Tips On How To Find The Best Slot Sites
In this article, we are turning our attention to a different online gambling format, one that in many ways is at the other end of the spectrum to poker – online slots. But whilst the style of play is very different – slots are all about chance, not strategy – there is still a significant crossover between the two as poker players often take a break from the tables for downtime on the reels.
With that in mind, we’ve pulled together these tips to help our readers who are interested in learning more about where to play slots. Many of our featured poker sites have slot games, and you can also use this guide to help choose between them.
Game Providers And Slots Choice
Let’s start with the headline act – the games themselves.
Whether are you new to slots or have been playing for years, you’ll want to have a good range of games to try. There are easily more than 100 suppliers developing games and some casinos offer upwards of 5,000 slots to spin.
You can’t try them all, but part of the fun is being able to explore a big game catalog and try out styles and features you haven’t seen before. Therefore, picking a site with a good-sized catalog is the right starting point.
These are usually the big-name casinos that have the weight to partner up with more developers than their smaller rivals.
But it’s not just about how many slots there are. With so many games the search and filter functions are important too. The best slot sites allow you to search by the game developer, theme, features, paylines, top payout, and volatility, and it’s worth browsing the catalog before you sign up to see how easy it is to explore and identify new games that are worth a spin.
Return to Player
Unlike poker, you cannot affect the outcome of your bets with strategy when you play slots. They are a fixed-odds gamble. However, it is important to know that the same slot game might run with different odds at different casinos.
Many big-name slot developers, including Play n Go, Pragmatic Play, Red Tiger, and Nolimit City, build their games with 2, 3, 4, or even 5 different RTP settings, then leave it to the operator to choose which to run with.
To give yourself the best odds of winning you need to find out which casinos run your favorite games with the RTP at its highest setting.
One way to do this is to check the RTP in the game info screen when you load it up. The optimum levels are usually around 96% or higher. If it’s 94% or less then the operator is skimming a bit more for themselves.
Another option is to check casino portals with slot site reviews and ratings where they give scores for RTP levels and flag sites that are underperforming in this area.
Free Spins and Loyalty Offers
The headline features of all sites, whether they are a poker site, a casino site, or a slot site, are always bonuses and loyalty deals. It’s what we all look for first. And just as you do with rakeback in poker, you should look for the best value from free spins in slots.
How do you know what the best value deal is? Check the wagering requirements. Always. These are built into every deal to restrict how much you can win with free money.
Usually, free spins winnings are paid as bonus funds, and you will be required to wager them a set number of times before they become withdrawable.
Most times, you will lose your winnings before they become withdrawable.
However, there are now slot sites offering ‘no wagering’ free spins with withdrawable winnings paid in cash. Usually, you will need to deposit £10 to claim 20 or 30 spins, but then you can play for free and take away anything you win.
Just as they are when choosing a poker site, payment options designated in the cashier are an important factor. A similar set of payment services will be available to you, with eWallets like Paypal and Skrill proving to be very popular alongside traditional bank cards.
As well as looking for a site that offers your preferred payment option you should also look for one that processes withdrawals quickly. That is not always easy, but in our experience, you should be able to access funds within 24 hours of actioning a withdrawal at most slot casinos.
And finally, look for a site that satisfies your deposit level. Some won’t accept less than $20 is to be avoided if you want to deposit $10 or less.
Let’s finish on this key point. Our advice, as with all poker games, is to only bet with licensed operators. There are plenty of reliable jurisdictions out there, including the legal US states, Malta, Gibraltar, and the UK.
Each one has regulations in place with the purpose of protecting the gambler from fraudulent operators, bad software, bad business practices, and problem gambling.
Remember, online slots are a particularly intense and fast-paced format for betting so having the tools to set your own limits and play at restricted stake levels is important. That is what you get at a licensed site.
So, our advice is, to always play at sites that display license details from a reputable jurisdiction in the footer of their site.
This short guide is written as a taster of understanding priorities when choosing where to play slots. We hope it helps you to see that the games alone are not the only consideration and with a little research you can ensure that you get the best out of the thrills and spills of spinning those slots.
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