What Are Winning Lines, Bet Level and Value of Coins
A large number of questions from beginners concern the terminology of modern slots. So in order not to explain what winline, coinvalue and betlevel are, I decided to make a small guide.
So, imagine that you play roulette, all the time betting ONLY on one number. You play one line.
- If you bet $1, then the coinvalue is going to be $1.
- If you bet three chips of $1 for a spin, the betlevel is going to be 3.
In the example above, your total bet for spin is going to be $3. Winlines – the number of lines on which you can win.
Let’s give an example. If you play one line, the only option when you can win is if you’ll get three or more of the same symbols on the middle horizontal line (some slots also give a win when you drop at least two of the required symbols).
If you play a slot with 243 lines, like Immortal Romance or Thunderstruck II, you win in any case, if the necessary symbols pop up on the first three reels from left to right. Usually you’ll win with a number of symbols from left to right, however some slots, for example Starburst, Lucky Angler or Monkey King, allow you to win in both directions of the symbols arrangement.
In Starburst the arrangement of the lines and the table of winning combinations are as follows:
Coin value means bet on the line:
Let’s analyze Starburst (because at heart we all love this slot). There are 10 lines on which you can win. If you want to place a minimum bet, your betlevel will be 1, and the coinvalue – $ 0.01. Your bet is $0.1.
10 Lines x 1 x $0.01 = $0.10
If you raise the coinvalue to $0.02, then your bet will be $0.20 for the spin.
10 Lines x 1 x $0.02 = $0.20
By raising coinvalue to $0.05, you increase the bet to $0.50 for the spin.
10 Lines x 1 x $0.05 = $0.50
As you can see, coinvalue increases in progression. On the example of Starburst values grow as follows: $0.10, $0.20, $0.50, $1.-, $2.-, $5.- and $10.-.
Betlevel is the number of coins on the line.
Increasing the level, as you understood, also gives you an increase in the overall bet, but not in progression, in order. With the coinvalue of $0.01 on Starburst, if you raise the value by one unit, your total bet will increase in the following order: $0.10, $.20, $0.30, $0.40, $0.50, $0.60, $0.70, $0.80, $0.90 at betevel 9 and at the maximum level of 10 the bet will be $1.
In theory, changing the betlevel and coinvalue does not affect your chances at all. In other words, changing the betlevel and coinvalue does not affect the expectation (or RTP, if you want). But changing the winlines can affect RTP, namely, the reducing of winlines reduces the chances of winning, so don’t reduce the winlines unless you know some secret strategy.
In general, we can talk about the influence of betlevel and coinvalue on the winning only in the context of aura and luck. For example, some play on level 7, just considering that this number brings good luck.