Bavarian-born American inventor Charles Fey created the first working coin-operated gambling machine in 1895. Since that time, citizens of the world have remained hooked on the spinning wheels of chance in the hopes of winning giant payouts. With that in mind, we’ve compiled the best tips to help you win at playing slots. Read them before your next trip to Vegas, Atlantic City or any other gambling destination.
10 – Hot vs. Cold Machines
When it comes to the payout frequency of a slot machine many casino-goers tend to favour what is called “hot” machines. The temperature of a machine is gauged by its willingness to pay out; “hot” means a slot has frequent payouts, whereas “cold” slots garner virtually non-existent payouts. Take our word for it, this is a downright myth. Jumping from machine to machine has zero chance of affecting payout percentages, but does coincidentally count as part of your daily exercise routine.
9 – Location! Location! Location!
Here is one thing you need to know about slot machines: when it comes to payout frequencies of slot machines in most major casinos, it is an actual fact that machines placed at the end of an aisle pay out more money. There are two running theories as to why this may be. The first has to do with casino owners wanting your big payouts front-and-center for other patrons to witness. The other, more unlikely, a theory has to do with the fact there is more room for you to breathe and get comfortable due to there being one less person playing beside you. Either way, the place to be is at the end!
8 – Technical Interference
Admit it, you’ve seen technicians walking away from a slot machine and automatically run for the complete opposite end of the casino. That’s because instinctually you have assumed one of two things: that there was an error on the machine that needed fixing or the machine just had a major payout and required a reset. Either way most superstitious casino patrons will avoid that slot machine like the plague. The good news is that the odds are forever in your favour and randomised. Even if a machine just paid out a million dollars, the odds are the same no matter where you sit and play your money. So take a chance on the newly reset machine — it could very well pay out big time.
7 – Max Amounts
You don’t have to put down $1,000 per pull to win big at slots. The trick is to bet the max on the particular slot machine in front of you. When you bet big, you win bigger. So don’t go for the bare minimum. Take your chances on the bigger bets and you have a better chance of winning the largest payouts.
6 – Progressive Slots
Increase a number of payouts by letting other people throw into your pot. Look for progressive jackpot slot machines. Every time a player bets, part of that bet goes into a progressive jackpot. When a winner hits, the payout is exponentially bigger than a machine that racks up winnings on its own.
5 – Small Jackpots
This point may run counter to the two above it but it’s actually just a different strategy. More people will play the machines with the larger jackpots. Increase your odds of winning by heading to less-popular machines.
4 – Lever vs. Button Play
One major tip every casino adventurer should learn is that there is no difference between pushing a button to play vs. pulling a lever. All slot machines are completely computerised and behave much the same way as online slots. Many believe in the power of the lever because it is reminiscent of the “Old Vegas” but it’s simply superstition. Save your arm from unnecessary reaching, and just press the conveniently located spin button instead.
3 – Clubs
Most land-based casinos have clubs you can join that essentially work like loyalty programs. As you bet, you earn. You can then use those credits on slot machines, which is more money in your pocket.
2 – Research
Casinos will not release the odds of their machines winning – but players and other insiders often will. Most slot machines range from 80 to 98 percent winning so why not head to one with better odds?
1 – Limits
Slot machines have gained much of their popularity over the years due to their interactive interface features. In fact, casino patrons prefer slot machines two-to-one over video poker and table games combined. Influenced by their favourite gambling scenes from the silver screen and armed with superstition and lady luck, every casino patron has his or her own technique for guaranteeing a win. The good news is that every player has the same odds of winning as anyone else on the casino floor.