|Online slots today are becoming more exciting with the constant addition of new features. But this also implies that the new features have to be understood. The new features also give the player more choices to make. In this respect the "Bet Max" button plays a very important role.
Most online slots today are of the video bonus type with multiple paylines. There is a great variance in the number of paylines offered. Say the slots game offers 20 paylines. The player can wager on 1 payline, 2 paylines right up to 20 paylines. The player can also wager a variable number of coins per payline. Usually this ranges from 1 to 5. Therefore a number of wagering options exist. The procedure in most online slots is as follows. The player first selects the paylines that he wants to wager on. Then the player clicks on the "Bet One" button to wager 1 coin on each of the chosen paylines. By clicking the "Bet One" button again he increases his wager to 2 coins per chosen payline and so on. However if he wants to wager the maximum allowable coins on all the paylines he simply clicks the "Bet Max" button.
The "Bet Max" button offers tangible advantages to the players. Many slot games today offer progressive jackpots. In most cases the progressive jackpot is valid only if the player has placed the maximum bet. Otherwise he just gets the fixed payout. In progressive jackpot slots the difference between the progressive payout and fixed payout is substantial. This is true even when the progressive payout is at the minimum level. Hence if the player hits the progressive jackpot combination and he is not on Maximum bet then he would be kicking himself.
Other situations in which the "Max Bet" button is worth its weight in gold are the scatter and bonus features. In the line combinations, only the paylines with winning combinations pay out. Therefore wagers placed on other paylines are automatically lost. However, the scatter symbols can appear anywhere on the screen in order to pay out and not necessarily on the selected paylines. Therefore the payout for scatter wins is made with reference to the total bet and not the line bet. In such cases no portion of the bet is wasted and it makes sense to use the "Max Bet" feature. Most bonus rounds are activated by specified scatter combinations. Therefore the payouts in bonus rounds are also referenced on total bets. If the player plays with maximum bet then not only will his scatter wins be large but also the bonus round wins.
The "Max Bet" button also offers another advantage, though trivial when compared to the payouts. It automatically sets the reels spinning without having to click separately on the reels.
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