The exciting world of casino slots is easy to get into, but many would
argue, hard to ever leave. Those who love slots, really love slots. Those
who play other casino games on the other hand, are often hard to convert.
While slots may be a very easy game to understand and play, there are
a few things that you should know to maximize the potential cash coming
The very first thing you should do when you get to the casino is find
the slots host and join the slots club. When you do you will get a credit-card
sized card to use in the machines you play. This lets the casino track
your play, and reward you with comps when you have played long enough.
At the end of your session or day (ensure you have played for a couple
of hours at very least) you can go back to the slots host and ask them
to let you know if you have earned any comps.
Payout percentages are the most commonly used form of differentiating
slot machines, and the most often used form of advertising slots by the
casinos. Many casinos offer "98% payback slots" or some other
high number as their payback percentage. This is most often thought of
as "98% of the total amount of money deposited into the machine will
be returned to the player". People tend to think this means if they
play through $100, they should expect to have $98 come back to them. This
is a bit of a fallacy however, because the return percentage is a theoretical
one based on an infinite timeline. This means if you were to keep playing
the slots game forever, you would eventually have made back 98% of what
you put in. Most people don't usually play long enough to hit a big jackpot
however, and winning that jackpot is part of the calculated 98%. This
means if you play and don't win big, chances are you're actual return
percentage will be significantly lower.
What do I mean by traps? I mean slot machines that aren't entirely up
front about what they offer you. The biggest trap by far is the full coins
trap. There are many slot machines in Vegas that advertise great payback
percentages and amazing jackpots, but they also advertise themselves as
'quarter slots' or 'nickel slots', which is a little misleading. The majority
of these machines require you to play multiple coins in order to be eligible
for some or any of its available jackpots. Many of them require that you
are playing the maximum number of coins possible on the machine in order
to be able to win the jackpot that probably convinced you to play it in
the first place! So be very wary, you may find yourself in front of a
machine that has three cars lined up in a row making you think you've
won the grand jackpot, but no lights will flash, no sounds will erupt,
if you only played one coin.
There are many, many myths around the Internet trying to convince you
that the casinos in Las Vegas have masterminded the way they place their
slots, with loose slots more visible than tight slots. You will undoubtedly
read about how slot machines near the isles, on raised carousels, or near
the entrances and exits pay out more and more often than other slots in
the casino. The logic is based on the idea that the casino wants any winner
on a slot machine to be seen by as many people as possible, convincing
them to play too. While this may be a fairly logical assumption, it seems
as though if it was true once in the past, it sadly no longer is. Recently
Michael Shackleford of the wizard of odds has done some fairly systematic
tests of casinos around Vegas and found no difference between the payouts
on machines located randomly, and those in previously though of 'loose'
Progressive jackpot machines are ones that are all linked up together
in one big network. As money is played through any one of the machines
on the network, a small portion is added to the jackpot total and displayed
across all of the machines. Depending on the number and use of the slot
machines on a progressive network, the jackpots can be seen to grow right
in front of your eyes, a great trick to entice gamers.
If you prefer to play progressive slots there is something you should
keep in mind. Logically, since we know that the progressive jackpots on
these machines are built and derived from a percentage of the money fed
through them, we know the payout percentages for standard wins are on
average lower than a non-progressive slots game.
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