If you are new to casino, I am sure you are new to different words, phrases and concepts that you’ve never stumbled upon before. This can vary from words in the bonus terms, or symbols inside a specific slot. Brush up on your casino lingo in this dictionary. Let us know if you find something missing and we’ll make sure to add it as soon as possible.
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Game related terms
A slot machine is basically the machine you’d play slot games on. Slot Machines have been around for more than 100 years and is the most popular of casino games today. A Slot Machine is in general less technical than a videoslot.
A Videoslot is a more technical version of a slot. These are better programmed and provide visual effects that a normal slot just wouldn’t. Most of the popular slots online today are Videoslots.
A Jackpot Slot is the kind of machine that pays out huge amounts of money once in a while, known as jackpots. A little piece of every spin value on these jackpot slots contributes to increase the Jackpot gradually. Some Jackpot Slots have been known to pay out millions of pounds on multiple occasions. These machine tend to be harder to win at in general, but when you actually win, you could be walking away with millions.
Table Games include all those games set up on tables within a casino. Those are card games such as Blackjack but also the ever so popular game of Roulette. These games are played with the help of a croupier or dealer which is the main different from slot machines that you’d play by yourself.
Blackjack is the most popular card game among the table games. Your goal is to add the card values and get as close to the value of 21 as possible. Getting 21 on the first 2 cards gives you a Blackjack, which pays 2,5x your wager in difference to the 2x you’d get by simply beating the dealer without a Blackjack.
Roulette is enjoyed by millions of casino players every year. The game is very simple. The croupier will spin a small ball within a wheel, that will land on one of 36 outcomes. Before the spin, you get to bet on where the ball will land and can do so in many different ways. You can either bet that the ball would fall on an even or uneven number, which will give you 2 times your money back. You can also bet on specific numbers and if you are to sniff one of those out, you’ll earn a hefty 35 times the money.
Live Casino is essentially a live and real casino, however interactively used by players online. In a Live Casino, a live dealer will stand behind a camera, dealing cards, or spinning the roulette wheel for you. You’ll place your bets during a timer and then you can watch the outcome in a real time environment. This gives you the experience of a real casino, one that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Live Casino has become extremely popular since it’s launch. The leading provider of Live Casino Games is Evolution, who also offer a variety of other products such as the Dream Catcher Wheel in a live environment.
Slot related terms
Each and every slot offers different features. There are literally loads out there and we apologise in advance if we missed something.
Scatter is a symbol that usually unlocks the bonus game within a slot. The most common case is that you need to find 3 scatters in order to do so. Scatters do not connect with any other symbols in the slot. The symbol usually shows the text ‘Scatter’ but could also just appear as a superior symbol to the other ones in the game. The Scatter symbol should be easy to find in any slot.
Wild symbols are very frequently seen in the world of slots. A wild will, just like a joker, replace any symbol on the wheels, making it much easier to win in general. Extra Wilds is commonly seen during bonus rounds/free spins games, and gives your chances of winning an extra boost. Wilds come in all different types and shapes, so we decided to go through a few.
Wandering Wilds means that once you find a wild on the reels, it will start moving to the left or right on the next spin. The Wandering Wilds usually stay on the wheels for upcoming spins, and is removed once it naturally wanders out.
Sticky Wilds are exactly what they sound like, sticky, and will remain on the wheels on the same position for X amount of spins. In a free spins bonus game, Sticky wilds are usually applied for 8-15 free spins which gives you a high potential of winning big on the last spins.
Finding a Stacked Wild is something you love, as it will expand on the entire reel and cover it with wild symbols.
Reaching Bonus Rounds inside a slot is exactly why you are there. You are usually rewarded with a few free spins where increased win chances are applied. The Bonus feature is definitely where you can win the biggest wins.
A Random Feature inside a slot implies that a random action can be applied on every spin. This random feature could do pretty much anything, from giving you a higher multiplier or giving extra wilds.
Means that a winning payline while you play will explode/be removed and leave place for new symbols afterwards, giving you multiple chances to win. Gonzo’s Quest is a great example of a slot with cascading tiles.
Win Both Ways
Win Both Ways means that you won’t only win something from filling pay lines from left to the right, it will also trigger pay lines from the right to the left. Finding a full line with Win Both Ways will always pay out more, as it actually means that you’ve found a 5-in-a-row twice.
A concept created by Big Time Gaming. It randomly generates the amount of pay lines on every spin, usually ranging from 30 to up to tens of thousands of pay lines. Games to try out: Bonanza and Extra Chili.
The Pay lines inside a slot show where you need to find matching symbols in order to get a win. The pay lines differentiates in almost all slots, but 20 pay lines is very common. Some games have up to 20 000 pay lines.
Inside slots, you don’t play with actual pounds or euros, you play with coins. These coins have a value which you will predetermine before you start playing. If you win 100 000 coins and have a coin value of 0,5£, it would mean that you’ve won 50 000£.
Cluster Pays means finding winning symbols in a cluster instead of on a pay line. The concept boomed after the success of Candy Crush Saga and is a concept that is being created more often today than anytime before.
Nudge Wheels means that the slot will randomly nudge your wheels in order to create a winning payline. Nudging wheels could help you find that third scatter on the wheel by simply nudging a scatter onto the wheel.
Multipliers indicates how money times your winning payline will be paid out. If you have a 10x multiplier and win £10, you’ll win £100 on this spin instead. It’s that easy.
Bonus related terms
When it comes to bonuses, there is a lot of different bonuses handed out by hundreds of operators every year. These are some of the most common ones.
Non Sticky Bonus
A non-sticky bonus means that the deposit amount is separated from the bonus amount. That means that you’ll always use your real money before the bonus wagering starts. This is an exceptional difference in comparison to a normal bonus where the wager requirements are mixed up with the deposit amount. These are also the most fair bonus models in our opinion.
Some casinos have applied a maximum bonus conversion, which practically limits your winnings. This is not the most fair bonus model as you usually only can win up to about 6 times your bonus + deposit, but it has it upsides. Usually bonuses with a maximum bonus conversion have much lower wagering requirements, giving you a better chance to jus ttriple or quadruple your money.
Free spins or extra spins could be two different things. It could refer to free spins as a bonus from the casino, which means you’ll get to play a few rounds in a slot for free.
It could also refer to free spins as a bonus game within a slot. Finding free spins inside a slot is the most common bonus game.
A reload bonus is a deposit bonus offered to existing players. Reload bonuses are often seen as campaigns or offers and the amounts usually differs depending on your VIP level.
Cash Drop bonuses are quite rare, but they do exist and we’ve seen some really cool campaigns with cash drops. The definition of cash drop is that a pool of players are participating in a campaign or tournament, and then some of these players will randomly win a cash price.
A no deposit bonus is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a bonus you get without making a deposit. Some casinos give out No-deposit bonuses for new players, and some casinos will credit no-deposit bonuses to their existing players for them to come back and play.
The opposite of a no-deposit bonus. A bonus that will be triggered and released to your account if you make a deposit. A common deposit bonus is a reload bonus up to a certain amount, or getting free spins if you deposit a specific amount.
The amount of times you need to wager your bonus money before you can withdraw any bonus funds received by the casino. These are applied to stop abuse from players.
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