Betting Options Across Software ProvidersBy: Joan Peppin, Wednesday June 30th 2010
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Betting options in online slot games relate to the total amount that a player can wager in one spin. This total amount is calculated as the product of three parameters that can be selected independently. These parameters are the coin size, the number of coins per payline and the number of paylines. Many online gaming software providers have standardized the options offered for these parameters and the same are being implemented in the latest online slots released by them. This makes it convenient for both the software provider and the player. The player is familiar with the options provided and does not have to tinker around with new options in order to arrive at what works best for him. This article discusses the betting options offered by some such software providers and the implications of these options.
Vegas Technology is a software provider with standardized betting options in all its new slot games. The minimum coin size is $0.01 and the maximum coin size is $10.00. There are seven options within this range. In the Vegas Technology slot games players are constrained to wager only one coin per payline. Therefore the line bet range also varies from $0.01 to $10.00 with seven options. The line bet is used to determine the line payouts in credits. The latest Vegas Technology slot games have 25 paylines. Therefore the maximum total bet per spin works out to $250. The total bet per spin is used to determine scatter payouts and bonus payouts in credits.
Realtime Gaming is another leading software provider. Its betting options structure is similar in one respect to that of Vegas Technology. It constrains the player to wager only one coin per payline. The coin size range however has two major points of difference. The minimum coin size is same at $0.01 but the maximum coin size is only $5.00. Therefore the line bet range is half in Realtime Gaming slot games as compared to Vegas Technology slot games. However there are 15 coin size options available. Therefore there is greater flexibility possible in the line bets. The new Realtime Gaming slots also have 25 paylines. The maximum total bet per spin is therefore $125. Because the upper end of the betting options are greater in the case of Vegas Technology slots, high rollers are more attracted to them.
Rival Gaming also offers standardized betting options. The coin size varies from $0.01 to $0.25 and has only four options in this range. Therefore it would appear that Rival Gaming offers meager betting options to its slots players. However this is not the case. In Rival Gaming slots players can wager up to 10 coins per payline. The maximum line bet is therefore $2.50, which is lower than that offered by Vegas Technology and Realtime Gaming. However the number of options in the line bet is 40. This is greater than the number offered in Vegas Technology or Realtime Gaming slots. Hence Rival Gaming offers greater flexibility. The total number of paylines in the latest Rival Gaming slots is 20. The maximum total bet per spin is therefore $50. Hence Rival Gaming slots will deter high rollers.
Microgaming is a software provider that has not standardized its betting options. Microgaming offers many more slot games and caters to a larger number of players and therefore needs to be more variable in the options offered.
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