How Do Online Slot Machines Work?

How Do Online Slot Machines Work?

Anas Bouargane 05/10/2020 2
How Do Online Slot Machines Work?

A lot of our favorite things have been cancelled in 2020. If your trip to Vegas – or even your local casino – can’t go ahead, you might be thinking about online gambling instead.

Maybe you’ve got a few questions. Will it provide the same thrill? And how the heck do online slot machines actually work? Maybe you’re even wondering if there’s any way to fix them.

Online Slot Machines: Ruled By The Random Number Generator

Unless you’re very new to gambling, you probably know what a slot machine looks like. They have several spinning reels with symbols on. To win, you need to get a “payline” of symbols that results in a win, running across the reels.

Just like real slot machines, online slot machines like those on Kazoom are designed to produce random results. You might think that if someone’s just won the jackpot, you can’t win it too – but that’s not how random number generators work

There’s always the same chance of any given result, regardless of any previous results … or any other factors, like the time of day, the number of players online, or even whether you’re wearing your lucky shirt.

You can’t “fix” an online slot machine to get the result you want, however much you might hope to.

There are loads of different themes for online slot machines. You can find some with traditional symbols (like stars, numbers, cherries, oranges, and so on). But you’ll also find plenty that use letters, characters, candy, and more. They all work in the same way: you need to get particular paylines of symbols in order to win a payout.

How Do You Win Against an Online Slot Machine?

Because online slot machines use random numbers, there’s no “secret” way to game them for an instant win … whatever anyone would have you believe.

But there are a few things you can do to maximize how much you win vs how much you spend:

#1: Look out for special offers and promotions. There are loads of these around, particularly if you’re new to online gambling: most companies will offer some good deals to get you to sign up and give their slot machines a whirl.

#2: Read the rules or playing guide. If there’s a slots guide, read it before you play. That way, you’ll know what symbols and paylines to look for, and you’ll know how to trigger the bonus features (often leading to the biggest payouts).

#3: Sign up to get free spins. Many companies will give you free spins when you sign up. Normally, you’ll need to deposit some cash into your account too, but sometimes you can get an offer for free spins without needing to put any cash up at all. You may not be able to withdraw the money you make on free spins, but you can spend it on more spins.

#4: Consider playing higher maximum bid slot machines. In some cases, the higher the maximum bid, the more likely it is that you’ll get a payout. Of course, this doesn’t guarantee that the odds will be in your favor, so it’s also important to...

#5: Only spend what you can afford. Online slot machines can be great fun, and a nice diversion if you’re stuck in the house. Make sure you set a sensible budget for your online gambling: take advantage of special deals, and don’t pour money into the slot machines that you can’t afford.

Online slot machines can be a lot of fun. Remember to gamble responsibly, and have a firm daily spending limit in mind: stop playing if you reach it. You might be luckier on a different day.

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  • Ben McEwan

    I can't travel to LA. Playing online is fun. Even casinos are empty.

  • Matt Straughan

    Online slot machines are random. They drive me crazy...

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Anas Bouargane

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Anas is the founder of CEF Académie, a platform that provides guidance and support for those willing to study in France. He previously interned at AlphaSense. Anas holds a bachelor degree in applied economics from the University Paris Sud.


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