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Slot Machine Tips
The objective of playing slots is to bet coins or credit
and spin the machine's "reels" so that symbols line up on the
machine's "paylines", as described in the machine's "payout"
schedule. Players can choose how many coins or how much credit
to bet per payline and how many paylines to bet on.
The payout schedule displays the machines winning
combinations and the values for each combination. These values
vary according to the credit bet with each spin.
Some machines give players the opportunity to win even more
credit, by allowing them to bet their winnings and original
bet using a secondary betting system.
There are two types of slot machines: "straight" and
"progressive". Both types seem generally the same. One major
difference is that straight slots pay a predetermined value,
as described in their payout schedule. Progressive slots are
usually linked to other slot machines. The other slots may
reside in the same building, state, or even globally, as seems
to be the case with some Internet based slots. These
"progressive" machines share a "jackpot" that increases each
time a player deposits bets at one of the linked machines. As
a result, the jackpot can grow to astronomical
HOW MUCH DO SLOT MACHINES PAY?
Slot machines are
generally programmed to pay a percentage of their winnings.
This percentage tends to be between 85% and 98%, depending on
the machine, it's location and usage. The higher the
percentage, the more the machine tends to payout.
Play machines that advertise a higher payout percentage
(between 95% & 99%). These machines may be dollar or
higher denomination machines.
Ensure you understand the payout schedule prior to deciding
how much to bet per payline and how many paylines to bet on.
It would be unfortunate to produce a winning then realize it
could have been significantly higher had the bet been slightly
Some progressive slots will only award a jackpot win to a
player betting the maximum amount. Not betting the maximum
amount means you could produce the required combination for a
jackpot win but miss out because you did not bet the required
amount. Make sure you understand the payout schedule and if
necessary, ask a machine attendant to clarify it for you.
The amount of credit bet is not related to the likelihood
of spinning a winning combination.
Generally, it seems more beneficial to bet the maximum
amount of credit per payline. The problem, however, is that
this has the potential to quickly exhaust your wallet. With
this in mind, find a machine that best suits your budget. A
quarter machine may suit your budget more so than a dollar
machine, for example.
Recognize when a jackpot (large value) has been won. Some
machines will ask you to call an attendant who will organize
payment to you. Never handle or walk away from a machine that
has just produced a jackpot winning. Call the attendant or
have someone call him/her for you while you wait at the
If you play slots regularly, take a note of which machines
tend to be paying out significantly. If a machine seems to be
paying out significantly, and often, it may be worthwhile
giving this machine a try sometime. You may find that casinos
place their most liberal machines in places where they are
likely to attract attention.
Consider trying the machine next to you if your machine
isn't paying off.
Find out if the venue you intend to play at offers other
incentives, such as points, meals, accommodation, etc., that
goes with your game play. This however doesn't mean that you
should play purely for these secondary benefits.
Try to recognize when your luck may have changed. There are
many examples of people winning significantly then "getting
greedy", so to speak, and losing everything.
Make sure you empty the machine of your credit prior to
leaving it. Each year, people accidentally abandon machines
that still have their credit inside.
Assign a budget for the day's play. If the budget is lost,
you will know when to leave the casino.
Don't bet more than you can afford to lose.
Remember to always have fun :)
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