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Slot games have been around since 1894 after the first working slot machine was invented by Charles August Fey. They were an instant hit, the casino experience would never be the same again and, since then, they’ve evolved exponentially.
The basic principle of winning at slots -lining up a row of matching numbers/symbols- remains the same. You don’t need any training or skills to play, just pull the lever/hit the button and you’re all set.
But its most attractive feature is the chance of winning big bucks. The biggest win was $39.7, won with a $100 steak, at the Excalibur Casino, Las Vegas, in 2003.
By the time the unknown man from LA collected his winning in Vegas, slots had been enjoyed online since the mid-90s. Now you no longer needed a land casino to win big.
Ten years after Excalibur, in 2013, a Finnish man won $24m with a $0.25 steak on the slots. This win helps to underline why online slots are the most popular game in the world, with more than 85 million people players.
Now consider this, the biggest slot wins have been in 2003, 2013 and here we are in 2023! So, what are we going to play? Let’s take a look at ten popular games in 2023.
- 9 pots of gold
Spend £10 and get 30 free spins, not a bad way to start this listicle! 9 pots of gold doesn’t just offer the chance of huge payouts, newbies can cut their teeth here too.
Therein lies a case in point, those new to slots are seriously advised to get familiar with the basic rules before spending any money.
- Money Train 3
This hold-and-spin game is great. It has a lot to live up for coming hot on the heels of the Money Train 1 and 2.
In all honesty with a bar set so high, it could have easily fallen flat, but it just might be the best in the series.
- Mega Moolah
Free spins anyone? That’s one of the features offered on Mega Moolah, but its cute jungle theme might not be to everyone’s taste.
That’s until you learn that in 2021 alone six jackpots were won for a total of over £45 million. Maybe that jungle theme isn’t so bad after all…
- Book of the Dead
Perhaps the most well-known online slot game for those who don’t do slots. For those who do, this high-risk slot game is a stone-cold classic.
The game looks as good as the thrills it delivers, but this one isn’t for the faint-hearted. Book of the Dead offers double-or-nothing stakes, you have been warned!
And speaking of classics, Starburst needs no introduction either. It’s easy to play and reminiscent of the nostalgic excitement contained within those one-armed-bandits of our past…
It has some great features too, re-spins and the classic win-each-way. But it’s Starburst’s sense of (almost) innocent fun that keeps the punters coming back, time and time again.
- Big Bass Bonanza
Don’t be deceived by appearances. Big Bass Bonanza may look simple with its three rows and five reels, but you’ve also got a good chance of winning too.
It has an RTP (Return to Player) of 96.71% meaning that you can expect a return of 96.71% for every $100 you spend. That’s pretty good.
- 1429 Unchartered Seas
On the subject of RTPs, 1429 Unchartered Seas has a whopping RTP of 98.5%, one of the highest anywhere online. Hopefully, this will underline the importance of checking the RTP before swooning over all the fancy graphics…
As for the game, it’s just fine. But really, this one is all about the chances of winning.
- Arabian Knights
One for the Old Skool now. Arabia Knights has been around since 2005 and its provenance has made it incredibly popular.
Easy to play with relatively small amounts to earn a spin (you can play free too) you can win up to £3.5 if your symbols align. One for both old and new players.
- Rainbow Riches
Okay, it’s not got the best RTP at 95% and it’s long in the tooth (2006) but Rainbow Riches has a charm of its own. This may explain why, over the years, it’s gained an almost cult-like following with its legions of fans.
- Mega Joker
Have we saved the best to last? With a whopping 99% RTP Mega Joker is a trip back in time, way before ‘online’ was a glint in the eye of one Sir Timothy Berners-Lee.
Resembling the classic ‘fruities’ that dominated every pub and bar in their 80s heyday, Mega Joker is a good old-fashioned laugh.
Just ensure you keep it that way. Playing is meant to be fun, when it doesn’t feel like fun, stop and make a nice cup of tea.