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Online Casino Games - Rules Explained

Football Rules

5-Reel, 25-Line SlotFree Games Feature & Win Multiplier!

Football fans and casino aficionados will both love Football Rules online casino slot. This game comes with Wild Symbols, Big Scatter Wins and a sporty Free Spins Bonus Game. There is also the chance of winning 10,000 times your line bet in a single spin, as well as the chance of a Progressive Jackpot with the Dollar Ball side bet game. Score a winning goal when you play Football Rules! at William Hill Casino now.

The aim of the main Football Rules slot game is to spin the reels and match symbols across the played paylines.

To Play the Game:

  • Start by selecting the coin size for your Line Bet. Do this by using the +/- buttons either side of the coin box on the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.
  • Next you must choose your Line Bet. This is achieved by clicking on the Bet per Line button on the bottom left of the screen. Each time you click on this box another coin of your chosen value will be added to the Line Bet. If you continue to click the box the total coins wagered will reset to one. The maximum amount of coins to add to the Line Bet is 10. If you wish to play for a higher Line Bet you must increase the coin size.
  • Finally you must choose the number of lines you wish to play for each spin. Do this by pressing the Lines button on the bottom centre of the screen. Each time you press the Lines button another payline will be added to the bet. You can play between 1 and 25 lines for each spin. Lines can also be selected by clicking on one of the numbers on the sides of the reels. Each number refers to that particular payline and all those numerically below it. For example, if you choose ‘20’, paylines 1 through 19 will also be activated for the next spin. Actively pressing the Lines button allows you to view the paylines as they appear across the reels.
  • The Total Bet for each spin is calculated as Line Bet x Number of Lines.
  • When you have selected your lines and bet, press the Spin button to start the Football Rules slot game. You can also spin the reels by selecting the Bet Max button; this automatically activates all 25 paylines and spins the reels at your chosen Line Bet.
  • If a winning spin is achieved it will be clearly highlighted on the reels and the amount won is displayed in the bar located just above the Spin button. If you open the Paytable after a winning spin the value will be clearly highlighted by flashing on screen.
  • The Paytable can be accessed by selecting the Paytable button from the bottom left-hand corner of the screen. The Paytable will display all the winning combinations and their values. It also displays a graphic showing where all the paylines are located on the reels. You can also find out more information on the Dollar Ball payouts from the Paytable. Dollar Ball will be explained in greater detail in a section below. To exit the Paytable press the Back button, which is located on the bottom left of the screen.


Paylines are the pathways that matching symbols must follow across the reels to achieve Line Wins. You can view the paylines by actively pressing the Lines Button, or by loading the Paytable to view a graphic.

With the exception of Scatter Wins, all winning combinations must appear on a payline, moving left to right across the reels in an unbroken chain starting on reel 1.

Please Note: the Line Bet and Total Bet are different. The Line Bet is the amount wagered on a single payline, whereas the Total Bet is the accumulative amount wagered on all paylines. The Total Bet is the amount that will be deducted from your balance for each spin played. The value of a Line Win is calculated by multiplying the amount displayed in the Paytable by the Line Bet. The value of a Scatter win is calculated by multiplying the amount displayed in the Paytable by the Total Bet.

About Payouts:

All the winning combinations and their values are displayed in the Paytable. Only the highest win is paid on each individual payline. Multiple wins can occur on different paylines, these are added together and paid as a Total win.

The Wild Symbol can substitute for all other symbols (except Bonus and Scatter) to help make winning combinations (Line Wins). A group of 2 or more Wild Symbols on a payline can also form their own standalone win with a separate payout. In this case it is possible that there will be coinciding wins on the same payline, the Wild Symbol combination and another where the Wild Symbols substitute for others; you will be paid for whichever is higher.

All Line Wins work left to right across the reels starting with reel 1.

Scatter Symbol:

The Scatter Symbol does not need to land on any payline to be considered active. If 3 or more Scatter Symbols appear anywhere on the reels – regardless of how many lines you play – you will be awarded a cash win. This is calculated by multiplying the value in the Paytable by the Total Bet.

Bonus Symbol:

The Bonus Symbols appear on reels 1 and 5 only. If the Bonus Symbol lands on both reels 1 and 5 you will be awarded the Football Rules! Bonus. When the Bonus is awarded:

  • You will be taken to a new screen which displays six footballs in front of a football net. You will be prompted to “Choose Your Lucky Ball.” Clicking on a ball will reveal the number of Free Spins you are awarded.  You can reveal up to 20 Free Spins.
  • Next you will be awarded a ‘Penalty Kick’, choose the direction of your shot. When the goal is scored it will reveal the multiplier for your Free Spins. You can win up to a 10x multiplier.
  • Press Continue to start the Free Spins.
  • The Free Spins will play through automatically. On the top left of the screen a box will display the remaining number of free spins, the bet multiplier and the accumulative total won in Free Spins.
  • All Line Wins and Scatter Wins are subject to the Bet Multiplier won in the initial stage of the Bonus.
  • All Line Bets and Lines played are the same as the triggering bet. This cannot be adjusted.
  • Extra Free Spins can be awarded in the same manner as the base game, i.e. landing a Bonus Symbol on both reel 1 and reel 5. The multiplier will not change if this happens.
  • When all Free Spins have been played through, your Total Win will be displayed and you will be returned to the main game.

Dollar Ball:

When you play Football Rules! online slot at William Hill Casino you can also play a side bet Progressive Jackpot game called Dollar Ball. The outcome of the Dollar Ball Jackpot game is completely independent from the outcome of Football Rules slot and vice versa.

Dollar Ball is a lottery type game where the objective is to match your numbers (you must choose 5 numbered balls between 1 and 49) to the numbers drawn. If you match 5 numbers to the drawn numbers you will win the Dollar Ball Progressive Jackpot.

To Play Dollar Ball:

  • The Dollar Ball Menu is located on the top right-hand side of your screen. Press Enable to open the Dollar Ball Menu. Click on your 5 numbers to select, or choose the Random Pick option to have them selected at random for you.
  • When you have selected your numbers press Activate. This will close the Dollar Ball Menu and confirm your selections. Your selections will be displayed along the top of the screen above the reels.
  • The next time you spin the reels in the main game (Football Rules!) the Dollar Ball game will start. A cash prize will be awarded for matching at least one ball to the drawn balls.
  • There is a separate payout menu for Dollar Ball which can be viewed by selecting the Dollar Ball Paytable from the top of the screen in the Football Rules! Paytable.
  • You can change your Dollar Ball numbers for every spin if you wish.

Please note: when you spin the reels again on Football Rules, you will be automatically entered into the Dollar Ball game again – and the entry cost deducted from your balance – unless you press the Disable button.


When you play Dollar Ball as a side bet game you are playing for a Progressive Jackpot award. Therefore certain information should be made known to you:

A Progressive Jackpot is funded by taking a small percentage of each player’s wagers. This can be done through several different games and various online casino providers. The idea is that it gets bigger and bigger until it is won by a casino player. The casino will provide a base amount – usually called a seed – this will ensure that the Progressive Jackpot is still relatively large, even if it is won twice in quick succession.

Please note:

  • In some casino games you may have to make a specific bet to be eligible for the Jackpot Award – in the case of Football Rules it is simply to play the Dollar Ball side bet game.
  • The software used at William Hill Casino is designed to record the exact point in every game prior to any disconnections. Therefore, if your internet signal is lost to your PC or device you will be able to play for the same Jackpot amount in Dollar Ball on re-establishing a connection once more.
  • The casino must inform all players if the jackpot fund is no longer available, i.e.  if the game has been discontinued by the casino.

The Dollar Ball Progressive Jackpot is awarded and funded as explained in the following table:

Seed (the base money provided by the casino) = 10,000 x bet.

Contribution rate (% of each bet used to fund jackpot) = 10% of each bet.

Win Condition (what is needed to win jackpot prize) = match 5 balls.

Win requirement (eligibility requirement for the jackpot) = play the Dollar Ball game (€1).


Paytable – Opens the paytable.

Bet Per Line – Increases the line bet by a single coin.

Select Lines – Activates another payline.

Bet Max – Activates every payline with the maximum line bet, and then spins the reels.

Spin – Spins the reels.

+ and - buttons – adds or subtracts a coin.


This feature is not activated during a single player game. Nevertheless, you can respond to a casino administrator if a chat is initiated with you.

The casino toolbar contains the several icons:

  • Current balance

Your account balance. This is the money you can use to play the casino games.

  • Cashier

Clicking this button opens the Cashier window, where you can make deposits and withdrawals, see your transaction history, etc.

  • Play for Real Money

This button appears only in Fun or Offline Mode. Clicking it will take you to the Real Money account creation page. If you already have a Real Money account, it will take you to the Play for Real Money login screen.

  • Chat

Clicking this button will activate the black strip to the left of it, turning it into a text box. Enter a message and click Chat again. A separate chat window will open. Please note: You can only talk to other players in multiplayer games.

  • Menu

Three popular functions are united under the Menu. Clicking History (unavailable in Offline mode) will open the game history window, where you can see the details of recent game rounds.

Options allows you to change audio quality and various gameplay settings, and Help opens the help article that you are reading right now.

Online Support lets you contact a customer support specialist, if one is online.

  • Close/Lobby

This closes the game window and returns you to the Lobby. While in Multiwindow support (games meaning that games are opened in new windows), the button will say Close. When not using Multiwindow support (when games are opened in the same window as the Lobby), the button will say Lobby. This feature can be enabled in the Options window.

Shortcut keys

These keys can be used instead of the on-screen buttons.

  • TAB highlights the next button on the screen.
  • ENTER is like clicking on the button that is currently highlighted
  • SPACEBAR spins the reels using the currently set bet.
  • ESC is the way to exit the game.

Note on disconnections: If you are disconnected from the Internet in the middle of a game while playing for Real Money, please re-establish your Internet connection and log back into the casino. You can then click the History button to see the outcome of your previous round.

Note on large wins: Winning amounts of $10,000 or more are considered large wins, and these will have to be checked by a live operator.

Note on malfunctions: A malfunction voids all pays and plays.

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