The first multiline slot was introduced by Aristocrat Leisure in the early nineties. Before this, players were able to bet on only one line. Slot developers then started adding more and more paying lines for slot machines until they ended up with 243 paylines for classic 5 reel slots and 27 paylines for 3 reel slots as, it’s the maximum amount of combinations of paying lines.
Usually, the player pays for each line separately, so he is technically playing several independent games. However, if the player will need to pay at least 243 credits in order to play all lines, it will be very expensive. Therefore the bet is fixed to all paylines and the winnings are adequately lowered.
More paying lines, a more fun to play slot machine?
Later on, Aristocrat’s product managers invented an even more interesting and probably clearer way on how to understand what the bet is, or for what is the player paying while hitting spin button.
Welcome Reel Power
Aristocrat calls their new feature Reel Power. As we mentioned before, there are 243 ways to combine paylines on classic 5 reel slots with 3 symbols on each reel. A player is technically paying for playing 5 reels instead of 243 paying lines. To change the bet means changing the bet per reel instead of per line. The wins are multiplied by this bet per reel and scatter wins are multiplied by the total bet.
Xtra Reel Power and Super Reel Power
But even Reel Power with 243 paying lines was not enough for Australians so the company had to think how to add even more than 243 paylines into their 5 reel slots. Clever people came with a simple idea and added more visible symbols to each reel. 4 visible symbols on 5 reels, means 1024 ways and it got the name Xtra Reel Power and when they added 5 symbols on each reel, the slot had a total of 3125 lines and Aristocrat calls it Super Reel Power
The most famous games that use Xtra Reel Power are Buffalo slot and Buffalo Moon. Other slot machines using the Reel Power betting system is Fire Light, Imperial House, Party in Rio, Red Baron, Shaman’s Magic.