Almost half of the UK are into gambling. And the number of people moving online to gamble is forever growing. Online slots are one of the most popular gambling methods around. However, if you’re a beginner, there are one or two things you should know before you start to spin those reels.

The most reputable new casinos, from the biggest developers, often have the best online slots. And many developers offer newcomers exclusive deals in order to help boost their slot portfolio.

You may feel a little overwhelmed if you’re new to the online casino slots due to the sheer variety on offer. There are slots with three reels, five reels and some with as many as 1,024 paylines. There are also a whole range of different themes from the Titanic to Ancient Egypt to King Kong.

That said, regardless of the theme of the slot you choose to play, they all work in more or less the same way. If you’re a little unsure, many developers offer free-play versions so you are able to try before you commit to spending money.

Before you start playing, it’s advisable to look for the pay-table. This will this provide all of the information you need about the game you want to play. It includes various payouts, different winning combinations, different symbols explained and details of any bonus rounds.

Each reel of the slot you have picked will have upwards of 20-25 symbols on each, all relating to the slot’s theme. The object of the game is to spin the reels and land winning combinations of the symbols once they have finished spinning. Owed to the number of symbols on the reels and the large number of paylines, there are hundreds of thousands of possible combinations to hit. Once you’re feeling a little confident, you can look for the button labelled ‘skill stop’. This allows you to bring the reels to a halt yourself.

When you are ready to start playing, the size of your bet and number of paylines you wish to play should be set. Lower variance slots are ideal for beginners. These allow you to bet as little £0.01 per line, though for any high rollers out there, there are slots that allow you to bet much, much more.

After choosing how much you are betting per line, it’s time to decide how many coins you want to bet on a particular line. Generally, you are able to bet between one and ten coins per line. You also need to choose how many combinations of symbols across the reels you would like to play. Often, you can bet on just one payline or the maximum available.

For example, if there is an online slot with 20 paylines and betting that ranges from £0.01 to £1.00 per coin, the slot will allow you to bet up to ten coins per line meaning you can play one coin at £0.01 on one payline. This would mean that your bet per coin is just £0.01. Or if you consider yourself a high roller, you could opt for the maximum. This would be £1.00 a coin, ten coins per line and the maximum of 20 paylines making your total stake per spin £200.

That said, some developers do offer slots with fixed paylines. This means that you have no choice in how few or how many paylines you get to play. They are less flexible but that said, they can potentially lead to higher cash outlays over time. Hopefully giving you a better chance of hitting more winning combinations.