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Online Slot Machine Terms and Terminology

Any time you play a new slot machine, whether that be at an online casino or your favorite land based casino or resort, often you will want to check the payout tables and betting options on that particular machine. On most slots this is usually accessed by pressing on the payout options symbol located on the video screen.

Playing the slots is simple, exciting and fun. There are no confusing rules to follow or hard decisions to make, you just put in your money and spin away! But there are some terms and/or slang words used when talking about our favorite one armed bandits and we think you should be armed with these definitions so you are ready to attack these bandits with everything you have! So here is a little schooling for the avid slot player and we hope they enhance your slot play and winning odds! Happy Gaming.

Learn the Slot Terms


  •  One Armed Bandit – A slang term used to describe a slot machine. With a name like “bandit” you wonder why so many gamblers are willing to put their money into these machines?

  •  Pay Table – This is usually on the screen of the slot machine and shows what combinations of symbols are needed to give you a pay off.

  •  Coin Size – When playing online slots you don’t have to get up and walk to another area to up the ante of game play like you do in a land based casino. All you have to do is click the tab button that shows the coin amount you are betting with to up it or lower it. If it is showing a “nickel” you can click up to go to higher amounts or down to go down to a penny per bet.

  •  Max Bet Button – This is an option that can be used instead of clicking how many coins to play at one time for each and every spin you make, instead you can just click the max spin button and it will spin the reels at the highest possible bet at your coin size choice.

  •  RNG – This stands for “Random Number Generator” and it is used to ensure that all spins on a slot machine are random and can not be fixed or cheated. Each reel is assigned different numbers and the symbols on those reels have their own numbers and the computer picks random numbers per reel and that is what shows up when the reels stop.

  •  Auto Play – If your hand gets tired of clicking the spin button or maybe you are on a hot streak but need to step away from the computer for a minute, all you need to do to keep on playing even though your not sitting at the computer is pick “auto spin” and set it to the number of spins you wish to have the computer spin for you and click spin. You can watch the spins and wins without lifting a finger.

  •  Wild Symbols – These symbols are found in most multi payline games or video bonus round games and they substitute for all other symbols in the game and help gamblers make winning combinations!

  •  Scatter Symbols – These symbols usually represent some type of bonus round or free spin round and when hitting the specific number of them that the machine rules call for they will trigger these bonus rounds where you can win huge amounts of money!

  •  Cash Out Button – This is what you click when you have won some money and wish to leave that slot machine. Once you click this button the money you have won will be put into your balance and you can leave the machine. Most of the RTG games have this button.

  •  Pay Lines – These are the areas on a slot screen where symbols need to land in order for you to win. Some machines have one payline and others have many. The slot machine will show you the direction each payline covers on the screen of the slot which helps the gambler to keep track of where and what they have won.

  •  Reels – These are the horizontal spaces on a slot machine that holds all symbols. Each reel spins separately for each other making it impossible to cheat.

These are just some slot machine terms to know, there are many more and as you become more of a slot player, you will learn all the other slang and terms making you an expert at the slots or as some people refer to as the one armed bandits!

Whether you like to play the slots inyour favorite land based casino, or you would rather play online slot machines from home, be sure to have fun and check out some of our software specific pages such as the RTG Slots page.

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