Let's talk about playing an online slot machine. How to play to WIN!
A great many books have been written on the subject of slots, but they're all about machines in brick-and-mortar casinos. With the arrival of the Internet and a multitude of online casinos, let's see how some proven beat-the slots strategies can be applied to playing online.
An online slot machine operates in exactly the same way as its cousins found in «real», or land based casinos. Every slot machine contains a computer chip known as a Random Number Generator. It's the device that controls the outcome of every spin. Since slots are computer driven they are ideally suited for the Internet.
Winning at slots is largely a matter of Luck, but you can help fickle Lady Luck along by aiming to make your money last longer. Here are some common-sense strategies you should use when playing online slot machines:
Risk Less - Play Longer
My strategies are designed to stretch your bankroll. Make the amount of money you start with last as long as possible. Start with the lowest coin size, switch to a higher denomination only if you're winning. The longer you can play without risking any additional money of your own, the better your chance that you will line up that winning combination for a big payout.
Play the Right Machine
When trying to decide which online slot machine to play, consider the size of your bankroll and your priorities. If you are hoping for a very sizeable jackpot, make it a progressive machine.
If you'd rather play for a longer period of time and would be happy with a modest win, then find an online slot machine with a relatively small jackpot. But make sure the pay table offers a good range of small to medium payouts.
How Much Money?
Decide in advance how much money you are going to invest for a particular session, and stick to that limit. Don't get carried away, hoping that if you make another deposit your luck will turn and you will recover all of your losses. It's one of the traps casinos hope you'll fall into.
Select an online slot machine where you can change the coin size with a click of your mouse. If things don't go right, switch to a lower coin size. Make your money last and sooner or later a win will come.
Go for the Jackpot
Most slots pay a higher top jackpot for maximum coin play. For example, a three-coin machine might pay 300 coins for 1 coin, 600 coins for 2 coins and 1,200 coins if three coins are bet. In this case and on all progressive slots it is very important to play the maximum number of coins.
If you do not want to play maximum coins, I recommend that you, either look for a slot machine that does not pay a bonus for maximum coins, or reduce the coin denomination so that playing maximum coins is not that expensive. With a bit of luck you will soon experience the thrill of collecting your first online slot machine jackpot!
Source: The SlotAdvisor. Visit slotadvisor.com, a web site packed with free information for slot and video poker players. There are over 50 pages of tips and strategies for beating the machines, online or in live casinos.