243 ways to win slot games are in vogue, particularly at online casinos. Some of the recent high profile releases like Jurassic Park and Terminator 2 are in this format. Do these 243 ways to win online slots really give an advantage to the player over slots with fewer paylines? This article looks at the pluses and minuses of 243 ways to win online slots.
An online slot game in the five reels and three rows of symbols can have at most 243 five of a kind combination of symbols. Therefore in 243 ways to win 100% of the combinations will pay if you land like symbols on them. When you go below 243, the highest number of paylines offered is 100. This will amount to a little over 40% of the possible combinations paying out. And if you go down to 40 paylines then you will have a little over 15% of the possible combinations paying out. Therefore it is apparent that winning combinations will occur much more frequently in 243 ways to win slot games.
A second advantage is not that obvious. The total bet in regular online slots is the line bet multiplied by the number of activated paylines. It is not so in 243 ways to win slot games. In most Microgaming 243 ways to win slot games the total bet is 30 times the line bet. Look at it in the reverse manner. In a 30 paylines slot game (assuming all paylines enabled) if the total bet is 30 coins then the line bet is 1 coin. The payout in the table is applied to 1 coin. In a 243 ways to win slot game with a total bet of 30 coins, the effective line bet will be 30/243 or 0.12 coins, but while making payouts the line bet will be deemed to be 1 coin.
It would be clear to the discerning online casino player that these advantages cannot go uncompensated. The payouts in 243 ways to win slot games are much lower. Microgaming has released a branded slot Game of Thrones in two versions – 243 ways to win and 15 paylines. For a total bet of 30 credits in each case it is interesting to compare the top line payouts. These are awarded by the Game of Thrones logo. In the 243 ways to win version the payout for five symbols is 500 credits. In the 15 paylines version the payout for five symbols is 2000 credits.