How to Play Slots

How To Play Slots

Slot games are well known around the world, the majority of which use the same traditional rules. A player is required to make a bet, after which the reels are sent into motion. If matching sequences are created by symbols in the play area, the player is paid out according to the value of the sequence. In days of old the game used a mechanical system, and required the player to pull a lever that set the device into motion.

Today, of course, slot games are digital. Mechanical or digital, however, the chances of winning a slot game, at least to a degree where the player is making a profit, are the same. The question many players ask is this; is there any way to increase the chances of winning at a slot machine? The answer is; not really. Slot games are set to payout a certain amount, and will not payout more or less, no matter what the player does. There are, however, ways in which to minimise losses and take advantage of wins. Here are a few tips on how to play slots more effectively.

Betting Lines

The first tip in how to play slots more effectively is that many slot games have betting lines. A betting line is a set arrangement on the slot game where a sequence can be made, generally indicated by a solid line. In days of old slot games had only one line, offering only one chance to win. Modern slots, however, offer as many as a thousand lines.

The trick is that these lines must be opened by the player making a larger upfront bet. The more lines open mean a greater chance of winning, which makes it seem logical that all lines should be active all the time. The question is this; is it beneficial to a player to always have all the betting lines open? The answer is; no, it is not.

A slot game always only pays out a predetermined amount of the time, which means that some spins are guaranteed to not payout. Having the lines open for a spin where no payout is made is a complete waste. Of course, predicting when the payouts will occur is not easy. The best possible approach a player can take when considering how to play slots is to raise and lower the betting lines, according to how likely the slot game is to make payouts. It is not by any means an exact science, but it will help in reducing losses.

Bet Amount

The next tip in how to play slots more effectively is by far the most important. The initial bet a player makes determines how much they could win, and hence, often, a player will make a larger bet in hopes of scoring big. The trick is, once again, that a slot game will not payout every round, and larger bets are often wasted.  The bet should only be set higher in anticipation of a big win, and left at a lower amount for the majority of the time. In fact, only one in every ten spins should be raised, according to statistics.