Online slot games. Everything you need to know.

PlayNow offers many of the most popular online slot games. These are the same games you will find in some of the most famous casinos around the world. Whether you’re new to online slots or just looking to brush up on some of the basics, the information provided on this page will help make sure you have everything you need to know to jump into all the excitement, fun and winning that comes with playing online slot games.

How do online slot games work?

online slot games, like all slot machine games, operate randomly. This is due to a Random Number Generator (RNG) contained within the game’s software. This software cycles through millions of numbers continuously. The outcome of a spin is automatically determined by the RNG at the time you hit the spin button, making it impossible to predict in advance whether you’ll win or lose. The same random odds apply equally for each spin.

Each online slots game has a unique set of symbols (like a bar, cherries, or the number '7'). Some symbols may seem to show up only occasionally on the reel, while other symbols may appear frequently or more often. All online slot games have a virtual reel that determines whether you win or not. So, for example, even if you might see the same number of cherries and bars while the reel is spinning, the virtual wheel may actually contain twice as many cherries as bars.

Not all games play the same. Before playing any online slots game, it is important to read the game rules and paytable carefully before deciding if you want to play and, if so, what you should wager. Always give consideration to what cost per bet, game or spin you are comfortable with making.

Can you play slots online for free?

Virtually all of our online slot games provide a demo version that you can try for free. However, to play the demo, you will need to sign up for a PlayNow.com account. With so many online slot games to choose from, this will help you decide which ones you like best. The free demo is also a great way to learn how to play a specific game before you decide to wager real money. If you like the demo game you are playing and want to play it for real, just click the “Play for Real” button which will take you to the actual game.

Can you win real money with online slot games?

Yes, of course! To play online slot games for real money you will need to sign up for a PlayNow.com account. Registering for an account on PlayNow is safe, secure and easy. You’ll need to provide your name and contact information along with a valid credit card, which will be used only to verify your age and residency and will not be stored or charged unless you choose to do this. Once your account is set up, you can place bets with online slot games just like in a casino. Let the fun begin!

How much do you need to bet?

Probably the biggest decision you will need to make when playing online slot games is how much you want to bet on each spin. With online slot games, the bet you are placing is typically calculated as the number of lines you’re betting on multiplied by the bet per line, which equals the total wager. While most games will allow you to make a relatively small bet for each spin, you may find that you are missing out on winning by limiting the number of paylines you’re betting on. Conversely, you may also find that betting on too many paylines for each spin may limit the number of spins you can make while staying within your budget. Know your limit, play within it.

What are some of the basics of playing online slots?

Online slots. Just like playing in a real casino.

Almost all online slot games share the same, basic principle of spin and win. This gameplay is based on the traditional, casino-style slot machine. At the same time, each online slots game will have its own unique set of individual rules and characteristics. Before playing any new online slots game, you should become familiar with how the game works by trying the free demo version and having a close look at the game’s paytable.

What is a paytable?

Every online slots game has what’s called a paytable. Often a series of explanations, guides and charts, this is the information that describes how the game determines the winning combinations and the respective payouts. In some straightforward three reel slots, the paytable may be fairly simple. For more advanced online slot games, which have a variety of unique or special features, the paytable can be quite complex and span across a number of screens. In all cases, the paytable can be accessed from within the game and can be clicked on by the player at any time. In addition to showing the payline combinations, the paytable will also identify if there are any Wild and Scatter symbols for the slots game, though not all games will offer these features. The paytable may also outline any special features that are available. Each game will have a unique paytable. It’s always a good idea to try the free or demo version of the online slots game to learn how to play before placing a bet with real money.

What are paylines in online slot games?

A payline is the line on which a payout will be awarded based on the game’s winning combinations outlined in the paytable. On some games, the paylines are simple and run straight across the reels. With many online slot games, however, the paylines may be vertical, horizontal, diagonal or make a zig-zag shape across the reels. There may even be multiple, crisscrossing zig-zags that result from a single spin. There will be a varying numbers of paylines available depending on the specific online slots game you’re playing. Some games have a fixed number of paylines, while other online slot games allow you to select the number of paylines you’d like to bet on. It’s important to understand that you can only win payouts on lines that you bet on. If you only bet on 10 of 20 paylines, for example, and the winning combination falls on a line that you didn’t bet on, you don’t win.

To learn more about possible wins and payouts, click the link to the online slots game paytable for the specific game, which will explain the paylines, payout odds, winning combos, and more.

What are multipliers?

Multipliers are used in different contexts for different games. In some online slots, you may win multipliers through gameplay. In other online slot games, you may have the option to choose a multiplier on the bet you are wagering. This means you can multiply any winnings, but it will also multiply the cost to wager by the same number. To learn more about possible wins and payouts for each specific game, click the link to the online slots game paytable, which will explain the paylines, payout odds, winning combos, and more.

What is a Free Spin?

A Free Spin is a spin where you don’t have to pay to spin. While all online slot games are unique, usually there is some winning combination that generates a predetermined number of Free Spins, which may occur on a different set of reels than standard gameplay. Most often, your Free Spins are played at the same line bet and the same number of paylines as the triggering spin. Many games also allow you to potentially win additional Free Spins during the Free Spins that you’ve already been awarded. For example, if the online slots game you’re playing gives you 10 Free Spins, you are allowed to spin the reels ten times without paying and anything you win, you win. Best of all, you might even win additional Free Spins.

Some examples of online slots that feature Free Spins include:

What is a progressive jackpot?

What could possibly make your online slots gaming experience even better? Adding a progressive jackpot to the game! A progressive jackpot is a casino-style jackpot which increases each time the game is played, but the jackpot is not won. When the progressive jackpot is won, the jackpot for the next play is reset to a predetermined value, then resumes increasing with each play. Some games even feature a progressive jackpot network that’s linked across multiple games and Canadian jurisdictions. This means that every bet you place on these online slot games gives you the chance to win the progressive, and often very large, jackpot. Some of these games also allow you to increase the odds of winning the jackpot proportional to the actual amount you bet. This means the higher your bet, the better your odds are of winning the progressive jackpot.

What are some examples of online slot games which feature a progressive jackpot?

PlayNow has many online slots that feature a progressive jackpot. Several of these online slot games feature progressive jackpots that are linked across multiple games and Canadian jurisdictions, such as MegaJackpots.

Some of our most popular progressive jackpot games include:

What are the most popular online slot games?

There are many online slots available to play. There’s a slots game that will appeal to virtually everyone. Finding your favourites will be an exciting, fun-filled journey of exploration. If you’re looking for somewhere to start, you might want to try some of our most popular online slot games.

Some of our most popular online slot games are the Wheel of Fortune family of games that include:

Which online slots give you the best chance to win?

One of the most confusing and misunderstood concepts in gambling is the odds. It's important to remember that online slots operate randomly, no matter how many wins or losses have occurred in the past. In other words, the result of your last game has no bearing on the result of your next game. Online slot games come in many varieties, each with different jackpots and different outcome possibilities. Odds of winning smaller prizes are much greater than the odds of winning the top prize. While payback can be unpredictable in the short term, most online slot games pay back over 90% of the money wagered in the long term. To find out more information about the odds and the probability of winning, please visit GameSense.ca

The top 4 online slots on PlayNow.com, by popularity, are:

Why is PlayNow the best place to play online slot games?

Safe and secure online slots.

PlayNow delivers a safe and secure online slots playing experience. We are committed to player protection and game integrity. BCLC understands how important information security and privacy are to you and we are committed to helping you keep your PlayNow.com experience secure and private. We use state-of-the-art technology and follow numerous security procedures to protect the information contained in your PlayNow.com account. All players must be 19 years of age or older to play.

The following are some of the ways that BCLC helps to provide a secure environment to enjoy online slot games:

Secure Firewalls. Secure firewalls help prevent unauthorized access to our internal systems. BCLC's internet firewalls are designed to securely separate the Internet from our internal computer systems and databases. While playing online slots, data coming from a player's computer via the internet flow through a series of safety checkpoints on the way to our internal systems so that only authorized messages and transactions can enter our computer systems.

Log in Protection. To ensure the integrity of our system and the safety of your information, BCLC uses several layers of robust security mechanisms, technologies and processes. When you create a PlayNow.com account to play online slots, you are asked to provide two (2) Personal Verification Questions. These questions are used to issue a new password online (in the event you forget your original password). Personal Verification Questions are unique to each customer and are not accessible to anyone else. Caution must be exercised when setting up Personal Verification Questions. You must always keep your questions private and avoid using answers that are easily guessed.

Cookies. A cookie is a small file containing certain pieces of information that a website creates when you visit the site. BCLC will use cookies for purposes that are beneficial to our PlayNow.com account holders who play online slot games. Cookies are always encrypted. This means that the information contained inside the cookie file is scrambled and can only be decoded and read by BCLC.

In order to create a PlayNow.com account and play online slots on PlayNow.com, your browser must be set to accept cookies. If you are concerned about having your browser enabled to accept cookies while you are surfing other websites, we recommend that you enable your browser to notify you when it is receiving a cookie, so that you can accept or reject any cookie presented by the web server you are visiting. For more information on how to do this, we suggest you use the "help" options offered on your computer itself, or contact the manufacturer of your browser or your Internet Service Provider.

Secure Browsing through Encryption. The use of Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption is used for all PlayNow.com sessions, online slot games or whenever personal information is requested of you. Encryption encodes the information that flows between your computer and our computer systems making it difficult for unauthorized individuals to intercept, read or alter your online communications and PlayNow.com transactions.

We require that your browser support 128-bit encryption when you access our slot games. If your browser does not support 128-bit encryption, you will likely receive an error message when you attempt to sign in to PlayNow.com.

How can you help with security when playing online slots?

You play an important role in safeguarding your personal information when playing online slot games. You can maximize the security of your online activities by following safe computing practices:

Sign out. Make sure that you sign out and close your internet browser at the end of each online slots gaming session on PlayNow.com

Password Protection. When playing slots, be sure to keep your PlayNow.com account password and personal verification questions (and answers) confidential. Make sure to create a different password for each online account you hold. Create a more secure password by using a combination of letters and numbers. Change your password often. Don't share your password with anyone and ensure password auto-save is switched off.

Secure Pages. Check for the secure symbol on your browser before playing online slots. The symbol will look like a key or a padlock and will appear either on the very bottom of your browser or in the address bar. You can also check the login page you are visiting is legitimate by confirming the website address is correct in the address bar. For example, the PlayNow.com secure site will always have the following root contained in the URL structure: https://www.playnow.com/

Online slot games help give back to BC.

The Province of B.C. founded BCLC over 30 years ago with the purpose of giving back to British Columbia and helping communities grow. PlayNow.com is part of this same corporation which oversees BC Casinos and Lottery in your local retailers. This means that revenue generated through PlayNow.com is invested in the province to support programs and services from health care and education to social services and infrastructure projects. When you play with BCLC, you Play It Forward.

Know your limit, play within it.

Online slots are supposed to be fun. In order to keep gambling fun and safe, it’s important to gamble only with the money you can afford to lose. You can use your PlayNow account activity to monitor how much you’re spending. PlayNow also provides budget tools to help you set your limits.

It’s also important to budget the amount of time you spend playing online slot games. Gambling is a form of entertainment, and like other entertainment offerings, it can provide a fun escape. But whereas a movie has a definitive end, gambling can be available 24/7. It’s up to you to determine how much time you can afford to spend gambling and to stick to your time limit.

Here are some practical tips on how to stick to your time limit:

  • Set the timer on your phone and take a break when it goes off.
  • Ask a friend to call you at a certain time. When the phone rings, you know someone is expecting to talk to you, not your voicemail.

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