How to Play Penny Slots

Penny slots are multi-line slot machines in which you have the opportunity to bet on multiple lines at once. You are betting on symbols to match on certain lines. Since there are between 9 and 50 paylines per machine, you have the chance to bet as much per line as you choose, betting as many multiple lines as you wish per spin. This means you can spend as little as 20 cents per spin, or as much as $100 per spin if you bet $5 per line on a 20-line machine. It all depends on your choices, and how much you are willing to risk. Here are some tips for playing penny slots so you can make the most of your chances each time you play.

Bonus Features
Penny slots have two types of bonus features that may be activated when you hit a certain number of "scatter" symbols on the machine. The Help button on the machine can give more information about how to qualify for the bonus features. There are usually two types of bonus features, On Reel Bonuses and Off Reel Bonuses. The On Reel Bonuses can give you free spins, and occur on the reels. The Off Reel Bonuses are on a separate screen and often include spin the wheel and pick a box.

Playing for Pennies?
Despite the name, penny slots can be very expensive to play. While there is a higher chance of winning with all the different line options, there is also a chance of winning less than your initial bet. That means you could be losing money over time, even though you're hitting on certain lines.

The best strategy is to use the smallest bet possible across the greatest number of lines. You'll need combinations of lines to come out ahead. Varying your bets by placing more on certain lines and less on others is likely to lose you money, even if you hit on some lines.

Getting an Edge
If the casino you play slots at offers bonuses, take them up on it. Free food, free rooms and free slots play are all routinely offered to regular players. Pay attention to the amount of money you are willing to spend or lose, and don't spend more to try to get back what you lost. That will only increase your losses.

Look for the machines with the highest payout percentage and try those. Bet the maximum number of lines for the least amount per line, so you don't blow your whole bankroll at once. The more lines you play, the higher your hit rate for potential wins.

If you win, use what you've won to add to the amount you bet the next time. Or pocket the extra and keep playing with the amount you started with. The goal is to have fun and spend time playing, so don't blow your money too quickly.

If a machine isn't paying out, move to a different one. Slot machines offer the constant temptation that a big win is just one more spin of the reels away. In reality, some slot machines are simply "looser" than others, which means they're more likely to pay out. Check the odds on different machines and try a few to find one that gives you the best shot at winning.

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