In order to maintain the competitiveness of their slot games, online gaming software developers introduce innovative features. One such feature is "Stop Spin" that is available in online slots from Vegas Technology and Real Time Gaming. Normally the reels automatically come to a stop after some time. The "Stop Spin" feature enables players to manually stop the spin just after it has been initiated.
All Vegas Technology slots offer this feature. Soon after the reels start spinning the Spin button changes to Stop Spin. Clicking on the button instantaneously stops the reels. A screenshot of the feature is displayed below.
Real Time Gaming offers this feature on some of their video slot games. As soon as the reels start spinning the Spin button changes to Stop. Clicking on the button instantaneously stops the reels. A screenshot of the feature is displayed below.
This feature enables players to get in more spins in a given time. Whereas this may appear to be an advantage this is really not so. Online slots have a house edge of about 95%. This means that though it is possible to win sometimes, in the long run players will lose about 5% of their bankroll. Players have to look at this loss as the price of the entertainment they derive from playing slots. Hence by playing more games in a fixed time more often than not a player will lose more money.
Some players love bonus rounds and free spins. It is these innovative and interesting rounds that are responsible for the immense popularity of online slots. Often these rounds offer larger payouts than the base game. Therefore players are in a hurry to see if these rounds have been triggered. It is for this reason that they frequently use the Stop Spin feature. Here players must realize that bonus rounds and free spin rounds are not triggered very often and in any event the combination that triggers them appears randomly. This implies that by playing more it is not essential that these rounds will be triggered. Playing more spins could result in losing the bankroll without ever getting into the bonus round.
Activating the Stop Spin also results in the player deriving less enjoyment from the game. The suspense created while the reels spin is a source of the excitement that the game provides. To lose this excitement is losing the very purpose for which online slots are played. In many slot games the reels come to stop sequentially with the first reel stopping first and the fifth reel stopping last. This heightens the excitement because the symbols on the fifth reel could decide the payouts or entry to bonus rounds. By using the Stop Spin feature all this fun will be lost.