If you think that playing slots is just as simple as pulling a lever or pushing a button and hoping you win, think again. Contrary to popular belief, slot gaming is not without strategies that you can use to help increase your chances of winning. There are some strategies you can try to help increase your chances of hitting that sweet spot, or at the very least, make playing a lot more engaging and exciting.
What strategies are we talking about? Here are some of the ones that you can try:
- Play as many different machines – The way to do this during a gambling session is to set a limit on the number of spins you make on a single machine. The amount of time you spend moving from one machine to another will lower your rate of losses per hour. While this strategy doesn’t guarantee you winning more, it does help stretch your bankroll and your game time since moving from one machine to another takes time.
- Tracking your gambling – This is another system that does not guarantee bigger winnings but helps you keep close track of your spending. If you want to make sure that you don’t go over your daily or weekly bankroll, using this system is a good idea. There are many ways for you to do this. One is to keep track of how much you spend on a single machine on a set amount of time. Say, for example, you deposit $100 into a machine and you set a game time of one hour for that machine. If you are still playing after the hour is up, that means you did not spend more than your allocated amount for that machine. If you find yourself without money even before the hour is over, that means you may end up spending more than you should on your gambling. Adjust your gaming accordingly – reduce your bets to stretch your dollar or increase your bankroll for each hour of gaming to get the perfect mix that you will be happy with.
- Ascending bet system – This is a system where each successive bet is doubled until you get a win. This is best used with slot machines that have a rather low base bet. If you can, find a machine that starts at a quarter and allows you to increase the number of coins you bet as well as the denomination. How does this work? Say you begin with a 25 cent bet and don’t win on that spin. You then double the next bet to 50 cents before you click on spin. If you don’t win on that click, you bet $1 on the next spin and so on. To ensure that you don’t burn through your bankroll quickly, set a limit for your double bets. When you hit the limit, you start over with the lowest bet on your list. When you win on a spin using this system, you go back to the lowest bet too. For instance, if you win on your $2 bet, you will then have to reduce your bet back to 25 cents for the next spin.
- Sixty percent system – This is a pretty straightforward system where you quit a machine when you hit sixty percent win or sixty percent loss. If you have a $100 bankroll, what you need to do is to quit or move to another machine once you hit this benchmark. If you win $60 after playing for a few minutes on a machine, you can then move to another machine and quit playing on it if you win 60% of the amount of money you have on hand. This will include the amount you won on the previous machine. For instance, if you won $60 on the previous machine, then your quitting threshold on the next machine will be 60% of $160. If you lost $60 on the previous machine, then you will need to stop when you hit 60% of $40.
- Win goal system – This is probably one of the simplest systems you can use when playing slots. While you may have a bankroll limit, you may not have any other limits set for your gaming. You can choose to have a win goal when you play so you can essentially quit while you’re ahead. Let’s say you have a $100 bankroll and you have a $100 win goal. This means that you will stop playing when you either win the $100 or you run out of bankroll to use.
- Stop loss system – This is the opposite of the win goal system and should also be used with a bankroll or time limit. The trick here is to set a loss goal for when you should stop playing a specific machine. If you hit your loss limit, you should stop playing on that machine and move on to the next one. You can only play up to your set bankroll for the day or week. If you have a $100 bankroll and you have a $20 stop loss limit, you should move on to the next machine when you hit your loss limit. If you lose your $100 bankroll, you will then need to quit playing for the day or week.
- Set pulls limit system – This is also another system that helps you better manage your gambling time and your bankroll. The rule for this system involves counting how many lever pulls you make on a machine before you quit it. This system makes use of the hot and cold designations machines sometimes have – if a machine won’t give you a win within 7 pulls, then it’s “cold”, if it lets you win every few spins, it’s “hot”.
These systems don’t guarantee that you will win more but these will help you better manage your gambling and your bankroll. At times, these will help you enjoy your gaming more without having to worry about going over your limit for the day or week. These systems will also “gamify” your gambling in that you have to follow a set of rules while playing and you have to meet certain criteria before you can play something else or can continue playing.