Sun International casinos offer a wide range of traditional reel slots, the latest multi-line video slots and video poker games on the gaming floor. All available in different denominations, our slot machines may also vary from one another. To make the most of your time gaming with us, you should have a good understanding of the functions of our various slot machines.
Slot machines may vary from one another in many ways. They can differ in operation, construction, winning combinations, value of payouts, design and in the number of bets permitted.
Before placing a bet there are a number of factors to consider, such as the value of the awards, the top jackpot value, the number of reels, the number of lines and number of bets per line. Games offered differ from machine to machine please check what payouts are applicable.
All slots games are run off a random number generator; every spin is completely randomly executed. There are no coincidences or tricks to slots games and reels. It is simply luck of the draw.
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The paytable of the slot machine displays the minimum and maximum number of credits required to play the game, the symbols required to make up winning combinations, the payouts for credits in the winning combinations, the top jackpot and any special features.
Each slot machine has a payline (some may have more than one). This is the jackpot indicator for the machine; any combination of symbols on the reels which matches up to a combination on the paytable will win the equivalent jackpot.
For a winning combination the required symbols (icons) must appear against a visible line, a line painted on the glass of the stepper reel machine or presented as a video image on video slots.
You must bet at least one credit per line to activate a payline, but you're welcome to bet more than one credit per line. The number of credits you play doesn't have any influence on whether a winning combination will appear or not, but it'll have an effect on the value of your payout should you hit a winning combination! You don't have to play all paylines, but should a winning combination appear on a payline that has not been bought, you will not be eligible for this payout.
Progressive Slots and Jackpots
Some machines may have a top payout linked to them which is called a "progressive". These are slots games where the top jackpot for the best winning hand or combination is not a fixed amount. As the machines are played, a percentage of the value of each credit that is bet is added to the value of the Progressive Jackpot.
When you hit a progressive combination at any Sun International casino, the value displayed is won. After the payout, the system is reset to the base value (the starting amount) of the Progressive Jackpot and the process begins again.
It's advisable to bet the maximum on each play to be eligible for the top jackpot should you hit the winning combination. Some games offer multi-Progressive Jackpots. This means that a percentage of the value of each bet is distributed across the machine's first and second biggest jackpot, and sometimes even the third biggest.
Once a jackpot has been won, the slot machine will pay out in one of two ways:
- The full amount will be automatically loaded onto your smart card after verification by the slots attendant
- The entire amount will be paid by a slots attendant with a slot machine payment form (this is called a slot short) which can only be redeemed at the Cash Desk in the casino where it was won.
There are 2 types of Progressive Jackpot machines: a group of machines "linked" together to one large Progressive Jackpot amount, or a "stand-alone" machine with its own individual Progressive Jackpot amount. Essentially, the more people play, the higher the jackpot becomes!
Types of Multi-Line Slots Games
This is one of the more popular Stepper Reel Games available. Even with the minimum bet played it pays out on the winning combination. As the bets are increased, so is the value of the payouts for the same winning combination.
The number of credits to be bet on a multiplier game, as well as the denomination, can differ from one game type to another. On certain multiplier games, winning combinations will be paid even when some symbols appear off the payline.
- Line-Pay Game
Line-pay games offer you the opportunity to buy more winning lines; improving your chances to get a winning combination.
A number of these games may offer a bonus for extra credits bet over the number of lines on offer, as is indicated on the paytable. The number of winning lines available will be displayed on screen and the number of lines available can differ from 1 to 40 winning lines, which covers the reel-display horizontally, vertically or criss-cross, there are games available with no lines, and winning combinations are all scatter pays so there are up to 243 ways in which to win. Odds are calculated on all lines being covered, so if you don't cover all lines, the winning odds drop in favour of the casino.
- Buy-A-Pay Game
You have the choice of "buying" additional winning combinations and their corresponding rewards. The more credits that are bet, the more winning combinations are "purchased" with the relevant increased reward. If only one credit is bet, you can only win on the winning combinations displayed in the 1st credit column.
If two credits are bet then the awards in the 2nd credit column also become applicable.
A maximum bet makes all winning combinations applicable, that is the winning combinations shown in the 1st credit, 2nd credit, 3rd credit columns, etc.
Video slots are the latest innovation in slot machine technology and have replaced the traditional stepper machines, providing, in some cases, a multitude of games that are loads of fun to play. To ensure you get the most out of your slot game, take a moment to read the play tables on each slot machine to see various games, scatter options, free games and wild substitutes – as some are only activated on certain lines – after a certain bet is placed.
"Wild symbols" are substitute symbols acting as a "stand-in" for some or all symbols. In some games "scatter symbols" will pay whether the paylines have been bought or not. In others it may appear in any position on the reel, or be required to appear in a consecutive order. Please see the individual paytables on each slot machine for more details.
There are a number of exciting features available, including extended game play, an opportunity to double your winning combination, or to play secondary games activated after specific symbol combinations are won, giving you a chance to win a large payout of free games.
On some games, offers of bonus credits and multipliers give you the opportunity of increasing your winnings, when you select the multiplier options. To add to the excitement of playing, these games also offer you an opportunity to play features within features when triggered.
On cash-out your credits will be loaded back onto your smart card. The credits on your smart card can be converted to notes at a Smart Cashier machine, which, for your convenience, pays out up to R3,000 per day, in cash, or alternatively, from the Cash Desk which is able to pay out any denomination.
Remember that all wins are paid subject to all technical and electronic verification being positive, and any slot machine malfunction voids all plays and pays.