In casinos, casinos and online, most money is wagered on slot machines. Slots are by far the most popular, have the highest potential winnings and are easy to understand. Slot machines do not have complicated rules. Nevertheless, there are some strategies that should be taken into account in order to maximize your chances of winning at the slot machine. Here we have compiled the safest tips for slot machines:
Tip #1: Always bet the maximum number of coins.
In most slot machines, you have two or three different choices. First, you can determine how much a coin you bet is worth (this usually ranges from one cent to five or more euros). Then – on some machines – you can choose how many paylines you want to play (usually between one and up to 20). Furthermore, on some machines you can choose how many coins you want to bet per game (usually between one and five).
The first two choices do not change your chances of winning, but the last one – the number of coins you bet – can have a massive impact on it. If you bet one, two or three coins, your winnings will only be multiplied by 1, 2 or 3. However, if you bet the maximum number of coins, the winnings are often multiplied by a significantly larger number. In some machines, you also have a chance to win jackpots only with the maximum number of coins wagered.
This is true for all video poker machines, but also for many normal slots. If you can bet a maximum of 5 coins on a slot machine, it is always better to bet 5 times 20 cents than 1 euro directly. The stake is the same, but in the first case you have a higher payout.
Tip #2: Play only in safe casinos
This tip is self-explanatory. The highest winnings at the machine are of no use if the casino does not pay out the money in the end. That is why it is important to play only in safe casinos.
In Germany, you can’t go wrong if you go to a state-run casino. Online, there are numerous safe online casinos that are regulated and licensed and where you will not be ripped off.
In addition, in safe casinos, the payout ratios for slot machines are also significantly better than disreputable gambling halls.
Tip #3: Choose the right games
Especially in online casinos there are hundreds of different slot games. The games differ not only in appearance, soundscape and number of reels and paylines, but also in terms of payout ratio.
The payout ratio indicates how much a slot machine pays out to the player as winnings on average in the long run. This rate is expressed as a percentage. For example, a payout ratio of 90% means that for every euro wagered, an average of 90 cents is paid out to the player.
Slot machines in the daddel hall next door have a payout ratio of 60 to 75 percent. In state-run casinos, most machines have a much better rate – between 92 and 95 percent. But the best odds are always found in online casinos. There, the best machines have a payout ratio of over 98 percent and only a few machines pay out less than 96 percent.
The payout ratio is stated in the game description of each machine and you should only play online machines with a ratio of 97 percent or better to maximize your chances of winning.
Tip #4: Avoid Jackpot Slots
Jackpot machines always attract the most players. These are machines that offer a progressive jackpot and entice with six-figure winnings, even million-dollar winnings in some cases.
It stands to reason that so many players prefer these machines, as they promise that with a little luck, you can turn a minimal bet into a life-changing win. Indeed, you can, and million-dollar jackpots are regularly hit online. The problem, however, is that the chances of hitting these jackpots are incredibly small – much smaller than the chance of hitting six on the lottery.
The other win levels on the jackpot machines are usually so low that if you don’t hit the jackpot, you will lose continuously very quickly. The most popular online jackpot machine, the Mega Moolah slot has a payout rate of just 88% – one of the worst on the net. If you like to play slots for a longer time, you should keep your hands off the jackpot variants.