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How to Play Online Slots: Everything You Need to Know

Slot games are considered to be some of the most popular types of casino games in the world. The reason for this is that not only is it fun, but it is also extremely easy. There are no strategies or skills involved at all as they are just based on luck. However, people new to online casinos can be a little nervous to start spending their actual funds on slot games. And that’s just why we are here. We want you to be able to read this blog article and come out having a much better understanding of what slots are and how they work - and look at every aspect of slot gameplay.


Although, in essence, slot games are pretty straightforward, there are still ways you can play to increase your chance of winning. In fact, choosing the right slots to pay is one of the most important things you need to consider - given that every slot game offers different chances of winning. So, before you rush off and start spinning those reels, you need to do your research first.


An Introduction To This Guide

In this guide to slots, we have tried to make sure that we answer any potential questions you might have. For those that are completely new to online slot games, you can start by reading the ‘How to Play Slots’ section - which gets you started with all the essential basics.


Once you have brushed up on this, we will look at the different types of games, the variety of different layouts and how they will affect your gameplay. We will look at what you need to do to prepare before you play. Ultimately, if you know what you’re doing, you have nothing to fear. So, without further ado, let’s get started.


What You Need to Know About Online Slots

Online slots have actually been around since the 1990s and have been incredibly popular with casino fans for over 20 years - especially those that don’t have access to a local land-based casino. However, in order to enjoy the experience properly, you need to be familiar with the base-level concept of this game type.


In our heads, we can see exactly what a land-based slot machine looks like - seen in lots of pubs and establishments around the UK. However, seeing them on the computer makes them seem very different. There is certainly more of a distrust of games played on the computer and run by companies that we aren’t always familiar with. However, the way an online slot game works is very much the same as how a standard slot machine would work. Your chances of winning or losing are exactly the same and they are every bit as fair and random. The only real difference is that they often look much better online - and they can be a little more complicated in terms of bonus features.


Slot games are powered by RNGs - Random Number Generators - and this is what determines the outcome of a spin. This cannot be tampered with by the game developer or the casino and each game has its RNG tested by an independent third party regularly so that you know the result is completely fair.


Slot Game Glossary

Here are some of the important terms you need to know when playing online slot games:


  • Autoplay: This allows players to set a number of spins that are played automatically. Choose your bet size, choose the number of spins and sit back and let the machine do it for you!
  • Balance: The amount of money you have to play the game
  • Coins: You can choose how many coins you play per spin which will adjust the cost of your spin.
  • Jackpot: This is the big prize in any jackpot slot game. There are fixed jackpots and progressive jackpots depending on the game. The size can vary from game to game.
  • Max Bet: This button will allow you to place the maximum bet allowed on the slot game.
  • Options: This button will allow you to adjust the games in certain ways - such as sound, graphics and paylines etc.
  • Paylines: These are the lines on the reels where you can land winning combinations. There can be one payline or thousands.
  • Paytable: This is a graphic representation of how much each symbol pays out when landing 3 or more on a payline.
  • Spin: The button you need to press to get spinning
  • Reels: These are the vertical rows that spin independently of each other. Most have 3 or 5 reels, but some games now have 6, 7 or even more!
  • Standard pay symbols: These are the standard ions that pay out the base game wins and vary in their value. There are low, medium and high-paying symbols.
  • Scatter Symbols: These are the special symbols that can trigger a bonus feature of free spins round if you land a certain number on the reels at once.
  • Total Bet: This is how much your spin will cost based on coin value, paylines and other factors.
  • Wild Symbols: These are special symbols that will substitute for all standard symbols to create a payline. They are also usually high-value symbols if you land 3 or more on a payline. There are different variations and types of wilds - expanding, wandering, sticky and more.


How To Play Slots

If you are interested in starting in the online casino world, the online slot games are the easiest way to get started - and the best type of games for newbies. In most online slot games, the gameplay isn’t complicated at all. 


First of all, you will need to make sure that you have registered an account here at Lucky Clover Spins and claimed your welcome bonus! We are fully licensed, registered and secure, so you can start your journey with confidence.


Once you have registered your new account here, then you will need to deposit money into your account. Make sure that you have set a budget that you are happy to play with - and that it is money that you are prepared to lose if lady luck isn’t on your side. No one can guarantee wins and you should never feel so much pressure to recoup the money that you start chasing your losses.


Don’t forget to take advantage of our welcome bonus as well and use it to try out some of our best slot games. Remember to read all the terms and conditions first. Finally, once all of this has been done, choose your favourite slot games, pick your bet size and press spin!


Step By Step Guide to Playing

Playing your online slot game won’t need you to research complex strategies or perform any tricky maths calculations. You simply need to follow these steps:


  1. Look at the slot game paytable. All of our slot games will have a paytable that you can look at before you play. This will give you information on what the best symbols are, and what different bonus features or bonus rounds are available in the game. It will also tell you information on factors such as minimum and maximum bets - and if you need to make a certain minimum bet to be eligible to claim the jackpot.
  2. Choose your bet size: Practically all online slot games will allow you to choose the size of your bet per spin. The more you bet, the higher your win would be. However, you need to set your bet level on the size of your budget - and how many spins you can afford based on your chosen bet size. You need to make sure that you can afford enough spins to get through any losing streak without eating outside of your budget.
  3. Choose the number of paylines: Some slot games will allow you to choose how many active paylines you want. If you feel lucky, choose fewer paylines - however, you can select more paylines for a better chance of winning. However, the more paylines you choose, the higher your stake will be. If you are looking for big wins, then you should activate all paylines so that you don’t miss out on important winning combinations.
  4. Press Spin: Once all of this is done, you can press that enticing spin button and see what the spin gods have in store for you. This will only perform one single spin - and you need to press the button every time the previous spin has finished. If you are thinking about playing for a longer stretch of time on the game, then you may consider pressing auto-spin. This is basically the same, but you select your bet size etc and choose how many spins you want. It might be 50, 100 or more. It will then keep spinning until either those spins are finished or you hit a bonus feature.
  5. Enjoy the bonus features: Most of our top slot games will have lots of bonus features. They might offer a variety of different types of wild symbols, multipliers, scatters and free spins, pick me bonuses, wheel of fortune bonus games, respins, avalanche reels, fixed jackpots, progressive jackpots - gamble features and more. Remember to check the paytable and game information to find out everything that's in store for you, so you can take full advantage!


How to Win at Slot Games: Give Yourself a Chance!

Yes, playing a slot game is easy but winning at a slot game is quite another matter completely! There is no sure-fire way to play and win slots, unfortunately… or else we would all bet at it! Having said that, there are ways for you to improve your chance of winning… and help your luck along the way. This does, however, mean that you need to do some research and fully understand the concept of budgeting.


One of the things people love most about slot games is how accessible they are. But you can try all you like - you’ll never beat that infamous Random Number Generator, which decides your fate. The best way to give yourself a fighting chance is by choosing the best slot games to play…


How to Choose the Best Online Slot Games to Play

Most people choose the slot game based on what it looks like, whether they like the theme - or for some other trivial reason. However, choosing the right slot game is more complicated than that. There are some incredible slot game developers - for example, NetEnt, Microgaming, Red Tiger etc and these all offer a variety of themes. There are literally so many games available to play that trying them all out in any depth at all is simply impossible.


So, when you open up our catalogue of games, what should you look at? How can you pick the best games to play? 


Well, the very first thing we would recommend if you're looking for a winning experience, is the RTP of the slot - the Return to Player, also known as the game’s payout percentage. This figure represents how profitable the game could be theoretically - what the housed edge and how much of the money spent on the game will be returned to the players as winnings. The higher the RTP percentage, the more the slot pays out in winnings. A 96% RTP game will pay out more money, on average, than a 94% RTP game. 


There are other factors to consider as well - for example, the volatility of the game. If you go for a low volatility slot game, then you can expect lots of smaller wins. If you go for a higher volatility game then you won’t win as many times, but the wins will be bigger and better. That's why people often recommend lower volatility high RTP games for playing out wagering requirements, as you may end up spending less overall.


Different Slot Types: How they Affect Your Game Style

In our blog, we have already looked at how online slots work - and the different types of slot games out there. The variety is overwhelming - so you need to know whether or not the different types of slot games should affect how you approach the games.


Most standard slot games have either 3-reels or 5-reels. The more modern, video slot games are usually played over 5-reels (or more) and these have a greater number of paylines and lots of incredible visual animations and effects. In contrast, the 3-reel slot games are the more traditional slot game and usually offer just the one payline - across the centre.


As well as these slot games, we also have the 243 ways to win slot games. These are special because you don’t need to worry about paylines as they don’t need the pay symbols to hit specific paylines - as long as they appear on adjacent reels starting from the first reel, you win. Because the wins are much more regular, they are also usually a lot smaller as well.


Remember, you can try out the different slot games for yourself. They often have very low minimum bets, so try out with the smallest bet first to get your bearings. If you like what you see, then you can start paying a little more… and winning a little bit more!


Playing Jackpot Slot Games

Jackpot slots are very different from standard games - and are incredibly popular with slot game players. The most popular of all jackpot slots are progressive jackpot games - and these offer players a huge jackpot that can be triggered if you hit the right combination of symbols.


With progressive jackpots, the kitty grows as more people play the game - and because most are linked to casinos all over the world, the jackpot can end up being massive - millions, in fact! There are also some progressive jackpot games that are linked to just one casino. These do grow - but not as fast and not as high as the network jackpots. However, you have a higher chance of winning them, so it’s all swings and roundabouts.


Progressive jackpot games usually have much lower RTPs - so if you are looking for good payouts, then these aren’t the best option. A percentage of the wager goes into the jackpot, so this has to be factored in. The reason so many people play these is that they want the chance to win millions - which is simply like buying a lottery ticket in reality. For this type of game, it is best to play smaller bets per win - although you will need to check if the game has a minimum bet requirement to qualify for triggering the jackpot game. If this is the case, stick it to the minimum spin necessary for eligibility and play. If you go below this, playing the progressive slot is pretty pointless.


How to Play Online Slots on Mobile

Online slot games are now pretty old hat, to be honest… and more and more people are talking about playing mobile slot games and mobile casino. If you want to play your favourite online slots on mobile, then this is every bit as good as playing on desktop. You can access our Lucky Clover Spins mobile casino by simply opening it up on your mobile phone browser. Pretty much all of our games are fully mobile-optimised, which means you can play them wherever you want, whenever you want - as long as you have access to data or WiFi.


The games play in exactly the same way on all devices. The only difference when playing on mobile is that they are touch-screen, which makes it even easier for you to play! What’s not to like?!


The Difference Between Online Slots and Land-Based Slots

One of the biggest questions people ask is whether playing online slot games is any different from playing land-based slot games at a traditional casino. Well, the answer is no, not really. There’s not that much difference between the two types of games, to be honest.


Noth online slot games and land-based slot games are powered by RNGs. The land-based games have RNG modules that aren’t very different to the RNG technology used for online slots.


The biggest difference we can think of, really, is the variety, availability and accessibility of online slot games. When you open up our casino games here at Lucky Clover Spins, you have access to the very best online slot games - no time limits and no queues to play. Whether playing an online slot game or land-based slot games, you have the same chance of winning. Because every spin is individual, it doesn’t matter if a player has just won on the slot game - or if no player has won for a while, the chance of winning is the same.


Alternative Types of ‘Slot’ Games

There are also games that don’t exactly fall under the ‘slot game’ title exactly but could be classed in the same category.


For instance, what about video poker? Video poker games are actually more similar to slot games than real poker games in some ways. However, the main difference is that there is a much more distinct gameplay, as it will give you the chance to change some of the poker symbols you draw to try and get a winning hand. To play this, you obviously need to know about the different types of poker hands and their values. These casino poker video games are favourites of casino players that don't mind smaller wins but on a more frequent basis, they are low volatility. 


We also could mention Slingo here, which is a mix of slot games and bingo. Players are given a bingo card and there is a set of reels. The reels spin and you have to try and match the numbers on the reels to the number on your bingo card. You need to try and mark off vertical lines, horizontal lines, full house etc to win the prizes. Whenever you get a ‘Slingo’ you get a prize and move one step up the ladder. The higher you get up the ladder, the better your wins will be!


These are some great alternatives for players who like slots but fancy adding variation to their gaming experience. All you need to do is read the game rules and start playing for an alternative slot experience!


How to Play Online Slots FAQs

Hopefully, we have covered most of the basics about how to play online slot games. However, we appreciate that there are still questions you may have. That being said, here are the most common questions people have before starting their online casino slots journey…


Are Slots Games Really Fair and Random?

Absolutely. All of the slot games we have in this casino are completely fair and random. At Lucky Clover Spins, not only have we been licensed by the UK Gambling Commission, but we also make sure that the games all have their RNGs tested regularly by outside third parties to ensure that they always produce a fair and random outcome that cannot be tampered with by us or anyone else.


What Are the Odds of Winning at a Slot?

This very much depends on the slot game you are playing and what type of win you are talking about. The best way to try and figure out your odds is by looking at the RTP. This will tell you how much the game pays out as a percentage of the amount of money played on the machine. If a slot has an RTP of 96%, then approximately it pays out £960,000 for every £100,000 played on it. Over a few spins, this can be wildly inaccurate, but over thousands of spins, it starts averaging out.


How Can I Win on a Slot Game?

Lots of people would love to know this - including me. I would be living it up in the Caribbean if I knew. There can be different types of financial strategies you try, but no matter what game you play, the house has the edge, which means the casino will always win in the long term. The best way to get any kind of success, however, is to bet at lower stakes and increase if you start hitting wins. We would also recommend quitting while you’re ahead as well.


Can I Play Slot Games on Mobile?

Yes, you can. When you play at Lucky Clover Spins, you can enjoy your favourite online slot games on mobile just as easily as on desktop or laptop. Simply open up our website on your mobile browser, open your favourite game and start spinning. You can use the same account and access all the same features.


How Do Progressive Slot Games Work?

Progressive jackpot slot games are very popular and each one plays out differently. However, the games work in the same way. All of the games are linked to a network and whenever someone plays the game, a small percentage of the bet goes into the jackpot and it keeps building up to massive levels. Then, when a lucky player hits the right symbols, they win the lot. The jackpot will then drop to the seed amount (the minimum amount set by the developer) and it starts again.


If you want to learn more about online slot games, check out our blog article on how slot games work and which online slots payout the most.