While the new casinos of Macau and Singapore bring-in players from surrounding Asian countries, many online gamers are finding a large selection of slot machines are available for their own enjoyment right from the comfort of their homes. China alone has more than 250 million online gamers, although most are involved with games like League of Legends and Crossfire, but some enthusiasts of these types of games are now turning to online casinos as a source of entertainment. With more and more jurisdictions allowing online casino play, new players have learned that games like online baccarat and Sic-Bo can be enjoyed for free, and also played for money.
Players show a huge preference for 3D graphics, and software manufacturers have been hard at work producing new casino-style table games for online use, but the most popular of all new games are slot machines that offer visually stunning graphics, especially on Asian-themed games with bonus screens that pay-off both visually, and financially.
Favorite slot machines at online casinos include Untamed Giant Panda, Bangkok Nights, Choy Sun Doa and Sushi Bar.
Online slots come in many different forms such as the 4 Asian favourites pictured above
How to Play Online Slot Machines
Online game players will find that casino games, especially slot machines, are quite easy to play, especially for free, or under “practice” mode. However, new players may find their first trip to an online gaming site to be just a tad frustrating, as most require an account be set up. A new player account will most likely need an email address, user name, password, and a small download of the gaming software, although instant play games are now offered at many sites.
In addition, if you wish to play for money, the account process will include providing additional information from credit/debit card numbers to actual bank account details and deposit/withdrawal options. Cashing out any money from an online account will also take some patience – and most likely more information like a current street address with a faxed or emailed copy of a utility bill. You’ll be able to play very quickly, but expect the withdrawal process to take more than a few days.
Once an account is set up, you’ll have free-reign to play the many varieties of games. At some online casinos you’ll have to transfer funds from your account at the cashier to the “slot games.” You may also need to choose an amount, either all your cash, or a specific amount for use on the slot you choose. Be careful, because while the slots are fun, they are also fast. A game that costs 5 centavos in the Philippines or a New Taiwanese Dollar can be played more than ten-times per minute. That’s a lot of gambling in a short amount of time.
In addition, most popular slot machines offer a number of pay lines. Unlike the old single-line slots, or fruit machines, today’s machines pay on many lines, sometimes up to 50! Covering every line with a wager can be very expensive. With this in mind, choose a low-denomination to start, and see how many credits it takes to cover the lines you want, especially if the machine has a bonus screen.
Use your mouse or tracker to choose the number of lines, wager amount, and total bet for each slot machine you play. Then track your results on the screen.
The Bonus Screen
A popular game like Geisha Wonders offers a bonus screen that can only be reached when a certain combination of symbols is seen on the pay lines, and only if those lines are played. Click on “game rules” to make sure you have all the lines played necessary for any bonus or bonus screen play.
Playing a bonus game without enough credits or lines played will significantly increase the house edge (which is typically about 90% for online slots). The bonus screen offers a guaranteed jackpot amount with a chance to win the largest possible jackpot!
Other popular games like Sugar Pop (based loosely on the wildly popular Candy Crush) also require multiple wagers. When the game is set on a bet of 10, covering all lines at maximum wager costs 250 credits per play! In addition, this new style game is more like a video game than a slot machine. Although new “levels” are achieved with play, the payoffs are not based on old-fashioned symbols of fruit or bars. On the other hand, Sugar Pop does provide a much longer play per winning spin than an average slot machine.
Many slots also offer Free Spins, and the number of spins won is based on the total number of credits bet each spin. A popular example is Sushi Bar, where a single line may be played for one credit, but the game offers a total of 25 lines. These can be played for up to 5-credits each, requiring a total bet of 125 at maximum. With a maximum wager and win, 45 free games are awarded (when three or more “fan” symbols appear on the pay lines).
Don’t forget that new and returning online players can qualify for cash/credit bonuses. Read all of the applicable rules for any cash bonus before playing!