What’s the Connection of Pay Lines to Bet Size?

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When you play slots, what’s the relationship of lines to the bet? It’s a question that was easier to answer in the past than now:

Does increasing the number of lines you play, increase your bet?

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On games where you can select the number of lines, there’s generally three components that determine how much you’re wagering. Lines by itself doesn’t make the bet higher, but they can contribute to it.

The three core components of a bet are:

  • The denomination you’re playing (so what each credit will be worth)
  • The number of lines selected
  • The line bet multiplier

So, presuming your denomination isn’t changing, and the amount bet per line isn’t changing, yes, this would increase your bet.

However, you don’t necessarily have to increase your bet by playing more lines. This can be accomplished by lowering the denomination or the line bet multiplier.

Here’s an example:

  • Play 25 lines at 2 credits per line, 50 credits total vs.
  • Play 50 lines at 1 credit per line, 50 credits total

The above would let you play more lines, but bet less per line, to achieve the same bet level.

With a switch in denomination, you can also not pay more. Take a Lightning Link machine – you can play 25 lines at a nickel per line, or play 50 lines at 2 cents per line. The former option is $1.25 a spin, whereas the latter, with more lines, is $1 per spin.

So yes, playing more lines can increase your bet, but depending on the other factors that go into your bet, you don’t necessarily have to bet more – you can shift your money around.

Of course, all of the above presumes you can select the number of lines on a given denomination to play. Most newer slot machines lock the number of lines into the bet, so the only time the line counts change in that case are on some types of multi-denomination machines that have different line counts as you move up in denomination.

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