button for 10 consecutive times each time the reels have stopped spinning. This is good as long as you keep an eye on each spin, because if you don’t keep an attention of your losing streaks you might lose your entire bankroll. Read about bankroll management in our Online Video Slots Tips article.

Q: What does the ‘Wild’ symbol represent?

Imagine the ‘Wild’ symbol like a joker when playing cards where the joker can substitute another card. Here too, the wild symbol can substitute another symbol and help you complete a winning combination of symbols, even in cases where you lack a symbol to win a jackpot.

‘Wild’ symbols can only be found in 5-reel video slots. This is why 5-reel video slots are much more popular than 3-reel classic slots, because 5-reel video slots offer lots of different opportunities to win money. The ‘Wild’ symbol can also serve as multiplier with which your potential win is multiplied by a certain number.

Q: What does the ‘Scatter’ symbol represent?

Scatter symbols are similar to the wild symbols only that these do not need to be aligned correctly in the payline in order to trigger a payout. Instead, they can appear anywhere on the reels and still result in a payout. Also, a payout can be triggered even if 3 or more scatter symbols appear anywhere on the reels. In some online video slots a bonus feature is activated if three or more scatter symbols appear on certain reels. Information about scatter symbols can be found it in the paytable of a slot game.

Q: Do I need any software in order to play online video slots?

Most of the online casinos offer two ways of playing their casino games, including the video slots. The first way is to download the games by downloading the casino software. The installation file is usually not more than 10 MB, and the installation process is very simple and fast.

Another way is to play the video slots directly into your web browser, which means you don’t have to download or install the software. This option is most useful for owners of Apple computers. Either way, you will need to register with the online casino if you want to play the games for real money.

Q: Can I play online video slots for free?

Online casinos offer the option to play their video slots for free using fun money. This way you can get used to the different video slots offered, you can see what they offer, explore their paytables, test some strategies that you have in mind etc. However, anything you win using the fun money is not cashable. In order to make some real winnings you will have to register, make a deposit and play in real-money mode.

Q: Do I have to wager the maximum bet?

Not at all. You are free to wager whatever you want to. However, you will have to wager the maximum bet if you are playing progressive video slots and want to play for the progressive jackpot. If you score the winning combination of symbols needed to win the progressive jackpot, but you haven’t done that by playing the maximum bet, then you will be awarded only with the regular jackpot.

Q: What is a ‘paytable’?

The paytable is the section where you can receive all the important info about the video slot game that you intend to play. It can be accessed by pressing the ‘paytable’ button when you are into a video slot. It is always useful to first see the paytable information before actually wagering into the slot.

Q: How safe are online video slots?

They are as safe as the online casino that offers them, meaning you have to find yourself a reputable and regulated online casino. This means that the games offered are regularly audited and checked if they give out fair outcomes. Feel free to check some of the casinos that we have reviewed at our website.

Q: Are there bet limits for online video slots?

Yes. Every online casino game has a bet limit, and so do online video slots. However, each slot game has a different betting limit. Usually the lowest bet that you can make on a 5-reel video slot game is related to how many paylines there are. If there are 9 paylines, the lowest bet will be $0.09. If there are 20 paylines, the lowest bet will be $0.20 etc.

Q: Do online video slots offer better odds than land-based slots?

Yes. This is the whole point of playing video slots at online casinos. Online casino video slots are known to have much better odds than land-based video slots. The best paying online video slots can have a payout percentage of around 98%, while land-based video slots hardly ever reach a payout percentage of 90%. This is because it is much less expensive to operate an online casino than to operate a land-based casino, so therefore online casino operators compensate this by offering games with better odds.

Q: If a win a jackpot or a progressive jackpot, can I withdraw my money all at once?

It all depends on the online casino where you have won the jackpot and the withdrawal limits and withdrawal policy of progressive jackpot amounts.

In the following video you can see how video slots work explained by Steve Bourie, the author of the American Casino Guide, the No. 1 bestselling book on gambling.