What are online slots and how do I play?

Online slots are hugely popular in the online casino world and here at Unibet we know exactly which games players love! That’s why we’ve created a huge suite of slot machines in our online casino, so you can pick and choose your favourites.

But many newcomers to the online casino world may not know how to play slots. You may have played them in real life at city casinos or bingo halls. Slots online is better in many ways — not least because you don’t have to get dressed up to play!

Remember, playing online means you can play slots wherever you are — be it your living room, on the train or even on the beach! All you need is a smartphone, laptop or tablet to play online slots and it couldn’t be more fun.

This guide will take you through what online slots are, how to play and what variations of the games are available. You’ll learn what casino bonuses are on offer in the Unibet casino, as well as details on tournaments.

Check out this guide to become an expert in online slots and secure your knowledge of the best games in our suite.

What are slot machines?

Slot machines are very basic games where you bet on the outcome of a ‘spin’. In real life, a slot machine will have reels with symbols on each reel. The aim is to spin the reels and match up the symbols. If they match, you win!

It is totally at random and there are no specific skills needed to play slot machines.

Online slot machines take this concept further. Now you can play games with more than three reels and which feature special additions such as Wilds and Scatters (which we shall explore later in this guide). The great thing about online slots if that you can play a game that suits your gaming level — so you won’t feel as though you’re betting outside your comfort zone.

There are hundreds of online slots available and here at Unibet we’ve curated the very best and added them to our Casino suite. It means you can play slots online whenever and wherever you like, knowing they are the best games on the market.

Slot machines can offer huge jackpots and Unibet makes sure there are various types of jackpot to suit every player. We will explore these jackpot types later in this guide.

How to play online slots

Playing online slots is very straightforward, even if you’re a newcomer to the game. To play, head over to the Unibet Casino suite and choose a game to suit you. You might specify a game based on the minimum bet amount, which can be as low as ¢10. Or you might want to play on a game with specific features, such as number of reels, win lines or simply the gameplay experience.

Once you have picked your game, set your stake level and how many spins you want to play. You could opt for just one spin at a ¢20 stake. But some players like to commit to a batch of spins in order to save time and continuous clicking!

Once you decide to spin, sit back and enjoy as the reels turn and the symbols appear. Depending on your game, there could be thousands of win lines possible in a single spin. If you nail a certain win line, the game will show you your win and credit your account immediately.

What are Wilds and Scatters?

Wilds and Scatters are just two of the additional features that most online slot games will feature. Wilds act like a joker in a pack of cards. They can appear at any time and are valuable to slots players. Your game will stipulate what a Wild looks like and what their value is. For example, in The Shadow Order, you spin and two Wild Symbols appear. They help link up lines with other symbols. Your two Wilds create a full line across the five reels and you win!

Scatter Symbols are different to Wilds as they unlock bonus features in the game. While Wilds aid the game you’re currently playing, Scatters appear to release mini games, free spins and other cool features. Sometimes they even simply pay out for just being there!

Many games with Scatters enabled will have a bonus round or mini game available. This is when you move away from the reels for a period of time and play another game — potentially for big money. You will recognise Scatters in any game by checking out the information guide before playing. This is always advised, so you know exactly how the game is played and what value each symbol represents!

What are Pay Tables?

Pay Tables are a crucial part of the online slot world that will help you understand the game you’re playing. Pay Tables come with each casino game and explain to you what the payouts are on certain lines in the slot machines. This is essential information on how the slot works, what the Scatters and Wilds are, how to play the bonus rounds and what to look out for.

Pay Tables will also show you how many lines are winning lines in a slot machine. Some slots offer just 20 winning lines, while others go into their thousands. It all depends on which slot you play — so make sure to check out the Pay Tables before placing that first bet!

Types of jackpots in online slots

A jackpot is the maximum amount of money a player can win on a slots machine in the Unibet casino. You will see how much the jackpot is when you click on the information guide of any slots machine in our suite.

Normal slot machine games will have a fixed jackpot and these are probably the best games to play when you’re new to the online casino. They are more simple to understand and a good way to familiarise yourself with the running of a slot machine.

However, jackpots vary depending on the game you are playing and the amount of money you’re betting with. In general, the larger the stake, the higher the jackpot will be. These are called progressive jackpots.

Progressive jackpots

Progressive jackpots are a variation on normal jackpots that many players enjoy. In a progressive jackpot, the game takes a small percentage of each bet and adds it to the jackpot. This is much more fluid than normal slot machines, which simply have a fixed jackpot.

Tips for winning a progressive jackpot on slots

  • First check the Terms and Conditions to learn whether there’s a max bet on a casino slot
  • Make sure to bet the max bet to stand a chance at winning the ultimate jackpot
  • Start playing with a set budget in mind
  • Play the games with the highest jackpot first for your chance of winning a bigger pay out
  • Keep an eye on your budget and don’t go over your limit

Remember, one of the key features of playing with a progressive jackpot is you’re likely to have to bet the maximum amount each time. So make sure you set a budget and only play what you are comfortable playing with. If you’re not comfortable making the max bet, then we would recommend playing non-progressive slots as you won’t be able to win the progressive jackpot if you don’t meet the requirements.

How Casino tournaments work

You can also enter slot tournaments here at the Unibet casino in order to compete for even more prizes! Casino tournaments work by opting in to a specific tournament and then meeting the play requirements. Unibet has a list of tournaments in our schedule, each with specific requirements.

In general, you will opt in and then be set a challenge to top the leaderboard. You climb the leaderboard by playing on and winning more spins of the specific game. Some tournaments will only let you play on one game — such as Gonzo’s Quest. But others are open to numerous slots, so you can pick the game you feel most comfortable with!

Many tournaments will have a specific minimum bet, which could be as little as ¢20. Here are just some of the tournaments available with Unibet:

  • Megaways Tournament: Highest Turnover Wins — Play Megaways games and win prizes if you’re within the top 25 highest turnover
  • Starburst Tournament: Biggest Win Wins — Play Starburst and the top 10 players with the biggest wins claim prizes
  • End of Month Tournament — Play on numerous games and whoever is in the top 20 by the end of the month wins a prize

Now you know a bit more about online slots, why not take a tour of the Unibet Casino suite and discover what we have to offer? You can always read more about playing in the online casino thanks to our Casino Guides, where you’ll find info on how to play other games such as roulette and blackjack.

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