SLOTS GAMBLING TIPS
Don't be confused or intimidated by today's new breed of slots. Each year a
new crop of slots hits the casino floor -- with their gimmicky names (Cool Millions,
Top Cat), theme reels (cows, frogs, spaceships), and digital sound effects.
But beneath their fancy facades, all slots are basically alike. They're simply
boxes housing the slots' hardware and software produced by the manufacturer.
And they all work on the same principle: put in one or more coins and wait and
see whether you won or lost.
Do leave home without them! Your checkbook, ATM card, debit card, and all credit
cards but one. Use this one for out-of-pocket expenses only: meals, shows, shopping,
Take only the money you can afford to lose. And set a loss limit for each day.
When this is gone, your gambling for the day is over. No borrowing from the
next day's allotted bankroll. And keep away from those ubiquitous cash-advance
machines. Playing with plastic will come back to haunt you when the bank statements
start coming in.
Set realistic goals. Don't go into a casino with the idea of making money. Steve
Wynn, CEO of Mirage Resorts, said, "The only way to make money in a casino
is to own one." They don't build those ritzy mega-resorts and cruise-to-nowhere
riverboats on winners.
Know how slots work. Today's slots are controlled by a miniature computer (microprocessor)
that generates hundreds of win-loss symbols every second, 24 hours a day, weather
the slot is being played or not. And since the computer's generation of win-loss
symbols is 100% random, no one can predict what symbol will appear on the screen
So beware of ads or mail-order offers promising some "secret" or "sure-fire"
way of beating the slots. They're mostly worthless, out-of-date, or out-and-out
scams. Ask yourself: If you found a way to make millions off the slot machines,
would you sell it?
Understand percentage payback. Like cloned sheep, slots may look alike, but
they don't pay alike. The higher a slot's percentage payback, the better chance
you have to win. But you can't tell by looking at a slot what its payback percentage
is, unless it's posted on the slot. Asking slot floor personnel won't help.
They probably won't know.
Theoretically, a slot with an advertised 95% payback will return $95 out of
every $l00 put into it and keep $5 as profit. But 95% is just an average figure,
meaning that the slot will pay back 95% of all the coins put into it, not to
just one player, but to all its players (hundreds, maybe thousands), and in
no set pattern or period of time - just eventually.
So if you were to drop $100 in a slot with a known payback of 95%, you probably
wouldn't get back exactly $95 in the time you were at that slot.
Play the right slots. Whatever denomination slot you choose to play, stick to
the 2-coin, 3-reel non-progressive, single-payline slot with the lowest top
jackpot (1000 to 5000 coins). The lower the top jackpot, the more frequent the
smaller paybacks and the better the odds
of winning. The bigger the top jackpot (10,000 to 50,000 coins), the fewer smaller
paybacks and the greater the odds against you.
And run, don't walk, past any slot with four or more reels! Each added reel
increases the odds against you by the millions.