We’ve all had dreams of hitting it big. Maybe some of you recently bought a couple of Powerball tickets when that jackpot was promising to make someone the next bazillionaire. Or maybe you’ve been playing the crypto market hoping that whatever coin you just invested in is going to be the next bitcoin. But what if I were to tell you that one of the easiest ways to secure your big windfall was to hit up the casino and play some good old-fashioned slots?
Now before you click away and write this video off as being a bunch of bunk, hear me out. Sure, there is a lot of luck involved in winning at slots, but with a little cleverness and some careful planning, you can very well win large amounts of cold hard cash in no time.
In the next few minutes, we’re going to be discussing some proven strategies that can make winning this game of chance significantly easier. Granted, slot machines are inherently unpredictable. We’d be lying if we were to tell you that there was some kind of sure-fire method to win with each and every lever pull. Slots pay out at random. So, you never want to count on a machine to produce specific results. That being said, you can significantly improve your odds of winning by both implementing the methods we’re about to discuss as well as looking out for a few indicators that you might be working with what’s known as a ‘loose’ machine.
So, let’s get down to business and figure out how you’re going to be making those slots pay up.
Facts Verse Presents: Telltale Signs the Slot Machine is About to Hit a Jackpot
Time The Machines
If you are at a physical casino and not just gambling online, then you can simply sit down next to the slot machine you are timing and observe the results. It’s important, however, to make sure you are playing while you are timing, otherwise you might look like you up to something. The last thing you want to do is make either other players or security feel uneasy or question your activities.
If you’re observing a machine and you start to notice that it’s getting a lot of attention but has yet to pay out a big win, then this is a pretty good indicator that it might be getting close to paying out some substantial wins sometime soon. That’s where “timing” comes in. If it’s been a long time since a machine has hit, that means it’s your time to shine.
If this seems to be the case, then you want to be the next person to hop on that machine when the person currently playing it steps away. If you’re playing online, then alternatively you want to watch for the announcements that many of the biggest online casinos post to inform players about recent big wins.
Conversely, if a slot machine has just recently paid out a large jackpot, then it would be wise to avoid it for a while before playing it again.
Look For Tight Machines
Another thing that you should keep in mind when playing slots is that machines have cycles. There isn’t a game out there that will remain tight forever. At some point, any machine, no matter how bad it’s recent streak has been, is going to pay out big – and when that happens, you want to be the player that is playing it.
If a machine has been tight for a noticeable length of time, then it will eventually reach a point where it will payout a few decent-sized wins. Generally speaking, this tends to happen “bam bam bam” several times in a row. So, if you’re playing and you get a nice little payout, don’t immediately assume that it’s time to step away. Stick around for a while to see if has a bit more to give. A lot of times, you will start noticing a pattern which will lead you to seeing much larger wins in a row.
Choose Slots With High Payouts
We all know that the ‘house always wins’, right? Well, it’s actually possible to play that house edge to your advantage if you know what your doing.
The house edge results in a secure percentage of return to the casino over time. That means, in the long run, the casino will always end up beating the players as the odds are in their favor. To beat these odds on your subjective level, however, you have to understand that each slot has a theoretical Return to Player or RTP rate, which is based upon simple statistics.
The approximate RTP for slots is normally between 90 and 96 percent. This essentially means that every slot machine with an RTP greater than 96% is a pretty good option to run with. If your plan is to play on a long-term level, you will need to be observant of the percentage and choose machines with the highest RTPs. The most reliable way to find RTP data for slot machines is by consulting reports from gaming jurisdictions.
Steer Clear Of Unpopular Machines
One of the last things you want to do is play machines that aren’t very popular with other players. Like we mentioned earlier in our first tip, the best way to score a big payout is to play games that have been seeing a lot of action from other players yet haven’t produced big wins in a while. The more popular machines have a greater chance of becoming loose and producing the kind of results you are looking for.
By hopping on a stale less popular machine, you’re essentially throwing away your money. Instead, you could be taking that money and focusing on games that are more likely to produce the wins you’re looking forward to. Don’t fall for the trap of thinking that a less popular machine might actually be the ‘hidden gem in the rough’. Countless players have taken this bait only to have their wallets emptied.
Plus, the less popular machines tend to be far less entertaining and lack special features which both add more enjoyment to your gaming experience as well as increase your chances of winning.
Don’t Play A Machine For Too Long
If the machine is just stringing you along, giving you just barely enough wins along the way to give you false hope that your luck is about to change, then you should realize that the machine may not be getting loose anytime soon. The best thing to do in this scenario is cut your losses and walk away. You can always revert back to tip one and keep your eyes out for machines that are getting a lot of attention.
You can also always return to a machine that hasn’t been working out for you later. In the meantime, someone else might jump on to ‘loosen it up’ for you. When you come back at a later time – assuming that the machine hasn’t already hit – you’ll be that much closer to hitting.
Play High Limit Slots
Another helpful tip you’d be smart to follow is to play the higher-limit slot games. These games may cost you a small fortune to play, but as long as you have enough cash to keep going, they also offer significantly higher payouts. On top of that, statistically, they tend to pay out more often.
But if you are going to take this route, please be smart about it. Remember to keep an eye on your bankroll and not get carried away. It’s always best to play responsibly and not let greed cloud your judgment.
If you’re someone that is used to playing regular slots, then you want to be especially cautious when you switch over to high-limit games. Your money is going to get eaten up a lot faster, and if you don’t exercise a little self-control, you could be in for a big surprise. That said, if you want to find looser slot machines, these typically are your best bet.
Play To Win
Many machines require their players to gamble with the maximum amount of money if they want to have a chance of winning the jackpot. Make sure that you check the game’s payout table to find out if this is the case. The payout tables are often presented as a small printed sticker that displays the percentages of the likelihood of landing on the winning combos. If you don’t want to have to play the max number of coins, then maybe you should consider finding a less expensive machine to play. But just remember, as we just discussed in our last tip, it’s the higher stakes games that tend to be looser and offer the larger payouts. Finding the balance here between risk and reward is essential!
Test The Payout
Every time you sit down at a new machine, you should test it to see what it’s payout percentage is looking like. Toss a few bucks in and see how much you get back. After a bit of time has passed, calculate whether or not you’ve been breaking even. If you are, hang tight. It just might be that you’re sitting on a loose slot machine. If you’re losing cash faster than a barrel that’s sprung a leak, high tail it out of there and find another machine.
This is probably as good of a time as any to warn you about the perils of a designating your ‘favorite’ or ‘lucky’ machine. If you devote a lot of your attention – and bankroll – to one specific machine, you’ll be far less likely to know when to leave it. Once again, when it stops paying out, it’s time to move on.
Play Multiple Machines
Experienced slot players will often play two or more machines at a time. This is based off the notion that loose machines are usually situated right next to tight machines. To increase your likelihood of finding a loose machine on the verge of paying out, increasing the number of machines your using may increase your chance of getting lucky and finding a loose one.
If you do choose to play multiple machines, don’t spread yourself too thin. If you’re playing multiple machines spread out over a considerable distance, you might loose track of which machines are yours. Also, playing multiple machines at once makes it a lot easier to lose your money faster than if you’re gambling at just one. The same advice we gave about the high-stakes machines applies here. Take your time, keep an eye on your cash, and don’t impulsively blow everything you have with reckless abandon.
Know When To Stop
Before stepping into a land-based casino or logging in to an online one, figure out how much money you are willing to and can afford to lose. Never spend money that you need for essential obligations like rent or bills. Likewise, if you make a significant profit, seriously consider pocketing it and limiting your gambling solely to the cash you came in with. If you adopt this straightforward system, it will help you to minimize your losses.
Hopefully, the tips we just covered will come in handy next time you hit up the casino. Yet again, there is no sure-fire way to win at slots, but you can drastically increase your chances by not making rookie mistakes.
What does your strategy look like when playing slots, and can you think of any other tips that might help a new player out? Let us know in the comments.