When it comes to gambling, slot machines are one of the simplest. Many people love to play slots because of the inviting nature of the games with lights and sounds and because some believe that you can win easily at slots. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Winning on slot machines is doable. However, it is far from easy. Luck plays a significant role in slot machine success, but that isn’t all that it takes. There’s no sure way of winning when it comes to slots, but with a few tips and tricks, you can maximize your chances at slots.
To figure out the do’s and don’ts of slot machines, first, you need to understand how slot machines work. Indeed, there are tons of myths surrounding slot machines. And even though many people play them, some don’t understand how to win at slot machines. After all, what’s to learn. Right? Wrong. Assuming that slots are easy to win, that there’s a significant chance of winning and there aren’t any specific strategies that they need to learn to increase their chances of winning couldn’t be further from the truth. Myths have led people to believe that you can guess what’s going to pop up based on the symbols that are shown. But the truth is every spin on a slot machine is random. Every time someone plays the machine, the computer program picks a random symbol of the first, second and third reel. The return of the machine is then based on the probability of lining up the winning combinations and the associated payouts. The sequence of the symbols is not influenced. Therefore, every spin has the same chance of winning as the previous spin. Knowing this and having a bit of luck on your side can significantly impact your slots machine success. Here are some other tips to win at slot machines.
The one-play strategy is one of the simplest and most effective. You’re going to play the slots machine of your choice only once with the highest amount possible. If you win, go ahead and play again, but if not, you move on to another machine. This simple strategy can work. However, it does require a bit of luck, too. The one-play strategy also saves players from sitting at the same slots machine for hours on end.
Play Free Slots
This tactic can only be used at online casinos, and there are many reputable online casinos that offer free slots with no deposit options. Playing free slots has its advantages, and by taking advantage of free slots and no deposit bonus codes, you can get a lot for free. Slots strategy is about giving yourself as many slots advantages as you can. So, a lot of playing the slots comes down to chance, which is why the best ways of winning result from seizing whatever opportunities you can to get ahead. Playing for free allows you to study the pay tables, paylines and bonus features of that slots machine to your advantage. By not spending any money to play slots, you’re getting in good practice time and have the same chances of winning as someone who spent money to play, and with a little luck, you might win!
Play Random Slots with Jackpots
One thing that makes slot machines so popular are the jackpots, and there are two types: fixed and progressive jackpots. Slots machines with a fixed jackpot have a minimum jackpot amount that does not change. On the other hand, with randomly awarded progressive slots, the jackpot increases steadily the more people play them. A fraction of their bet falls into the jackpot pool, and the jackpot continues to increase until it is won. Usually, progressive machines come with an indicator that shows the player that the maximum payout can change based on how many people play that machine. Thus, making the jackpot progressively higher or lower. It is highly debatable whether one should play progressive jackpot slots, but playing can be tons of fun, and if you bet sensibly and pace yourself, you might win big!
Know Which Slots to Avoid
It’s no secret that there are easier slots to win. There are certain slot machines that you want to avoid, which are mainly offline in land-based casinos. For example, you may want to avoid airport slots. They are highly visible, and people are coming and going at a frantic rate. Airport slots are known as some of the worst to play almost anywhere you go. It’s better to wait until you’ve reached your destination and then find a local casino. Plus, you want to play on machines that are right in the middle of other machines so that you won’t have any problems moving on if you’ve hit a cold streak.
Know Your Limits
Before you begin playing, it is crucial to set a limit. If you’re playing at a physical casino, it is best to take a set amount of money that you are comfortable with losing, and when that money is gone, you know your time is up! It is so easy to let all the excitement, noise and lights get to you that sometimes, you may end up losing all your money if you’re not careful. Everyone loves to win, and if you find yourself way up, it may be a good time to stop because the longer you play, the better chances you have of losing.
If your bankroll is declining, be smart and stop once you’ve reached your limit. It is never wise to chase losses. Casino games are some of the best forms of entertainment, and you can win tons of money by playing. However, it is critical to play for fun and not for winning. You should always play responsibly and don’t overdo it! Slots can take a lot of patience, and with the tips given above, along with playing smart, you can increase your chances of winning tremendously.
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Older-style slot machine rule #1: To win big, bet big (Winning at Older Casinos).
Older Casinos: Initial Gambling Rules in 2003
After my very first casino gambling experiences starting in 2003, I spent more and more time thinking about them without much progress on learning how to win. But, I wasn’t yet thinking about how to win. Rather, I was mostly thinking about the potential dangers of what I was getting into.
Eventually, I made a decision to keep trying to figure out this whole slots gambling thing. I wasn’t expecting to win any significant amount of money, not ever. Rather, I was hoping not to lose a significant amount of money.
At this time, my primary motivation was wanting to develop better control over my emotions while gambling at a casino. While there, I felt overwhelmed. I didn’t like feeling as though I was being ruled by them, at times almost controlled by my emotions.
If my reaction to these strong emotions was a personal weakness, I knew I wouldn’t just find myself exposing this behavior at a casino. I could potentially be surprised by it at other times, either while simply living my life or when working professionally. I felt, if possible, it needed to be properly addressed.
So, with this reasoning in mind for proceeding with gaining additional slot machine gambling experiences, I took a long look around where I lived for any nearby casinos within driving distance. As it happened, there was a nice casino relatively nearby. In fact, its size and facilities far exceeded what I’d even heard about casinos being like at that point in my life.
The local casino had table games, floors of slot machines, a high limit slot room, and horse racing. And, oh, the splendor of the buffet! To all my senses, it was simply delightful. So, with that limited assessment of a gambling establishment, about every month or more I’d take about $25 from my monthly graduate student stipend to go there and fully expected to gamble it all away on slot machines.
But, would I…?
Older-style slot machine rule #2: Pick a machine that has multipliers, a second spin, or both (Winning at Older Casinos).
Older Casinos: Six Months Playing a 25-Cent, 3-Credit Slot Machine
For a few years, this gambling establishment was the only casino I went to. It was the Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino outside of Des Moines, Iowa in the small city of Altoona. I started going there in 2004, with my last visit in early 2006 after I’d graduated and moved away to the east coast of the U.S.. I admittedly had what I still consider to be a fairly wild and crazy time.
I learned many things about playing slot machines during those visits, both what seemed to work and what seemed not to work. Although, it all started out tamely enough.
As mentioned, every few weeks or so I’d take $25 and play it on slots. After looking around for a while at the various slot machines available, I settled on one machine that I liked. It was a fairly typical $0.25 denomination, 3-credit slot machine.
I liked it for two reasons, specifically because the:
- Payout table was easy to read; and
- Reel symbols were relatively simple.
I had no special requirements other than I didn’t want to have to keep figuring out the “pay table” every time I moved to a different slot machine. A pay table, just to be clear, is a description of what symbols or combination of symbols result in a win as well as the cash amount of that win.
For 20 visits over a 6-month period, I sat and played with a bankroll of $25 at this specific quarter-dollar, 3-credit slot machine. If I won any small amount, I’d either take it home to use it as my bankroll on the next visit or put it back in immediately to spend it right then on that machine. For the most part, I found that I was enjoying myself.
However, I happen to be a non-smoker. At the time, this casino was often smoky, especially when a smoker sat next to me and lit up a cigarette or cigar, which bothered my allergies quite a lot. If it became particularly smoky at the casino, I found that after I got home I had to bag my clothes until washday just so that I didn’t wake up in the middle of the night with a mild asthma attack.
However, my real dissatisfaction didn’t occur until 6 months had passed, when I won my first “big” jackpot. It wasn’t a taxable jackpot, i.e., $1,200 or more, but it happened to be the maximum jackpot that that slot machine had to offer: $1,000.
By then, my gambling records showed that, altogether over 6 months of effort, I’d spent nearly $500 to win that $1,000 jackpot. Imagine my sitting there and staring at a jackpot for an amount equal to 10% of my annual gross income and, I naively thought, tax-free to boot.
But why the feeling of dissatisfaction? Yes, I’d made back the $500 I’d spent over 6 months. Yes, I also had $500 of profit in my hand. But, I had realized that I had only $500 to show for 6 months of effort. Had I even exceeded minimum wage based on all the hours I’d spend gambling? Not even close.
I appreciated the win and all, I truly did, but I kept thinking that there has to be a better way to win than doing this! My response, my decision, my deliberate approach was, as usual, to do more research! To do more thinking!
With a little more thought, I decided that I should search this relatively new thing in 2004 called the World-Wide-Web, i.e., what we of course now call the internet, for any advice it might be able to share at winning when gambling via slot machines.
Older-style slot machine rule #3: Find a machine at or near the end of a row of machines that is near an area where groups are (Winning at Older Casinos).
Older Casinos: 2004 Internet Advice on Choosing a Winning Slot Machine
The gambling just described took place around the time Google was starting to become available as a fairly decent Internet search engine, including to engineering graduate students such as I was at that time. I proceeded to search online using this remarkable new research tool.
What I read online about slot machine gambling seemed fascinating. I don’t remember the specific keywords I used during my internet search, and certainly don’t remember the URL addresses I ended up linking to, but the advice I found went like this:
- To win big, bet big;
- Pick a machine that has multipliers, a second spin, or both; and
- Find a machine at or near the end of a row of machines that is near an area where people naturally group together that has both items 1) and 2).
The first suggestion made a certain fine logical sense to me.
The second suggestion was a bit of an eye-opener, but certainly seemed like an excellent idea.
The third suggestion struck me as bizarre. Could it be true, that a casino would actively try to engage, to entice, to effectively manipulate its patrons into gambling from within its own property? How completely fascinating!
I resolved to try out the suggestions on my next casino visit. This is when my gambling really started to become an interesting story to the people I was talking to, mostly my engineering professors and the staff I most often worked with at the university. These friends and co-workers were my first audience.
Bankroll: The bundle of cash used to make bets on a slot machine or other forms of gambling (Winning at Older Casinos).
Older Casinos: Older-Style Versus Newer-Style Slot Machines
The story about my first gambling experiences from more than a decade ago can be examined closely in a way helpful to beginners on how to best approach slots gambling. That experience was entirely centered on the older-style slot machines, a technological type of slot machine I’ve recently observed to still be prevalent in many older casinos.
What I mean by older-style slot machines is that all slot machines I’ve worked with give the appearance of being separated into two different mechanical-electrical systems. Both kinds accept a patron’s card, but the older-style machines have LED readouts that display simple red or yellow messages such as a scrolling “WELCOME JON!” These LED displays are much smaller, but similar to signs still seen outside of a bank displaying the current temperature and date.
This type of LED message display for the players club card clearly indicates an older-style slot machine. These types of slot machines can be found at older casinos, but never at relatively new casinos.
From my slot machine gambling experience of 10+ years ago, these types of slot machines had constant odds of winning roughly the same number and size of taxable jackpots day and night for every day of the week, continuing until a casino slot technician physically opened up the machine and manually changed the odds of winning and relative sizes of jackpots.
A slot machine can still be of the older-style variety even if it has been updated to display for the players club information. Older-style and new-style slot machines have the primary difference of being controlled by a central computer system. In one limiting case, slots with LED display are not controlled in this matter.
In the other limiting case, slots with multi-color touch screen displays similar to a smart device display are controlled by a central computer system.
Those slots with displays which are less high tech than smart devices, but higher tech than LED displays, can be difficult to determine whether or not they are older-style or newer-style slot machines. However, for what it is worth, I’ve yet to confirm any non-touch screen player card display slot machine to be controlled by a central computer.
In my experience, new-style machines can be found any new casino that has opened since early 2013. Their high-resolution, small, color touchscreen displays allow for checking players club balances, ordering beverages, and collecting any eligible free slot play.
In general, newer-style machines can be found any new or renovated casino that has opened or re-opened since early 2013 (Winning at Older Casinos).
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