Slot machines are the loudest and most colorful attractions in a casino. With their fun themes and large jackpot values, they’re designed to pull you in and drain you of your money in small increments. Though slot machines always favor the house, you can use a few tricks to help you beat the odds.
Joining clubs or perks programs can earn you discounts, free gambling credits, or other great perks. Do your homework and calculate the payback percentage of your machine to determine if it’s worth it. Compare the incentives of different casinos or sites, and choose the casino based on the benefits or freebies that are the best for you. As a member, you may get additional offers in mail or online. During casinos’ off-seasons, it’s common for them to try to lure you in with free play, free food, or a free hotel stay (or all three). So if you’re going to spend your money anyway, you might as well sign up. Always check the player desk daily to learn about daily promotions and special offers; many of them are not advertised online. If this is your first time, walk around and get to know the facility, especially if you are staying as a hotel guest. Generally, casinos are layed out with the action in the middle and the services around the perimeter. Notice where the rest rooms and emergency exits are located. Look at the floor to identify where the main walkways are, should you become lost. Also notice the overhead signs that indicate different areas and how to get back to where you were.
How to Play Slots. For all of the slots beginners out there, we’ve prepared an easy to understand guide on how slot machines work, and how to maximize your chances of winning. You can pay with a previous payout ticket, your member card, or cash. Often (if not always), the previous payout ticket will go in the same slot the cash can be inserted. Most machines take $5, $10, $20, $50, $100 dollar bills, though some also take $1, too. These areas will be lit up and unmissable. If you see the Bill Acceptor not lit, or flashing blue, it is in need of service or what is called a Bill Drop [emptying out the accepted cash and making it ready to accept new money]. Press the HELP or SERVICE button to summon an attendant.
If you’re looking for a coin tray, you may be looking for a while. New machines use the TITO system [ticket in, ticket out]. However, most casinos have reverted back to coin usage in the high limit areas, as it takes less time to play coins that it does to insert paper. But for machines of $500 denomination and higher, you will need a ticket to play. For certain variations of games, the methodology is spelled out on the glass above the screen. It’ll tell you what type of game it is, what each spin pays out, and details on the jackpot. If it’s there, read it before you sit down. Some machines will be blatantly better than others. Machines tend to be grouped by denomination, style and brand name. Video slots have a HELP or INFO button that will walk you through the various payouts, play lines, bonus games and special features. Each machine has a light on top of it called a ‘candle’. The candle contains a color indicating its denomination, and also serves to notify the slot attendant if service is needed. The candle flashes in specific patterns for service needed, entry made into the machine, jackpot, door not secure, and other functions. Locate the “Cash Out” button. This is how you’ll finally be freed from your semi-conscious state and released into the world of windows, clocks, and not-for-free soda. Press it and it’ll tabulate your winnings and issue a ticket, which you can then take to the cashier or to the payout redemption machine — if you win, of course. Keep in mind that tickets are bearer instruments; whoever holds it can redeem it. So guard it as you would cash. If you find one on the floor or other location, do NOT attempt to redeem it; turn it in to Security or other official. All tickets are numbered and time-stamped, and attempting to cash out one that isnt yours can get you in trouble, up to and including being ejected and barred from the location!
You’ve come to the right place if your looking for some excitement. Decide the amount that you’re comfortable betting each pull. With slot machines, you can bet a surprisingly high amount of money in no time. In fact, they can move faster than some table games. There are machines where you’ll get by betting 50 cents and other machines that, in order to really be playing, you’ll need to bet $5. Find an amount that doesn’t make your stomach churn? Generally speaking, if more money is needed to hit the jackpots, you should bet it (why play if you can’t win?). So if you’re not looking to dip into your grandmother’s inheritance, the penny, nickel, or quarter slots may be more to your liking. And you’ll get more playing time out of your dollar in the long run! Most casinos lay out these machines in sections. You’ll see giant lit-up signs displaying “5¢” or “25¢” or “1¢.” If the casino is a maze (as some seem to intentionally be), just grab a waitress or attendant to be pointed in the right direction. High limit slots, usually $5 and higher, are located in separate rooms or ‘salons’, with their own attendants and cashiers.
It’s important not to buy into casino mapping in order to have a chance at winning. Casinos have become a lot smarter since then — they change the machine’s payout at the click of a button, so it’s not something so simple as to be understood with a quick glance or paragraph. We also can’t forget that slots are gambling games that depend 100% on luck, which is why their outcomes are random and can’t be controlled by anyone. While we’re at it, the concept of a “hot” machine also doesn’t pan out logically. Realistically speaking, a slot machine is a like a pair of dice. You may feel like after you roll four sixes in a row you’re probably not going to get another six, but in all likelihood, the six is just as likely to come up again as every other number. With each roll, the dice starts back over. And the slot machine is the same. It’s only over the course of an absolutely Titanic-sized number of turns that the casinos are getting their payout numbers. Unless you plan on making a career out of risking your money, there’s no point in letting it factor into your decisions.
Slot machines are not only games of chance, but have been designed to make you feel like a winner every time. In this way, they turn lucky players into losers and losers into players who keep on playing until they’re broke. Double check any numbers shown on the machine before you start playing. You may end up betting more than intended and not realizing it until it’s too late. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on the bet counters and make sure you’re not betting more than you intend. Some machines may appear at first as 1¢ machines, but you could end up betting a lot more if you’re not careful.