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Free Spins Bonus Round In Online Casino Slots

By: Mark Freedman, Saturday August 1st 2009
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Today most online slot games offer a free spins bonus round. This round offers a number of free spins in which players receive payouts according to the combinations on the reels but do not place any wagers. The payouts are based on the wager placed in the spin that triggered the free spins bonus round. Thus the free spins bonus round can substantially increase the chip balance of the player. In most cases the free spins bonus round is triggered when three or more scatter symbols appear anywhere on the reels. In some cases other defined events within the slot game trigger the free spins bonus round. In rare cases this round is triggered randomly.

The two parameters that define a free spins round are the number of free spins and the multiplier. In the simplest of online slots, the rules dictate that X free spins will be given at Y multiplier. In Achilles online slot game if three or more Troy symbols appear anywhere on the reels then the player gets 10 free spins at doubled payouts. In some slot games the number of free spins depends on the number of scatter symbols appearing on the reels.

There is a trend in contemporary slot games that the number of free spins and the multiplier are decided by playing another game on the second screen. A popular example of this is in the Fat Lady Sings online slot. First one Fat Lady sings and the number of glasses she breaks determines the number of free spins. Then another Fat Lady sings and the number of glasses she breaks determines the multiplier. This increases the element of chance and hence adds excitement to the game. In some slot games the bonus game on the second screen determines the number of free spins and the multiplier jointly. An example is the recently released Area 21 game from Cryptologic. There are games that allow players to choose the combination they want from a list given. One such game is Pedal Power from Microgaming. Players can choose from 25 free spins with a multiplier of 2x, 10 spins with a multiplier of 5x, or 5 free spins with a multiplier of 10x. Hence players have to choose between more free spins and higher multipliers, which is not a very easy choice to make.

In most online slot games the free spins can be retriggered. What this means is that if the combination that triggers the free spins appears on the reels during the free spins then the player will get additional free spins. Some online slot games, however, have innovative ways of providing the enhancements. An example is Sneak A Peek Doctor Doctor. In the free spins a yellow capsule can randomly appear on reel 4. This capsule burst to release an additional number of free spins. Similarly a blue capsule randomly appearing on reel 5 enhances the multiplier for the remaining rounds.

The free spins bonus round usually plays differently from the normal rounds. Often the background music gets more vibrant. Also there could be a color change in the background of the symbols or the background to the reels. With the intense competition in online slots games, players have not seen the last word in innovations in the free spins bonus rounds. The games in the coming period are bound to have more exciting free spins features.

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Comment by: Amber On: December 07, 2009
The free spin bonus round is definitely become one of the favorite components of some of the online casino slots games that I've been playing. I find them to be more interesting and exhilarating then conventional bonus rounds really.
Comment by: Melissa J. On: November 18, 2009
I like free spin games but don't think that they are necessarily the only factor involved in creating a quality online casino gaming expereince. I really think that there's a lot more to it then just free spins. I think that the overall game has to be well designed to make for a fun and exciting experience.
Comment by: Sharon Wallace On: October 21, 2009
Free spins bonus rounds are my favorite as well I find them to be the most entertaining especially when you're playing the kinds that allow you to re-enter into the free spins bonus round!
Comment by: Flint Carling On: October 13, 2009
They can be some of the more fun bonus rounds. If you guys haven't checked out some of the new Playtech online slots games then you really shout. The free spins, re-spin features and other aspects to their free spin bonus rounds that they've incorporated into some of their latest generation online casino slots games are really something else!
Comment by: Jordan On: September 08, 2009
I really enjoy free spins bonus rounds as well. I find them to be intriguing and the kinds of bonus rounds that I tend to want to hit over other features within slots games.
Comment by: charlie62 On: September 01, 2009
Yeah I love free spins bonus rounds especially when they involve an additional element where the game can enter into a different type of bonus round different from those that are offered in the main game. Regardless though I like free spins more then most other bonus rounds out there. I find them to be the most exiting. Other more traditional bonus rounds are pretty boring I think at least.
Comment by: Alice B On: August 31, 2009
Of all the bonuses I think that the free spin bonus is my favorite. When dynamic elements are included such as making a certain reel a wild reel, adding multipliers, etc... it really makes for some excitement in the game. I think that land based casinos have done a better job in the games that they offer with free spins features.
Comment by: Augustine On: August 17, 2009
Agreed some of the new multi-feature free spins bonus rounds that require input from us players I think are much better and far more enjoyable!
Comment by: Bill Buxton On: August 02, 2009
The free spins bonus round is one of my favorite types of bonus rounds found in both in casinos that have a land based presence as well as online. I'm a big fan of free spins games that offer a re-triggering feature I find these kinds of slots to be some of the most exciting slots variations out there!

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