Slot machines generate the majority of casino revenue. They are easy to use, low maintenance, and require little player skill.
There are numerous machine games. The jackpot size, combinations, symbols, and coin sizes vary as well. Popular video poker games are included. Today’s machines are all electronic. Symbols are chosen at random, and machines are programmed to pay out a certain percentage.
Game, location, and usage affect machine returns, which range from 85% to 98. The average house advantage is around 9%. Play slots only at casinos that pay out 98 percent.
Recognize the jackpot symbols on your machine. Each machine is unique. Attendants in Las Vegas say winners routinely leave winning machines without waiting for the rest of the payout. Attendants pay the biggest jackpots.
If you win an attendant-paid jackpot of $1,200 or more, don’t touch or leave your machine for even a second. Never add more coins or let anyone touch it. A clerk must complete the transaction.
Always bet the max. Place a five-quarter bet if the machine accepts it. If you get a good hand, this is the best strategy.
Looking for a 98 percent or higher payout on slots with progressive jackpots?
Hot tips for new players
- Are there any guaranteed slots wins? Absolutely:
- Aim for the jackpot.
- Play only if the machine hits one out of four spins.
- If you double your bankroll, stop playing. For example, if you spent $100.00 on slots and won $200.00 or more, CASH OUT!
- Stop playing at a certain point. Avoid the “I must win my money” mentality.
Sorry, I can’t guarantee instant success because beating a house edge of over 10% is difficult, but it doesn’t have to be difficult on your bankroll. So, let’s begin.
Gaming is all about machine identification. For example, progressive machines allow shoppers to compare prices. A 25 cent “machine carousel” can have a progressive jackpot of $2,600, and a bank of identical machines can have a jackpot of $1,900. Always look for the best opportunities.
Casinos will advertise 98.5 percent payback machines. WOW! A casino game with only a % and a half, on a machine. But there’s a catch. If you read the ad carefully, it will likely say “on select machines.” It’s also unlikely to be posted on the machine itself, and it’ll likely be limited to a single bank of machines. Now it’s up to you to find them. Simplest method: Ask an employee, and if they don’t know, ask a direct supervisor.
Every year, casinos give away millions of dollars in comps, and you deserve a piece. You, too, deserve a piece. How? Casinos now allow you to “comp yourself” by using a player’s club card. It’s usually based on how many coins you put in, so you might as well get credit for all those quarters. Find out what you’re worth to casinos. If you play online slots, look for the best comp point offers.
It’s better to play a 98 percent payback machine and increase your winning chances than play machines with a low return that cycle more of your coins. Remember, you’re there to win, not to eat for free.
If you can’t afford to play the maximum coins, don’t play that denomination. If dollar slots are too expensive, try a quarter machine. In general, playing five quarters rather than one dollar or five nickels is better value. The maximum coins always pay the best.
I advise you not to use your credits. Cash out and assess. The issue with playing back credits is that the machine’s built-in advantage eats them away. It’s quick to zero out. If you have $100.00 to play slots, don’t let the machine play back your credits. Consider the credits accumulated as your profit.
Not sure which machine to play? Choose between video poker and slots. Even bad play on a video poker machine pays better than most.
Never leave a machine without pressing the cash-out button. Gamblers who lose their winnings annually lose millions (stored credits).
If you win the lottery, it is your responsibility to receive full payment. Even with small jackpots, if the machine is short on coins, you’ll only get a partial cash payout in the tray, with the rest paid by an attendant. Insert more coins and pull the handle to lose the rest of your jackpot.
Read everything posted on a machine. It is your responsibility to fully comprehend all printed instructions regarding coin insertion, line lighting, and prizes. Most people who call an attendant to complain that the machine “just ripped them off” haven’t read the pay schedule correctly.
Don’t assume all coins register before pulling the handle. Five played, four recorded? Sorry. The casino will sympathise but not reward you.
Avoid machines that display symbols on video. With these slots, there is no way to determine the payback percentage.
While you go to the bathroom, take a break, or go on a buffet run. Simply ask a supervisor to reserve your machine and return at a specific time.
A cold machine, even if it’s your favourite. Why? A machine’s built-in mathematical advantage has to work harder on you the longer you stay on it. They build mega-resorts with time on their side and a mathematical edge on every machine.
Even if you’re only playing slots, you should set a loss limit for your trip and each gaming session. Divide your wad per session, be disciplined, and stick to it.
Ask a few employees where the locals go for the best value. Locals do not play dog machines.
Leave your credit and debit cards at home so you aren’t tempted by the convenience of cash. Caution is advised when betting.