Online casinos, which can also be visited by players in Asia, offer a tremendous range of slots, ranging from the popular 5-reel games or video slots, 3-reel classics, slots with hundreds of paylines to jackpot slots. Here are just some of the slot games that you can play online with real money in a large number of casinos. Click on the game image for further information.
Play online slots with or without real money
Whether you play the online slots with or without real money is of course up to you. All online casinos provide a demo play mode next to their real money mode so that you can test out the games with no strings attached. In most cases, the demo mode requires no account registration. In addition, as soon as you launch or reload a casino game, your demo credits are usually reloaded as well. If you want to play the slots and casino games with real money though, then it’s time for you to open an account.
Hint: If you want to open an account in multiple casinos, this is of course possible, so long as you only have one account per casino. Why would you want to do this? Well, for instance, some players want to take advantage of the sign-up bonus of different casinos or be able to play certain slot games that may not be available at each casino. In our slot reviews we inform you at which casinos in Asia the respective game is available.
Account registration can be completed within a few minutes and requires basic information like your name, home address, and date of birth. After signing up, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from the casino, where you may have to finally verify your account registration. Right after that, you are free to progress with your first deposit, by simply navigating to the casino’s cashier area and choosing your preferred payment method and entering the amount you would like to credit your account with.
Free spins in popular online slots and other promotions
Every online casino offers a welcome bonus to new players, which you can choose to take up before making your first deposit (some casinos credit the bonus automatically). Usually the amount of your first deposit is doubled. That bonus money is then credited to your bonus balance and cannot be cashed out until you have completed the wagering requirements of the offer (the bonus money is activated once your deposited money has been used up).
Additionally, various casinos offer free spins in popular online slots, which usually happen to be for slot games by software provider NetEnt, such as Starburst.
Depending on the welcome offer, you are at times required to log into your casino account daily in order to get your free spins. For example, if an offer states that with your first deposit you can get 200 free spins in various popular slot games, it is more than likely that these spins are credited over several consecutive days. And in order to play these free spins, you need to log in, as they are usually only valid for a day.
However, the welcome bonus is not the only time you will get spoilt for extras. As an existing customer, you can also take advantage of cashback and reload bonuses, further free spins, as well as promotional campaigns such as prize draws.
Don’t miss out on the regular slot tournaments held by online casinos like Vera & John and Cherry Casino that also operate in Asia and are particularly popular in Japan. These tourneys are not only fun. If you have what it takes to climb the leaderboard, you aren’t just crowned champion of slots, but also rewarded with some pretty cool prize pot wins.
Slot Tournaments – this is where it’s at!
If you are new to online gaming sites or slot machines for that matter, then take a brief look at our slot tournaments FAQ below to get a first glimpse of what to expect. In our opinion, slot tourneys are what rounds off a good game offering at any reputable online casino. In a somewhat similar fashion to online poker tourneys, slot tournaments convey the same thrill, in addition to having the opportunity to win part or the top reward of the events’ respective prize pool.
Slot tournaments are online casino events held either on a regular basis or as a distinctive promotional campaign. All players with a real money casino account at their favourite gaming site can participate in order to have a shot at winning part or (ideally) the top reward of a pre-defined prize pool. This can be cash, free spins, materialistic prizes (gadgets, holidays), or even all of it in one competition.
The more you wager real money on a particular slot game or a range of games, the more points you collect, moving up in the tournament's leaderboard (the rules are usually simple but vary). On a side note, some gaming sites give their slot tourneys or events distinctive names such as Slot Races, Slot Wars and the like. The bottom line, however, it is always the same principle.
Yes. A stake race campaign is practically the same as a regular slot tournament. Usually, though, these are larger events held over various days, weeks or even months, with correspondingly bigger prize pools and more winners (sometimes hundreds of winners). In addition, the choice of slot games that qualify for these tourneys is larger. As mentioned before, the more you play the higher your chances of moving up in the leaderboard - see also 'how do slot tourneys work?'.
In contrast, the tournaments held by casinos like BitStarz, Vera & John or VideoSlots usually focus on one slot game (or a small number of titles) at a time. Furthermore, the number of participating players is limited. Then again, these tournaments are held on a daily basis. By the way, this is not to say that the aforementioned casinos do not hold big slot or even table game tourney events (as is the case with BitStarz as well as live dealer casino tourneys at Vera & John).
In theory, any player who has an account at an online casino which is running slot tourneys can participate. Yet, there are a few minor details to take into consideration. With the larger type of stake race events, usually any player can simply sign up and participate, while regularly held tourneys may require you to qualify first (or even do a buy-in which is possible in the Battle of Slots tournaments held by VideoSlots Casino).
In order to participate in any slot tournament, usually the following rules apply:
- A minimum number of spins is required to qualify for an event.
- A minimum qualifying bet per spin applies (at times also a maximum bet limit per spin). The minimum wager is usually between $0.20 and $0.40 per spin.
- Tournament winners are determined based on the highest number of points accumulated during the promotion period. As an example: One point would be earned for every $1.00 stake.
- Other tourneys may take other winning mechanics into consideration, such as longest consecutive winning streak, single highest winning spin etc.
Please mind that, in most instances, play with bonus money does not qualify towards a tournament.
See below an overview on how each online casinos handles its slot tourneys:
- BitStarz: Slot Wars: Top 50 players win a share of cash or free spins weekly, based on the total wager on slots. Table Wars: Similar to Slot Wars, except top 20 players win cash and only table games count. Minimum 4 deposits are required to be eligible for either tourney.
- Cashmio: Single (1 point), consecutive (5 points) and big wins (25 points) accumulate different amounts of points. The prizes can consist of free spins or gadgets. Moreover, so-called Daily Mission tournaments are held where free spins can be won.
- Casino Secret: Tournament winners are determined based on the following criteria: Longest consecutive winning streak, single highest winning spin, highest overall winning amount, and highest overall wagering. The prizes are cash.
- Vera & John: To qualify, you need to play a minimum number of spins (minimum bet required) as set out in the tourney's terms and conditions. Winners are determined based on the highest number of points accumulated in accordance to the bet amount. The prizes are cash.
- VideoSlots: Clash of Spins: 2 types of slot touneys running every hour. Free spins can be won. No need to register. Battle of Slots: Completely separated from Clash of Spins, an innovative series of slot tournaments with its own online-poker-like lobby. You buy-in to participate but freerolls are available too (freeroll tickets to Battle of Slots are also included in the welcome package). Prizes, rules, and the number of participants vary.
Since the tourneys in each casino apply varying winning mechanics and feature different prizes with some coming out more lucrative than others, it makes sense to have an account at more than just one gaming site. You can take advantage of all the offers and benefits that way.
Once again, this depends on the tournament. Most often, though, we are talking of a cash prize pool consisting of a few hundred to thousands of dollars. That prize pool is divided up between a certain number of participating players (most regularly held tourneys impose a maximum number of participants per event).
Some casinos tailor their prizes more around free spins, for instance Cashmio, while others feature both cash and free spins rewards, for example VideoSlots with its Clash of Spins (free spins rewards) and Battle of Slots (cash prizes) tourneys.
Finally, prizes can also consist of gadgets such as phones, cameras or holidays. It really depends at which online casino you play.
In theory, yes, since you have to play a certain amount of real money spins to qualify for most tourneys. Of course, these spins are already counted towards your leaderboard score. If, for example, an event requires you to play 50 spins to qualify with a minimum wager of $0.20 per round, you are looking at a buy-in of $10.
When visiting VideoSlots Casino, for instance, their Battle of Slots events also feature Freerolls that obvisouly do not require a buy-in. Furthermore, their Clash of Spins events are free to enter. Larger scale campaigns (stake races) often also let players participate with no tournament prerequisites.
The answer to this is down to each tournament. As mentioned further up, it could be an individual daily tournament that you join playing at one slot only or a small selection of titles. Then again, a casino-wide stake race campaign may allow wagers at practically all slot games or a different game per day, for instance.
In addition to slot tournaments, some online casinos in Asia also feature table game tourneys. BitStarz and VeraJohn Casino come to mind here with both of them even holding live table tournaments, including the all-Asian favourite baccarat, as well as roulette and blackjack.
Battle of Slots on VideoSlots is nothing like any other slot tourney running on other online casinos. In fact, it has its own tournament lobby that resembles that of an online poker site (see image below). And the tourneys are run like online poker tourneys too.
For those who are unfamiliar with poker, here's a brief explanation on how it works:
Scheduled Battles: These are the most common tourneys. Each player buys in for the same amount and starts with the same number of spins and all the wins get accumulated. Top finishers (that number varies depending on the number of entrants) split the prize pool after every entrant has gone through the designated number of spins, and real-time progess can be accessed from the individual tourney lobby, of course.
Buy-in ranges from 1-50 EUR, and there are re-buy tourneys (which allow re-buying extra spins) and notably, freerolls too! Every tournament also has a guaranteed prize pool so if a tourney fails to meet the number of entrants, that means you'll be competing for a pot with money added by the casino (otherwise VideoSlots takes a small portion out of the pot as fees).
Sit & Go: These are tournaments with a small field of 2-5 players, and they start as soon as enough players register. Notably popular is the Jackpot Chase, where you start with a 5 EUR buy-in and battle through 5 Sit & Goes with 5 players. If you successfully win 5 straight, you'll be awarded 1468.5 EUR! You're also allowed to skip the small levels just by putting up more money, for example buying in for 126.5 EUR and starting at Round 3 (out of 5).
As per the terms and conditions, players in the following countries/jurisdictions are not permitted to open an account at VideoSlot Casino: Australia, Burma, Hong Kong, Lao PDR, Myanmar, North Korea, Singapore, Vietnam.
Desktop and mobile slots without a download
These days, online casinos are designed so that on the one hand, they can integrate the games of several software providers and, on the other hand, they can offer the games as instant play versions directly available on their website without a download.
The same is true of mobile slots, which you can play in the mobile casino of each provider. Some casinos also offer their own casino app, though this is usually completely optional.
By the way, you do not need to set up a separate account to play in the mobile casino (or vice-versa) as your login information is valid for both platforms (desktop and mobile).
All account settings as well as payments can be made simultaneously on your mobile phone. With an iPhone or Android phone for instance, you will have no issues playing at the casino while on-the-go or at home on your couch. Just like in the desktop version, all games are also available in demo mode on your smartphone – an ideal way to test out how mobile slots work on your phone. In any case, the best mobile slots are offered by software providers like NetEnt, Play’n GO, or Microgaming.
The different casino software providers
Behind the countless number of slot machines online, you’ll find a corresponding number of different software developers. Naming them all would go beyond our limits. But we do want to present the most popular providers here below, which are also relevant for players in Asia and/or can be found in the selection of online casinos which can be accessed here on AsiaOnlineCasinos.com.
We also provide information about whether the slot games by the respective software provider are available in Asian languages and whether they are also featured on mobile – the answer to the last question is usually ‘yes’.
NetEnt Slots – available in English
Since as early on as 1996, NetEnt has been one of the big players in the world of online gaming. So it comes as no surprise that the games are featured at practically every online casino. Similar to Microgaming, the software provider NetEnt is known for their entertaining and groundbreaking innovative slot games. This has led to an unquestionably large and ever-growing fanbase.
Early classics that now enjoy cult status include Gonzo’s Quest, Jack Hammer, and Blood Suckers – the last game featuring a payout ratio (RTP – Return to Player) of 98.00%. Other flagship slots include Starburst, Twin Spin, Jack and the Beanstalk, and many other titles (see games above).
The latest technical standards ensure a seamless playing experience, also on mobile devices (the mobile games are known under the name NetEnt Touch). And of course NetEnt slots are also available in Asia, although they are not translated. There are, however, a few Asian and Manga themed slots like Koi Princess.
Popular NetEnt slots: Dead or Alive, Blood Suckers, Divine Fortune (Jackpot), Elements, Fruit Shop, Gonzo’s Quest, Guns n’ Roses, Hall of Gods (Jackpot), Jack and the Beanstalk, Koi Princess, Mega Fortune (Jackpot), Piggy Riches, Reel Rush, Starburst, Twin Spin
Online casinos in Asia that feature NetEnt slots:
Play’n GO Slots – available in English and Japanese
Play’n GO, founded in 2004, is among our favourites, with their constantly expanding selection and high-quality, entertaining slot machines. Book of Dead and Moon Princess in Japan are two of the flagship games of this Swedish company, which also offers a variety of table and video poker games.
Play’n GO slots are available in English and Japanese and also playable on your iOS or Android device. It is also notable that some slots are now leaning towards Asian and Japanese themes like Matsuri, or Prosperity Palace.
Popular Play’n GO slots: Big Win Cat, Book of Dead, Fire Joker, Fu Er Dai, Golden Ticket, Hugo, Matsuri, Moon Princess, Prosperity Palace, Reactoonz
Online casinos in Asia that feature Play’n GO slots:
Microgaming Slots – available in English, Chinese and Japanese
Microgaming are among the pioneers of the genre and according to them, have provided the first-ever online casino with their games back in 1994. Known for its download software that is still used exclusively by some casinos, the software provider has long since opened up and now features its extensive portfolio in most popular online casinos, with no download required (using the Quickfire software engine).
With so many years of experience under its belt, it’s not surprising that Microgaming strongly influences the genre and has ensured quite a bit of innovation in the area of online slots. It goes without saying that the provider has one of the largest gaming portfolios around (more than 700 titles), including countless classics like Thunderstruck II, Immortal Romance, the Mega Moolah jackpot series and many more. In addition, Microgaming also owns fellow casino software provider Rabcat (also in Chinese), which rounds up their portfolio with a diverse selection of other games.
Next to NetEnt, Microgaming was one of the first software developers to bring the world of casino games to the mobile phone. The games were impressive even back then, and they remain so. Adding to the large selection of video- and 3-reel classic slots, the software provider also boasts an arsenal of table games and Las Vegas style video poker games, clearly beating the competition by numbers.
All the better that the games are also available in Chinese and Japanese. This applies, however, only to the user interface, and not the paytables, but that is forgivable.
Popular Microgaming slots: Ariana, Avalon II, Break da Bank Again, Game of Thrones, Gold Factory, Hitman, Immortal Romance, Jungle Jim, Jurassic Park, Mega Moolah (Jackpot), Terminator 2, Thunderstruck II, Throne of Egypt, Tomb Raider – Secret of the Sword
Online casinos in Asia that feature Microgaming slots:
Playtech Slots – available in English
Playtech is one of the big three casino software providers, alongside Microgaming and Net Entertainment (NetEnt). They may have been founded in 1999, but it wouldn’t be until 2002 they achieved popularity, with the launch of a string of European casinos. Since then, Playtech has broken into new markets, including Asia, where they power VideoSlots Casino and NetBet – two of the few online gaming sites in Asia to feature Playtech games.
Famed across the globe for their downloadable, instant play and mobile gaming options, Playtech is also one of the leading developers of progressive jackpot slots and even table games. Both their Age of the Gods and DC Universe jackpot networks frequently dole out progressive prizes worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The Age of the Gods Slots Series
The now-defunct Marvel slots have been replaced by those from the Age of the Gods series. Top games in that series include the self-titled Age of the Gods slot, Furious Four, King of Olympus, and Prince of Olympus. These games share exactly the same play-mechanics as its Marvel slots predecessors, but of course the visuals have been altered. Now, for instance in Prince of Olympus, it is not The Incredible Hulk but Hercules tearing the reels apart. Furthermore, the popular jackpot bonus round featuring four different progressives has been retained.
Note that online casinos which are not classified as typical Playtech casinos (the ones that are also equipped with the download software) do not tend to offer the complete portfolio of Playtech games nor all the jackpot titles.
Playtech’s slots often tend to feature brands. The software provider has also produced games themed on Top Gun, The Mummy, King Kong, Robocop, Terminator Genisys, as well as Monty Python, The Pink Panther, The Matrix, and the distinctive classic Gladiator, the latter also being a progressive game dishing out winnings worth millions.
Features, Features, Features…
Playtech’s games tend to offer similar features, including free spins, multiplier and click and win bonuses. However, the in-game mechanics, the number of lines available, and the themes vary wildly. Games from this provider also tend to be quite flexible in terms of wagers. Suitable for players with big wads or shoestring budgets alike, this provider’s games still allow individual paylines to be selected. They are one of the few major casino software providers to still regularly offer this feature.
Alongside top slot games, Playtech is also renowned for developing live dealer casino games. The company even hosts studios in Asia from which the live dealer action is being broadcasted directly to your desktop or mobile device. As such, the Playtech live table games portfolio also includes Asian favourites such as Baccarat, Dragon Tiger and Sic Bo (further details on live dealer casinos).
Popular Playtech slots: Age of the Gods (extensive jackpot slot series), American Dad, A Night Out, Batman Begins, Beach Life (Jackpot), Buffalo Blitz, Everybody’s Jackpot (Jackpot), Gladiator (Jackpot), Great Blue, Halloween Fortune, Jekyll & Hyde, Mr. Cashback, The Dark Knight Rises, The Mummy, White King
Online casinos in Asia that feature Playtech slots:
Quickspin Slots – available in English and Japanese
The Swedish company Quickspin, part of the Playtech group, is earning more and more fans and is part of the younger generation of casino software developers. Its portfolio consists only of slots, most of which can also be played on your iPhone or Android mobile.
Games like Sakura Fortune and The Wild Chase are well worth mentioning as they are not only fun to play, but offer good returns too. An added advantage is that the Quickspin slots are available in English and Japanese.
Popular Quickspin slots: Beowulf, Big Bad Wolf, Goldilocks, Mighty Arthur, Sakura Fortune, Sticky Bandits, The Wild Chase, Wins of Fortune
Online casinos in Asia that feature Quickspin slots:
Pragmatic Play Slots – available in English, Chinese and Japanese
The casino games by developer Pragmatic Play, founded in 2007, are available in English, Chinese and Japanese, and also have mobile versions. Their slots are second-to-none in design and entertainment value. It’s also notable that a number of their games are inspired by an Asian theme, e.g. Panda’s Fortune, 8 Dragons, 3 Kingdoms, and Lucky Dragons.
Pragmatic Play slots are our kind of insiders’ tip and are not available in every online casino. ‘Take a look and try it out’ is the motto here.
Popular Pragmatic Play slots: 8 Dragons, 888 Dragons, 888 Gold, Caishen’s Gold, Diamond Strike (Jackpot), Dragon’s Kingdom, Panda’s Fortune, Queen of Gold, Wolf Gold (Jackpot)
Online casinos in Asia that feature Pragmatic Play slots:
NYX Gaming/NextGen Slots – available in English, Chinese and Japanese
NextGen is part of the American NYX Gaming group, a company which has been operating in the online gambling industry since 1999. Consequently, a variety of other providers like OpenBet belong to this casino software giant, which brings to the table a powerful portfolio of slot machines which you can also play in online casinos in Asia.
In addition to that, recently published games (James Dean, Renegade, etc.), as well as classics like Jackpot Jester 50,000, are available in English, Chinese and Japanese and ready to play in high-resolution on your mobile device. With older titles though like 300 Shields or Crocodopolis, they’re available in English and Chinese. NextGen slots can be found in many well-known casinos, a list of which you can find below.
Popular NYX Gaming/NextGen slots: 1 Can 2 Can, 300 Shields, Easy Slider, Foxin’ Wins, Genie Wild, Jackpot Jester 50,000, Jackpot Jester Wild Nudge, Medusa II, Merlin’s Millions, Renegades
Online casinos in Asia that feature NYX Gaming/NextGen slots:
Yggdrasil Gaming Slots – available in English and Japanese
The software developer Yggdrasil, named after the world tree of Nordic mythology, knows its stuff and has been equipping the best online casinos with their games since 2013. The selection is still relatively small but can be played in the casinos listed below. Their slots are available in English and Japanese language and can be launched on your mobile device too.
Popular Yggdrasil slots: Chibeasties 2, Double Dragons, Golden Fish Tank, Incinerator, Jokerizer, Jungle Books, Orient Express, Valley of the Gods, Vikings Go Berzerk
Online casinos in Asia that feature Yggdrasil slots:
iSoftBet Slots – available in English
The high-quality slot machines by iSoftBet are also among our favourites, as they offer not only typical video slots but also classic fruit slot machines such as Super Fast Hot Hot and Million Cents. The developer also offers a distinctive selection of table and video poker games.
The slot machines are definitely worth a try, but are not available in every online casino in Asia, or only in a narrow selection. Look for the titles below, which are the crème de la crème of iSoftBet. A slight downer is, however, that the games are not yet offered in Asian languages.
Popular iSoftBet slots: 24, Basic Instinct (Jackpot), BeWitched (Jackpot), Disco Double, Jackpot Rango (Jackpot), Kobushi (Jackpot), Mega Boy, Million Cents (Jackpot), Platoon, Rambo (Jackpot), Shaolin Spin, Super Fast Hot Hot (Jackpot), Super Lady Luck (Jackpot)
Online casinos in Asia that feature iSoftBet slots:
Red Tiger Gaming Slots – available in English and Japanese
Until only a few years, Red Tiger Gaming was a relatively small provider of online casino games. Having made its debut in 2014, the software provider has rapidly expanded its library and in so doing, its popularity. Known for dishing out casino games and slots to players across Europe and Asia, this Isle of Man, Maltese and UK Gambling Commission licensed provider has a lot to offer, not least great graphics and cheap bets.
Gameplay is made possible in a variety of languages, including Japanese. Their HTML5 developed slots include all manner of themes, and a good number of those are Asian slots which will no doubt appeal to players in the Far East. Red Tiger games are known for their flashy graphics, but simple special features (many of which are randomly triggered), and low variance gameplay are often staples of their releases, too.
Recently, the casino software provider leased BTG’s Mega Ways gaming engine, and it is now starting to appear in their slots. Mystery Reels: Mega Ways is one such title. However, even without this payline engine, Red Tiger developed games still have plenty to offer. One only has to look at Dragon’s Luck: Power Reels with its 10 reels, 30 lines, and mega symbols to see that.
Popular Red Tiger slots: Chinese Treasures, Dragon’s Luck: Power Reels, Epic Journey, Esqueleto Mariachi, Flaming Fox, Fortune Charm, Imperial Palace, Lucky Fortune Cat, Magic Gate, Midas Gold, Ninja Ways, Pirates’ Plenty, Rocket Men, Sumo Spins, Three Kingdoms
Online casinos in Asia that feature Red Tiger slots:
Gamomat Slots – available in English and Japanese
If you fancy a taste of real German gaming arcade action, then the Gamomat slots are worth a look (so yes, there really is more to Germany than beers and sausages). Slots like Crystal Ball, Books & Bulls (both play like Novomatic’s Book of Ra), Back to the Fruits, Fancy Fruits, Fruit Mania, Magic Stone, and Royal Seven XXL (see below) are German all-time favourites. Not to worry, you won’t have to comb through game menus in German since the Gamomat slots are available in English and Japanese too. Jokes aside, as you can probably already guess, there are also various fruit slots around (in addition to gemstone-themed games), so Gamomat should also have plenty of options in store for the enthusiasts of more classic slot machines.
The Berlin-based slot machine manufacturer also features its line of non-progressive jackpot games which are hugely popular. These games carry the name suffix Red Hot Firepot (RHFP) and Golden Nights Bonus (GDN). However, there are various other special editions available, too, such as the Crazy Chicken Shooter and Respins of Amun Re games.
As for the RHFP and GDN editions, once you enter the bonus round (gets triggered by chance), you can win a maximum of up to $10K and $50K respectively. By the way, the higher the stake, the better your chances of hitting the bonus round, which consequently guarantees a money price.
Hint: German slots, especially by brands such as Merkur, Bally Wulff and Gamomat are renowned for their gamble features. These not only include the basic 50:50 gamble but the so-called ladder gamble too (English for “Risikoleiter”). A win on the ladder gamble will climb you higher, whereas a loss will drop you one step down. In any case, you can split or collect your winnings at any point.
Indeed, the Gamomat slots are available for real money play in a wide range of online casinos in Asia. Hence, not only across Europe is the German slot classics’ fan base expanding as players in Asia are increasingly getting stuck in as well.
Popular Gamomat slots: 40 Finest XXL, Back to the Fruits, Books & Bulls, Books & Pearls, Crystal Ball, Explodiac, Fancy Fruits, Fruit Mania, Ramses Book, Pharao’s Riches, Shogun’s Secret, Sticky Diamonds, Take 5, Wild Rubies
Online casinos in Asia that feature Gamomat slots:
In addition to the above, other popular software providers on the net include Aristocrat and Novomatic (also well-known from landbased casinos), Big Time Gaming, Endorphina, ELK Gaming, Thunderkick, and many others. Please note, though, that due to the fact that the different game providers operate under different jurisdictions, some games might be restricted in your country.
Understanding slot machine payout tables
In order to find out how many winning combinations there are and how much they pay as well as to understand the features of a slot game, you can take a look at the paytable at any time. Depending on the software provider, the winning values are shown as either the actual cash amount or as a multiplier (see example below).
Winning values that are shown as actual cash amounts are self-explanatory. As soon as you change your bet, the winning values in the paytable will have adjusted accordingly. Therefore, you always have an indicator as to how much you can win on any spin. In order to decipher winning odds which are shown simply as multipliers (e.g. 500 or 1000), the relevant value has to be multiplied by the line bet.
For example, if the bet is $0.05 per line across 10 lines, then the overall bet is $0.50 per spin. If for instance you hit a 5 a kind of a symbol that has a winning value of let’s say 1000, then the win is equal to $50 (1000 times the line bet of $0.05).
Another detail that you can find in many (but not all) slot machines’ paytables is the RTP (the theoretical long-term Return to Player value) of the game. Most online slots have a RTP of between 94.00% and 96.00%.
Volatility/Variance of slot games
The volatility or variance of a slot game (two terms, same meaning), whether online or in a real casino, signifies how risky a game is, or the relation between the amount of the payout and the frequency of the payout.
In theory, a game with a low volatility may pay out more regularly and keep your budget steady. However, the winnings will not be as high in the long term.
On the other hand, a slot with a medium to high volatility is much more unpredictable. The game might go a long time without big payouts, but once the time comes, the payout will potentially be that much more lucrative. That is, if you haven’t played through your entire bankroll already.
Below you find some examples of popular online slots and their official volatility:
- Low volatility slots: Starburst (NetEnt), Twin Spin (NetEnt)
- Medium volatility slots: Jack and the Beanstalk (NetEnt), Hitman (Microgaming), Prosperity Palace (Play’n GO), Thunderstruck II (Microgaming)
- High volatility slots: Book of Dead (Play’n GO), Gemix (Play’n GO), Jackpot Jester 50,000 (NextGen), Matsuri (Play’n GO), Medusa II (NextGen), Panda’s Fortune (Pragmatic Play)
How to understand slot volatility
The volatility of a game is graphically represented by a point value from 1 to 5, with 1 as the lowest and 5 as the highest risk factor. Unfortunately, details on the variance of a slot game are not usually disclosed in the paytable (the slots by Pragmatic Play being an exception).
If you are a well-seasoned player though, then you might intuitively already have a feeling for how risky a game is. In the end, all the above details are only approximate values anyway, as the winning odds of a game cannot be precisely determined through the RTP and volatility alone.