How to Beat Wheel of Fortune Slot Machines

By Johnny Kampis

Wheel of Fortune slot machines are among the most popular type of slot machine in casinos today. With the allure of the spinning wheel and the popularity of the TV game show, players are drawn to these machines. They technically can't be "beaten" in the long run, as the house always has an edge based on the percentage payback for each machine, but we can show you ways to get the most enjoyment and return for you money.

Choose a machine with a denomination you can afford. Many casinos have Wheel of Fortune machines with denominations of 5 cents, 25 cents and a dollar. Stick to a limit that won't decimate your bankroll when you lose.

Play max coins. For most Wheel of Fortune machines this means three coins per spin. If you don't play max coins you will not be eligible for either the Spin function or the progressive payout for getting the three Wheel of Fortune symbols, and the progressive on many of these machines reaches into the millions of dollars.

Pace yourself. If the one-armed bandit takes your first $20 without giving you much in return take a break and come back later. It is easy to become frustrated and keep reaching intro your purse or wallet, so step away and come back later with a clearer mind.

Set a win goal. Slot machines never stay hot for too long as they are programmed to hold a certain amount of the money as profit. You are often better off to hit and run after getting a high payout on the machine.

Play for the Spin and then stop. The biggest attraction of these machines is the Spin function. If the Spin symbol stops on the third line you get to hit a button to spin the wheel at the top of the machine where you could win as many as 1,000 credits. If you just want to play the machine longer, a good goal could be to play for that one spin and then stop, no matter what you get.

Seek out free slot play. Casinos offer promotions allowing new customers or frequent customers the chance to play a certain dollar amount in the slots for free. Make sure you join the casino's players club and use your card everytime you play a machine.

About the Author

A veteran of the newspaper industry, Johnny Kampis has worked as a freelance writer since 2005. His articles have appeared in various publications including "The New York Times," "Atlanta-Journal Constitution" and the "San Francisco Chronicle." He currently serves as an editor of poker-based "Rounder" magazine and writer for the Alabama football publication "Crimson" magazine.