Slot machine pay tables: guide, examples and how to read them

There was a time when slot machines were simple, and you had room to put the instructions above the reels. Now, however, things are so high-tech that it takes screens full of information to explain what’s going on.

All of the necessary explicators are collectively called the pay table. It’s a handy guide that not only tells you how much you can win, but also provides instructions for special features, paylines, wagering requirements, and jackpots.

Where to find the slots paytable

When you look at a lunge at Twin Spiers Casino, usually at the bottom, near the spin button and bet size buttons, you will usually find the icon to display the slot machine’s paytable. This can be a question mark icon or the hamburger button (the three universal horizontal lines).

Before or between rounds, you can click this button and the game will pause, opening the paytable sequence.

Slot machine payout table example

What you can expect to see in a payout table will vary from location to location. It is largely determined by the complexity of a slot machine. The more features there are, the more explanations there should be. Here are the key things to watch out for:

Payment lines

You need to know how many paylines there are and what shape they form on the reels. Your payout table will include a diagram showing how each of the paylines works on the reels.

Secrets of Atlantis payout table with winning bet lines.

If the slot machine does not have paylines, but rather ways to win, where you only need the same symbols anywhere on successive reels, there should be an illustration of how it works. In the case of Megaways slots, this feature, which can include up to 117,649 ways to win, will be explained.

Symbols and values

At the heart of every slot machine are its symbols. In the past, it was traditionally symbols of fruit, the freedom bell, bars or the 7 lucky charms. They are still available on classic style slots, but modern slot machines have an infinite number of symbols.

Many follow a theme, such as the figures of ancient Egypt or ancient Greece, and many have card numbers from nine to ace. The paytable will show an example of each symbol and then tell you how much you will win for getting three, four, or even five.

Secrets of Atlantis paytable symbols payout values.

The paytable will also highlight any special symbols. It may be the Wild symbol, along with an explanation of how it works. Also look for information on the Scatter or Bonus symbols. Usually three or more of them will trigger the slot machine bonus.

Bets sizing

The amount you can bet – minimum and maximum – will be displayed. And if you need to wager a certain amount to gain access to more paylines or features, it will be clearly stated.

Features and bonus rounds

As technology improves, slot machine feature sets become more innovative and immersive. Usually they can include some sort of free spins. Maybe a mystery choice game. Just to add another dimension, there can be a multiplying sequence of random wins.

Wild feature of the Secrets of Atlantis paytable.


If the slot machine offers a jackpot feature or a progressive jackpot, the details of how to win the jackpot will be revealed in the slot machine’s paytable.


Not all slots make this obvious, but most will include the expected payout percentage (RTP) in their paytable. Seeing the percentage helps you decide whether this is more of a machine for recreational players or a machine better suited to those who like betting more, waiting longer for the chance to win bigger prizes.

Your slot machine paytable will be fine to explain all of these features – developers like NetEnt and IGT are good at conveying any information you could possibly need.

Discover the slot machine pay tables at TwinSpires Casino

Just as every slot machine is different, its payout table will also be different. The style will also vary from slot machine developer to slot machine developer. The best way to find out more about them and learn how to read a slot machine’s paytable is to open up different slot machines and take a look.

If you subscribe to Twin Spiers Casino and make your first deposit (be sure to claim the welcome bonus), you can take a look at the wide selection of slot machine games and investigate the pay tables. Soon you will become confident in learning how each slot machine works and start playing, knowing that you understand what is going on. Good luck!

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