In the Bitcoin casino world, nothing can compete with slots when it comes to speed, excitement, bonuses and ways to win. Through a combination of variety, personality, ease and accessibility, Bitcoin slots have not only become the most popular games online but the most numerous too.
Put simply, Bitcoin slot games offer action, options and everything else in between and, here at Slots.io, we've got all the latest and greatest games on the market. Naturally, with Bitcoin being our "thing", every virtual spinner we offer is backed by the security and efficiency of the world's leading cryptocurrency. But that's not our focus today. Sure, betting with Bitcoin is better and if you check out some of our other blog posts you'll find out why that's true.
Today, though, we're going to focus on the humble Bitcoin slot and why it appeals to so many players and so many levels. So, if you're ready to roll, strap yourself in as we take you on a whirlwind spin through the world of Bitcoin slot machines.
The first thing you need to know about any Bitcoin slots is that they aren't all created equal. Yes, under the hood, they mostly do the same thing and the aim of the game is always the same (to match certain symbols), but the route to victory is different across different games.
In general, Bitcoin slots come in the following formats:
3-Reel: A classic format that used to be common in live casinos and pubs around the world, these games have three reels and between one and five winlines.
5-Reel: These games have five reels in play and usually offer between 10 and 50 winlines or a 243 "ways to win" structure.
Special Slots: You can sometimes find online slots that have more than five reels. Although uncommon, there are games such as Temple of Luxor that have 10 reels and 100 winlines.
In addition to the three main formats, each Bitcoin slot we offer will have its own "style". Now, we don't mean "style" as in fashion sense - although many of our slots are quite stylish too - what we mean is a style of play. Because slots are so varied, developers such as NetEnt, GameArt and Betsoft are able to create games that tap into a certain way of playing that will appeal to certain players.
For example, some players might be more interested in entertainment and visuals, while others just want to win as much money as possible. To ensure everyone has a chance to play in a way that suits them, you'll find that our lobby offers the following style of games:
Video Slots: These are by far the most entertaining Bitcoin slots we offer. As the name suggests, these games have a heavy focus on "video" elements. In practical terms, this means lots of animations, HD graphics, movie/TV sequences, soundtracks and everything else that makes the game come to life.
Classic Slots: Typically using the 3-reel format, classic slots sit somewhere between entertainment and money making. Although the jackpots aren't usually the largest around, classic slots do offer some large prizes as well as a dash of colour. In fact, because these games often feature "classic" images from the slots world – fruit, bars, sevens etc – they stir up feelings of nostalgia and that makes them a lot more fun to play.
Jackpot Slots: Otherwise known as Bitcoin slot royalty, jackpot games are all about the money. This doesn't mean they aren't entertaining or filled with interesting features, because they are. However, the true focus of these games is prize money. The reason players love jackpot slot machines is because they allow you to turn a small stake into a ginormous prize.
This is possible thanks to each game's "progressive jackpot" structure. What this means in simple terms is that the top prize is always increasing until someone wins it. At this point, the money resets and the process starts all over again.
To ensure the jackpot is always growing, a small percentage of each player's bet is taken and added to a communal prizepool. This communal prizepool is where the jackpot comes from and, because thousands of players are adding to it every day, it can grow to epic proportions.
Once you've got you head around the various formats and playing styles out there, the next thing you need to know about is how to set the reels in motion. Although Bitcoin slots are fairly easy to understand, there are a few things you'll want to know before you start.
The most important thing to note is that some games allow you to adjust more variables than others. For example, one Bitcoin slot might give you the option to adjust the number of winlines in play, while another won't. Because of this, you'll have to familiarise yourself with a particular game before you actually play for real and the best way to do this is by using our practice games.
When you scroll through the Slots.io lobby, you'll have the option to play for real or virtual money. If you choose the latter, you'll get full functionality without the cost. From here, you can size up the particulars of a game and take note of the following variables:
Lines = Each Bitcoin slot will have a certain number of winlines. Depending on the game, this number can range from 1 to 100+ and you may have the option to adjust the number in play.
Coin Size/Value = This variable relates to the size of bet you're making per line. For example, if you set the coin size/value to 0.10 mBTC and there were 10 winlines in play, you'd be staking 0.10 mBTC per line for a total cost of 1 mBTC.
Coins = Some Bitcoin slots will allow you to bet more than one coin per line. So, if we take the above example, you could use same conditions but choose to bet three coins per line. This would take your overall stake to 3 mBTC, because 0.10 mBTC (coin size) x 3 (coins) = 0.30 mBTC x 10 (lines) = 3 mBTC.
Before we send you off to explore the hundreds of Bitcoin slot games we've got on offer, let's finish with a quick summary of why you should take a spin. As you can see from our Bitcoin slots guide, these games are extremely varied and, more importantly, designed to suit all playing styles. Regardless of whether you're looking for entertainment, money, multiple ways to win or a simple set of betting options, slots online can deliver.
What's more, you really don't have to spend a lot to win a fortune. Thanks to progressive jackpots, fixed payouts and bonus symbols that will multiply your prizes and turn blank symbols into winners, everyone can get some value from these games.
Finally, and this is perhaps the main reason to play, Bitcoin slots are simple and speedy. Getting to grips with a game's betting structure will take minutes and a single spin takes less than a second. This means you can play more and, in theory, win more. Overall, when it comes to a complete betting experience, the humble Bitcoin slot really is the best option for everyone.