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Looking Into Betting Options For Online Slots

By: Rick Balding, Thursday October 1st 2009
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After the player selects an online slot game to wager at he has to make up to three important decisions before he can start spinning the reels. This set of decisions is known as betting options. It includes selecting the number of paylines, the number of coins wagered per payline and the coin size. Most slot games allow players to choose all three betting options. Some slot games fix the number of coins wagered per payline, usually at one, and this choice is removed from the betting options. There are very few slots that fix both the coin size and the number of coins thus effectively freezing the line bet.

Before the betting options are discussed two terms need to be clearly defined. The line bet is the amount wagered per payline and is the product of the coin size and the number of coins per payline. The total bet is the total amount wagered per spin and is the product of the line bet and the number of paylines selected.

Most online slot games allow players to choose the number of paylines. However this is only a nominal choice because it makes little sense to play the online slot game without enabling all the paylines. Winning combinations, except for the scatter wins, result in payouts only if they occur in an enabled payline. The worst nightmare for a slots player can be to see five of like symbols in a payline that is not enabled. Progressive jackpot online slots emphasize the need for selecting all paylines even more pointedly. The progressive jackpot usually pays out only when the stated combination occurs in the highest payline. By selecting all paylines the total bet per spin can increase drastically, especially if the player has chosen a slot game that has 50 or 100 paylines. In such cases the player should enable all paylines and reduce his line bet so as to remain within budget.

The coin size and the number of coins per payline together contribute to the line bet. Some slot games allow only one coin to be wagered per payline, but they have a larger coin size range with a fair degree of choice within that range. The slot games that allow players choose the number of coins usually have a smaller coin size range with fewer stops in that range. Either way it usually works out to the same thing.

Consider the slot game Mayan Queen that offers one coin per payline with the following coin size range: 0.01, 0.02, 0.03, 0.04, 0.05, 0.06, 0.07, 0.08, 0.09, 0.1, 0.25, 0.5, 1, 2.5 and 5.00. This gives a line bet range from 0.01 to 5.00 with 15 stops. There is another recently released slot game Moonlight Mystery that offers up to 5 coins per payline and coin sizes of 0.01, 0.05, 0.1, 0.25 and 0.5. This gives a line bet range from 0.01 to 2.50 with 18 stops.

Hence the coin size and number of coins per payline have to be chosen in conjunction with each other so that the player gets the desired line bet. The line bet must be decided based on the players bankroll for the session and the number of spins that he expects to play. Suppose that the player has a bankroll of 100 credits and wants to play 100 spins. Then he should go for a line bet of 1.00. In games like Mayan Queen he simply chooses the coin size of 1.00. In games like Moonlight Mystery he can choose 2 coins of size 0.50 or 4 coins of size 0.25. Both options are essentially the same. Whatever the player wins can be kept aside for another day.

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Comment by: Alice B On: December 31, 2009
Lol... I do bet max myself a lot of the time but I do also like the granularity of control as there are definitely situations that do arise where you're going to want to be less then the max value... also betting max on the highest coin denomination would mean only a few spins for most of us that play online I believe as in some cases that could be well into 1K / spin depending on what casinos and games you're playing on.
Comment by: bbqboyhere On: November 30, 2009
Stop being such babies and bet max for crying out loud... lol... I guess if we all had this attitude we'd all be broke in the long run, lol... But in all seriousness there is definitely advantages when you hit a big win when you're betting max while playing slots games or any other game as such.
Comment by: Hurley Jeminach On: October 12, 2009
I like a combination of all things a good number of lines 25+ along with a series of different bet amounts / coin sizes as well coins per line. It's always going to be a matter of these options and having several options for each that are going to make different players happy!
Comment by: Steve Brando On: October 07, 2009
For me I like having games with more lines and coins that can be bet per line. Although I think that having a good range of coin amounts I think it's more important to have a good number of lines and coins per line. Usually when I play I stick to 0.01 or 0.02 and only really go as high as 0.05 cents per line per coin and even then it can get up to and over $30 / spin in some of the online casino slots games out there.
Comment by: Channy On: October 04, 2009
I like having a lot of options for coin sizes but have to agree as well that having too many lines in slots games can be a littler overwhelming. I prefer games that have fewer lines and generally won't play games with more then 30 lines either.
Comment by: Flint Carling On: October 02, 2009
For me the biggest and most important selections for betting options are the number of coins that I can play per line and the denomination. I know that lots of players out there like games with lots of lines and that's an important thing to them but to me having more lines just makes the games all that much more confusing. I like 9 - 25 payline slots when it get up to and over 40 it's too much for me and I don't find that I enjoy the games as much!
Comment by: Leslie R. On: October 01, 2009
For me personally I'm a big fan of games that have a wide assortment of betting options as I find that I like to switch it up and not always necessarily bet max.

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