Auto play is exactly what its name suggests. It allows players to repeatedly play the slot game without manually activating any buttons. Therefore players can wager on the slot game while engaging in any other activity. It also considerably speeds up the game. It is for this reason that most online casino software providers include the auto play feature in their online slots.
It would first be prudent to discuss under which circumstances players should not use the auto play. The auto play feature necessitates that the player places the same bet throughout. If the player wants to change any betting parameter, coin size, number of coins per payline or number of enabled paylines frequently then he cannot use the auto play feature. Some players have a strategy of increasing the number of coins when they are on a winning spree and reducing the number of coins when they are on a losing spree. The auto play feature is not for such players.
Online slots are also played for sheer enjoyment. The audio visual appeal of online slots has increased tremendously in the past few years. The animations keep getting better. Unfortunately auto play does not allow complete enjoyment of these features because the game plays at a fast pace. Therefore players who are interested in experiencing this enjoyment should avoid auto at least while playing the online slot game for the first few times.
The most important parameter in auto play is the number of auto spins. While executing the auto play the player has to set the number of spins. The first thing to keep in mind is that the spins made in auto play are not free spins. For every spin the player's balance will be debited. Two factors should dictate the number of auto play spins chosen. One is the bankroll in conjunction with the amount wagered per spin and the other is the time that the player wants to spend on the auto spin. Here it is important to point out that some bonus features require the player to make choices. When this happens the game will come to a stop till these choices are made. In any event the auto play stops once a bonus feature is triggered and completed. Hence it is pointless to be away from the computer for more than five or ten minutes at a time while the auto play is on.
Online gaming software providers have a number of conditions in the auto play set up mechanism, which if enabled allow the play to stop before the set spins are completed. Two are more common and more useful. One condition stops the auto play if the cumulative winnings exceed a specified amount. Many regular players have an expected target before playing. If they win that amount they are more than happy. They realize that online slots have a payout of only about 96% and if the continue playing beyond that point they may end up losing some of the amount they have won. This condition is useful for such players.
There is a reverse condition that stops the auto play when a specified cumulative loss is reached. In the language of the stock market this is known as the stop loss limit. The player's bankroll dictates that he can afford to wager only so much and no more during a session of online slots. Enabling this condition allows the player to execute this objective.