Things to pay attention when searching for free slots
While you are playing free slots and only think of trying out the real money games here you have some things to keep in mind when you will actually decide to move from play money to real wagers.
First of all, make sure that you are playing in the legit casino. Casino where you are going to make wagers needs to be checked by independent auditors and have licenses issued by them. The next thing that you should pay attention to is game catalogue: how big it is? The more games it will have the better it will be for you as a player since this way you won’t be limited by slots with poor features. As for slots you should always look at their RTP, volatility, features they have, maximum wins and presence of jackpots. RTP here stands for Return to the Player. It’s basically how much money in percentage will be returned to the player. The higher is the percentage the better. For example, if slot machine has 95% RTP it means that 95 of 100 dollars wagered by players eventually will come back to them.
The higher will be RTP the lower will be casino’s house edge in the particular game. But please don’t be naive thinking that you will put 100 dollars inside the slot machine with 95% RTP and it will give you back exactly 95 dollars. Thing is that RTP works on the long distance and since every spin outcome is totally random there is no guarantee when you eventually will get back your money. It also would be very predictive and would completely remove any kind of thrill that makes casino games so exciting if one would know the exact amount of money that he will get back! Also you shouldn’t forget that besides you there are hundreds of other players out there since online casinos – especially the ones with free slots – have no physical limits. They aren’t limited by square meters like the brick-and-mortar venues are. That’s why one slot game easily can be played by hundreds of players simultaneously.
The only things that it could cause are the server loads but since all games are hosted by software providers with powerful and reliable hardware it shouldn’t be a problem neither for casino owners nor the end users (you won’t experience any delays or bugs). Why it’s so important to understand that you are not the only one who is playing free slots online? Well, simply because all of the money is divided between different players. For example, it may happen that you make a deposit and first spin will give you someone’s hundred bucks. Let’s say some slot has RTP of 95% but you got lucky and right from the start managed to get the Free Spin bonus or whole reels of Wilds and Scatter symbols. You can leave the casino with hundreds if not thousands of dollars (depends on how big was your initial bet before the bonus launched since you can’t change the size of bet once the Free Spin round starts; how many Free Spins, Scatters and Wilds you actually got and how lucky you was during the bonus round itself) resting in your pockets.
There are many known cases when players with relatively small bets leave with multi-million jackpots on their account. By the way, jackpots are just another good reason why you should leave playing free slots after some time: while it may be fun thing to do it would be quite pity see that you got really lucky and won the big prize but you can’t get anything out of it since you were playing only the demo-version of the game. It might be a really frustrating experience after which one can start to beat himself up for not using the real money to play slots. Most likely you will say to yourself: damn, why didn’t I wager some real money in this slot? This also applies to the ones who are playing for real money but not using Max Bet option in Jackpot slots: it would be really sad to hit some jackpot and realize that you can’t get anything out of that couple million dollars worth prize simply because you haven’t pressed the Max Bet button once you started to spin the reels.
Summing it up, you should always check the slot’s RTP but you also shouldn’t forget that there are other players playing it as well and considering that winnings are divided between all of the casino clients it can be that you actually win someone’s dollars. And even if you won’t you can think of RTP as of the price that you pay in order to enjoy the game and have a chance of winning something. Next thing that is very similar to RTP is slot machine volatility. Volatility shows how often one can win the game. There are high, medium and low volatility games. Playing high volatility ones winnings will be more rare but they will be much more significant. If you choose this kind of slots you have to understand that it might take time before you actually make something out of it.
Make sure you have enough time to play it and what’s more important enough balance (because if you don’t have enough time to sit and wait there when slot actually will give you something you can simply put the Auto-mode on and go do your stuff – most of the slots in online casinos today have this feature; in some of them you can even adjust how long you want reels to be spun). Otherwise it would be sad to spend all of your deposit and not even get to see some bonuses. If budget is your main concern or you just hate to see a series of empty spins then you can try medium and low volatility games: there you will have way more wins but most of the times they will be smaller than in high volatility slots. You can find all the information about certain game’s RTP and volatility on the Information page of the slot that you would like to play.
There you will also see the information about the maximum possible win that you can get from this slot if you are lucky enough and all the features that it has. Most of today’s slots have Scatters, Wilds and Free Spin bonus that became kind of a standard feature for modern casino games. In some of the slot games you can even buy the features for money but you always should weigh the risks and potential reward before you do that.