Let’s start off with a basic truth: there are no sure-fire, guaranteed winning strategies for slot machines. How could there be? Nobody can predict or influence which way the reels will spin and stop on every drop of a coin. The person who tells you that he’s got a fail-safe method for winning at slot machines is either confused or trying to make you confused. However, there are several guidelines that do exist to help you improve your chances when playing the slots. These guidelines will be the focus of this article.
The first lesson is to know what type of game you are playing (or planning to play). Yes, I do realize that it’s a slot machine we’re talking about, but if you don’t know it yet, let me tell you that slot machines now come in so many variations, each with its own particular set of rules to follow and jackpots to win. So even if you think you know that machine standing in front of you, it’s still a good idea to read the posted rules first before inserting your first coin.
Second guideline is to set your limits before starting to play. You should have two very important limits already in place before playing. One of them is your losing limit. Think of an amount that you’d be comfortable losing, and stick to it like glue. Remember that you’re in a place where you can quickly lose more money than you’re prepared to, so this first limit is a must.
The second limit is a spin, usually with four or more spins. Now, there’s no good reason to waste your money on a machine that isn’t paying you. The slot machine with the best payout percentage (and by best, I mean the highest) is the one you should be looking for. One more thing to keep in mind: if a slot machine isn’t paying out, it doesn’t mean that a jackpot is coming. Each and every spin of the reels are random and independent of the past spins.
The third guideline I’m going to tell you may seem a bit obvious, but you’d be surprised to know how many people fall victim to this. Never walk away from a slot machine that still owes you money. This happens so many times I’ve lost count. It’s not rare for a slot machine to run out of coins before it finishes paying out your winnings. If this happens to you, sit right there and call for an attendant. One will be sure to arrive within a few minutes. Don’t even play on the same machine before you get paid in full. If you insert a coin, the evidence of your unfinished payout could be erased.
Even though slot machines have evolved from the basic one-armed bandit that old timers used to play on, there still exist a lot of myths about them. A sure-fire strategy for winning at slot machines is one of the worst. Jackpot winnings are completely random. And don’t get upset at the machine if you’re on a losing streak, either. It’s just a machine, remember? Just move on to another machine, or perhaps an entirely new game. You could always come back to play another day.