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In the early days of slot machines, it was relatively simple to keep track of paylines and symbols, with only one or two types of symbol triggering jackpots. However, today’s slots are far more complex and can have a range of different payouts, side bets, jackpots and other features that can make them very difficult to understand without reading the pay table.

Understanding the game’s pay table can be the key to maximizing your chances of winning. It explains how each symbol on the reels works, outlines the ways in which wins are triggered, and reveals which symbols can be substituted for other icons to form winning lines. It also explains the bonus features, which can offer extra spins, multipliers, scatters and wilds. Traditionally, pay tables were displayed on the machine’s face, but are now integrated into digital screens, especially on video slots.

Tiered jackpots are another way in which online casinos can add to the thrill of playing a slot. They are often networked across multiple casinos, meaning that the jackpot can rise rapidly as players contribute. However, the odds of winning are slimmer, and higher minimum bets are usually required to take advantage of these prizes. In addition, many timed jackpots will reset at a predetermined time, so it is important to check the terms and conditions of each site to make sure that you can enjoy them.