Today on the Kerching blog, Malcolm and Lucky are taking things back to basics. We’re going to chat about the rules of slot machines, including the general features which we see across most of the games out there. Whether you're new to slots or fancy a refresher, let us give you the lowdown.
M: Ey up, Lucky
L: Hi Malc, how're tricks?
M: Awesome today, mate.
L: And why would that be?
M: Today, Lucky, we’re taking things back to basics with the rules of slot machines.
L: Great stuff, can I help? I’m a pro with this slots business now.
M: We’ll see. Ready to get stuck in?
L: You betcha. I was born ready for this.
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M: Wanna start us off then, kiddo?
L: Aye mate. Let’s do some quickfire questions shall we?
M: Go on then.
L: OK. This is exciting. What’s a payline?
M: Easy! Each payline is a way of winning. If you land the right number of matching symbols on a payline, usually from left to right, you could win in some way.
L: Correct. You’re off to a good start, Malc.
M: Cheers, pal. Did you also know that with some slots, the number of paylines varies and you can choose how many of the paylines you want to play?
L: Indeed, I did! So, if there are 20 paylines, you don't have to play them all?
M: Are paylines all in one direction?
L: Not necessarily! Horizontal, diagonal, sometimes even a mixture of both to get from one side of the reels to the other. But it depends on how many paylines there are as to how wild they will be.
M: Nice one. Where can you find out what the paylines are for the game you’re playing?
L: Good question, mate. On whichever game you play, there will be a little info button somewhere which you can click, and it will show you the pay table, often among other things, too.
M: Other things? Like what?
L: Well you can see how much different symbols are worth. Find out how much you can get for matching symbol combos and if there are any other special symbols to look out for.
M: Very good, Lucky. I’m impressed. You’ve been paying attention in all of these slots we’ve explored over time.
L: Can you blame me? I do love slots!
M: Well, you’re in the right place, mate.
L: Yep! Okay, what’s next?
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M: How about we take a look at some special common symbols?
L: Yes! Let me go first.
M: Fire away, mate.
L: Okay, so pretty much every single slot we have ever come across has featured these symbols.
L: Yup, Wilds are everywhere.
M: You’re not wrong there, kid.
L: Their main function is to substitute for other standard symbols in a game to help make a winning payline.
M: And what else?
L: Oh yeah! In some games, your win can have a multiplier attached if you win using a Wild.
L: It's amazing! They help you out, and they can increase the win, too!
M: Wilds are always welcomed, aren’t they?
L: Defo. I’m so happy they exist.
M: Hahaha, come on now Lucky, there are more features which are just as amazing. Care to share?
M: Scatters! Yes! Want to elaborate?
L: Okay, so Scatters usually are the gateway to free spins.
M: And who likes free spins?
L: Me! And you! Doesn’t everyone?
M: I reckon everyone does.
L: Anyway, Scatters can land anywhere on the reels, and you usually need to land three or more to trigger free spins.
M: The clue is sort of in the name isn’t it?
L: Suppose so, mate, aye.
M: And let’s not forget that the number of free spins awarded is often influenced by how many Scatters you land.
L: Yeah! So, the more the merrier!
M: You got that right, kid. Mind you, I wouldn’t turn down one free spin either.
L: Me neither.
M: Want to take us through the RTP Lucky?
L: Oh boy, do I!
M: Haha, come on then.
L: RTP stands for Return to Player, and it’s an average of the return for how much you stake.
M: So if I bet £10 on a slot with an RTP of 95%, I could expect an average RTP of £9.50?
L: Yeah, but remember it’s just an average, so if you’re Lucky like me, you could get more! Happy days.
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M: Sound, mate. Here’s hoping for some lucky spins.
L: I think that’s just about all of the basics to get started with the rules of slot machines, isn’t it Malc?
M: Yeah I reckon so. Obviously, players can choose how much they want to stake per spin, and the minimum and maximum bets will alter slightly between games.
L: True that, buddy.
M: There are so many games at Kerching which can be played on desktop or mobile, so people can play however they like.
L: Yeah, and if there are any newbies out there, they should look at our promotions page to see our latest welcome offer. Oh, and they can also read about the lucky Kerching user who won £1,413,800!
M: Definitely. That is a brilliant story.
L: And what else?
M: Gamble responsibly!
L: Hit the nail on the head.
M: Maybe that’s the most important part, especially for beginners.
L: I’m with you there, mate.
Malcolm and Lucky are top fans of Kerching’s games, but they love our players even more, and want to make sure you know to please, gamble responsibly.
If you have any questions, you can visit BeGambleAware for free advice and guidance. Alternatively, feel free to get in touch with our support team at [email protected]. Malcolm and Lucky want you to enjoy playing at Kerching, so please gamble responsibly, and know when to stop.
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