Strategies and Tips for Playing Slots
This article has two goals. The first is to debunk the so-called “slot game strategies” that are sold by foolish and unethical people. The second is to provide a number of useful tips for playing slots, which can really help you win more and get more pleasure from slot machines.
How do slot machines work?
The first thing you need to understand about slot machines is how they determine the winners. These games use a computer program called a random number generator (RNG) to constantly generate numbers. It is these numbers that determine how a particular drum will stop after you press the spin button.
An important fact that must be remembered is that this process is completely random, and there is no way to predict what will happen during a given spin. Another important fact that should not be forgotten is that each rotation of the reels is an absolutely independent event. This means that the results of previous spins have NO effect on the results of the following spins.
The latter fact says that the random number generator is programmed in such a way that the casino has an insurmountable mathematical advantage over the player. If you play long enough, then the casino will certainly remain in the black just because the game is configured in this way. This does not mean that you cannot benefit from a short distance, but it has nothing to do with choosing a hot or cold machine.
Slot machine strategies that do not work
Here are a few strategies that the internet calls winning techniques. Some of them are obviously ridiculous, while others seem to make sense, but fall apart when viewed from the point of view of cold logic.
The zigzag system is my favorite pointless strategy. The idea is that you look at the reels of several machines in order to find a pattern. For example, you want to find the form “V” or “X” in the form of certain characters. The idea is that if this form is present, then the machine is ready to make a good payment.
Of course, if you understand that the symbols on the reels are just a designation, this whole strategy is completely falling apart. Slot machines never go into the mode when they are ready to make a payout. Each spin is an absolutely independent event.
Money management systems are very often presented as a way to exit the game session as a winner, but in reality everything is completely different. The idea of money management is that you set yourself goals for winning and a limit on losing. The main goal is to limit the amount of money you can lose if the machine is cold or exit the game if you are in the black when the machine is hot.
Of course, we understand that in the real world machines do not get cold or hot, so any type of financial management of this kind will not be important.
Often, these financial management techniques are combined with methods for predicting whether a slot is cold or hot. Writer John Patrick has released an entire book about these strange-sounding “strategies” based on this combination.
One of them is called “even 60”. The idea is that you must exit the game if you won or lost 60% of your bankroll. Another condition of this system is that if you made 9 spins in vain in a row, then you must also exit the game (spin in vain is a spin during which you won absolutely nothing).
So, suppose you started your session with a $ 25 bankroll. You will play until one of the following events occurs:
You lost $ 15. You won $ 15. You lost in 9 consecutive spins.
Honestly, this is a fairly simple system, so in order to remember it and put it into practice, it does not take a lot of mind. But the idea that it can allow you to win more money (or lose less) is simply ridiculous. This system does absolutely nothing to tip the game odds in your direction.
Another system from the same book is called “play and run.” Its meaning is that you should not spend more than 5 or 10 minutes at each slot machine, and then you just have to run away with your money won. Patrick advises dividing your bankroll into 5 or 10 sessions of 5 or 10 minutes each. In addition, as in all its systems, you must exit the game on the machine if you played 9 spins in vain in a row.
How someone might think that such a strategy can help him win more money is simply confusing.
Now that we’ve looked at a few slot machine strategies that don’t work, let’s look at a few real, factual tips that really can affect your bankroll. These tips are completely based on the realities of how these games work.