The lights are flashing and the bells are ringing. Everyone dreams of winning a big jackpot on the slot machines. Unfortunately, the odds are against you. Casinos are not successful from people winning. They are successful from people losing. So chances are, you are not going to win big playing the slot machines. But learning about how slot machines work and how casinos use them could improve your chances.
Your best chance at winning big is to only play slot machines that have high payouts. You want to find machines that between a 95 and 99 percent payout. This means that on the average, for every dollar you spend, the machine will pay back 95 to 99 cents. Look for machines that cost one dollar or more per play. These usually have highest payouts. You will have to risk more per bet, especially because you should play the maximum number of coins. Lower denomination machines, such as quarter and nickel machines, do not pay as well.
Which machine you play is also important. Avoid playing progressive slot machines. These machines have a higher number of reels and more symbols. The odds of winning are lower than most regular slot machines. Placement of the machines is key as well. Most casinos will place "loose" slot machines, ones with better payouts, in locations that are productive to the room. An end machine that is loose and has a player winning on it will lure other customers to play machines in that area that are not loose. Loose machines are usually near patron-gathering areas such as ATM machines, cash windows, bars, and bathrooms. That way, customers who are not already playing a machine still will feel the sensation of others winning. Play machines in high traffic areas to help improve your chances of winning.
Typically, casino workers are not informed of where loose slot machines are located. Plus, the machines are moved around quite a bit. But because the employees spend quite a bit of time in the casino, they might know which machines are more likely to pay out jackpots. They may notice customers winning often in certain sections, or they will hear customers bragging about their winnings on specific machines. So ask around, and maybe an employee will point you in the right direction. Get friendly with your bartender or tip your waitress well. They might help you out as well.
Managing your time is vital to your chances of winning. If you do not pace yourself, you will blow all your money too fast. Play with coins instead of credits. It will take you longer to feed all your money into the machine this way. Break up your playing time with dinner or a show. This way, you will not hastily pump all of your bankroll into one losing machine.
Tom Stewart started writing radio news, sports and entertainment scripts for live broadcast in 1992 and has worked as a producer, writer and on-air personality at several radio stations in Southern New England, including WPRO, WQSX and WKCD. He has extensive knowledge of news, sports and entertainment. Stewart studied mass communications and marketing at Rhode Island College.