How to Win on Slots

how to win on slots

Nowadays it seems like every slot includes the “Bet Max” button. This function affects the number of coins bet and the number of paylines activated, ensuring you’re wagering the most coins possible on all available paylines. It doesn’t affect the coin denomination. You could use the “Bet Max” button with penny coins should you choose.

While some online slots require players to “bet max” to be eligible for jackpots, it’s not always necessary. We’ll explain just how much impact bonus rounds, bankroll management and game selection can have on your slot sessions.

How do Online Slots Work?

Over time, slot games evolved from mechanical to electrical to video. With the push to online video slots, Random Number Generator technology was designed to ensure that every spin was fair and independent from the previous spin outcomes. As soon as you hit “Spin,” a series of algorithms calculates a number that coincides with an end point on each reel. That’s where the reels stop at the end of a spin.

How to Calculate the Probability of Winning an Online Slot?

Can you look at real money slots and tell how likely they are to pay out? Clues on the paytable provide a rough idea of the total number of possible combinations—something you’d compare with the total number of winning combinations.

Next time you play slots, look at the total number of symbols included in the game. There could be 9 basic symbols, not including bonus icons. If every reel contains 9 icons, you can multiply 9 for every reel included in the game to figure out the total number of possible combinations. A 5-reel game with 9 icons would look like this:

9 x 9 x 9 x 9 x 9 = 59,049

In reality, the total number of combinations will be higher than this because of the bonus icons, but this gives us a basic idea. The next step is to determine how many winning combinations there are. Take a look at the paytable; every one of the 9 icons likely has three winning combinations. That would lead to 27 winning combinations, not taking into account the wilds, free spins and bonus rounds, which all increase the number of wins.

Pick Slot Games with the Smallest Jackpots

Ranging from enormous to modest, jackpots come in all shapes and sizes. The biggest ones are the toughest to land, which is why casinos are able to offer them without losing money. If you’re on the hunt for a non-progressive jackpot, you’ll have better luck with the smaller ones included in the winning combinations. For an example of a slot with a non-progressive jackpot, check out the paytable for Jacques Pot Gourmet Slot.

How to Manage your Bankroll

When playing at an online casino, your bankroll is your lifeline. Managing it appropriately will ensure you have the funds needed to continue playing long into the future. The first step to managing your bankroll is to make sure you’re playing with money you can afford to lose. This will create a more relaxed casino session and will reduce the desire to chase losses.

Step No. 2 is to decide how much money you want to dedicate to a slot session. Once you know your budget, you can manage your bankroll in one of two ways:

  1. Decide how many rounds you want to play.
2. Decide how much you want to spend per round.

Simply divide your bankroll by the number of rounds you want to play, and you’ll determine how much you should spend on each spin. For example, if your budget is $250 and you want to spin the reels 50 times, you can spend $5 a spin. However, if you prefer to choose the amount you want to bet per round, take your bankroll and divide it by that amount. For example, you could divide $250 by $2.50 and get 100 rounds of action.

Paylines and Costs

A payline is an invisible line that crosses through each reel, creating a path for a potential win. Unless you’re playing online slot games with no paylines, matching icons must land side by side on a payline in order to be considered a win. The more paylines included in a game, the faster the action moves and the more expensive each spin becomes.

For most slots, you’re wagering coins on each payline, so if you’re spinning a slot with 1 payline, your overall cost will be low. Spin the same amount on a game with 50 paylines, and that cost is multiplied by 50. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the cost for games with lots of paylines. Here are two of them:

1. Reduce the coin denomination.
2. Choose how many paylines you can afford to play with, according to your bankroll.

While some slots have fixed paylines, the best slot machines to play let you choose how many to activate during your spin. Keep in mind, some bonus features, like expanding wilds, work best when multiple paylines are enabled.

Which Slot Games Have Excellent Bonus Rounds?

Bonus rounds are a great way to add to your bankroll without risking anything. Often triggered by landing scatters, bonus rounds present you with a mini challenge that involves collecting coins along the way. They could be luck-based, or involve a minimal element of skill; it depends on the slot. Here are two examples of slots in our casino that offer excellent bonus rounds:

Fast & Sexy

Fast & Sexy is all about winning cash through street races. In this game’s bonus, you choose between three different modified cars three times. Each selection has a unique multiplier (based on your latest bet), and all three are added together, allowing you to win a maximum of 300X your stake.

Space Traders

Simply triggering the bonus round in Space Traders gets you a bonus payout, and that’s before you even get to Queen Bea’s shop of space artifacts. Bea will pick five items and display them on her counter. You can pick three of them, but don’t feel compelled. If nothing interests you, simply decline her offer; you have three chances to accept an offer. These items award up to 88X your total bet.

Learning how to win at casino slots is all about understanding how the technology works, which bonus features get you the most bang for your buck, and which factors influence probability. It may require a little research before you sit down to spin, but it will pay off in the long run.

Adjusting to Different Types of Slots

Traditionalists will be pleased to know that there are 3-reel slots which are excellent recreations of the old-style arm-pull games from years gone by available online. These use combinations of 7’s and bars and can pay out some big sums. The versions of these slots without progressive jackpots are lower variance, lots of smaller payouts to keep you topped up while waiting for the bigger wins. If you prefer the higher variance and higher reward route, then you can find games with linked jackpots or big payouts of their own. For this type of game you will win more over time by choosing the maximum amount of coins and then lowering your bet amount to balance this if required. This is because the top payouts are proportionally bigger for five coins than lower amounts.

Video Slots

These are more complex slot games, and have been online for more than ten years now. You’ll play up to 5-reels and can expect multiple lines (up to 25 is standard, though this can be more). These games are usually themed, fun and can have big payouts too. Expect ‘wild’ symbols, and scatter symbols which pay no matter where on the reels they land. You will also find free spin rounds, often with multipliers for all your wins. Some video slots have massive jackpots, often reaching seven figures if they are linked between different casinos with the same game. This increases your variance compared to games which have smaller or no jackpots. You’ll need to balance this with the potential for life-changing payouts. Look out for the random jackpot payouts of the ‘reel series’ slot games.

3D Video Slots

I have given these a section of their own, since they are the next generation of interactive slot games. The game play is based on the multi-line model of the older video slots. What has changed is the graphics and feature-rounds, which make these games feel more like video-games than slot machines. Don’t worry about losing out if you are not a ‘gamer’, the rounds are fun, simple and based on chance – they do look great though, adding entertainment value to your big win rounds. What I like best about the new generation of slots is that they are created to work great on smartphones and tablets – as well as computers.
Winning at slots is all about keeping your bankroll in action as long as possible. Give yourself a bigger opportunity of striking it lucky with a jackpot win. If you spin with too big an amount, you might find your bankroll gone quickly. I prefer to maximize the number of lines per spin, keep the coin amount down to a manageable level (at least 30 spins at my coin x line amount) and choose machines which give regular smaller payouts alongside those one-off jackpots.

Casino Bonuses and Comps

Over time, the casino house-edge will reduce your bankroll. If you play smart by using bonuses, promotions and comps offers, you’ll find your bankroll lasting far longer – hopefully long enough for you to get lucky and enjoy a jackpot win. Here are the different offers to look out for:

Welcome Bonuses

All casinos will have a headline deal. My advice is to take a closer look. Some places give you even better offers for slots play with different bonus codes, while others break their welcome bonus into several small chunks, which is great for those of us who do not have $1000 to invest all at once. You should also compare the play-through and release requirements, which can vary a lot between the different casinos.

Reloads and Regular Promotions

The best casinos will offer plenty of extra bonuses. You’ll often find special reload or promotional events spread through the week (for example, ‘Slots Tuesday’ and so on). If your casino is not offering regular extras, then you should shop around – there are plenty of reputable places that do.
Free Spins:You will often find casinos offering you a free trial, especially with new slot machines. They are hoping that you will like what you see and deposit later.

Comps and Point-Collection Schemes

These reward regular players for their custom. You can exchange the points you collect for extra bonuses, or sometimes for slots tournament entries. High-rollers will usually get invitations to exclusive schemes with even bigger rewards and bonus offers.

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