What are payline wins?

If you have only just started playing a few online slot games, you may be trying to find out all you can about them. Some of the rules and details can be confusing at first, especially when it comes to the numerous ways you can win prizes.

Here, we’ll look at paylines and how these determine whether you have won anything when playing a slot.

What is a payline?

A payline is a line that runs through however many reels are used in a slot game. This could be three or five reels, but sometimes you might get six reels in action.

How many paylines do you get in the average slot game?

You’ll soon realize there is no such thing as an average slot. Three-reel games will have fewer paylines to bet on, but the number you get depends on how many positions are available on each reel. A basic slot will only provide one payline, but if there are three positions on each reel, i.e. a 3 x 3 format, you might get three or even five paylines.

Games with five reels often feature 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, or even 40 games. A few go higher than that, with either 50 or 100 paylines in action.

Do you need to bet on all the paylines?

It depends on the game. If it has fixed paylines then yes, you must play them all. If it doesn’t, you can choose to play fewer than the total. However, doing this does mean you could land a winning combination on a line you didn’t bet on, in which case you won’t win anything.

The best way to make sure you cover all the available lines is to choose a lower coin value for each one. Remember you must multiply the coin value by the lines chosen to reveal your total bet.

What do you need to do to win?

Generally, most slots require you to get three or more identical symbols from the left to the right on an active payline to win a prize. Some symbols might pay if just two appear from the left. You cannot miss a reel otherwise you don’t win. Some games also offer right-to-left wins, which enhances your winning chances.

Payline wins are among the most popular ways to win prizes in today’s online slot games. Now you know more about them, you should find it easier to understand how they work – and how they can win you prizes.

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