Slots Features that the Regulators Need to Address
Slots are the most important type of gambling ever offered by online casinos. In terms of winnings, these games contribute between 60% and 80% of the casino’s profits. Therefore, you will find it unique to the lion’s share of the library of any online casino games. In order to make their versions more interesting, game developers have armed them with more profitable features that you can find in any online slot game. However, reports have shown that these features further complicate players’ gambling addiction problem, so, for example, the Games Committee British gambling has decided to block additional bonus features. Moreover, the Dutch Games Committee is also considering a similar decision.
Hide payout percentages
Online casinos which are licensed in the UK and Holland will soon be obliged to inform players about the payout percentage of an online slot machine. That’s a good thing because now it’s sometimes unclear. Game providers such as Amatic, EGT and Playson do not mention the payout percentages in the game’s instructions. That will have to be soon. But the law does not specify how this should be done.
Provide Clear Rewarding Terms
When you sign up at a casino and make a deposit, you usually get a welcome bonus. These casino welcome bonuses are accompanied by strict bonus conditions. Often there are maximum allowed bets for playing with bonus money. Often certain slots do not count or playing on certain slots is even a reason to take your bonus money and winnings.
Most of the casino complaints are about bonus conditions and especially stolen prize money because the player has not adhered to the bonus conditions.
The solution is simple: the licensing committee should make sure that online casinos technically enforce that – as long as you play with the bonus – you cannot wager more than the maximum allowed bet per spin. And that you cannot play on slots that are excluded from wagering your bonus money.
Endless Points Systems
Savings systems on slot machines only serve to keep players playing longer. With each spin you collect a certain number of points, then you get something: a bonus game, an extra feature or a cash prize.
For instance, On the Jewels of the Nile slot, you need to accumulate a minimum of 150 points for a garland on a Bonus Wheel. Also, you need 25 bonus symbols to trigger a feature on Rich Wilde & the Pearls of India. Then before you have the 16 keys to the Golden Pot on the Finn & the Swirly Spin slot machine you are often hundreds of spins further.
For many players, it is of course difficult to stop playing halfway through. You have then played and saved for something, but throw your saving points through the shredder. If you still need a few Albert Heijn stamps for a pan set, you don’t suddenly go to the Jumbo.
Therefore, abolish it. You win a bonus feature or prize by being very lucky during a spin and not by saving by spinning endlessly. It doesn’t add much to the gameplay either. The idea behind the slots points systems seems to be mainly to ensure that players are less likely to click on the cross to stop playing.
Super, Mega and Giga Bets
On many slots, game providers try in all kinds of ways to tempt you to bet more than you intended. They do this with Super Bets, Mega Bets and Super Stakes.
What is the idea behind this? You pay a lot more for your spins, but you also get something in return. You get extra Wild symbols, more chance of a feature or more chance of a big win. How much exactly? No one knows, but it does sound interesting.
Often these “Super Bets” are featured prominently on the game screen. Some slots, such as Vegas Highroller and Macau High roller, are barely playable without the “High Roller Bet”.
In line with the “Mega Bets” is the “Buy bonus feature”. The idea is simple: instead of waiting for the bonus game to drop while playing, just buy it! Often for a few tens to hundreds of times your bet. Sometimes the price of a bonus game can reach thousands of euros. Besides the bonus game, you also get in return that you play with a slightly higher payout percentage.
Big Time Gaming and Blueprint Gaming started it. And as usual in the online gambling industry, competition soon followed. Well-known slots with this “feature buy-in” are Fishin’ Frenzy Megaways, White Rabbit and Buffalo Rising Megaways.
Clarity about winning chances
Slots often show flashing how much you can win. What is usually not listed is the chance that you will win this prize.
Take Beijing Luck for example. Pragmatic Play states that you can take 180,000 times your stake per spin. A gigantic prize that will convince many a doubting player. And you can win it too! You do need to trigger the maximum number of free spins, get the maximum multiplier, get all the respins and score a screen full of Wild symbols during the last respin.
The chance to win? 1 in a trillion times has probably been estimated too rosy! Often, these top prizes do not even appear from the billions of test spins for the RNG certification of the slot.
Jackpots for All Bets
Jackpot slots are extremely popular. And that’s not surprising, because for a small amount you play for the chance to become a multi-millionaire.
For example, on Major Millions, the jackpot can only land on the 15th payline. You can play with fewer paylines, but then you cannot win the jackpot. And then you have Betsoft jackpot slots, such as Good Girl Bad Girl and Mega Glam Life, where you only compete for the jackpot if you play the maximum number of credits per payline.
Also on the Jackpot Giant slot machine from Playtech, you have to play the maximum bet per payline to have a chance to win this gigantic jackpot.
Maximum Bet Confirmation
It has happened to many players. You accidentally tap the maximum bet in the buttons below the game screen. And with a bit of bad luck, your account balance is suddenly gone! We, as players, would like to see that you can no longer accidentally activate the maximum bet button. A pop-up with a confirmation message whether you are really sure that you want to play with €500.00 per spin is a solution.