Alongside sports betting, casino games like blackjack, poker and roulette have become an integral part of the South African betting landscape in recent times. The great news we have for you is that online slots have been added to the impressive list of gaming options available to South African punters on sites like Supabets and more. You know what’s even better? The new games are 100% legal and licensed (more on that later).
In this introductory feature, we’ll explain how online slots work, where to play these games, and how to give yourself the best chance of winning money at any online bookie in South Africa! If you are new to online betting then we suggest you give our Ultimate Betting Guide a read too.
What are Online Slots?
If you’ve ever played slot machines at a land-based casino you’ll know just what to expect when playing online slots. These are very basic casino games where you bet on the outcome of each spin. Whenever you place a bet, three or more reels will spin at a time, with about 20 symbols on each of them.
After just a second, the reels all stop simultaneously to reveal symbols like cherries, triple 7’s, or something else related to the theme of that particular game. When certain combinations of these symbols appear, you win money and in some cases, additional free spins which can help you win more money, or possibly even the jackpot.
All online slots loosely adhere to this format but the specific rules, symbol values, gameplay and jackpots for each game can be slightly different. Just like in land-based casinos, many online slots have additional features such as wild and scatter symbols which affect the normal course of the game, as well as interactive bonus rounds.
Where Can I Play Online Slots?
We’re excited to announce that slots are now available in South Africa, and Supabets are the first bookie offer slot games to their customers. With over 30 games already on offer, there is loads of spinning action to enjoy for local punters.
The games are powered by Aardvark they work great on your phone or desktop. You can find them under Instant Slots on the Supabets site and are definitely worth checking out. We’ll be adding to this section as more bookmakers get the new software.
Are Online Slots Legal in South Africa?
Yes. Playing online slots is completely legal with a licensed South African bookmaker. As long as you play online slots with a licensed operator, your rights as a punter are protected by the National Gambling Board. This accreditation also ensures casinos are properly regulated to guarantee fairness and that players are paid out any winnings in full.
If you’re in doubt then check for the bookmakers license, which is usually found in the footer of their mobile site. If the license was issued by one of the provincial gaming boards in South Africa, then you’re good to go. If they aren’t licensed in South Africa, then it’s an illegal online casino.
Will I Lose My Money if I Play Slots Online?
Provided your bookmaker is legitimately licensed and regulated, there’s no reason to believe that playing slots online is any riskier than in a land-based casino. What’s more, your overall chance of winning online is significantly better than in a casino because the profit margins of online operators are up to 12% smaller.
Why Play Online Slots?
There are many reasons why playing online slots is as good or even better than playing slot machines in a casino. With thousands of different slot games at your fingertips, you can have a casino-style gaming experience wherever you are. The beauty of online slots is you can play from the comfort of your home or with your smartphone on the go.
Playing at home, you can also save time and money driving and finding parking at the casino. It’s always easy and convenient to play, even if you’re still in your pyjamas! You don’t need to have any specific skills to play online slots either. The games are completely random and you have as good a chance of winning as the next person.
But perhaps the biggest benefit of playing slots online is that you can more easily find out the payout percentages of the game that you’re playing than in a land-based casino. Slot machines are programmed to pay out winnings equal to a percentage of the total amount wagered by players. On average, land-based slot machines payout around 85% while the payout percentage for online slots is around 97%, which means they only make about a 3% profit.
The reasons as to why online slots pay higher than land-based casinos are quite straightforward. It’s much more expensive to run a land-based casino (property rental, maintenance, staff, etc.) than a website, which allows online operators to take less profit. So, the good news is, in the long run, you can make more money playing slots online than going to a casino.
Are Online Slots Like Playing in a Casino?
What distinguishes playing slots online and playing in a casino is little more than the way you deposit money and how you control the machine. When playing slots online, you will deposit money through a website and play on a virtual machine instead of physically standing in front of one. Also, when it’s time to cash out, you’ll make a withdrawal from the website and not from the casino cashier.
How Do Online Slots Work?
It’s easy to get sucked in by the bright lights and entrancing sounds of a slot machine without really thinking about what’s going on in the background. It’s important however to know at least the basics for the best chance of winning. So, here’s how it works in a nutshell…
Every online slot game has a microchip with a Random Number Generator (RNG) that creates numeric sequences every millisecond of the day. These generated numbers are what determines the position of the reels after every spin. While increasing your bet size affects how much you win by multiplying your return, nothing at all that you do while playing can change the result of the RNG that determines which symbols appear on each reel.
But that’s a good thing because part of what makes regulated online slots 100% fair and safe to play is that payouts are completely random within the confines of your bet size. What this means is your chances of winning with just one spin are the same as when you have 100 spins. Slots have no memory, meaning there’s no tracker recording a player’s wins and losses. The machine cannot tell you apart from the previous player, how many bets you’ve made and for how much. To win big, you’ll just have to bet the maximum and hope you’re in the right place at the right time!
How to Choose the Best Online Slots For You
Online slot games on South African betting sites come jam-packed with awesome features such as wilds, scatters, multipliers and interactive bonus rounds. Some of the games you’ll play online even mimic the ones you might’ve already played in the casino. Whatever your preference for gameplay or risk, when it comes to playing online slots in South Africa, bookies cater to low-stakes gamblers as well as high rollers who prefer to bet for big bucks. So whatever your bankroll, you’ll find an online slot game to suit your budget which allows you to play at the risk level and speed you like best.
Here are some questions worth asking yourself when choosing the right online slot game for you:
- Is this a suitable slot game for my bankroll? (i.e. what is the min. and max. bet?)
- Does this slot game have features like bonus spins to help keep me in the game, and possibly win big?
- What is the maximum amount I can win?
What is the Best Strategy for Online Slots?
For the reasons we explained earlier, it’s incredibly tough to create a winning strategy for online slots because it’s like playing the lottery. But depending on whether your main goal is to sit and play for a long time or to win big, you can choose to play certain machines or bet in different ways to help you better achieve your objective.
While it’s true that winning on online slots is almost completely random, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Weighing up factors like the volatility and hit frequency of each slot machine can help you better capitalize on any luck you do have while playing.
Play Slots That Suit Your Game Style
Not all slots are created equal. Each game is designed in such a way that it serves the needs of different types of players. The easiest way to understand how slots differ is by looking at factors such as hit frequency and volatility.
Hit Frequency and Volatility
The hit frequency of any slot represents how often a winning combination will land and payout the player. For example, if a machine has a hit frequency of 14%, on average, the reels will spin and land on a winning combination 14 out of every 100 spins. The higher the hit frequency, the more often the game will payout.
Keep in mind that slot machines with a high hit frequency pay players less money whenever they hit due to their lower volatility. If you’re a punter who prefers to win more often and is okay with getting less when you do, these are the perfect slots for you. On the other hand, if you’re okay with losing more often but like to win more money at a time when you do, low hit frequency slots with higher volatility are a better option for your gaming style.
How To Win Big With Online Slots
Like in every other form of gambling, luck plays its role in whether or not you win big playing slots online. The more you play, the bigger your chances of winning, but it’s always helpful to have some luck on your side!
Most online casinos offer deposit bonuses, giving you a chance to play online slots for money without using your cash balance. These casino bonuses, like with sports, have wagering requirements which prevent you from making a withdrawal before you’ve rolled over the full amount 1 to 5 times depending on the bookmaker.
When betting the maximum amount, it can be disheartening to see your account balance declining drastically with every spin but always remember that the higher your stake size, the more you win when you hit. Furthermore, many progressive jackpots can only be won with a max bet. So we always suggest you hit for the fences!
Do I Have to Play for Real Money?
No. Most slots allow you to get a feel for the game by using the ‘free play’ option. This way, before you make a deposit and start spinning, you can test different features of the game risk-free. Some casinos even offer the chance for players to win real money in free play mode.
Can I Play Online Slots On My Phone?
Yes. Most slot games are supported by iOS, Android and other operating systems, so you can use almost any smartphone and tablet to play mobile slots. You won’t have to download the games onto your phone either. Simply visit the online operator’s site, open an account (if you don’t already have one) and start playing.
How Much Can I Win With Online Slots?
You stand to win thousands of Rands playing online slots. For the best chance to win big, play a high-stakes machine and bet the maximum amount every time. This way, you could go broke very quickly but if you hit, you will get paid out the maximum amount for that slot, and possibly even the win the jackpot. Some of the biggest jackpots for online slots in South African are more than R1 million!