All About Online Slots

Ghanaian online casinos have all sorts of thrilling games waiting to be played. The most popular of these by far is online slots. At a typical casino, you’ll find loads more slots than any other type of casino game. This article gives you a detailed overview of the slots. Have a read to learn about how they work, what different types of slots there are, where you can play them, and why you should play them. Once you’re done reading, check out some slots for yourself at your favorite Ghanaian online casino for free or for real money. 

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What Are Online Slots?

Slots are games of chance where you place a bet and get paid if enough symbols land in the right places. They’re played on a grid that (most of the time) has three rows and five reels (or columns). Each position on the grid displayed a symbol. A slot can have a few or even a dozen or more different symbols. To play, you place your bet then click to spin the reels. Once the reels have stopped spinning, you’ll have a new line-up of symbols on the grid. For most slots, to win you need three or more matching symbols to appear on a payline (a line going across the grid covering one position per reel). If enough matching symbols appear on a payline, you’ll be paid. Some symbols are more valuable than others. Most symbols just offer payouts, though some can trigger bonus features as well. 

Classic Slots VS Online Slots

Online casinos were introduced in the late 20th century. Before then, the only slots that existed were physical slot machines. When they were first released many decades ago, they were very basic. The earliest models had a large drum with three reels and a lever on the side of the machine you’d pull to spin the reels. These basic slots had a single payline and no special features; they were mostly themed after fruits as well, hence the term ‘fruit machine’. Playing was all about landing the right symbols on the payline to win.

Then, video slot machines were launched. These were still quite basic, though instead of having a large drum, they used a video screen to display the reels. Over time, video slot machines became more advanced, introducing more features, bigger gaming grids, different ways to win and loads of different themes. Online slots are entirely digital slots that are completely screen-based.

Glossary Of Key Slot Terms

Below you’ll find some of the most common terms associated with slots.

3D Slots – These are slots that have extra immersive 3D graphics.

All Ways Win – A slot that doesn’t have set paylines and instead has hundreds or even thousands of ways to win.

Autoplay – A special feature that lets the slot spin the reels automatically for you.

Bet – The total amount of money you’re wagering on a spin of the reels.

Bonus Feature – Any sort of special feature that can help you win.

Bonus Round – A special round where you play a sort of mini-game to win cash or free spins.

Branded Slot – A slot that’s themed after an IP, such as a film, movie or musical act.

Cascading Reels – Also known as tumbling reels or avalanches, this is a feature where winning symbols vanish and are replaced by symbols falling from above. You can win more than once from one spin of the reels thanks to this feature. 

Classic Slot – A slot that’s inspired by earlier slot machines and has a smaller gaming grid and no (or hardly any) special features. 

Coins – The denominations used by many slots to place bets with.

Expanding Symbol – A symbol that lands then expands to take up extra positions on the grid.

Free Spins – Spins that don’t cost you anything. These can be won in-game or through a casino’s bonus offers.

Gamble Feature – This feature gives you a 50/50 chance to gamble your winnings and potentially double them, though there’s a chance you’ll lose them all.

Jackpot – This refers to a slot’s highest payout.

Multiplier – A symbol that multipliers your winnings by a set value.

Pay Table – This shows you the payouts for all the slot’s symbols, as well as what the bonus features are and how to trigger them.

Payline – A line across the reels covering one position per reel that winning combinations can be formed on. For some slots, all paylines are covered by all bets. For others, you choose how many paylines you want your bet to cover.

Payout – The amount of money you’re paid for winning. The amount you receive depends on the winning symbol and how many instances of the winning symbol there are. 

Progressive Jackpot – A jackpot that grows with every bet that’s placed and keeps on growing until it’s won.

Reel – A vertical column on the gaming grid that’s spun to give you a new set of symbols.

Row – A horizontal line on the gaming grid.

RTP – A figure represented as a percentage that shows roughly how much of your bet you can expect to be paid back over long-term play.

Scatter – A symbol that triggers a bonus feature. It may also offer payouts, though it pays no matter where it lands on the reels.

Stacked Symbols – Symbols that can appear two or more positions high. They may even fill complete reels.

Symbol – The images that appear in fixed positions on the reels. Spinning the reels results in a new line-up of symbols appearing. Standard symbols just offer payouts, while bonus symbols can have special effects and features. Symbols can be designed to match a slot’s theme. 

Volatility – Also known as variance, this refers to how often a slot pays out and how big its payouts tend to be. 

Wild – A symbol that can substitute for any standard symbol to help you form winning combinations.

Win Both Ways – Most slot paylines run from left to right only, meaning the chain of matching symbols has to start on the leftmost reel. For win both ways slots, the paylines run both from left to right and from right to left.

Winning Combination – A row of matching symbols on a payline that produces a win.

Different Types Of Slot Games

There are several different types of online slot you’ll come across at online casinos. Most of the time, a casino will arrange its slots into a number of different categories so you can find the slots you prefer more easily. The main types of slot are as follows:

Video Slot

Most online slots fall into this category. Video slots are advanced games that typically have a number of special features (including special symbols and bonus rounds), as well as high-quality theming. Video slots are mostly played on a grid that’s 3×5 in size or bigger and can have hundreds or even thousands of ways you can win.

Progressive Jackpot

This is a slot whose jackpot grows every time someone places a bet. It keeps on growing until a player’s lucky enough to win it – some can get very high indeed and a few players have actually become multi-millionaires thanks to progressive jackpot wins.

Classic Slot

This type of slot is designed to replicate the experience of playing physical slot machines. It offers more basic gameplay and doesn’t have any special features as such. Some, however, may have one or two features. Most classic slots are played on a smaller grid and have just a few paylines. 

How Slot Games Are Played

Slots are very easy to play indeed. There are only two things you need to do in order to play: first, decide how much money you’re going to bet with; second, spin the reels. If you’ve landed the right set of symbols in the right place, you’ll win. Once any wins have been paid out, you can spin the reels again for another shot at winning. 

Choosing An Online Slot To Play

Most online casinos have several hundred slots, if not over a thousand. It can be hard choosing which ones to play. Once you’ve signed up to a casino, look through the slots collection and see which games appeal to you. Try them out for free.

Software Providers Of Online Slots

There are several hundred providers that create online slots. Some of the most popular ones include Microgaming, NetEnt, Play’n Go, NextGen Gaming, Yggdrasil, Playtech, Scientific Games and Real Time Gaming. Most casinos have slots by at least a dozen or so providers, giving players plenty of variety. 

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House Edge Definition

House edge is a figure represented as a percentage. It refers to how much of your money on average you can expect to receive from a casino game over long-term play. The lower the house edge, the less money you should lose. Most slots have a house edge of around 4%. Some can have a house edge as low as 3% or less.

Online Slots Common Bonus Features

Online casinos have lots of bonuses and promotions. There are two types of slot bonus: those that you receive from a casino to use on slots (such as free spins or bonus money) and those you receive during the actual game itself (such as free spins, multipliers, pick-me rounds with cash prizes etc). Here’s a look at some of the most popular casino bonuses.

Free Spins

These are spins of a slot you get to use for no cost at all. Whether you receive free spins from a casino bonus or in-game, they work in the same way. Even though you’re not paying for the spins, you can still win real money.

Bonus Money

This is virtual money you receive from casino deposit bonuses. Most of the time, the more you deposit, the more bonus money you’re rewarded with. You can use it on slots and other casino games and, like with free spins, you still have a chance of winning real money.

Multiplier

Many slots have special multiplier symbols. If you win with one of these symbols, your winnings will be multiplied by a set amount. Some slots have bonus rounds (such as free spins) where all wins are subjected to a multiplier.

Pick-Me Round

A popular feature in slots is the pick-me round. This is a bonus game where you have various options on screen and you have to make a number of picks. If you’re lucky, you may end up winning several cash prizes.

Playing Online Slots With Real Money VS Playing For Free

You should play slots for free if you’re still getting used to how they work or you simply want to play without risk. Most online casinos let you play for free once you’ve signed up. If you want to play with real money, you’ll have to link a payment method to your casino account and make a deposit. Nearly all the time, deposits are instant. For withdrawals, however, you may have to wait several working days or longer, depending on the payment method you’re using, for your money to reach you. 

The vast majority of online casinos accept both Mastercard and Visa. Some other popular payments that are widely accepted include the e-wallets Neteller, Skrill and PayPal, the prepaid card Paysafecard and the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. 

Playing Slots On Mobiles

Most of the slots you play on your computer or laptop can be played on mobile devices. Pretty much every online casino has a mobile site where you can play most (if not all) of the same games. Not every slot has a mobile version, though if you visit any mobile casino you should still find more than enough mobile friendly slots available to play. Most of the time, mobile slots are designed to run on iOS and Android devices, including both smartphones and tablets. 

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Pros and Cons of Slot Games

Pros

– Online slots can be played anywhere. Play at home on your desktop computer or laptop, or play on the go with your smartphone or tablet

– Play online slots whenever you like 

– You can access loads of casinos and countless online slots through the internet

– Huge variations of slot games

Cons

– Online slots can be addictive

– Some would say they’re too easily accessible since they can be played just about anywhere

Winning Strategies For Online Slots 

Slots are entirely luck-based. That is to say, it’s down to luck what symbols land on the reels and whether you receive a payout. Therefore, there are no specific slot strategies you can use to try to give yourself an advantage of any kind. You can, however, use general betting strategies to help you budget (however big or small it is) last longer.

Tips To Play Slots

With so many slots available to play online, it can be tempting to just go ahead and play random ones. However, it’s a good idea to follow a few simple tips so you can get the best online slots experience. 

Play for free

Take advantage of demo play and try out slots without having to pay. Get used to how they work and find some favourites, then switch to real-money play once you’re ready to gamble.

Sign up to reputable casinos

This is an important one. The vast majority of online casinos can be trusted, though you should always check to make sure a casino’s safe before signing up. Make sure it’s licensed and search online to see if it’s got a good reputation.

Stick to a budget

Before you start to gamble online with real money, set aside some money you can afford to lose. This is your gambling budget. Casino games can be addictive and it can be tempting to chase your losses (continuing to play hoping for a big win to come around). Once your budget’s been used up, stop playing.

Take advantage of bonuses

Don’t miss out on bonuses, as many of them offer the chance to play for free and win real money. Nearly every online casino has some kind of bonus for new players – most of these welcome bonuses can be used on slots.

Consult the pay table

A slot’s pay table lists the payouts for its symbols and explains how to trigger special features. Check this out before playing online slots so you know whether it’s worth playing and how big its payouts can get.

Summary

Slots are the most popular type of game you’ll find at Ghanaian online casinos. They may be simple games, but there’s so much to them and this guide only scratches the surface. The best way to get to know slots is to play them yourself. With thousands of them available to play, you’re bound to find loads that suit your tastes. 

FAQs

Yes. Most online casinos let you play for free as much as you like once you’ve set up an account.

You should only sign up to a casino that’s licensed, has a reputation for being safe and secure, offers reliable customer support, and, of course, has plenty of games for you to play. It’s also worth signing up for casinos that have good bonuses to claim. 

Yes, so long as you’re playing with actual money. You’re more likely to lose than win, so make sure you gamble with money you can afford to lose and always stick to your budget.

The vast majority of online casinos can be trusted. Before signing up to one, double-check it’s got a license from a regulatory authority and do some research to see whether other people have found it reliable or not.

All online slots can be winning slots. Since they’re all luck-based, there’s no telling when a slot will payout. Some offer higher payouts than others, while some pay out more frequently than others.

Ghanaians have access to quite a few online casinos. There’s no definitive way of determining the single best casino - it’s all down to personal taste.

A good strategy is to stick with slots that have a low house edge. Do this and you should, in theory, receive more of your money back from the slots.