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Slot machines are some of the simplest, most popular games in any casino. Though the basic principle of slots is the same across the board, variations abound in terms of machinery, ornament and programming. Bonus Slots are one of the most interesting variations.

As opposed to 3 reel or 5 reel slots, the term “Bonus Slots” does not refer to a specific type of hardware. The machine itself can have any number of reels. Instead, it refers to a slot machine that offers freebies, usually free games. However, these freebies are not accessible to just anyone. They are “triggered” if you get certain spin results. These triggers tend to differ from one casino to another, and sometimes even from one machine to another. Be advised that the number of free games you win will usually be very small, not exceeding ten or even five. Therefore, it might not be cost-effective to keep playing in the hopes of winning many free games. Think of the free games as a small, pleasant surprise, instead of a spectacular treasure to be deliberately sought out.

Bonus Slots can be played on different types of machines. Slot machines with “real” reels may have a certain retro, whimsical charm. However, there is really no difference between the virtual reels on a video slot machine and the reels on a traditional machine, as far as practicalities are concerned. Either way, you still have the same chances of winning. These machines can also have different types of pictures. There are the more old-fashioned, “classic” fruit machines with pictures of bananas, bunches of grapes, etc.

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Bonus slots can be played on either single-line or multi-line slot machines. Single-line slot machines are the familiar, traditional type of machine in which the result is comprised of only a single horizontal row of pictures—which hopefully match or yield some other winning combination. Multi-line machines have results comprised of multiple rows, usually three. They also usually have five reels, while single-line machines can have five or three. Winning combinations are judged not only by the pictures in a single row, but may also include columns or diagonal lines. Bonus Slots are much more exciting on such machines because of the wider variety of possible winning combinations. The novelty represented by multi-line machines also stops the slot machine experience from becoming too monotonous. In fact, you might have even more fun switching from one type of machine to the other (large casinos often offer a wide variety of machines, so you can choose among different types of hardware).

There are also different types of payout systems. The most exciting one is probably Progressive Slots, which are so named because of the progressive jackpot that you get if the reels yield a very specific winning combination (other winning combinations get you an “ordinary,” smaller prize of a set amount or payout scheme.) A progressive jackpot is one that gets larger and larger as it is “fed” by the money from players in the casino. The longer the time since the previous person has won and more-or-less emptied the pot, the larger the jackpot will be. In some casinos, the jackpots are especially large because the slot machines are connected in a jackpot network. This means that money from all the slot machines goes into a common pool, thus creating one giant pot. Under such conditions, the bonus feature is especially beneficial because it gives you more chances to win a huge jackpot. Be sure to ask the casino staff about the slot machines on offer, if the information on display is insufficiently detailed.

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There are other types of bonuses on offer. For example, a combination of certain pictures other than the usual “win” combination of matching pictures might give you a small prize. However, it may be argued that such games are only regular slots under another name. The most common meaning for Bonus Slots is still the one concerning free games. Even so, the results tend to be the same, whether the bonus comes in the form of tokens or free games, since many players tend to put smaller prizes back into the machine. The widespread notion that slot machines are highly addictive is based on fact.

To speak further of the variety on offer, we must also discuss the games offered online. There are some online versions of Bonus Slots that purport to be completely free, while at the same time offering large, progressive jackpots. However, these types of “free” slot machine games are rarely affiliated with the more popular, well-known online casinos. More often, they are offered as stand-alone games on much smaller websites. As such, their trustworthiness is open to question. Many Internet users have justifiable suspicions about the authenticity of the jackpots, and also the possibility that the websites act as a launching-pad for viruses, spyware and malware. Though it may be tempting to download a slots game that is totally free, do think hard about the risks before you do so. Not only might you be wasting time or disk space chasing an opportunity that might not exist, but you may also be opening the door to harmful programs that might wreck your computer or steal your identity. Always do some digging if you are thinking of playing at an online casino or other gaming website—especially if real money is involved.

In short, the term “Bonus Slots” can have a rather wide range of meanings. It can refer to casino slot-machines that offer small freebies, which are usually extra games. The term is sometimes used to indicate the supposedly free games offered online. Though the latter might seem more tempting, the former is much more reliable. Though the free games offered by Bonus Slot machines might seem like small compensation for the dozens or even hundreds of coins you have spent on the machine over time, they may present a good opportunity, especially when combined with other fun features such as large progressive jackpots. If you haven’t already, give Bonus Slots a try. Cha-ching!

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