Slots Strategy

How to Win at Slots

Ok. You've just taken a few hundred dollars out of your bank and are about to sit down at a row of slots at your favorite casino. Well knowing exactly how to spend that few hundred dollars on the slots can be daunting. The fact is, depending on what slot machines you decide to play and how you play them can make all the difference in the world to how long your money lasts and how much you could possibly win. The key to knowing the best slots strategy lies in knowing how to spend your money in relation to the betting options and odds at the particular slot machine you are playing, and of course the actual pay table for the machine as well. The same rules apply to online casinos as well.

The first thing you'll want to do is choose the number of reels that you want to play. This can greatly affect how long your money lasts. If you only have a little bit of money to play with or you want to make your bankroll last as long as possible, your best bet is to play at a 3 reel slot machine. This kind of slots, is very much along the lines of traditionally styled slot machines, where the maximum number of reels you can spin at any given time is 3, limits the number of betting possibilities, so even if you bet the maximum each time in hopes of hitting the jackpot, your money will last longer.

If you want the chance at winning a little more money but still don't want to bet really huge amounts, you can go for a 5 reel slot machine. These slots will allow you to bet a little more than the 3 reel slots but, again, even if you are betting the maximum each spin, you won't be betting as much as you could be betting playing a 7 reel slots.

7 reel slot machines are widely known as the slots that give you the greatest number of betting variations and also allow you to bet the highest maximums of any other kind of slots games.

No matter how many reels the slot machine that you're playing has, you still have the option to bet various amounts each spin. Below you'll see a list of how the cost per hour of your slots play breaks down. On the far left you'll see the coin value. On the next column to the right is the amount you can expect to spend in an hour of play. And to the right of that column you'll see the same amount multiplied by two and three coins. Use the chart as a rough guide to how long you can expect your money to last depending on your betting style. Over time you'll be able to formulate your own personal betting strategy, and figure out ways to maximize you chances of winning. Even if you are playing at a tournament, following the chart below can be a good idea.


Table: Cost Per Hour (Lose) at a Three Reel Slot Machine

 Cost Per hour, Based on the Number of Coins Bet
DenominationOne CoinTwo CoinsThree Coins
Nickel ($.05)$30$60$90
Quarter ($.25)$150$300$450
One Dollar ($1.00)$600$1,200$1,800
Five Dollar ($5.00)$3,000$6,000$9,000
Twenty-Five Dollars ($25.00)$15,000$30,000$45,000

Slots Strategy in a Nutshell

For the most part your slots strategy will mainly depend on whether or not you want to play at a progressive slots game, and whether or not you are a slots club member. Progressive slots are slot machines that add a little bit of every bet to the overall jackpot of the game. The jackpot will continue to get bigger until someone wins it. By far the best strategy when playing at a progressive machine is to find the progressive slot machine with the highest jackpot, then bet the most money you can each spin to maximize your chances of hitting the jackpot.