What Is A Payline?
One of the most important things to understand about slots is the paylines. In Lameman’s terms, a payline is that line that will result in payouts due to the winning combinations on that specific payline.
Different slots have different paylines, and it is important to remember that you can only benefit from the winning combinations achieved on your active paylines, thus those lines on which you have chosen to place a bet. Consider rather lowering your bet amount and playing the maximum amount of lines to still fit into the total bet amount you are willing to stake, as this significantly increases your chances of winning.
The Mechanics Behind Paylines
The land based, one armed bandits we remember from old school slots only featured 3 reels and 1 payline, and you had to achieve winning combinations on this one line in order to win. This type of layout is still very popular and this is used on both online and at land based casinos.
New age technology has opened our eyes to anything from 5 to 7 reels per line, and slots now have paylines upon paylines, even as much as a few hundred.
Winning combinations are still created by matching symbols, but paylines now reach across reels from one line to another in all angles, from diagonal, vertical, horizontal or zig zag combinations to the ordinary 3 to 5 in a row.
The fact that winning combinations are not limited to one payline per combination, this means that for every spin you might end up with many different winning combinations across multiple paylines. Every spin’s winnings just add onto your bankroll and if you land several paylines on a single spin, you might face large winnings at a time. You have to weigh up the cost to the possibility of winning, because the more lines you activate, the more each spin will cost.
Slot Machines Featuring Multi paylines
The one liner slots have not died off, these are still around, however, the more popular games today is the ones featuring 3 to 25 paylines per spin. There is a new revolution in the slots industry called multi-payline slots, where a single spin can feature anything from 250 to thousands of paylines.
These slots steer away from the normal idea of paylines and focus on the symbols. Every symbol acts as a Scatter symbol and you will win as long as there are corresponding symbols on end-to-end reels, no matter their position.
How To Bet On A Payline
You need to understand how the bets you place per payline, affect your bankroll. If you bet 1c on a payline, and you choose to activate 20 lines, every spin will cost 20c.
Some slot machines does not allow you to choose the number of paylines you want to play, but most slots are flexible and allows the player to choose the number of lines as well s the bet per line.
Remember to always keep an eye on the bet table for the specific slot you are playing. This able shows how many paylines there are, as well as what the possible winning combinations are and how much each combination pays out. Information on bonus games, Scatter symbols, Wild cards and free spins can also be obtained from the pay table.