Here at Gaming Supermarket, we know that all the jargon and terminology that goes alongside slots games can be a little bit confusing. That’s why we’ve produced this simple guide to all the major slots terminology you’re likely to come across while you’re playing your favourite slots games.
Often, a slots game will include some form of bonus round which kicks in when certain symbols appear on the payline. In a bonus round, you’ll usually experience a mini version of the main game or a side game where you can achieve a bonus amount on top of your winnings.
EGM stands for Electronic Gaming Machine, this is the official term for a standalone video slot machine.
A fruit machine is another slang term for slot machine but it is derived from the fact that the original fruit machines often had cherries and other fruit on them as symbols on the reel.
To hit is to get a winning spin
A loose machine is the term attached to a machine that is about to pay out a significant sum of money
The maximum bet is the maximum number of coins that you can bet per spin on a slots game.
The ‘one-armed bandit’ is an oldfashioned nickname for the slot machine. They were referred to in this way as the games used to have one lever and were originally often unfair.
Progressive Jackpot refers to an accumulating jackpot which is built up over the course of many games played on a slots machine. The jackpot increases with every spin and can be won by hitting a particularly rare combination of symbols on the payline.
The payline is the winning line in a slots game.
The payout refers to the amount won when playing on a slots game.
The payout percentage is the average amount of money given away by an online slots machine per £100.
Random Number Generator
The Random Number Generator or RNG is computer software designed for all spin combinations on a slots machine to be completely random.
The reels are the wheels on a slots game which spin and land on different symbols, where the reels land determines your win.
A static slot is a slots game which has a predetermined jackpot which does not increase as the game is played like a Progressive Jackpot.
Slot machine malfunction is referred to as ‘tilt’
Some slots games have wild symbols which can substitute for any other symbol in the game and can in many cases, increase your chance of receiving a payout.