Method Three of Three: Get to Know Your Slot Machine Edit.
Some players like the reel-spinning slots with the pull handle because of their retro feel, but they can be difficult to find as more casinos modernize their slot selection.
Despite the difference in style, there is no difference in the payout between reel-spinning and video machines of the same denomination. Both are controlled by a program called a random number generator (RNG) that determines the outcome of each spin and makes it impossible to determine the outcome of future spins.
Choose a machine with a fixed or a progressive jackpot. There are two main categories for progressive slots machines: “top payout” and “progressive”. With top payouts, that’s how much you could stand to win for “regular” best machine combinations. Some slot machines are known as “flat-top” machines; they have a fixed, maximum payout. Progressive machines feature a meter that indicates a jackpot that gets progressively higher. These machines are linked together and the amount of the jackpot is determined by how much they’re being used. The more people play them, the higher the jackpot amount.
Among flat-top machines, the overall odds are generally similar no matter how high the jackpot is.
Sometimes a bank of progressive machines in a single casino are linked together. In other cases, the machines are linked throughout the entire state, which explains why they feature such a high jackpot amount
Because of the number of people all vying for that jackpot, your odds of winning at a progressive machines are lower. That goes not only for the jackpot amount, but the odds of winning smaller amounts are lower as well.
Place your bet. To play a slot machine, you must first insert bills or coins. When you insert your money, the equivalent amount of credits is displayed. Your next move depends on the type of machine you’ve chosen .
On reel-spinning slots, push a button marked “play one credit” until you’ve reached the number of coins you wish to play. Then hit the “spin reels” button or pull the handle. If you want to bet big, you can hit a button marked “play max credits,” which will play the maximum coins allowed on that machine.
On video slots, you must push two buttons to complete your bet. First, push one button for the number of paylines you want to activate and then push a second button to chose how many credits you want to bet per line. Video slots generally have five reels spinning on the screen.
Pick your paylines. Your payout is determined by a winning combination of symbols that appear on what’s called the payline. On classic reel spin machines, only one payline is displayed on the face of the machine, but video machines offer more paylines.
Modern multi-line slots may offer 9, 15, 25, 50 and even more paylines.
Paylines can be represented horizontally, vertically, diagonally and even in zigzags. Look closely to see what lines you have bet and check carefully as it can be difficult to tell if you have a winning payline.
Familiarize yourself with the rules for the machine before you sit down. If you don’t understand them, ask an attendant or call customer service if you are playing online. You need to understand what combinations will win you money, especially the jackpot.
Reader Success Stories.
“I really haven’t found any good way to play. I tend to go to the wheel that gives you free spins. I did read wikiHow to gain some insight, hopefully I can learn something while I am here in A/C. I have been a gambler my whole life, this might help!”. ” more Karen Mutarelli – Nov 28, 2016.
“Confirms my personal belief there is no strategy to beat computerized slot machines designed to make money for the casino owners. Hit occasionally, enjoy the temporary high, and go home.”. ” more Anonymous – Sep 18, 2016.
“Now understand gambling a bit better. It is luck, not necessarily strategy. What I learned here is how to manage your luck, i.e. knowing when to play and when to say enough. Thanks.”. ” more Anonymous – Jan 23, 2017.
“Reading your article brought me back to reality. Reminded me that it’s always in the casinos’ favor to win. Going to play for fun as always, but of course winning would be nice.”. ” more Anonymous – Mar 21, 2016.
“My daughter is taking me to LV for my 70th birthday celebration, so I was intrigued at what this article had to offer. I hope and pray to come back a modest winner.”. ” more Anonymous – Oct 17, 2016.
“I liked this article because it was easy and logical to understand. I even saw a couple things I already do. Thanks for the tips.”. ” more Renee Flynn – Mar 20, 2016.
“We just can not beat the machines. Just enjoy, be willing to win or lose, and spend only what you made up your mind to spend. “. ” more Anonymous – Jul 4, 2016.
“To play where lots of people also play and to watch out for the pay outs, helped. Also, how to bet.” Marinda Van Willing – Mar 12, 207.
“I thought that using a card would lessen your chances of winning. Now I know better!” Anonymous – Oct 27, 2016.
“Leave credit and debit in the car. Always play Max. Best odds, higher payouts.” Jon Arklys – Feb 11, 2017.
“Most all of the info helped, as l am unfamiliar with any of this.” Anonymous – Mar 6, 2017.
“Great tip that you can ask attendant about a slot machine!” Anonymous – Nov 17, 2016.
“The article explained many things for which I am grateful.” Anonymous – Jul 14, 2016.
“Leaving the credit card at home is a good tip.” Anonymous – Oct 19, 2016.
“I learned there are no “hot” slot machines.” Anonymous – Feb 19, 2017.
“Learned to be wise and have a strategy.” Oirifrop Nama – Oct 8, 2016.
“Play at the machine you feel good with.” Anonymous – Feb 25, 2017.
“Getting to know odds of maximum bets.” Anonymous – Jan 28, 2017.
“Every word seems useful.” Brian Mujuru – Feb 26, 2017.
“Thanks!” Anonymous – Jul 27, 2016.