Many people gravitate towards slot machines because of their simplicity. Pull a lever, see if the symbols match and you could be a winner!
There isn’t as much strategy involved as other casino games, but there is one element that you can control in slots to improve your odds of winning. You can select the number of lines that are played each time.
And that’s where the confusion can set in.
What are the advantages of playing more or less lines? How do you select the lines? And how many should you select?
Keep reading to learn more about how lines work in slots and how to decide the number of lines to play.
What Are Paylines
The technical gambling term for the lines on a slot machine is paylines. There is a reason for that name. What shows up on the lines determines whether or not you win.
Today, there are countless slot machines with varying numbers of paylines. Some video slot machines have up to 25+ lines that can be played at once. However, many physical slot machines have somewhere between 3-5 lines, and classic models only have a single line.
More Lines, More Chances to Win
In general, the more lines you play, the more chances you have to win. But the more lines you play to, the more each spin is cost. Makes sense given that the house is more likely to lose when more lines are played.
A number of professional poker players and poker enthusiasts have created payout tables based on the number of lines played for a specific type of slot machine. This gives them a clearer idea of their odds before spinning.
Know How Combinations Can Be Made Across Lines
If you’re playing numerous lines, there may be more than one way to win. Making matches straight across a line is the standard way to win if you’re playing a single line. With multiple lines you may be able to make matches vertically and diagonally as well.
Before choosing a slot machine and the number of lines to play, take these special considerations to mind:
Cost per line : The cost per line can range from one penny on up.
Payout : The cost to spin should justify the potential payout. Also, check whether matches with four or five symbols in a row offer better payouts.
How winning matches are made : Many multi-line slot machine award wins for horizontal, vertical and diagonal matches.
Number of symbols needed to win : typically 3-4 in a row. This affects the odds of lining up symbols vertically and diagonally.
Sometimes the odds will be better than others. The four factors above will help you decide how many slot machine paylines you should spin each time.
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