Slot Machine Terms
Learn or refresh your memory of specific terms and concepts used when playing slot machines. Check the meaning of these terms in our term database.
3-Reel – slot machine with three reels. They usually have three rolls and three lines.
5-Reel – A slot machine with five reels. These are usually video slot machines with 3 or 4 lines.
All Ways – A slot machine with a large number of paylines that payout winnings in both directions, ie from left to right and from right to left.
Autospin – A feature that allows players to set the number of turns to make without requiring him/her to rotate each turn manually.
AWP Amusement With Prizes – a classic old-time slot machine with fruit symbols.
But (Bet) – determines the amount of money a player bets on one slot machine spin.
Bonus Round – A special feature that allows players to win money in excess of their classic payout. It is usually free of charge or extra cash.
Branded Slots – Slot machines licensed for specific topics, such as movies, TV shows, or celebrities.
Cascading Reels – A feature on some slot machines that replaces winning symbols with other symbols. This allows you to create a new winning combination in sequence, ie as a cascade in one spin.
Classic – Classic slot machines, most often with three reels and only a few paylines, without bonuses and other special features.
Coin Size – The value of the current bet.
Coins – player’s coins.
Cold Slot – A slang term for slot machines that have not recently made any winnings (or only small winnings).
Drops – A feature of individual online slot machines where, instead of spinning the reels, the symbols fall on the appropriate lines.
Feature – A special feature of a particular slot machine, such as bonus rounds.
Freeplay / Free-to-play – The casino allows players to try and learn about slot machines and how they work for free. Of course, winnings from free games are not paid out.
Free Spins – Free spins. The type of bonus you get from a certain combination of symbols.
Fruit Machine – A popular, classic slot machine with fruit symbols.
Gamble – a feature that allows you to double your winnings in one round.
Hot Slot – The name of the slang for slot machines that often pay out winnings or payout big winnings. Their current RTP (last hour, day) is well above average.
Icons – Symbols and images on slot machine reels.
Jackpot – the highest possible win in a slot machine. It can be either fixed or incremental as the games are played until someone wins the jackpot.
Lines – Winning lines in the slot machine.
Maximum Bet – Advanced slots have a maximum bet button that will immediately set your bet to the maximum allowed value.
Multi-line – this is the standard today. This applies to slot machines with more than one payline.
Multi-way – A slot machine that offers several ways to get a winning combination.
Multiplier – a special additional feature that can multiply your winnings by a fixed number.
Nudge – A special bonus that allows players to “roll” the reels up or down.
One-armed Bandit – a legendary slot machine; its rolls are cut using the lever on the side of the machine.
Online Slot – A slot machine that can be played online.
Payline – A payline that consists of symbols that guarantee a certain payout.
Payout – The amount of money paid out by the slot machine after the payline has been obtained.
Paytable – A table listing the rules, bonuses and winnings for individual winning combinations.
Penny Slots – A slang term for slot machines that allows very low stakes.
Pick Me – A bonus round in which a player selects one of several symbols, with each symbol having a certain value or additional bonus.
Progressive Jackpot – A progressive jackpot . The slot machine adds a certain amount of money to the jackpot from each bet. The jackpot can be local or shared between multiple slot machines on a network.