Sometimes, getting started with casino slots or online slot machines can be a little confusing, so here’s a list of Top Ten Slots Tips to ensure that make the most of your visit and your bankroll the next time you play slot machine games.
Have Valid Identification
When lady luck smiles on you and your bankroll it would be a bummer not to be able to accept a nice big cheque because you forgot to bring your identification. So make sure you have valid identification with you and keep it in a safe place.
Learn to Read the Pay Tables
Looking at the pay table of the machine can help you judge the frequency that the machine returns a winner. If you see that there are a lot of combinations that return smaller wins, then this machine will usually have a larger hit frequency than one that has fewer winning combinations that pay back larger wins. Some players like a lot of smaller wins more often.
Lock Up a Profit
If you hit a jackpot, make sure that you “lock up” a profit. Take your initial playing stakes and some profit and set it aside. Play with a small percentage of you new winnings. Few things are worse than the see-saw feeling of being a winner one minute and then giving all your winnings back to the casino the next. Take a little break after a hitting a jackpot, savor the moment and take some time out to enjoy that winning feeling.
Keep an Activity Log
If you hit a jackpot over $1,200 in a land based casino you will be given a W2-G and your winnings will be reported to the IRS. Whether you play slot machines in the local casino or online slots in virtual Vegas, your gaming activity log can be used to offset your winnings come tax time.
Relax, Take Your Time
Slow down when you are playing slot machines. It’s not a game show where prizes are awarded to the player hitting the spin button the fastest. Don’t double dip, playing more than one slot machine at a time just increases your exposure to the house edge. In the long run you will just deplete your bankroll faster.
Manage Your Bankroll
Never bring non-disposable income meant for other expenses to the casino. If you can’t afford to lose it then don’t even bring it into the casino. Break you casino bankroll down into several playing sessions to avoid fatigue. Between slots games, take a stroll, eat something and remember to never risk your entire bankroll in one playing session.
Credits Are Money
Once you put your money into the bill receptor it is converted into machine credits. You must remember that credits on a slot machine are real money. Put lower denomination bills into the machine to start with makes it easier to keep track of how much you’re putting in. Split $100 into five twenty’s and switch if your machine still isn’t paying out after the first $20 is played out.
Cash Out Smartly
When you are finished with your slots session, ensure that you’ve cashed out and collected all your coins from the tray or received your voucher ticket from the slot machine. Do this right away before you collect your personal belongings. Go directly to the cage. Don’t walk around with a bucket of coins. They can be spilled or lost if you set them down. If you are playing a coinless machine that pays you with a paper voucher make sure you cash it in. Some of these have an expiration date making them worthless after a certain period of time.
Don’t Purchase Slot Systems
Slot systems which claim they can reveal which machine is ready to hit are questionable at best. The Random Number Generator (RNG) determines the winning combinations of the machine and as such there’s no way to determine if a machine is “due” to pay out or not.
Slot machines have a larger house edge than other traditional casino games. While winning is nice, in the long run you will pay to play slot machines. Consider the cost as your price for entertainment. Pick a slot machine that you think you’ll enjoy and have fun.