How to Play Slot Machines



Aside from our local and national bingo games, there’s plenty of state-of-the-art slot machines installed in all of our Buzz Bingo clubs. Slots have come a long way from the old-school lever pull machines of yesteryear. Today’s video slots offer games console-quality graphics and audio that make you feel like part of the action on the reels. If learning how to play slots is part of your post-lockdown resolutions, we’ve put together a handy beginner’s guide to slot gaming, giving you the confidence to sit down and play to your heart’s content.

All You Need To Know About Slots

First and foremost, it’s important to accept that the outcome of every spin of the reels is 100% random. The result of the next spin is not influenced by the previous one in the slightest. There is no button you can press that will increase or lessen your chances of landing a winning spin next time.

The Symbol Paytable

Before you begin spinning those reels, it’s important to familiarise yourself with your slot’s paytable. Each slot machine has a paytable that will display what it takes to win. It’s normally located in the ‘Help’ section of the game. It will display the value of each symbol present on the reels and list how many you need to land on the same payline to win. Aside from base game symbols, the paytable will also detail if the slot has scatter symbols. These are typically used to trigger in-game bonus rounds – more on these shortly.


It’s also important to check how many active paylines are in-play during each spin of the reels. Unlike old-school three-reel slots, there’s rarely only three paylines – one across each row. In state-of-the-art slots, paylines can come in all shapes and sizes, including diagonal and zig-zag lines.

Your chosen slot’s paytable should demonstrate the layout of the paylines and how they work to create winning symbol combinations. It’s also true that you can maximise your payout chances by betting the maximum coins on all paylines per spin. That’s because this typically activates all available bonus features and any jackpots linked to the slot.

Bonus Features We mentioned the scatter symbols that are often needed to unlock bonus features. There are several common bonus games that you can unlock. These include free spins, giving you multiple opportunities to land winning symbol combos; pick-me bonus screens, allowing you to select icons to reveal instant prizes; and gamble features, allowing you to risk winnings from your previous spin and in a ‘double or nothing’ game.

Hopefully this whets your appetite for visiting our clubs and trying our most popular slot machines to play for the biggest prizes!

Don’t forget – once you become a Buzz Bingo club member, you can bag a £10 bonus to play any of our online bingo games. Just create a new account using your club membership number and you’ll get £10 in bingo tickets, as well as 50 free spins for play on either the Legacy Of The Tiger or Mega Fire Blaze slots.