Did you know that among all the attractions, games and activities to do in a casino, slot games are by far the most popular? In fact, they are used more by everyone, even if everything else is combined. That’s because, unlike table games like blackjack, poker or craps, slots are extremely simple and easy to play.
Since it all comes down to luck, the player can simply spin to play, without paying too much attention to the extra bright and distracting features the game has to offer. The result will be the same in the end.
However, playing without paying attention, waiting for a prize to fall into your lap, is not the best strategy.
TOO MANY ROUNDS PER HOUR
One thing almost all slots players do, particularly when they’re just new, is to play too fast. The purpose of slots is not to spin the reels as quickly as possible. However, many people forget this.
The truth is that, thanks to the RTP of slots (return to player, the percentage of return on investment in a game), which is usually below 96%, it doesn’t pay to play too long. Mathematically, it is difficult for the player to get a positive return just through constant rounds.
Now, what you should do is pay attention to your budget and your earnings. If you get a good prize, the best thing to do is change the game, ideally to one that is not a slot. It is also recommended to simply collect your money.
The more you play in the same game, after getting a big prize, the more money you are giving away to the casino. This in mathematical terms.
GAMES WITHOUT BONUSES
It’s important not to forget why slots are one of the most profitable casino games. Remember this profit has to come from somewhere. It usually comes from people who make mistakes like the ones described here.
Anyway, an important aspect of playing slots and casinos in general is bonuses. Most casinos offer some kind of welcome bonus, which is usually 100% match on your bets.
Another very common welcome bonus is free spins. Some casinos offer up to 100 free spins. But don’t forget to check the bonus requirements as they can be demanding.
It’s always good to look for casinos with the best welcome bonuses available, but don’t forget about the loyalty bonuses you earn by repeatedly betting on a casino. Anyway, playing slots without any kind of bonus is a pure disadvantage.
PLAY WITHOUT READING THE RULES
In the introduction to this article, we mentioned that slots are one of the easiest games to play. This is due to the fact that, theoretically, they can be played repeatedly with just one click. This is an advantage in a way, but it also causes problems.
Nowadays, slots are increasingly complex and chic. If you’ve ever played a Yggdrasil or NetEnt slot, you’ll know that some of them can be full of extra rules and features, which allow the player to win prizes in an explosive and colorful way.
However, it takes time and patience to read the rules, before playing these games. Thus, all slot producers create a small digital “booklet” of rules for their slots. It’s always worth a look, because the more complex slots are often the most fun too.
DO NOT INCREASE THE VALUE OF COINS TO THE MAXIMUM
Practically all slots allow different sizes of coins. Coin size indicates how much money you will be betting. Note that the vast majority of slots only allow a player to receive the maximum prizes and jackpots if the player bets with the largest possible coin size.
Some slots have fixed sizes, which makes life easier for some. However, there the maximum payouts are lower.
PLAY SLOTS WITH LOW RTP OR HIGH VOLATILITY
If you want to make slots your main game (which is a bad idea, but we’ll look at that later), you need to know what RTP and volatility mean.
Now, RTP is a purely statistical value, not absolute. This is the average return on your investment in a game. For example, if you spend 100 euros on a game with 90% RTP, you will end up with 90 euros. Therefore, it is important to choose slots with the highest RTP possible. But there are several tricks to not be fooled by the high RTPs indicated. Remember that this is not a provisional value, but a fixed one.
One of those tricks is to see if the game in question has a progressive jackpot. This type of jackpot can negatively inflate the RTP. Because, theoretically, it could be a colossal prize, but the chances of getting it are even lower. Because it’s such a high prize, the game’s creators increase the RTP to give the illusion that you can get a lot of money if you play these slots.
Another trick is volatility. This aspect is in all slots, and is usually indicated by the producer. High volatility means that a game’s payout production is inconsistent and its RTP is not very reliable. Generally, more complex and flamboyant games are more volatile, but that’s not always the case.
So, look for games with high RTP. Some older games have 85% RTP. Avoid them completely! Additionally, look for games with low volatility. It’s not always easy, because many of the funniest ones can be the most volatile.