Why play free slots?

Gambling games are for making money. Everyone knows this. It’s why we do what we do. It’s why we go to casinos and sign up to online and mobile gaming websites.

Actually – no!

Gambling is a fun activity. It’s something we do to take our minds off our ordinary, everyday lives. Sure, we also hope to win some money (or maybe even hit that life-changing jackpot) but, if we’re being completely honest with ourselves, we all know that there are very few people who are actually able to say that they make money, enough money to live on anyway, from gambling.

And this is why there are so many free slots games out there.

A lot of people enjoy the thrill of the casino game but don’t want to risk losing their money. Free slots (and other free casino games) give them the chance to live the casino lifestyle without putting their actual lifestyle in danger.

But that’s for ‘tourists’ I hear you say, for people who aren’t real players.

Actually, free slots can be quite rewarding foe even the pro casino players out there.

It’s fun

Passionate slots players are drawn to the thrill of the slots game, to that moment between hitting spin and when the reels stop, to the sound of a win, to unlocking that bonus feature.

There are a ton of different reasons for the popularity of slots, and they are all available on free slots games. South Africans are fast catching up to the rest of the world when it comes to our online casino choices, and we need to understand that we don’t always have to play for real money.

We are allowed to have fun sometimes. And free slots give us that fun. It’s everything we look for in slots games – and there are a bunch of free slots that are the exact same as the most popular slots out there like Gonzo’s Quest – without the money aspect.

It’s educational

There are a number of different ways to play free slots. There are dedicated free slots sites like Slotomania. There are free slots games on all the top app stores. And there are free or demo slots available at most premium online and mobile casinos.

All of these slots games give us the chance to practice our slots play. We can see how different games work, the differences between 3-reel and 5-reel, what we need to do to unlock bonuses, how cascading reels affect our winning chances, and so much more.

The demo games at online casino are especially great for educating us on how slots games work – and giving us the opportunity to try out different slots games before investing our cash into them.

It’s different

For lovers of slots games, free slots can bring new and exciting games to your mobile device or desktop. And variety is the spice of life as they say so you may find a free slot game that really gets your reels spinning. And, generally speaking, if a free slots game proves to be very popular you can practically guarantee it will become a real money option.

It’s low risk

Well, relatively speaking. While free slots won’t cost you anything to play, you may need to buy the actual slots game from the app store. Demo versions at casinos won’t cost a cent though.

So you get to play and practice slots with a minimal to none investment up front.

It’s rewarding

Free slots at online casinos won’t pay you out any money but, free slots at free slots websites or from the app store can often reward players with in-game items, skins, extra features and more.

Which leads to a few “DANGER: beware the risks” things you should watch out for.

DANGER: beware the risks

Free slots are designed to entice you into the fat-paced world of slots games. So be very careful when you do take up any free slots play.

Free slots are often offered by online and mobile casinos to get you into their platform, to make you comfortable with the games, and then to start you playing for real money. Being aware of this marketing ploy will help you keep your head, especially if you happen to be playing at one of those dodgy casinos that let you win big on free mode and then ‘all of a sudden’ you start losing when playing for real money.

Even the free slots that are offered by app stores and free slots websites have a danger – one that is very cunningly hidden!

In-game purchases.

Just like Candy Crush and Angry Birds, your free slots games from an app store or website will offer you the chance to buy extra coins or exclusive bonuses and features. And these can add up! While you know that you can win or lose money when playing for real, the in-game versions often don’t feel like you’re gambling so you don’t feel like you’re spending money.

But these games have all the allure and dangers that real money games offer.

The best way to play free slots

  • Play the free or demo games at a trusted and licensed online casino. Sometimes you don’t even need to register to play the games for free (Jackpot.co.za and PlayLive allow non-registered visitors to try out the games for free).
  • Make sure your chosen website (free slots or online or mobile casino) is secure (and licensed if it’s a casino).
  • If you buy or download a free slots game from an app store, stick to playing the base game and avoid making any in-game purchases.
  • Play for fun and don’t get sucked into playing for money until you know what you are doing and how casinos and real money games work and affect you.