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Slots payout lines - they're not as complicated as they look

Slots payout lines - they're not as complicated as they look


One of the most important features of playing on any type of slot machine here at Bitcasino is the number of payout lines that are available for it. In simple terms, a payout line is that combination shown when the reels stop spinning on which you’ll be awarded a payout. Any given slot has a fixed number of payout lines, and it is only on these that you get a payout for winning combinations.

You’ll win a payout in Bitcoin slots only on a line on which you have bet, so if you bet on only a limited number of payout lines and the winning combination was one that you did not activate, you’ll get nothing. Therefore, activating all payout lines on each spin is the best way to guarantee a winning combination.

How payout lines work

Payout lines on Bitcoin slots are not difficult to grasp. Some are straightforward and simple, while others run across reels in erratic shapes. They can be vertical, diagonal and horizontal, but whatever shape it is, you’ll only get a payout if you have placed a bet on it.

Adjustable payout lines are featured in several games, and they allow you to select numbers for the lines. Others offer only fixed lines that require you to bet on the pre-determined payout lines and deliver all-or-nothing payouts.

Most Bitcoin slots pay on lines running from left to right, but there are some that pay on a winning combination regardless of the direction in which it runs. This is important to remember since you might think that your combination has won but the machine or online slot hasn’t paid you. However, the truth is that the symbols weren’t lined up along the correct payout line.

To ensure that you don’t make this sort of mistake, always check out the paytable before you start playing. This is usually situated somewhere on the main screen, where you’ll find all the payout odds, payout lines, winning combinations and a whole lot more.

RNG and video slots

There are usually about 50 payout lines on our video slots, but some of them can have anywhere up to 100 or more. When you press the button to play the slots here at Bitcasino, the RNG (random number generator) draws five numbers for each of the reels. Each reel stops spinning when it reaches its allotted number. Once the last reel stops, the system does the complex math to determine a prize and add it to your gaming balance. The RNG is tested to exhaustion and certified by the TST (technical systems testing).

Types of slots available

There is a very wide range of online Bitcoin slots games to choose from, including everything from bonus slots and video slots to 3-reel slots and progressive jackpot slots. They offer many exciting features designed to make your gaming experience more enjoyable, such as free spins, sliding symbols, wild multipliers and bonus rounds.

The single line slot machine, otherwise known as a 3-reel slot, is the simplest slot of all. It used to be known as the one-armed bandit, as the mechanical version had a lever that you had to pull to get the reels spinning. If you’re new to online casinos, this is probably the best place to start, as these slots are simple and enjoyable. Grasp the rules, and you’ll find that the progressive jackpots are quite generous.

Multiple reel slots, or video slots, have a minimum of five reels and are usually known as 5-reel slots. They feature exciting graphics and audio and have a range of different symbols, just like 3-reel slots, but they also feature multiple payout lines, often up to 100 or more. There are usually various bonus rounds also on offer, along with multipliers, free spins and all types of different betting options, so these slots are much more of a challenge. Players are drawn to them for their typically large payouts.

Bonus slots have a bonus game built into them, triggered by certain combinations in an active payout line. These bonus games have their own sounds and graphics to complement those of the main game, and their attraction is that they offer enhanced payouts and more free spins. In fact, many slot enthusiasts only regularly play the type of video slot games that feature bonus rounds.

Multi-level bonus Bitcoin slots are a real challenge to serious players, offering them the chance to win enhanced rewards and profits as they move on to higher levels within the same game. You only proceed to the next higher level if you complete the current one successfully, so there’s an overall momentum to the game that maintains your interest and excitement. If you complete the whole series, you can expect a substantial payout.

Progressive jackpot Bitcoin slots are most attractive to players who like to bet big, as their payouts can reach hundreds of thousands of pounds. Unlike other self-contained Bitcoin slots games, progressive jackpots are linked across websites, machines and casinos, and once a player wins, the whole system is reset and starts building up to the next jackpot. There are different types of progressive jackpot Bitcoin slots, including stand-alone, in-house, network and multiple progressive, which are distinguished by their bet amounts and game payouts.


In the world of online gambling with Bitcoin, slots are among the most enduringly popular games. They’re exciting and entertaining, easy to play and require no particular skill level. You can also play them with low amounts, and they are considered a safe bet, especially for the newcomer to the world of online Bitcoin casino games.

Here at Bitcasino, we offer a wide range of different games to enjoy, so once you’ve tested the waters with 3-reel slots, you might like to see what else is available, such as Bitcoin poker and Bitcoin roulette. Sign up for a player account, and try your hand at Bitcoin slots today.

Words: Sean McNulty
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