- Beware of Your Emotions: Use Money Management
Slots are fun and easy to play. It is therefore very important in playing any negative expectation game to have some money management rules to control your emotions. You need to set a bank roll for the week and set aside a fixed amount to play each session. When the session is over you quit. Don’t be tempted to carry on when the adrenalin is running high. Always play with discipline
- Don’t Play Full Coin Unless You Need To
Don’t play full coin on machines that are “equal distribution” or “straight multipliers.” If you look across the highest pay line and see something like this: 100 coins for one coin; 200 coins for two coins; 300 coins for three coins, you must realize that add-in extra coins to that first one does not get you anything of value. You are playing three times as much to win three times as much when you play full coin – you get no benefit for those extra coins, so don’t play them.
- Always Play Maximum Coins on Progressives
You have to play maximum coins on a progressive machine to be able to win the progressive jackpot. If you don’t play maximum coins, you’re just building the jackpot for someone else with no chance to win it yourself. In addition, how would you feel if the magic combination landed on the pay line and you played only one coin, so you won 5,000 instead of 5,000,000? It won’t do your emotional makeup any favours
- Don’t Believe in Cycles
Don’t believe the myth that slot machines have “cycles” and that if you can figure out the cycles, you can break the machine. While in retrospect, you can plainly see strings of winning and losing cycles, these are the result of the random nature of the game, and not preprogrammed events. Just flip a coin for several thousand decisions and you’ll see all manner of cycles, but you won’t be able to predict what’s coming up based on what happened in the past. The same applies to slot cycles. The past in gambling and often in life is often no harbinger of the future.
- Never Buy a Sure Fire Slot System
Don’t believe anyone who is selling a surefire system to beat the slots in the long run. Many scammers will often attempt to convince the gullible that they have found some magic bullet that will allow players to beat the machines over the long haul. Not so. In the long run a slot machine that is functioning properly will return to the players what it has been programmed to return – or just about.
- Play Machines You’re Comfortable With
Pick a machine you really enjoy playing and then play that machine for maximum return. If you like the idea of winning huge sums, then play full coin in a giant progressive. If, however, you want a chance to win small amounts every time you go to the casino, your best bet would be playing one coin machines
- Read the Payouts
Read the directions on the multi-line games carefully as these games can be confusing. With such games every coin opens up new lines and/or symbols that can win. Judge what it is you want to win and then make sure you play the correct number of coins to win the payback your comfortable with
- Play Higher Denominations
If you can afford them If you are a full-coin 25-cent player, consider going to a single one-dollar coin. It is no secret that the higher the denomination, the better the payback in most venues. Make sure when you move up in denomination to get the better returns, you slow down the pace of your play so that you aren’t putting more money through the machine, Money management is very important.
- The House Edge Take Profits
Slot machines have a larger house edge than other casino games. While winning is great, in the long run it will cost you money to play. It is important therefore to follow the money management rules we gave you earlier and make sure when you do hit the jackpot you bank the majority or all of your winnings.
- Slots ARE Fun!
If you play slots make sure you enjoy the experience and play a game your comfortable with by there very nature slots are not just a potential money making game (although it’s nice to win) if you lose you should still enjoy the experience.