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This guide on how to play slot machines for beginners is for you if you've never played before, or if you've played once or twice but are still unsure how it works.

We at are slot machine experts who know every aspect of the games. We'll cover everything from how slots work to the jackpot rules that determine payouts and how to play slots from A to Z.

Even if you've never played slots before, you'll know the A-Z of how to play them properly after reading this.


Beginner's Guide to Slot Machines

The first thing to learn about how to play slots is the game's elements.

  • Reels – Slot reels are the ‘slots' in which symbols spin. 3.3-5-6 reel games are available. As you can see, this game has five reels.
  • Rows – Each slot has a vertical row. Some slots have more than three rows. The game shown above has three reels.
  • Pay lines – Pay lines are the winning patterns. If a slot machine has 25 pay lines and you play it with all of them active, you have 25 ways to win. As shown in the image above, this game has 25 pay lines.
  • Symbols are the icons that appear on the reels. The value of each symbol determines how much you win when you make combinations.

After learning the basics of slots, it's time to learn how to play casino slots step-by-step.

To keep this how to play slot machines guide simple, let's pretend you're playing the game shown above. It's called Mega Fortune and it's simple and has several huge progressive jackpots.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to play slot machines, specifically Mega Fortune. It works the same way for all slot machines, though the software developer may have some variations.

To Bet on Mega Fortune, You Would:

  • 1st - Place a bet. In order to play free slots or use a no deposit free spins bonus, you must first deposit funds. This is usually done in the casino's account or banking section.
  • 2nd - Decide how many pay lines you want to play. However, you can view each pay line by clicking the numbers on either side of the game screen. Other games allow you to choose how many lines to play per spin.
  • 3rd- Amount of coins: Your coin value in Mega Fortune ranges from £0.01 to £0.50. Remember, one coin per pay line equals £0.25 per spin.
  • 4th - Set your stake. Some video slots don't have this, but this one does. Levels range from one to four. As you climb, your bet size increases. For example, a level one bet of £0.01 would be £0.25. At level four, the same coin value would bet 4x larger, or £1.
  • 5th - Spin the wheel. Here's where it gets fun. The symbols spin on the reels, and if you land a winning combination, you win. The payout depends on the number of symbols, bet size, and symbol value.

So that's how to play slots. It's not hard to learn and master in a few attempts. You can get used to it by playing some of our free slots until you get used to it.

Defining Slot Machine Lines

Pay lines are the most confusing part of learning how to play slots for beginners.
Pay lines are patterns where symbols match to win payouts. Pay line one is usually straight down the middle row.