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HOW DO I WIN ON A MEGAWAYS™ SLOT?

Once your total amount of Megaways™ has been determined, winning combinations can then take place across the reels. This can again seem a little puzzling to begin with, but working out how to win on a Megaways™ slot is a very basic and uncomplicated process. 

Wins are awarded on a Megaways™ slot when matching symbols land from left to right on adjacent reels. Typically you will require a minimum of 3 symbols to create a win, with the first symbol needing to land on reel 1. The size of the symbols that help to create the wins are insignificant, but the number of symbols that are present on each reel when part of a win play a major part in calculating how many winning Megaways™ you will be paid for. 

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The slot that you are playing will always tell you how many Megaways™ are in play, with this usually being displayed at the top of the reels. Megaways™ are calculated by multiplying how many symbols are present on each of the reels. In the case of our example this is 16,200 Megaways™ and we have detailed how this has been calculated below.

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If we use the same process with just the symbols that make up the win, this is how you work out how many winning Megaways™ that you have achieved.

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Unlimited Multipliers on Megaways™ slots come in to action during the bonus round. Although you will see some variations of how this particular feature works, it will typically start with a value of x1 at the beginning of the bonus, and increase by x1 for each winning reaction that you achieve.  

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Basically, if you want to get straight into the action of a bonus round, then you can do so through purchasing the free spins for a multiple of your stake.

This is generally around 100x your current bet, but can vary from slot to slot. Whilst this option is still available for many players around the world, some regions will have found that it has been removed by the regulatory body that oversees online gambling. We always advise to play feature buy slots with extreme caution. 

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Both styles of games offer players something very different, with the fixed payline option perhaps providing some stability throughout your play, meaning you know exactly where you stand with the format. Megaways™ provide far more volatility and variation, with the ability for additional features and modifiers to be added to an ever changing reel layout.

Rather than deciding to play just one of these styles of slots, it would be a much better idea to mix up your game selection and incorporate both of them into a playing session. You should note that a large percentage of Megaways™ games are of high variance, which can lead to huge wins from small stakes, but also very sporadic gameplay.

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AUTHOR BIO

Article by Nigel Hall

22 Years Gambling Industry Experience

About Nigel Hall

NIGEL HALL

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