Beginner gamblers or occasional casino visitors often flock to slot machines. Why? Primarily because they’re easy to play. If you’re new to a local casino or you’re an inexperienced player, joining in on a high-stakes poker game or even a lower-stakes craps game can be intimidating, so plenty of players stick to the slots, which usually don’t require any special knowledge or skills and which are (compared to table games) fairly cheap to play.
With the advent and growing popularity of online gaming, online slots are also becoming a fast and accessible way for novice gamblers—or anyone who enjoys the slots—to play, sometimes with site-produced currency like points and sometimes with real-world currency.
In order to compete with physical gambling, lots of online gambling platforms have virtual versions of popular slot machines, so some slot machines included on this list will be virtual.
According to Sun International, the most popular slot machines are Roulette Bet Stacking, Triple Stars, Triple Lucky 7s, and Diamond Eyes.
Roulette Bet Stacking works the same way real-life roulette does—players bet on a number or a range of numbers, and where the “ball falls” is based on a randomized computer system. Roulette Bet Stacking is listed as one of the most popular real-life casino games, and it’s also the most popular online slots game.
Triple Stars is the game most players are probably familiar with—it’s the standard three-window slot machine, where each spin gets a player a turning of each of the wheels. Match up the lucky stars, and you win! Players can also match any three sevens, any two numbers, and so on.
Triple Lucky Sevens is close to Triple Stars. The goal is to match, based on a randomized spin, three of the same.
You’ll see variations of these two games at every casino you walk into—different games may have different pictures or items to match up, as well as different amounts to win, but these games are familiar and easy to play, and they draw inexperienced and pro players alike to them. Each casino determines what the jackpot on the machine will be and if multiple machines are hooked into one jackpot, but according to various gaming sites, the codes that spin the wheels are almost always the same—entirely random. You can’t “rig” a slot machine, and no slot machine is any luckier than the others.
Where the Triples games are about half and half when it comes to having screens or actual spinning wheels, Diamond Eyes is entirely digital. Players still “spin,” but there are five rows of randomized letters, numbers, characters, and, of course, diamonds, and these are played in rounds.
The goal is obvious—get all five diamonds across and you win the jackpot. The odds against that are huge, but, like Triples games, it’s not too hard to spin and match up two or three of the rows.
Real-life slot machines are designed to be appealing to a wide range of gamers, but online slots are allowed the freedom of being a little more specific. Online slot machines are built from code, not physical materials, so anyone who’s handy with code and has an in at an Internet gaming platform can build their own slot machine, and often slot machines are created to cater entirely to a specific group of people or a specific interest.
Getminted.com is a popular online slots platform that invites players to try their hand at hundreds of different virtual slot machines. Like a real-life casino, Getminted offers a VIP club, and they boast having some popular, standard casino slots as well as some targeted online slots. Getminted, and many other online platforms, have games like Cluedo, Wheel of Fortune, and Monopoly, but they also have specialized games.
Gambling.com lists the top 11 most popular online slot games, and among them is Thunderstruck, a game based on Norse mythology, Incredible Hulk, based on the Marvel character, X-Men, based on the Marvel franchise, Iron Man 2, based on the Marvel film, and Lord of the Rings Slots, based on the films.
Online gambling’s flexibility to follow trends no doubt contributes to its popularity. While players love old, familiar standbys, building new slots with the operational basis of our favorites is a lucrative way to bring in a crowd of players who may be looking for something more unique in their experience.