Analyzing Casino Slots Games OnlineBy: Shirley Spicer, Saturday January 23rd 2010
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Most of the online casino games are slots games. Probably more online slots are released in a month than other games are released in a year. Therefore it is essential to understand slot games. Players with different expertise levels will analyze slot games differently. This article discusses how players who are getting started should approach online slots.
New players should perform their analysis of slots games in the free play mode. There is no point in depleting one's bankroll when just getting familiar with the game. The first step is to get the feel of the audio visual capabilities. Check out if there is any background music or other audio effects. See what the animations are like. Understanding the betting options available is the next step. Check out the number of paylines. Most slots allow players to choose the number of paylines but some slots play with all paylines compulsorily enabled. Some online gaming software providers allow players to select the number of coins per payline. Others play with one coin per payline. The coin size range is very important. Check out the minimum and maximum coin size. Work out the maximum line bet and maximum total bet.
Next the player should check out the pay table and the game rules. This can usually be accessed through a button below or above the reels. The first step here is to understand the special symbols. The answers to the following questions need to be found. Which is the wild symbol? Does it offer payouts? Does it act as a multiplier? Is it constrained to appear on certain reels? Does it have special features like becoming expanding wilds? The scatter symbol can usually appear anywhere on the reels. Determine whether this is so. Also check out if any scatter payouts are offered.
The payout table is the heart of the slot game. It determines how volatile the slot game is and this is often the most important factor in deciding whether or not to play the game. First check if any progressive jackpot is offered. There are usually two types of slots. In one type some symbols offer very high payouts and others very low payouts. These are volatile slots. In the other type all symbols have payouts clubbed closely around a central value. These slots have low volatility. Players who would like high payouts even if the chances of getting them are low should go for volatile slots.
The next step is to examine the bonus rounds. Almost all slots today will have a free spins bonus round. The issues to check out here are the number of free spins, whether the payouts are multiplied and whether the free spins can be retriggered. Often free spins are made attractive with features like extra wild symbols or holding wild symbols. The bonus game on the second screen is more difficult to evaluate because of the inherent variety. Reading the rules of the bonus rounds is necessary but not sufficient. It is advisable to set up Auto Play in the play for free mode till the bonus rounds are triggered and then actually play them.
A mathematical evaluation of the average percentage returns of slots games is not possible in the way it can be done for video poker games. Players, especially new players, need to go by the gut feel and this is where understanding the different features helps.
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