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Slots : Game Tips & Strategies


Slot machines are not a game of skill and therefore it is difficult or impossible to device a strategy that gives the player the advantage. So if you're one of the 70 percent willing to do battle against these cybernetic one-armed bandits, some of these slot tips below will help you overcome the casino's huge house advantage.

The only true skill to playing slots is machine identification. Example: progressive machines offer the opportunity to compare and shop around for the best value. One 25 cent "slot machine carousel" can have a progressive jackpot of $2,600, and another bank of machines- exactly the same and standing side by side-$1,900. You should always be looking for the best slot opportunities possible.

The same goes for online progressive machines. Comparison shop! There are tons of online progressive machines, and since they are all connected to different casinos, not just other machines, the jackpots can be huge. Surf around, check them out. Try PlayTheBet.com or Online-Casino-Jackpots.com for progressive information.

Casinos will advertise machines that have a 98.5 percent payback. WOW! A casino game holding just a percent and a half, and on a slot machine no less. But there's a down side. If you look closely at the advertisement, it will probably say "on select machines." Furthermore, it probably won't be posted on the machine itself, and it will generally be limited to a single bank of machines in the casino. Now it becomes your responsibility to find them. Easiest way: Ask a slot employee, and if he or she doesn't know, have one of them ask a direct supervisor. They will tell you, it's their job to serve you, not protect the casino's money!

Casinos give away millions of dollars in comps each year, and as a slot player, you deserve your share. Repeat, you deserve your share. How? Casinos now offer you the ability to "comp yourself" by using one of their player's club slot cards. It's generally based on the number of coins you cycle through a machine, so you might as well get credit for all those quarters you're inserting. Shop casinos for comp value and find out what you're worth to them.

Again, in the comp department, online casinos have their own programs, and they usually beat the land based casinos. Online casinos have a much lower overhead, they don't have an electric bill and they don't pay any dealers a salary. They also have a lot more competition, and they know it. So they're willing to go the extra mile to keep you as a player. Shop around and see who's willing to give you what you want, aside from the awesome games.

You always want to treat "comps" as a form of profit, but you never want to gamble just to receive them. It's much better to play a 98percent payback machine and increase your winning opportunities than play machines with a poor return that cycle more of your coins. Remember, you're there to stay in action and possibly win, not lose your bankroll for a free buffet.

If you can't afford to play the maximum amount of coins, you shouldn't be playing that denomination of machine. If dollar slots are too rich for your blood, drop down to a quarter machine. It's always better value to play five quarters versus one dollar or five nickels instead of one quarter.

It is recommended not to play back the credits you've accumulated. Cash out and take stock. The problem with playing back credits is that the longer you stay, the machines built-in advantage eats away at them. It doesn't take long to zero out.

Can't decide which type of slot machine to play? If you're going to choose between video poker and slots, play video poker. Even poor play on a video poker machine will have a better payback than most slot machines. Check out the Video Poker School for some tips and strategies.

Before you walk away from a machine, don't forget to press the cash-out button. Millions are lost each year by gamblers forgetting their winnings (stored credits).

It is your responsibility, if destiny favours you, that you receive full payment when hitting a jackpot. Even with some relatively small jackpots, if the slot is short coins in the hopper, you'll receive only a partial cash payment in the tray, with the balance to be paid by a slot attendant. If you were to insert more coins and pull the handle, say bye-bye to the remainder of your jackpot.

Read all the posted material on a slot machine. It is your responsibility to fully understand all printed information concerning the number of coins to insert, lines needed to be lit, prizes or awards. In most cases, when someone calls a slot attendant over and complains the machine "just ripped me off," that individual generally didn't read the pay schedule correctly.

When you insert coins, don't assume all the tokens register before you pull the handle. Played five but only four recorded? Sorry. You'll get a sympathetic pat on the back from the casino, but no money.

Avoid machines that use video representations of symbols. With these slots, there is absolutely no way to figure out what the payoff percentage of that machine is.

Most casinos will hold a slot for you while you go to the restroom, take a short break or even go on a buffet run. Just ask a slot supervisor to reserve your machine and give a specific time when you'll return.

Don't chain yourself to a cold machine, even if it's your favourite. Why? Because the longer you stay on any slot, the more time the machine's built- in mathematical advantage has to work you over. This is how casinos build megaresorts, time always working on their side and a mathematical edge on each and every slot.

When searching for high payback machines, ask a few employees where the local players find the best slot value. Simply put, locals don't play dog machines.



Slots School Lessons
Lesson 1: Slot Machine History
Learn how the one arm bandits where created
Lesson 2: Slot Machine Rules
The basics to playing Slots
Lesson 3: Slot Machine Tips
Simple strategies for these chance machines
Lesson 4: Slot Machine Vocabulary
Learn slot machine terms
 
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