How Betting and Paylines Work in Online Slots

Betting and Paylines

In this article we’ll be covering how betting and paylines work. The aim of slots is to spin reels to make rows of the same symbols. Paylines are the way slot machines work out if you’ve made a slot of symbols or not.

Betting and PaylinesImagine the old version of a slot were the player tried to make a line of three symbols across the middle row. This would be one payline. Modern day slots can calculate many more paylines and different games offer from ten to several hundred paylines. After each and every spin, a check is made to see if there is a line of three or more symbols along any of these lines. Payouts are made based on the the value of the symbols and how much was bet on each line.

Paylines don’t just have to be straight lines anymore. They can be a straight lines, anywhere across the reels, a zigzag up and down the rows or even a diagonal line right across the slot. The paylines are usually shown by hovering over the payline number to the side or detailed in the pay table menu.

The total bet placed doesn’t apply to every payline on the slot. A wager is made for an individual payline, then the player chooses how many lines to bet on. It is possible to choose from one payline to all of them. A win on a payline wins money for that particular line. If the bet is 10p across 10 lines then the total bet for each payline is 1p. The payout for a win on any of the paylines will be calculated based on the 1p bet on that line.

So now you know how betting and paylines work in slots. Check out our other guides to learn the basics of slots, what the symbols in slots mean and all about slot bonus rounds.

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