Cascading, or Tumbling Reels: Your Chance for Multiple Wins

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Da Vinci Diamonds by IGT reel set

If you enjoy games like Da Vinci Diamonds or the Planet Moolah series, you may be familiar with today’s casino definition: Cascading, or tumbling, reels.

The concept behind them is pretty simple – when you spin on a game with cascading reels, the game will pay out any wins you receive, and then the winning symbols are removed, and new symbols drop down on the reels. If you win again, those wins are paid, those symbols removed, and more come down. This repeats until there’s no more winning combinations.

This can be exciting as you have the anticipation of the potential for additional line hits occurring, or bonus symbols in the case of games where those can fall down. On games like the Planet Moolah series, the number of free spins you get is based on the number of cascades, so getting more line hits and cascades can yield a bigger bonus as well.

Do you enjoy slots with cascading reels?


Nearly half of players polled on Brian Christopher’s YouTube channel have said they enjoy cascading reels slots, and another 28 percent say they sometimes enjoy it.

Online slots have adopted this format, particularly on many of the Megaways games, where more symbols coming out can help complete pretty big line hits (especially when the games feature the sixth reel). Some games increase the multiplier of the line hits with each cascade, making the string of cascades even more important as you play on.

One thing we like about cascading reels is the cascading and repeating win effect can slow the spinning down a bit, reducing how much you’re wagering over time. Of course, the game makers attempt to counterbalance this a bit by having the initial spin be faster, but it’s in our control how often we push the button.

It isn’t the most common slot format, but the concept has endured, and recent Moolah and Da Vinci games, among others, have kept it alive on the casino floor. So when you see the term, you know you’re in for something a bit different, with the potential for multiple wins on a single spin!


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