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Slots Machine Strategy Guide

Some players swear by a certain system of playing slots that is more likely to result in winnings. However, slot game outcomes are not influenced by the player as they are in games such as Blackjack or Poker. In fact, they are based entirely on luck. Although this means that playing a progressive jackpot slot game simply because it has seen a great deal of traffic without paying out does not alter the odds of it doing so in any way, there are some things that you can do to manage your bankroll effectively while playing.

Common Slot Game Strategis

Knowing the Game

One of the best things that you can do when playing online slots is to pick one or two games and play exclusively on them. Slot games can often be flashy and confusing, and are designed to be that way. The less you understand about a slot game, the more likely it is that you will not be able to make solid bets that are likely to result in a jackpot.

When you first start playing slots at an casino site, try the following steps:

  • Try ten different games that interest you. They may be themes that you enjoy or game varieties that interest you (progressive, 5 reel, 7 reel, etc.)
  • Spin the reel a few times on each game to see how the system works. Set a maximum amount of money that you are willing to use during this test round. If you are using a bonus awarded by the casino, this is the perfect opportunity to use it.
  • Choose three games from your original set that you feel like you understand and focus on them. Learn everything you can about their different wagers, paylines and bonus features.
  • Narrow your list down to two games and stick with them for the long haul. Eventually, you will never be surprised by any spin of bonus and your wagering can become automatic.

Smart Wagering

One of the biggest mistakes that slot players make when playing online is to not bet the maximum paylines when they are playing for a jackpot. Nothing can be more disappointing than seeing the correct symbols slam to a stop on a line where you placed no wager. On most slot games, this means that the jackpot will not pay out.

On games where the jackpot is not determined based on your total wager, you are at no advantage when betting more than the minimum bet on each payline. So, if you are playing for the jackpot, make the minimum bet on every available payline. Even on games where there is no jackpot, making a very small bet on each line increases your chances of winning on every screen. While the winnings may be small each time, you are at a much better advantage by repeatedly winning 25 cents until you have won a total of $20.00 than you are by betting $20.00 on a single spin and hoping for the best.

Specific Game Strategies

Multiplier: Multiplier slot games determine payouts based on the amount that you wagered. In its simplest form, you can consider each wager of a set denomination to pay out an amount used as a multiplier. For example, a machine that accepts bets of $1.00 increments per spin may pay out $10.00 for a bet of $1.00 (your original wager times 10), $20.00 for a bet of $2.00 and $30.00 for a bet of $3.00. Some symbols may change the multiplier to a different number. For example, three cherries may actually multiply your original bet by 500 while three crowns may multiply your bet by 10,000. When playing multiplier slot games, you are always at an advantage by making the maximum bet.

Buy a Pay: These slot games require certain wager amount to unlock features of the games. For example, a bet of $1.00 might only allow the player to only win if a certain set of symbols matches but not if others match. A wager of $2.00 can unlock another set of symbols and $3.00 may unlock the jackpot symbols. If you choose to play these types of slot games, you should always bet the maximum amount required to unlock all of the symbols. You will be very disappointed if symbols match that you did not unlock when you made your initial wager.

Money Management

The most important strategy in slot games is money management. Slots have the potential to become very expensive games to play. Even games that only require 25 cents per spin can quickly add up. Consider the following:

  • The average slot player can complete 600 pulls per hour of continuous play.
  • The average bet on a quarter slot game is 50 cents.
  • This means that the hourly wagered amount is $300.00.
  • The pay out percentage is usually around 93%.
  • The average hourly loss (assuming the above conditions are met with no variables) is $21.00.

Every session may be different and mathematics cannot determine your success at slots. However, you can use the formula to determine your budget. If you only have $20.00 to spend, you can easily see that slots with 25 cent wagers will typically deplete your bankroll in a very short amount of time with a total of 80 spins from your original amount. However, playing the penny slots with the same amount will allow for a total (assuming no money is won) of 2,000 spins. If you are able to complete 600 spins per hour, you can stretch your original bankroll to nearly 3 1/2 hours.

Even professional gamblers set an amount that they can afford to lose and stop playing when they have lost it. Just as important is setting an amount you hope to win. If you begin playing with $20.00 and set a stop point of $40.00, play until you have lost $20.00 or won $40.00. If you continue to play after winning $40.00, you risk losing it all again. Most big winners at slot games make the mistake of treating their win as "found money" that can be used to increase their winnings even more. By setting both loss and gain points during every session, you set yourself up for a professional attitude towards gambling that can keep your slot pay consistent and lucrative.

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