Slot Tips

Slot tips

These tips apply only to land slot machines, and not online slot machines like Bodog.

Slot Location

Tip #1. Bribe a casino employee - Ask an employee in the slots area which machines are the best. Offer them a cut of the jackpot if you win it.

Tip #2. Physical placement - When picking a machine, location is very important. The placement of the machine is usually an indicator of how loose or tight the machine is. Here is some more information on how to finding loose slots and avoiding tight slots.

Tip #3. For the most part, the main slot banks contain mostly medium and tight machines.

Tip #4. Contrary to popular belief, the casinos do not hide or move their best machines simply because they think people will find them - The casinos want people to find them - so they will be played. The more they are played, the more money a casino makes.

Slot Types

Tip #5. Don't play multiple-payline slots - Although it seems like you have better odds when playing these machines, the payout rates aren't as good as single-payline slots.

Tip #6. Only play the slot machines with the best payouts - Look for machines that payout between 95 and 99 percent and only play those. These are mostly $1 and higher machines. Research indicates that the $5 or higher machines have the highest range of percentage payouts. The payouts then decline as the machines become less expensive - from $1 machines followed by 50-cent machines, 25-cent machines, and 5-cent machines. You will often see signs that say "Up to 98% payback" indicating that they have loose machines. This means that over the long term the slot will pay out 98 cents of every dollar that is played. The "up to" phrase is important here. It means that a casino could have only one machine out of a bank of machines that is set to pay back at 98% in order to comply with the sign. If you find an area of slots with a sign without the "up to" you may want to give it a try.

Tip #7. Play non-progressive machines - Because the progressive jackpot machines are programmed to produce a higher number of reels and symbols, slot players are better off playing the flat rate machines found in good locations.

Tip #8. Play the highest denomination machines that fit into your bankroll - The higher the denomination, the higher the percentage of payout on slot machines. Typically, dollar machines return on average 95% with quarter machines returning 93% and nickel machines 90%.

Tip #9. A slow machine's payout rate can change - All reel-type slot machines contain variant programming. This means the machine can pay out several percentage points above and below its standard payout percentage. For example, if a machine is programmed to pay out 96%, there will be times when it pays at 93% and other times when it pays at 98%. This may explain why the same machine can treat you good sometimes and badly other times.

Tip #10. All slot machines "dump" every now and then. - "Dumping" means that a machine has been paying out below its standard payout percentage for an extended period of time so it has to pay out money in order to returning to its average payout.


Tip #11. Play the maximum number of coins - The only way you can hit the jackpot on a slot machine is by playing the maximum number of coins. You will notice this when you look at the payout table on the machine.

Tip #12. Always use your slots card - Don't forget to use your players card to take advantage of any comps (and don't forget to take it with you when you leave). The reason why most people don't do this is because they simply don't bother to take the five minutes to register.

Tip #13. Play with coins rather than bills - Using coins takes longer and will slow down the pace of the game, allowing you to play longer.

Tip #14. Test every machine you play - Play a certain number of pulls or spins and gauge how the machine is responding. After you have played for a while, stop and tally what the machine has paid out. If you are at least breaking even - then stay and keep going (and keep monitoring). If you are not breaking even, change machines.

Tip #15. Try the machine next to you if yours is not paying off - According to industry insiders, the casinos never place two loose machines next to each other.

Tip #16. Develop a 6th sense when it comes to slot machines. - You need to get a feel for the machines before you decide which one to play.

Tip #17. Do not pick a favorite machine. - Many players play the same machine each time they go to a casino - especially if the machine has treated them well. This can be bad because if a machine is treating you badly then you will have a harder time switching to another.

Tip #18. Know when to stop - Discipline is necessary when gambling, regardless of which game you are playing. Decide how you will handle your winnings and losses ahead of time. If you are ahead, you could decide to pocket the winnings and just play with the original bankroll.

Tip #19. Determine yourself whether a machine is "loose" - The term "loose" is relative when it comes to slot machines. It varies from among casinos. Just because a casino says their machines are loose doesn't mean they are a smart bet. Notice the payout percentages among slot machines at difference casinos and in different cities. Then educate yourself and decide for yourself whether a certain machine has an attractive payout or not.


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I don`t agree only with tips#11. I guess, it would be more profitable to play min bets. In this way a player have more chances to win. Maybe these slots have a algorithm but I donĀ§t think so... Playing min bets I always have some profit from bonuses modes.

Tombo on January 24, 2014

Now I know how to play slot machines. But, I guess, before real game for money I should to practice on free slots. I think, it will be more useful to train skills on free machines and then go to play for money.

Tombo on August 29, 2013

Its nothing relevant out here.I am an ex-slot machine programmer.I Know how the maths of the machine works.To have to the better pay you have to work on few things like
1.Play the game which is yielding very poor results, by observing the other players screens.Because it is programmed in such a way that it will catch up to its mentioned RTP(Return to the player).
2.Dont play the same which just yielded you the result.As now it tend to pay less so as to match its RTP.

pranav on July 30, 2013

After reading this information, I went to the casino. I'm not a gambler, but we decided to try our luck. I followed the information on this site and tried a machine near the cashier. It was a $2 machine. I put a $20 in the machine and pressed the spin button. I won $600. Not bad for a beginner. We left right after this. Highly recommend this site! Thank you a thousand times :)

Kate091256 on January 21, 2013

I've won jackpots on many different machines and I don't think there are any special machines designed to pay out any more than the next bandit.
Best thing you can do is control your loses and set a comfortable amount you can lose with out leaving mad at yourself for going overboard.
You can always return another day.
Don't go there expecting to win thousands , I've been up 100 bucks and left.
Self control is the name of the game here.

james442 on October 8, 2012

Anybody gt tips on sweepstakes and figure8 machines

chasepaper247 on July 23, 2012

I play at a local race track casino and was told by others that I should never play with my card if I wanted to win the big pots.This sight said to use it.Can you help.Yes some at least two have won big pots one has won 13,000.00 sence Jan.

lovesoaps on April 8, 2011

About a month ago I read this article and decided to take slot machine tips to the nearest casino. In the past month I have won over $16,000 in dollar slot machines. I highly recommend this advice to everyone!

gomezangie08 on April 28, 2008

I just wanted to add....never play slots by restrooms. Players waiting for friends in the restroom will play while just to kill these are tight slots.
(P.S. a few days ago I hit blue 7star, triple, triple, on a $1 machine for $2700. Thanks for the great advice!

Steven on November 26, 2006

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