Pay Tables

On an online slot machine the “Pay Table” is where you can find information about the game. This includes everything you need to know about the symbols and their returns, as well as the bonus features, the jackpot and all of the payline information.


Most Payables will include a page that displays a visual representation of all of the paylines. This is very rarely of interest to the casual player, and it doesn’t really tell you anything that you need to know. However, it is worth paying attention to the number of paylines available, and making sure you play all of them. That is because the game’s RTP is based on all paylines being played, and if you decrease the number of lines you play, then you’ll decrease your chances of winning.

The common setup on modern slots is 5 reels and 25 paylines. On older slots single paylines were common, but whilst that layout remains on “retro” games, it’s no longer the norm. On Microgaming, 1024 paylines, listed as “ways to win”, are also very common, and there are slots that go even higher than this. Dolphin Coast, for instance, has more than 3,000 paylines.


How much of a return you get from a slot will depend on how much the symbols payout. You can find all the info you need on the Pay Table, listed from the highest paying symbols to the lowest paying ones. The wild often returns the most amount, but this isn’t always the case. Although listed as a number, the payouts are not in monetary amounts. This confuses many players who assume that a payout of 1,000 translates to $1,000. In fact, this often relates to your stake per line, with 1,000 translating as 1,000x your line bet. In other words, if there are 20 paylines and you stake $10 per spin, or $0.50 per line, then 1,000 will return $500.

If you see smaller numbers on the highest paying symbols, this often means that the payout is a multiplication of your total stake, as opposed to your line bet. This isn’t always the case though, so it’s worth seeking out the small print. Although it might be hard to spot initially, this info is listed on all Pay Tables, and can often be found hidden away on the same page as the highest payouts.

Bonus Features

Some features, especially on modern creations, are a little complicated and confusing at first. This is especially the case with interactive bonus rounds such as the one on Beehive Bedlam Reactors. Therefore, it pays to study the Payable information in advance, making sure you know how the bonus feature works and that you’re ready for it when it is eventually triggered. In the case of free spin features and instant wins, they are often self-explanatory and/or automatic, so this is not necessary, but it is becoming increasingly so as this industry advances and players seek more immersive, complicated and interactive features.