Slot Machine Strategy

Why Do We Lose?

Most people do win while playing slots. The problem is they don’t stop once they do. The nature of slots is more random with less control given to the player than other casino games. Given this, your strategy is going to be different from other games. Instead of trying to beat the machine you need a more goal oriented approach to playing, and success is measured by the accomplishment of these goals.

Establish Goals

Before you walk-in or login to your favorite casino you should have already determined what it is you want to achieve. Common goals of slot playing include making a certain amount of money, having a good time or a combination of the two.

If your goal happens to be winnings, get a reasonable number in mind and stick to it. Say you bring $300 to wager at your favorite machines, a reasonable goal would be to walk out with $360; A 20% return is great, especially if you enjoy yourself while doing it. Once you reach the goal you set, get up. You’ve won.

Casinos are venues designed for entertainment, so going to a casino, online or otherwise, with a set dollar amount to spend in order to have fun for a while is a wise decision. Again, make the goal specific. If you want to spend three hours playing, pace yourself. Don’t choose a machine out of your price range. Once you reach the established time, leave. If you are up or still have money left, perfect, the evening worked out better than you planned!

Understand the Rules

The first two goals are the guidelines set before play, but in order to maximize your payout you must pay attention to the game you are playing. Know how many coins or credits must be played to hit the jackpot. As you might imagine, when you finally nail the right combination for the big win, missing the payout because you didn’t play enough credits is a highly unsavory situation to find yourself in (this should also be considered when picking a machine and pacing yourself). So read the instructions.