Unlike in games such as blackjack and video poker, online slots do not require any inputs from players once the wager is placed and the reels are set in motion. However, some decisions are involved in deciding how to place the wagers and these are commonly referred to as betting options. Though these decisions are extremely simple in nature they must not be taken carelessly because they can have long-term implications.
There are a few slot games that are played with fixed bets. But other than that all online slot games provide for at least two betting options. These are selection of the number of paylines and fixing of the line bet. Many online gaming software providers offer paylines with single coin wagers and players are required to choose only the coin denomination. Some software providers allow players to choose both the number of coins and the coin denomination in finalizing the line bet betting option.
There is only one tip for selecting the number of paylines and it is inviolable. 'Always wager will all paylines enabled'. There are two reasons for this. In all online slot games winning combinations pay out only on enabled paylines. If there is a combination that pays out on any payline and that payline has not been selected then the player gets nothing. Also in most progressive jackpot online slots the progressive jackpot can only be hit by getting the winning combination on the highest payline. This means that the player has to enable all paylines in order to hit the progressive jackpot.
In certain slot games activating all paylines can be a problem for low rollers. In particular are those online slots that have 40 or more paylines. In such cases the total amount wagered per spin, which is referred to as the total bet, becomes at least 40 times the line bet. Hence the line bet must be chosen judiciously. Here online slot games that allow players to choose the number of coins per payline must be considered separately. In progressive jackpot online slot games it is mandatory to wager the maximum number of coins to be eligible for the progressive jackpot. Therefore players wagering on such games have no option but to choose the maximum number of coins per payline and make all their adjustments only on the coin denomination. In the normal online slots players can choose that combination of coin denomination and number of coins which brings them closest to their desired line bet.
Whether the selection of the line bet involves a single decision of coin denomination or a multiple decision of coin denomination and number of coins, it has to be made based on the player's bankroll for the session. This is the most prudent way and is essential to ensure that the player does not fall into the trap of problem gambling. The player first fixes his bankroll for the session based on his overall funds availability and he then fixes the number of spins that he would like to play in that session. This would give him his total bet per spin. Dividing this amount by the number of paylines in the online slot game will give the player a ballpark number for the line bet. Even though it may seem complicated to the uninitiated, the process is extremely simple and takes less than a minute to perform. All online slots players should get used to this.