Bodog’s Bitcoin Slots Glossary
With a simple spin-to-win formula, slots are the most beginner friendly game in our casino. Anyone can launch a session and figure out how the paylines work as they go, but it’s the extra bonus features that are not always intuitive. To have a greater understanding of slots in general, we recommend familiarizing yourself with the following 20 terms in our bitcoin slots glossary:
You’ll often see slots described as 3-reel or 5-reel, but what does that mean? Reels are the vertical columns that the game symbols spin around as you play. The more reels included in a slot game, the more complex it can be.
If you’ve ever seen matching symbols appear on all of the reels only to miss out on a payout, the symbols likely didn’t follow a payline. The payline is an invisible horizontal line that goes from the first reel to the final reel, carving out a pathway for wins. Originally, there was just one single payline that cut through the middle of the reels, but now there are many more than that. Paylines can be viewed in the game menu.
‘X’ Ways to Win
Newer games sometimes eliminate paylines altogether. In order for a payout to be triggered in these games, matching icons can land anywhere on consecutive reels. Games advertised as 243-ways-to-win require matches to start on the first reel and progress to the right, resulting in 243 possible winning combinations for every spin.
A multiplier appears in gameplay as a number with an X beside it, like 2X or 3X. These payout boosters multiply the amount of money you’d normally win through their numerical denomination. For example, a 2X multiplier would double a payout, while a 3X multiplier would triple a payout.
Scatters are a special set of symbols that do something beneficial when three or more of them land anywhere on the reels (they don’t need to land on a payline). They could award a cash prize or initiate a series of free spins, or send you to a bonus round; see the game rules to see what the scatter does in your chosen game.
A progressive jackpot is a pot of cash that grows with a percentage of every bet staked on the game. They can be awarded randomly at the end of any spin (as is the case with random progressive jackpots), or as a reward for landing the top winning combination in the game. Some newer games require players to reach a bonus round to have a shot at winning the jackpot. Read the game menu to see game-specific jackpot rules.
Hot Drop Jackpots
The Hot Drop Jackpots are progressive jackpots that follow a timeline and are possibly the most exciting of all the terms in our slots glossary. They must be triggered within an hourly or daily timeframe, or before they reach a maximum value. They visually “heat up” when they approach their limits.
One of the best features included in slot games are free spins. These let you spin the reels a number of times without having to stake any of your own money. You get to keep all of the payouts triggered during the free spins session.
A popular game feature with slot players, the tumbling/cascading reels remove winning icons after you collect your payout, creating a vacancy for the icons above to tumble down. If that results in a new win, you get paid without having to stake any of your own money.
Wilds function much like a wild card in a card game; they can substitute for any standard game icon in order to create a winning line. They do not, however, stand in for scatters or bonus icons.
Some wilds have extra qualities that make them even more valuable, such as the expanding wild, which can expand to fill an entire reel.
Stacked wilds appear in clusters of two or three, which repeat over top of each other on the reels.
For a fun approach to slots, look for games that include bonus rounds. These take you to a second screen and set you up with a challenge that could be as simple as picking items and collecting coins, or more complex, like what you’d find in the game Gold Rush Gus. Either way, the bonus rounds are free and always end with some cash in hand.
Games with a Gamble option let you wager your winnings from a round in a game of luck. Some have 50/50 odds, allowing you to try to double your winnings at the risk or losing them.
Game volatility dictates how wild a slot session will likely be. A game with low volatility will have more frequent payouts that are smaller, while a game with high volatility will have fewer payouts that are typically bigger. Some games let you adjust the volatility to low, medium or high to suit your preferences.
Hold and Win
The Hold and Win feature is included in some new slot games and is becoming increasingly popular. For the feature to be triggered, a minimal number of bonus icons must land on the reels; the bonus icons will stay in place while the others respin. Any new bonus icons also stay in place and trigger more respins.
Respins are a free extra spin that typically follows a win.
Return to Player (RTP)
Every slot game has a Return to Player percentage that is the total amount staked per spin minus the game’s house edge. It’s theoretical, which means it’s not always exact, but the longer you play a game, the more accurate it becomes.
While playing older slots, you may notice a Bet Max button on the screen. This button ensures that you’re playing with all paylines enabled and the maximum number of coins possible. Some jackpots require you to “bet max” for eligibility.
Most slots use coins as the betting unit, allowing players to select the denomination. Newer slots, however, simply let the player choose how much money they want to stake per spin.
Hopefully our bitcoin slots glossary has familiarised you with some of the key terms you’ll find at Bodog Casino. If so, great, see you over there!