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Everything you ever wanted to know
about slots and slot machines.


If you are going to play a slot machine it is always a good idea to read the paytable. The paytable will list all the possible payouts in a slots game and will show the payout for each combination of symbols for the number of coins that you bet.

Paytables on 3 Reel and 5 Reel Slot Machines

The paytables for 3 reel and 5 reel slots may look a little different, but they are both contain vital information for the slots player.

3 Reel Paytables

a diagram showing the paytable on a 3 reel 3 coin classic slot machine

Above shows a paytable from a 3 coin, 3 reel classic slot.  As you can see, the highest value symbol is the Orange, so this is the jackpot symbol. There are 3 colored columns and they are marked 1 coin, 2 coin and 3 coin.  To win the 2500 coin jackpot you will need to bet with 3 coins. A 2 coin jackpot will be worth 1200 coins and a 1 coin jackpot will be worth 600 coins.

5 Reel Paytables

a diagram showing what the patable on a 5 reel slot machine might look like

A 5 reel slots paytable looks a little different and the diagram above shows what sort of layout you can expect to see.  The substitute or wild symbol is clearly marked and there is information about the payouts for the various symbols as well as the free spins. Every time you come across a new slot machine it is wise to have a look at the paytable before you begin to play.   This is the case for land based slot machines and online slots games.

Why Is Checking the Paytable so Important?

By taking a few moments to study the paytable of each slots game that you come across you will quickly learn plenty about slot machines.  In fact, before you know it you will be well on your way to becoming an expert!

A quick glance at the paytable will show you if any multiplier symbols, scatter symbols, wild symbols and bonus symbols are used in the slot.  It is usual for slots games with bonus features to have a brief explanation of them on the paytable.  If the slot has free spins or a bonus game it will often say so on the paytable, it will usually state how many free spins are available and with what multiplier value.

You will be able to tell all possible winning combinations and exactly how much each winning combination will payout and this is vital information if you want to play a slot machine.