How to Bet Slot Machines

By Jesse Dempsen
Playing the slots requires discipline and strictly set limits to maximize winnings.

Betting on slot machines is a high-risk task, usually with very little return. Gaming establishments often program their machines to maximize their return and keep their payouts low. However, there are strategies one can use when betting on slot machines that may help to maximize your winnings and your enjoyment . While the odds will always be against you when playing slots, you can utilize these tips to better control the game.

Computerized slot machines make it impossible to calculate the probability of a win.

Educate yourself on the probability of slot machine odds and the payouts for winning. For example, a slot machine consisting of three reels with 10 symbols on each gives you a 1-in-1,000 chance of hitting the jackpot. Yet if each play costs a dollar, and the jackpot payout is only $800, then the odds are that you would lose $200 in the pursuit of winning $800. Now, with the advent of computerized slot machines, gaming establishments often program the machines to make hitting large payouts even less likely, so calculating the odds is next to impossible.

Set a limit for yourself. Use money that you don't expect to get back, and stay within that limit. If you go into it with the attitude that you won't see any return, you're more likely to enjoy yourself at the end of the evening if you've lost. Think of it as paying for playing a game, not as an attempt to win money.

If you win any amount over your limit, stop. The more you play, the more you'll lose. You'll feel far better if you quit while you're ahead than if you break even or lose it all. Even if that means you only play for five minutes, the whole point of playing is to take away more than you brought in. So win the game, and stop when you're ahead.

Warning

Gambling of any kind can be addictive. If you have a gambling problem, seek help through a support group.

About the Author

Jesse Dempsen has written professionally since 2010. His work can be found on various websites. He is a certified English teacher who has taught in a variety of fields including journalism. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Western Washington University.