Making The Most Of Bonus Buy Slots

One of my best tips to maximize your gambling budget while playing slotmachines is to play those games that provide some advantage, such as bonus buy slots. Check this guide to know more about them.

Are you one of those slot players that hunt down games with the best bonus features? Do you refuse to give up on a game until you’ve seen all the bonus features in action? Do you avoid playing games that don’t offer enough bonus features? Yeah, us too!

We all like the slots, but nobody can deny that what really makes a slot great are the bonus features. From free spins to crazy respins, cascading symbols, and hidden prize picks, any slot becomes a better slot with more bonus features.

Then, of course, the only thing worse than a slot with no bonuses is a slot that offers bonus features that seem like they only trigger once in every ten thousand spins. How frustrating is that?!  Pass….NEXT!

If you’re in the mood for a hardcore bonus feature binge, what you need to do is get yourself in front of a bonus buy slot machine. What’s a bonus buy slot, you say? Well, we’re glad you asked.

What Is A Bonus Buy Slot?

Bonus buy slots, sometimes called feature buy slots, allow the player to buy directly into one or more of the game’s bonus features, usually for a preset multiple of the current bet.

For example, if you’re playing on a slot with an overall bet of $.50, a bonus buy slot might let you buy into the free spins feature for $50. When you buy the feature, it will automatically trigger as if you had triggered it “naturally” and prize payouts will correspond with your original bet size—$.50 in this case.

Free spins are one of the most popular features that bonus buy slots offer (although they aren’t really free if you’re buying them), but some slots will let you buy directly into other specific features that they offer.

The ability to pay a price to get directly into the bonus round originated with the White Rabbit slot from Big Time Gaming (BTG) in 2017. BTG is also known for the more recent development of the wildly popular Megaways™ system.

BTG called the bonus buy system Feature Drop™. Although similar buy-in features have been implemented by other design studios under different names, the Feature Drop™ system that appears on White Rabbit is still unique in that the game allows the player to collect tokens during regular play that discount the buy-in amount and even make it possible to reduce the cost to zero.

What Are The Benefits Of This Slot Type?

The most obvious benefit of being able to buy into a slot’s bonus features is that you can skip the base game spins, which could get into the hundreds or even thousands before the bonus round triggers, and get right into the action that you like the most.

On some slots, the RTP rate (return to player rate) is higher during a bonus buy feature. It won’t be an astronomical difference, but if you check the game’s rules you might find that when you buy the bonus you get a few extra percentage points on the RTP rate.

What To Be Aware Of When Playing Bonus Buy Slots

It’s important to check the rules of any particular bonus buy slot machine that you want to play. Buying into the bonus feature is an expensive wager in general. Most slots will charge anywhere from 50 to 150 times your current stake. Some slots go higher than 500 times. With that much money in play, it’s in your best interest to find out what you’re getting into before you make the buy.

What Is Guaranteed?

Look to see what exactly is guaranteed when you buy into the feature. Some slots guarantee that you will win a minimum amount or that you’ll get a specific number of spins, etc. Other slots will trigger the feature but it remains possible that you won’t win anything at all. Beyond those, you’ll also find slots that take your buy-in in exchange for raising the odds of triggering a bonus feature, but they don’t actually guarantee that the feature will trigger.

Is There More Than One Option?

There are a few slots out there that offer you a choice of prices and features. For example, one might charge 50 times your stake to get ten free spins or 75 times the stake for 18 free spins. Others will give you different odds of winning based on how much you pay to buy-in. You’ll find slots that let you buy into two or three separate bonus features for different prices as well.

What Is The Effect On Your Bankroll?

As we mentioned above, buying directly into a slot machine bonus feature can be fairly expensive. You’ll have to pay special attention to how much money you are spending and how much you have available.

Paying 100 times your bet means that you’re going to spend money that would have given you 100 regular spins and the action is going to be over in just a few minutes. If you use the bonus buy function more than occasionally, you can end up going through significantly more money than you are accustomed to spending in a very short period of time.

Will It Affect An Open Casino Bonus?

When you claim a bonus from most casinos they impose betting limits while the bonus is active on your account. Most bonuses have a wagering requirement (you must wager a certain amount before you can claim the full bonus) and impose a $1 single bet limit while the bonus is active.

If you are currently working on clearing a bonus, using the bonus buy feature on a slot machine may count as placing a wager over that limit and therefore invalidate your bonus. If you’re trying to collect any sort of bonus, it’s extremely important that you contact the casino and ask if a slot machine bonus buy violates their maximum bet rule.

No Bonus Buy Slots In The UK

Unfortunately, bonus buy slots were banned in the UK because the UKGC believes they contribute to problem gambling. So, if you’re in the UK, we’re sorry, but you won’t be able to get in on the bonus buy action—although you’ll most likely still be able to play the same slots with the feature disabled.

As far as we know, the UK is the only jurisdiction where bonus buy slots are banned. Players in other areas shouldn’t have any trouble finding or playing slot with the bonus buy feature.

Play Safe And Have Fun

Before we close this article, we’d just like to say once more to make sure you are especially aware of how much money you are gambling if you use the bonus buy feature on slot machines regularly. You should never gamble with money you can’t afford to lose.

Cheers and good luck!

Laura Kirsten

Blogger and Casino Fan, originally from Argentina.

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