Slot games are the most popular type of games that are available at Bitcoin casinos. Visit any casino and look through the game library, you will notice that most of the featured titles are slots, in some cases up to as much as 90%. Players love slots and they enjoy when there is a large variety of games to choose from.
Many Bitcoin casinos allow players to play games in free play mode, as well as for real money, which gives them a chance to test the games before they decide which ones are more suitable.
RNG and Provably Fair Technology
Modern slots that can be played at Bitcoin casinos are somewhat different from the classic slot machines that were and still available at many land-based casinos and other facilities. Firstly, most modern slots are graphically enhanced, they include animations, quirky and advanced graphic details, a lot of features that were inconceivable in the past. All Bitcoin slots feature a random number generator (RNG) which is basically an algorithm which includes thousands of different outcomes, attributed randomly which ensure that nobody can affect or influence the outcome of each spin. So when you press spin, it is the RNG that determines the outcome. The RNG rules out every option of meddling with the game software which in turn guarantees that players are given a fair chance.
Many Bitcoin casinos feature Provably Fair technology, which allows players to track the randomness of each game they have played on their own. This is a unique solution available only at Bitcoin casinos. Other casinos hire independent organisations that test the software and the RNG for them and their certificate proves that the games are random, but Bitcoin casinos have taken this a step further.
The RTP (return to player) ratio tells you how much of the total amount of money wagered on a slot game is won back by players. So, if the RTP is 97%, that means that out of every 10 BTC wagered on a particular game, at least 9.7 BTC are won back. The RTP is always theoretical and it is calculated in the long run, so it doesn’t mean that when you wager through 1 BTC on a game, you will end up with at least 0.97 BTC at the end of the session. It could be more, or it could be a lot less.
Theoretically, you could end up hitting the jackpot on a game with a very low RTP and you can also lose a lot of money on a game with a high RTP, as the games are completely unpredictable and random. However, you should still prefer games with higher RTP, since you have a better chance, statistically speaking, to win at a game with high RTP. Some Bitcoin casinos show the RTP figures for all their games individually, whereas other operators only show the average RTP of all games taken together.
Reels and Pay-Lines
Reels and pay-lines are essential elements of the structure of each game and the gameplay options. In the past most slot games had 3 reels and just one pay-line (way to win), but modern video slots usually feature at least 5 reels and the number of pay-lines can vary, it can be 10, 20, 25, 50, or a lot more, there are even games with 243 ways to win. When you start a game, you can choose how much money you wish to wager per spin. In some games it is possible to cover only some of the pay-lines, which gives you a chance to wager less, but bear in mind that if a winning combination appears on a pay-line that is not covered, you will not be getting any money. Some recent slot games don’t feature pay-lines per se, instead they award money if a cluster of symbols is formed. The minimum number of symbols required for a cluster to be a winning combination may vary depending on the game.
The wagering amount and specifically the amount per pay-line determine the maximum amount of money that you may win. Understandably, if you wish to win a higher amount of money, you must step up and wager the maximum amount.
Many slot games give you the option to select the maximum amount with one button, so that you won’t have to adjust the number of coins per pay-line and the value per coin. With the auto spin button you can set the game to keep running with the same wager, for a specific number of times, so that you won’t have to press the button each time.
Theme and Bonus Games
Most slot games nowadays are themed, i.e. you won’t just see random symbols appearing on the reels, but symbols and other elements that are in accordance with the theme. Modern video slots tell a story, and it can be a story of an ancient kingdom, or a hero, but it can also be a fairy-tale, or present a certain culture or region. Also, many slot games are based on films, books, sports and athletes, and there are even games based on the concept of Bitcoin.
Most slot games include a main game and bonus levels. You start in the main game, but a bonus feature can be triggered, either randomly, or after a certain combination of symbols has appeared on the reels. The bonus games can include free spins, win multipliers and a lot more features. You can always earn hefty prizes during a bonus game.
Progressive Jackpot Slots
Progressive jackpots are perhaps one of the most popular types of slots, and that is quite easy to explain. These games offer jackpot prizes that are a lot bigger than standard slot jackpots. All casinos that feature a progressive game are linked to the prize pool and a fraction of every wager on the game goes towards the jackpot. The jackpot starts seeding at a particular amounts, but once it is active it can be activated randomly. These games are usually grouped together in a special category, so it is easy to find out whether a game features a progressive jackpot or not.
Some slot games offered by hybrid casinos won’t be available to players who fund their accounts with Bitcoins, because certain operators don’t produce games that support Bitcoin play. On the other hand, at some Bitcoin casinos you will find games that aren’t available at non-Bitcoin casinos. Generally, you will have a lot of games at your disposal.
When it comes to the bankroll, you should be careful when you’re playing slots, because even if you wager a small amount of money per spin, the time can literally fly while you’re playing, so you might get carried away.