How to play slots – a guide to getting started

Here at Rainbow Riches Casino, we have a whole world of dazzling online slot titles available to discover, featuring individual winning symbols and combinations that will unlock a variety of treasures.

For players wondering how an online slot machine works, tips for improving your online experience or the best slots to try at Rainbow Riches Casino, check out our helpful guide designed to boost your slot experience!

How do slots work?

Video slot machines work in a very similar way to their physical counterparts, with many featuring three to five reels that spin to reveal a range of symbols. Winnings are calculated from the positions of the symbols when the reels stop spinning.

To determine the results of a spin, licensed casino game providers use a Random Number Generator (RNG) software that creates random sequences every millisecond. The exact process of a spin is as follows:

  • Player presses SPIN.

  • The number created by the RNG at the point of pressing SPIN is inputted into the game’s software to determine the winning combinations.

  • The reels stop spinning.

  • The outcome of the spin is evaluated against the RNG results and the player is notified.

By using RNG software, casino game providers can guarantee fairness on every spin. The odds of winning a slot will never change due to previous spins, so consecutive wins can occur.

Paylines and symbols

When each reel stops spinning, the symbols displayed can form various winning combinations. A payline is the line that connects each winning combination, and there can be multiple in a game!

A classic payline is formed of matching winning symbols landing adjacent to each other, from left to right across the reels. However, a payline can also form a zigzag across the reels.

Special symbols also play a big part in creating wins in slot machines. Keep an eye out for Wild symbols, Scatter symbols and Bonus symbols, as these could land big wins and trigger thrilling bonus features for added charm.

What is an RTP rate?

When browsing different slots online to play, you are bound to spot ‘RTP’. ‘RTP’ stands for ‘Return To Player’ and is used to explain the expected amount that is paid out to players relative to the amount of wagering on a game.

For example, if the RTP of a game is 87% then we will, on average, pay out £87.00 of wins if we take £100 of wagers. For games that offer a jackpot, the RTP will also display another percentage to explain the jackpot contribution.

To put it simply, the higher the RTP, the greater the return on a wager! To find a game’s RTP, take a peek at the game’s information page.

How to play slots online

Slots are possibly the easiest games to play at an online casino. Simply choose their wager, press SPIN and let the software evaluate any winning combinations achieved once the reels stop spinning.

Each of our slots offer in-depth information on the game objective, rules, and symbol definitions, so you can find out all you need to know before you play.

In addition, our demo mode offers a marvellous opportunity to gain some practical experience before wagering. Hover over a game tile on-screen and select DEMO MODE to try the game for free. Demo mode is available across all our slots, so you can try as many as you like!

To discover the charm of slots online, sign up to become a member of Rainbow Riches Casino and you’ll gain entrance to a world of more than 150 splendid titles available to enjoy.

Slingo explained

For a slot experience with a twist, give our selection of Slingo games a try! Slingo combines a traditional slot machine with popular 75-ball bingo characteristics to create an innovative slot game full of wonder.

Each Slingo slot features a 5x5 grid and a set of reels that spin. The aim of the game is to spin the reels to reveal numbers that can be found on your grid. Mark off an entire line of numbers to achieve a ‘Slingo’! Slingos can be created in any direction - just like in bingo.

Megaways™ mechanic

Megaways games work just like traditional slots, however, unlike traditional slot machines which have a fixed number of paylines, the Megaways random reel modifier changes the number of paylines available on every spin.

The Megaways random reel modifier works by changing the number of symbol positions on each reel. The more symbols there are on a reel, the more paylines available. The exact formula for calculating the number of paylines available is: Number of reels X Number of symbols per reel.

Most Megaways titles will feature between six reels with between two and seven symbols on each reel to create up to 117,649 spectacular paylines!

Jackpot slots

Enjoy an extra thrill with our selection of slots that offer the chance to win superb jackpots. Jackpot slots feature the regular slot game, with the addition of a jackpot feature.

Jackpots are typically funded by a seed provided by the casino and contributions from each player’s wager spent on jackpot titles. There are two types of jackpot slots available to play at Rainbow Riches Casino, each provided by a different developer.

Our Daily Double Jackpot slots, provided by Red Tiger, feature three progressive jackpots: Early Drop, Late Drop and Quick Drop. You can also find a series of Jackpot King games, which are provided by Blueprint. There are three jackpots available to be won in each Jackpot King title: Royal, Regal and Jackpot King.

To be in with a chance of scooping a jackpot, pick one of the jackpot titles to play and land the relevant symbols or trigger the jackpot bonus feature as specified in the game information page.

Penny slot games

Penny slot games are incredibly popular, both in physical casinos and online, due to the ability to wager from just one penny.

Although the wager may be small, it is still possible to win big on a penny slot. Apart from the wonderfully low minimum bet requirements, penny slots work just like a regular slot machine - so you’ll be right at home if you understand how to play a regular slot!

To find out how to play a penny slot, take a look at the game information page or play for free in demo mode.

Slot tips

For an online slot experience full of charm, we’ve pulled together a few tips to help you make the most of your slot experience:

  • Look for a higher RTP - the higher the RTP rate of a game, the better the statistical value. If you are looking for the best odds, it’s a good idea to choose a slot with a higher RTP.

  • Set your limits - decide your budget before you start spinning and remember to stop playing or lower your wagers when you start approaching your limit.

  • Read the rules - check out the game information page where you can find the rules and paytable. Each slot has its own paytable, which explains what each symbol means and the best ones to look out for!

  • Practise for free - make the most of demo mode and practise a slot for free. Demo mode is available for all members of Rainbow Riches Casino who have successfully completed the sign-up process and offers a splendid opportunity to experience a slot before wagering.

  • Keep an eye out for the latest promotion - available for eligible members, we offer a variety of promotions across different games that offer a chance to win dazzling prizes!

What are the best slots to play at Rainbow Riches Casino?

From the latest jackpot games to casino classics, we have plenty of marvellous slot machines to pick from that can appeal to all kinds of players. For players who are looking for the best statistical value, then we recommend looking at the RTP rate on each game page.

Some of our slots with the highest RTP are: