Online slots – the biggest selection of games in Switzerland
mycasino’s mission is to provide players with first-class online gaming adventures in a real casino atmosphere, with plenty of adrenaline and lots of opportunities to win. The most popular online slot machines from the world’s best game providers are featured on mycasino.ch. The long-standing experience of the parent company, the bricks-and-mortar Grand Casino Lucerne, means that popular adaptations of traditional slot machines, including the beloved Swiss slot Super Cherry, now also appear online.
Besides casino tradition, mycasino also focuses on innovation and development. Switzerland’s largest platform for online casino games is constantly being expanded with new providers and games based on the needs of players.
What are online slots?
Online slots, also known as online slot machines, are among the most popular types of games in online casinos and gaming in general. They are the digital version of the traditional one-armed bandit games in physical casinos. Online slots come in a wide variety of designs with different themes, grids and bonus functions, and are made by a wide variety of game providers. The best way to familiarise yourself with the special features of any online slot machine is to try out free slots in demo mode. You can use play money and make the reels spin for free without using real money. You won’t be able to withdraw any money, but the demo mode is lots of fun. Once you’re familiar with it, you can make your first deposit and try out the game in real mode with real money.
Safe and fair thanks to the random generator
Slot machines in online casinos operate on the basis of a random number generator (RNG). Several thousand numbers a minute are randomly generated in the background. As soon as you press the slot’s Spin button, the random number generator stops and one of these number combinations forms the basis for the result of the spin. This ensures that the result is based purely on chance. This is one of the key basic principles of any online slot machines and is the basis for every slot in any reputable casino. Organisations such as eCOGRA or the Canadian company TST (Technical Systems Testing) check the random number generator and issue the slot machines with a certificate. All of the games that you will find on mycasino have undergone this testing process. In addition, all games have been checked, certified and approved by the Swiss Federal Gaming Board.
The slot machines are divided into a wide range of themes. The most popular are:
Besides themes, there are also categories and game types.
Megaways is an innovative slot machine concept with a number of paylines that can vary with each spin. The exact number of megaways is usually displayed above the reels and can reach up to 117,649 possible ways to win.
- Buy Feature
A slot with a Buy Feature gives you the opportunity to purchase bonus rounds or free spins without waiting for the features to trigger of their own accord.
- Crash Game
Crash games work differently to the standard slot machines. While winnings in slots are triggered purely at random, crash games require skill. At the beginning, the player makes a bet of any amount. The multiplier begins to steadily increase. The goal is to collect your winnings before the multiplier stops. Suddenly, the multiplier stops increasing and crashes.If you collect or stop before the crash, you win your original bet times the multiplier.If the multiplier crashes first, you lose your bet.
- Free spins
Slot machines with a free spins feature award a variable number of free re-spins.
A jackpot slot includes a large cash prize that can be won as either a fixed or progressive amount. A fixed jackpot is usually a predefined amount that always remains the same, regardless of the number of players. A progressive jackpot, on the other hand, is a jackpot that increases with every bet that players make on connected jackpot slots. A small percentage of each bet is added to the progressive jackpot until someone wins the jackpot. This allows progressive jackpots to rise to immense sums.
In a game of Keno, you typically choose a specific quantity of numbers from a range of numbers – e.g. from 1 to 80. How many numbers there are will depend on the online casino and version of the game. After you’ve chosen your numbers, you need to place your bet. The random numbers are then drawn. Depending on how many of your selected numbers are chosen, you will receive a payout according to the game’s paytable.
- Video poker
Video poker combines elements of classic poker with the functionality of slot machines and requires strategic skill. The aim of video poker is to form a poker hand with a specific combination of cards. The most common poker hands are pair, two pair, three of a kind, straight, flush, full house, four of a kind and straight flush. First you make a bet, then the cards are dealt. Once the cards are in hand, you need to determine which to keep and which to discard. The discarded cards are replaced with new cards from the same deck. If you get a winning combination, it will be paid out according to the paytable.
The most popular online slot games in online casinos include:
- Book of Ra
- Sweet Bonanza
- Dog House Megaways
- Super Cherry 5000
- Cash Connection™ – Dolphin’s Pearl™
- and many more.
Slot machines from the following popular game providers are available on mycasino:
- ELK Studios
- Evolution Gaming
- Games Global
- IGT Play Digital
- Light & Wonder
- Oryx Gaming
- Play’n GO
- Pragmatic Play
- Push Gaming
- Red Tiger
What do online slots look like?
A slot grid refers to the arrangement of visible symbols on the reels. An online slot usually consists of a certain number of reels (typically three, five or seven) and a certain number of rows (typically three or more). The size of the grid determines the number of possible combinations of symbols and thus the number of possible ways of winning the game.
Reels are the vertical wheels that rotate when you make a bet, stop at random and thus determine the win. Classic slot games consist of three reels, but they also come with five or more reels, for even more thrills and possible ways to win.
An online slot is divided into several horizontal rows called paylines. The number of paylines varies between one and 100 lines for each slot. The symbols on the reels must appear in specific combinations along a payline to trigger payouts. More paylines does not necessarily mean more chances of winning; this depends on the volatility and the payout ratio.
Volatility is the intensity and frequency of winnings in an online slot. If there is high volatility, as in games like Sweet Bonanza or Dead or Alive, the variability and therefore the risks are high, but the possible winnings are also significantly higher. In games with low volatility, like Diamond Blitz or Sunny Shores, there is less variability, and the winnings are small to medium and more consistent. How much a slot effectively pays out to players depends on the payout ratio.
The payout ratio is also called return to player (RTP) and shows what percentage of bets are paid back to players. The average payout ratio is 96%. This means that out of CHF 10, players are paid CHF 9.60. But be careful: this is an average and does not mean that if a player bets CHF 10, they will definitely get CHF 9.60 back. It may be that they lose their CHF 10 and another player wins it. The mechanics of such games mean that larger winnings are possible. The payout ratio can be found in the game rules.
The amount of the actual winnings and the symbols and bonus functions that can be used to achieve them are listed in the paytable. The game rules and paytable can be found under (?) or (i) on most slot games. Bet
Before a spin is triggered, the player must specify a bet per spin. Bets are placed with real or bonus money and can be displayed in Swiss francs or, for some slots, in coins.
A single rotation of the reels is called a spin. The spin is triggered when the player clicks on the spin button.
An Autoplay mode is also available on most slot machines, so each spin does not have to be triggered individually. The maximum number of spins must be set in advance before the reels spin automatically.
As soon as a slot has been played with at least one spin, this will appear in the gaming history, which can be viewed by clicking on (↺) or in the burger menu (☰) in most games.
Which symbols appear in a slot game?
The standard symbols are the symbols that appear most often in the slot. Although they form winning combinations, they do not trigger any bonus features. These include letters, numbers, fruits, BAR symbols, the number 7, bells and card symbols.
A wild symbol acts as a joker and may substitute other symbols, with the exception of certain special symbols, such as scatter or bonus symbols. If the symbols on a payline are not complete for a win, the wild symbol can appear in place of the missing symbol and complete the winning combination. This increases your chances of a payout.
Unlike a wild symbol, a scatter symbol does not have to appear along a payline to trigger winnings. Scatters are dispersed and trigger free spins or other bonus features.
Bonus symbols can trigger additional bonus features in addition to the free spin feature, which is usually triggered by scatter symbols.
Stacked symbols appear in vertical stacks, unlike regular wild or bonus symbols, which appear individually on the reels. These stacks can completely cover one or more reels. This increases your chance of winning combinations and thus payouts.
Unlike regular symbols, which disappear after each spin of the reels, sticky symbols remain stuck in their position for a certain number of spins. The remaining symbols on the reels continue to spin. This increases the likelihood that more matching symbols will appear on the reels and create additional winning combinations.
What are the bonus features of an online casino slot?
Free spins are a certain number of complimentary spins where no bet is required, but the player can also achieve winnings. There are different types of free spins: those that mycasino awards as a bonus during a promotion and those that are earned during the game, either in the basic game or in the free spins feature.
With re-spins, the players gets to take a spin once again or several times for free in the same turn. This allows for additional chances to land winning combinations or improve the existing combination.
Multipliers increase payouts by multiplying the amount. Fixed multipliers are triggered by special symbols. For instance, a slot may have a wild symbol that also acts as a multiplier. If the wild symbol is part of a winning combination, the win is multiplied by a specific multiplier. Free spin rounds and bonus games may also come with multipliers. If winnings are achieved during the free spins or bonus game, these are often multiplied by a fixed multiplier.
Cascading reels, also known as tumbling reels, the avalanche feature or rolling reels, are when symbols are removed from the reels after a winning combination and new symbols drop down from above in a Tetris effect. They take up the empty positions, potentially creating new winning combinations without re-spinning. This process repeats itself until no more combinations are created.
Expanding reels is a special feature where the traditional number of symbols per reel is expanded, resulting in more ways to win and higher potential payouts. The reels can be expanded in different ways. One option is to add additional rows of symbols, so that more symbols appear on a reel at the same time.
Gamble mode, also known as risk, is another exciting feature available in many slots. After winning, players have the opportunity to double or multiply their winnings by playing a special round. However, they could also lose their winnings completely if they do not successfully complete the bonus or mini-game.
The buy feature, also known as the bonus buy or free spins purchase feature, allows you to directly purchase access to the game’s bonus rounds or free spins for a fee. This eliminates the need to wait for a natural trigger during the normal course of play. But watch out:winning is not guaranteed. The buy feature should therefore be used with caution and according to your gaming budget.
How do you play a slot in the online casino?
- Select your desired bet in real money
- Click the spin button
- Watch the reels spin
- As soon as the reels come to a stop and the symbols match up on a payline, winnings are paid out