Check Payouts From Within the Slots ReelsBy: Mark Freedman, Tuesday June 30th 2009
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There are online slots players who play the game in a mechanical manner. They place the bets and spin the reels. Then they accept the payouts that are given without bothering to find out which combinations in which paylines have delivered what amounts. For them playing in this way makes sense because they exercise no control over which paylines register winning combinations and how much those winning combinations pay. On the other hand there are players who want to understand everything about the slot game even if they have no control over it. They like to know which the higher paying symbols are and how much they pay. They derive enjoyment from seeing these higher paying symbols start lining up from reel 1, while the other reels are still spinning. Once the reels have come to a rest and the payouts have been declared these players like to check out exactly which paylines have paid what amounts and on what basis.
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The second type of players encounters a problem. In classic 3-reel slots the pay table and the reels appear on the same screen. However in 5-reel video slots the pay table is on a different screen and has to be accessed by clicking the appropriate link. Hence the player has either to memorize the pay table or keep toggling between the reels and the pay table. Both are very inconvenient. Microgaming is known for it is innovative approach. It has found a way out of this problem which it is incorporating in many of its newer online slot games. Centre Court and The Great Galaxy Grab are two slots in which Microgaming has incorporated this feature.
The feature is extremely simple and works as follows. The player clicks on the symbol on the reels. A tab slides out horizontally displaying the required information. In the Centre Court slot game by clicking the Trophy symbol the following information is revealed. 5 symbols pay out 1000 coins, 4 symbols pay out 500 coins, 3 symbols pay out 100 coins and 2 symbols pay out 10 coins (considering that a single coin is being played if max coins are being played in this game you'd multiply that by 10x to get your win amount). The information is revealed for scatter symbols as well. In such slot games the scatter symbol is marked as "scatter" so that there is no confusion. Players have to keep in mind that normal symbols have to appear in an enabled payline whereas scatter symbols can appear anywhere on the reels.
The same procedure can be used to check the payouts. For example payline 5 shows a payout of 100 coins in the Centre Court slot game when the player has wagered 10 coins per line. The player sees 3 'A' symbols on the first three reels in that payline. He clicks on the symbol and the tab shows that 3 symbols have a payout of 10. Since the player has wagered 10 coins per payline his total payout is 100 coins.
This feature has been derived from land based slots gaming machines. These machines display buttons of all the symbols on the reels. The player could press the symbol buttons with his finger to reveal the payouts. In Microgaming online slots this is done by clicking on the symbol in the reels with a mouse. The online method has one disadvantage. In land based gaming machines the player has access to buttons of all the symbols, whether or not the symbols appear on the reels at a given point in time. In online slots if a particular symbol is not on the reels at a given time then its payout cannot be seen using this feature.
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