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Three Indicators Of Low Variance Online Slots

By: Ryan Alders, Thursday June 29th 2017
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If you are new to online casino play then you should start on low variance slot machines. You will rarely win big on such online slots, but will not lose your bankroll in a jiffy. Low variance online slots allow you to become familiar with slots play before you start taking risks. The big problem is that online slots to not openly indicate the level of variance. So, new players find it difficult to identify them. This article provides some helpful tips.

One of the first indicators that you should look for is the top line payout. You will find it in the payout table. It is the payout for the combination of five symbols for the thematically most important symbol, usually the wild symbol. If this payout is very large, say 5000 coins or more then the slot machine will tend to have high variance. In such cases the payouts for other symbols are reduced to maintain the average return. As a new player it is best to avoid video slots with a top payout of more than 2500 coins to start with.

The second indicator is also easily identifiable and it is the number of defined paylines. In a video slot with five reels and three rows there are 243 possible paylines. The earliest video slots had only 9 defined paylines, which meant that winning combinations would occur infrequently. Today most online casino games supplies offer 5x3 video slots with all 243 paylines automatically enabled. These are the online slots with the lowest variance, based on the number of active paylines. As a new player you should play on these because it entails minimum risk.

You will notice that there seems to be an inverse relationship between the top payout and number of paylines. As the number of paylines increases the top payout decreases. This is because when winning combinations are hit more frequently, you need lower payouts to maintain the returns.

One final aspect needs to be mentioned here. This is the bonus game. Almost all video slots have bonus features, like free spins. Some free spins features will have the potential to deliver huge payouts. The payout multipliers may be large. Or the free spins may include sticky wilds or wild reels. Such bonus features will not get triggered very often and raise the variance of the slot game. New conservative players should look for video slots that have less rewarding bonus features, which are likely to be triggered more often.

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