This is one of the most important feature in a slot game. So, what is a payline? Well, a payline is a line on which you can get a winning combination. Once you activate a payline, then you can get a winning combination on this payline. A slot machine can have a different number of paylines which you can activate. This number usually is between 1-25, but depending on the slot game you choose, it can have less or more than this. You can choose how many paylines you would like to have activated by clicking on the arrows next to the “Paylines” display in the bottom of the game window, alternatively click on the numbers next to the reels which also activated the paylines. When doing this, you will see the lines showing over the reels.
You will only win from a winning combination which is on the paylines you have activated. If you get a winning combination on lines you have not activated, you will not get anything for this. By activating all paylines you have a higher chance of winning a progressive jackpot or any other big win, so before you start playing make sure you check how many paylines you have activated before you click on the start button.
Paylines can have different designs. For example, they can be straight, zig-zag, horizontal, vertical, diagonal and run across reels. Once you activate them you can see them in different colours and the path they follow on the reels, which is quite cool. Some slots on the other hand have already all paylines activated, so you cannot change this yourself. This means that you will bet on all paylines in that slot game. Winning combinations can be paid from left to right, from right to left or in any direction, depending on the slot you are playing.