Slots have come a long way. Think about it – from mechanical machines at the turn of the 19th century to super-duper animated video-turned-3D slots today. A long and prosperous journey indeed.
What is no less remarkable is that fundamentally very little has changed during these 100 and some years: reels spin, and the spinner wins money, or not. And this unchanged methodology is at the heart of slots. It is a coin-based game; always was, always will be.
Put Your Money Where Your Slot Is
Real Money Slots – you’ve all heard this phrase, and it is self-explanatory. Slot games, online slot games, that are played using real money and that the winnings are given to the winner in the form of real money.
Why the distinction? Are there Fake Money Slots? Nope; at least not on the Prime Slots site. The distinction was made on Google search pages around the globe by players wanting to locate the online casinos and gaming sites that allowed coin-based gaming.
If you just type ‘online slots’ you might end up in sites that offer Free Slots. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. We also offer the option to play for free on any one of our slot games, from the now-iconic Starburst slot to the adventurous Gonzo’s Quest slot. Needless to say, the winnings in Free Slots are entirely feeling-based, mostly happy ones. No coins switching hands there.
Free Willy? No. Free Slots
There is a lot to be said about Free Slots. First, they are the same games as the Real Money ones. Also, they allow you, the player, to get yourself familiarize with a new game, to ‘practice’ in a way before you start to bet against the machine.
If you enjoy a certain game, let’s say the Dracula slot, without a doubt the breakthrough game of 2015, you’ll enjoy it whether you play for coin or not. True? Meh, semi-true.
The modern-day online video slots are amazing. They really are. Like your mobile phone, which is amazing too. You maybe haven’t given it any thought but if you will, you’ll realize it is true – your mobile phone is ama-zing!
So playing an amazing game is super fun. But playing an amazing game with a little cash on the table is so much more fun. There’s no way around it – knowing that you stand to lose or win real money is thrilling. It adds so much excitement to the game.
Your cat will surely enjoy chasing after the laser, but put a real mouse in front of him and oh boy, he will jump out of its skin with excitement.
The Peculiar World Of Social Slots
Most of the players on Prime Gaming play for small change, and that’s how we like it. We are not a casino, nor a bookie. We are a gaming site and gaming is a recreational, pastime activity. But circling again to the same point, risking some coins really elevates your engagement in the game and heightens your emotions. And that’s exactly what we all look for in our lives, some excitement, a bit of roller-coaster-ing to spice up our daily routine.
Which makes one wonder – what is up with social slots? No seriously, it is not easy to wrap your mind around this concept. This is how it goes: you play for virtual money. For the sake of the argument, we’ll call it Fake Money.
So you play with fake money. But even with fake money you either win or lose. So let’s say you are having an off day and you lost all your fake money. You must be thinking, whatever, it’s not real money. True, but what if you want to continue playing? It is Sunday afternoon, you’ve just made a fresh bowl of popcorn and you had your mind set on slot spinning.
What you can do is buy more fake money using real money. That’s right! This too is amazing in its own twisted way. Why would anyone in their right mind do that? Well, as it happened, online gambling is illegal in the US. That’s the country where Las Vegas is, and Atlantic City and about a gazillion more casinos in Utah.
The logic behind this is not a hundred percent clear, but what is clear is this: Americans understand and appreciate the thrill of risking coins. They totally get it, to such a degree that they are willing to use their own real money to buy fake money and use that fake money to play slots, sometimes ending up winning insanely huge jackpots of… nothing.
Here Comes The Sum
And last but not least – Happy New Year to all the slot spinners out there! May the upcoming year be filled with reels and spins, and may the Wild be with you!