Long gone are the days when slot machines had just one payline and that was it, take it or leave it. Nowadays online slots come with hundreds – some even thousands! – of paylines and, more often than not, you can choose how many you’d like to play with. Still, how much do you know about the importance of playing with a certain number of paylines and if you should activate the maximum number of paylines in order to win big? Hang around for a while, ‘cause that is exactly what we’re talking about today.
Enabling Paylines in the Base Game and during Free Spins
Here’s a relief: when playing video slots at online casinos with Free Spins triggered by scatter symbols, you usually won’t have to wrack your brains how many paylines you’ll need to select. You can literally play with as many paylines as you like! While you can do that, indeed, it doesn’t mean you necessarily should.
“Even though you don’t have to play maximum paylines, the more paylines you do play on, the higher your chances of winning.”
One thing can always help guide you: the more paylines you’re playing on, the more chances of winning you’ll have both in the base game and Free Spin modes. The math isn’t that difficult to understand: there are simply more winning combinations.
Winning Jackpots on Progressive Slots
However, it is useful to know that certain progressive slots – mostly the older types – will only pay their jackpots out when you play maximum number of paylines with the maximum number of coins. So, make sure you always check the paytable rules and use that knowledge to your advantage. It would be a bit of a drag to miss out on a big win just because you didn’t know you had to enable all paylines and spin with max coins, wouldn’t it?
Or simply, if you feel like playing max paylines and max coins is too big of a hassle, avoid such slots. Whatever works best for you.
“Certain progressive slots, mostly older ones, only pay their jackpots out when you play maximum number of paylines with the maximum number of coins.”
Still, if playing maximum paylines seems too excessive to you, don’t despair! Most of the newer progressive slots award jackpots at random – no matter how many paylines you have selected. Certain progressive slots even award their jackpots differently – through randomly triggered jackpot bonus games.
“Some progressive slots award their jackpots differently, through randomly triggered jackpot bonus games.”
All in all, like we said: in order to always be safe and fully informed, make sure you check each slot’s paytable and unbiased game review and thus avoid any possible unpleasant surprises.
How many paylines do you usually play with? Have you ever won big on a progressive slot? Did you have to have all of the paylines selected? Stop by at our forum and tell us all about your experience with online slot paylines – we always love to hear from you and talk to you about online gambling!