Slot machines are a great gaming experience. However, there are a few terms you need to be acquainted with so that you are aware of the finer aspects of the game.

Pay line – this is the line at the center of the slot machine where the designated symbols must align in order to receive a payout.

Pay table – The pay table lists information about payouts, bonus features, maximum coin bets, and payoffs for each winning combination.

Winning combinations – This is the possible winning outcomes.

Maximum bet – With each game there are a maximum amount of coins that you can play per spin. Maximum bets are usually required to qualify for the jackpot.

Payout Percentage – The amount of wager that is given back to the customer as winnings is measured as a percentage. For example, a 97% payout indicates that 98 cents will be returned to the customers in payouts, while the remaining three cents are the casino’s  earnings.

Coin Size – This is the denomination or value of each coin.

Progressive Jackpot – A slot machine where the potential jackpot increases with each coin played. When a player hits the progressive jackpot the amount resets to the starting number.

Reels – The rotating barrels with symbols on the slot machine.

3 Reel Slots – These slots give players a better chance of hitting the winning combination. The payouts are determined by the Random Number Generator and are generally less than 5-reel slots.

5 Reel Slots – The odds of hitting a winning combination are lower than 3-reel slots. However, payouts are determined by the RNG and payout percentage, which is usually more than 3-reel machines.

Hit – A slang word for a slot machine win.

Bankroll – The budget of a player and the amount the player decides to gamble.

Bet Amount – The amount of credits being played at a given time, which is usually between 1 and 200. The amount is indicated on the slot machine.

Bet Max – The maximum amount of credits for each reel spin.

Betting Limit – The minimum and maximum amounts that can be wagered in a single bet.

Bonus Feature – This feature is available on bonus slots where players are allowed to add to their payout.

Bonus Multiplier Slots – A bonus is awarded for playing the maximum number of coins per spin.

Free Spins – These are spins awarded free when a specific combination appears on the screen.

Jackpot – The winning combination for a play that is produced by the RNG and payout-schedule.

Random Number Generator (RNG) – This is a computerized program that generates numbers at random for all slot games. Many land-based casinos also use RNG, which is a sophistacted program that ensures fair play where wins and payouts are concerned.

Multiline – Slots machines with more than two pay lines used for winning combinations.