Online Slots Glossary

Slots can introduce a new player to many terms that they may be unfamiliar and confusing. This helpful glossary aims to demystify some of the lingo used in the ever popular online slots games and make it more accessible to new players.

Bonus Feature

A combination that creates additional features on bonus slot games. These are usually in the form of free spins.

Bonus Multiplier

Payouts that increase the payout structure based on additional coins being bet.


Buy-your-play are some of the more complicated slot games. They offer bonuses for betting increasing numbers of coins, usually the best being for betting the maximum amount of coins allowed.

Coin Size

The denomination of coins used to play an online slots game, such as dimes or quarters.


A hit is a win in a slot game.

Loose Slots

Loose slots are the term for an online slots game that happens to be paying out at more than the normal rate.

Max Bet

The max bet is, shockingly, the maximum amount that one can bet at one time in an online slots game.


Onesies is a slang term given to a slots player that bets one coin at a time.

Progressive Jackpot

A progressive jackpot increasing with every spin made in the slots game, or in a series of games. The jackpots in these games are typically extraordinarily high.


The payline refers to the paths that winning combinations must appear along in an online slots game to win.


The payout is the prize for any given online slots win.

Payout percentage

The payout percentage is the amount of money that an online slots game will pay back to its players over time.

Pay table

The pay table is the slots game’s prize chart or legend, describing how any wins will occur.

Random number generator

The random number generator, or RNG, is a computer program used by slots to select when a win occurs and keeps the game fair and truly random.


Reels are the spinning wheels in physical slot machines, now represented virtually in online slots.

Static jackpot.

A static jackpot is a prize structure that isn’t affected by the number of coins bet. The ratio of payout to bet stays the same.

Staggered payout.

Staggered payouts increase in proportion to the bets being made by players.


Symbols are the pictures depicted on the reels that decide when wins occur.

Tight slots

Tight slots refer to online slots games that are not paying out as often as others.

Video slots

Video slots is simply another name for online slots, being a slot machine that utilizes a screen instead of physical reels to determine wins.

Winning combinations

Winning combinations are any symbol combinations resulting in a win in an online slots game.


Any symbol that can take the place of any other symbol is known as wild.


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