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Online Slots

Slot machine. The slot. Poker machine. One-armed bandit. Fruit machine. Pokies. Why are there so many names for the same type of game? Probably because it’s the most popular casino game out there. And now with the advent of the online casino, it has gained popularity on the internet as well.

The goal of the game is to line up like symbols to win real money. The first slot machine was created by Charles Fey in San Francisco, California, in the late 1800s. Since then, computer technology has replaced the lever with a button and the three-reel combinations with many different variations. Today’s online slots utilize a plethora of creative themes and varying numbers of paylines.

Luck or skill?

Slots are pretty much about luck. Random number generators are responsible for the result of any given spin. But maybe that’s what makes them so fun!

Slots Terminology

Online slots or Online Pokies use a lot of the same terms as slots in the real casino. Here are a handful of the basics:

  • Bonus – A special feature activated by predefined symbols on the reels
  • Payline – A straight or zigzagged line that runs across the reels and is used to calculate winning spins
  • Pay table – The chart that provides the worth of the various symbols in their possible combinations
  • Progressive slots – Slots with a jackpot that grows depending on the payouts of a number of linked machines
  • Random number generator (RNG) – The software that determines which combination appears on a given spin at any given second
  • Reel – The wheel that spins with a number of symbols on it
  • Wild – A symbol that can stand in for another symbol to make a winning combination