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Accessing Slots Rules Across Software Providers

By: Adam Richards, Saturday September 4th 2010
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Slots rules contain the information about how the slot game will be played. The rules can be divided into three parts. The first part is the payout table, the second part contains the general rules that explain when and how payouts are calculated and the third part explains the bonus games and other features. In the case of all software providers the slots rules can be accessed from within the slots game, but each software provider offers a slightly different mechanism. This article explains the process of accessing slots rules in different software providers.

Vegas Technology has the most organized and standardized way of displaying slots rules. Players should click the Paytable button that is prominently displayed below the reels. This leads to the payout table being displayed, including details of the wild and scatter symbol. In the payout table of most online gaming software providers the wild symbol is referred to as the ‘substitute’. There are two buttons below the payout table. The Game button takes the player back to the reels. The Rules button tales the player to the rules page. There are three distinct sections in the rules page for bonus slots. The Game Rules describe the process for calculating the payouts. The Free Games Feature describes the rules for the free spins. The Bonus Feature describes the rules for the bonus game on the second screen. The player can go back to the payout table or to the game from this page.

In Realtime Gaming slot games the rules are accessed by clicking the Help button in the bottom toolbar. The page that opens first by default is the payout table. The rules are spread over three pages. From any page the player can return to the game by clicking the Return to Game button. Players can navigate through the pages of the rules using the Previous and Forward buttons. The second page is the most important one for the rules. It explains the bonus features and the rules for calculating the payouts. There is one box that describes how the Auto Play feature functions and one box that describes how the random progressive jackpots function. The third page describes the Win-Win feature. This is a new feature unique to Realtime Gaming slots for compensating players who have been unlucky in the free spins.

In Rival Gaming online slots the rules are accessed by clicking on the Pay Table button, which is usually placed above the reels. Rival Gaming slots have a single page rules section. Alongside the payout table the rules for calculating the payouts and the rules for the free spins and bonus games are described. In the case of the bonus game only the triggering mechanism is described here. The detailed rules are described in a menu driven fashion only once the bonus game is triggered. The players can return to the game by clicking the Back to Slot button.

In Playtech slots the button that takes players to the rules pages is labeled as Info. As usual it opens to the payout table. The Back button takes players back to the game. The Show Paylines button displays how the paylines are structured. Most of the other software providers show this information using small icons on one of the other pages. The rules for calculating the payouts are explained on this page in Playtech slots. The player can navigate through the rules pages using the forward and backward arrow icons. The other pages explain the free spins game, the bonus game on the second screen, the gamble game and the progressive jackpot depending on which of these features are available in the slot game in question. The structure of the Playtech slot games varies to a greater degree than the other software providers described earlier and therefore the rules pages are more flexible.

These rules have been described based on the latest slot games. The older slot games could have a slightly different structure for accessing and describing the rules.

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