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Slots Symbols, Meanings, and Payouts | Casino Room

Slots symbols showing on reels of an online slot game on a smart phone.

Slot games are popular because they are easy to play. All you have to do is click the spin button and hope for a winning combination. One of the key features is that slots have different symbols on them. When you spin, a new grid will appear with a different arrangement of other symbols, which can give you a payout and trigger special features that might help you get even more chances to win some real money!

The main categories of Slot Machine Symbols

Casino slots symbols can be divided into two categories: standard, or traditional symbols that only give payouts and special symbols that trigger bonus effects. There are symbols you should know about such as wilds, scatters, multipliers, and more. Find out more about how they work below.

Standard Slot Machine Symbols

Most of the modern slots symbols are called ‘standard symbols’. They give you money if you land them in the right place. The size of your winnings depends on several things: how much money you bet, the symbol that you got, and how many symbols there were.

A slot’s standard symbols are usually designed to fit the theme. If it is an underwater-themed slot, for example, the icons might all depict various fish. But lots of slots have low paying symbols that are generic and include card ranks and suits (e.g., A, K, Q and J). The reason many slots have these particular symbols is that they’re inspired by the first slot machine from back in the day which used cards as their symbols too.

Wild Slots Symbols

Wilds are useful because they can help you win. Wilds can take the place of any symbol on the slot machine. Let’s say that there is a diamond that is worth the most in that game. You get four diamonds and one wild on the payline, but wild is like a diamond so you win with five diamonds instead of four even though there were only four symbols on the line.

Wilds on most slots do not normally payout for themselves. But some slots have wild symbols that payout just like regular icons. Wilds sometimes have special effects too. For example, expanding wilds will fill up an entire reel when you hit them with a spin of the wheel. These can expand both vertically and horizontally too! Wandering wilds often appear in bonus rounds and move around the reels every time you spin the wheel.

A sticky wild stays on the reel for a set amount of time. They are locked in place until something happens. Stacked wilds are stacked on top of each other more than one row high. These can greatly increase your chances of winning because then you have full reels that are all stacked wilds.

Scatter Symbols

The scatter symbol is a special type of symbol that can trigger free spins. Usually, if you get three or more scatters on the slot, you get some free rounds. In some slots you get a set number of rounds; others give more free rounds depending on how many scatter symbols there are. The scatter symbols do not need to be in lines to count; they only need to be on the slot’s grid. So long as there are enough scatters, you will get paid.

Symbols on the slot machine are like playing cards. They give you prizes that are multiples of your bet per line. Scatters give you prizes that are multiples of your total bet. It is not uncommon for scatters to offer the highest payouts on a slot machine game.

Multiplying Symbols or ‘Multipliers.’

Multipliers are symbols that can multiply the amount of money you win. If you get a wild with a multiplier symbol on it or ‘multiplier wilds’, your winnings will be multiplied. Sometimes multipliers are a wild symbol that just needs to appear anywhere in the grid when you win to multiply your prizes.

If you get two multipliers, they are combined, and then your winnings are multiplied by the new number. For example, if you get x2 and x3, your winnings will be multiplied by 6.

Bonus Slots Symbols

A bonus symbol can trigger a special feature, or bonus features such as a pick-me game, or bonus games where you can win cash prizes. You need a certain number of them on the screen to trigger a bonus game, but they don’t usually pay out wins on their own.