7 incredible slot machine tricks you won’t believe work

It’s not all smoke and mirrors

Every gambler looks for a way to trick casinos and make the most out of their slot machines. There are many misconceptions when it comes to tips on increasing your chances at slots so I’m here to sort out the static for you. The fact is, believe it or not, there are slots tips and tricks that do actually work and that you can start using today.

But before we jump in to the deep end, let’s take a quick look at how slot machines work and debunk a few popular myths.

Slot machines run on something called a random number generator. In essence, this is a computer program, certified by the relevant, competent regulatory authority, that determines where each reel stops with each spin.

It’s important to keep in mind that each spin is a separate and completely independent event, in other words totally random. There is no cumulative effect and the results of previous spins have no bearing on the outcome of the next spin. This fact also quickly debunks a common myth, that certain patterns on the reels can indicate whether a machine is ready to payout, which is simply not true. Every spin is its own unique event, which leads us to our first valuable tip!

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1. Don’t get attached!

int1_130822If it has been a while since you had a winning spin then it really might be time to consider changing the machine you’re playing on, or switching to another online slots game. Even though this might sound crazy it’s actually true. According to industry insiders and leading experts, major gaming centers avoid placing several slot machines that are loose close to each other; and online casinos are no different. So, the best option when on a losing streak is to move on to an adjacent slot machine or try your hand at a completely new online slots game. Remember, each spin is a completely unique event, so feeding more coins into a losing machine in no way increases your chances of finally winning.

I’ve done this myself on a number of occasions and found, much to my surprise and delight, that by the time I had moved on to a second or third online game, my luck had returned and bonus spins were racking up. If the machine is cold, walk on into the light. This is one simple way of increasing your chances of finding a loose machine as well as extending your play time and jackpot potential.

2. Loose slots are better for you!

int3_130822It is no big news that it is easier to win on loose slot machines, but what is hard is to find one. These machines are placed all over the casino quite strategically and in a meticulous way. This is primarily true when playing physical slots but online slots can be loose too and their placement varies.

Physical placement revolves around the fact that the casinos want everyone to see a big win. It encourages others to play, so often loose machines are to be found in highly visible areas.

But there are pitfalls to visibility. Airport slots are highly visible, but people are coming and going at a frantic rate. These slots are known to be some of the worst to play at any gambling destination. It’s far better to wait until you’re actually in the casino. Scope out a spot with a wide range of machines so you can move on if you hit a cold streak, but one that’s highly visible without being a major rush transit area like reception by a restaurant buffet with a lot of motion or an airport mall.

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3. On to progressives…

int4_130822So, what about those gigantic progressive jackpots? I mean, who doesn’t love the idea of becoming a millionaire in the blink of an eye?  From everything I’ve been able to glean, there are two schools of thought on this one (yes, it’s a double-edged sword) depending on your playing philosophy.

One school recommends avoiding progressives. While a life changing win may be uber tempting, with high potential rewards comes, all too often, low payout rates. I mean, that mega jackpot has to be built up somehow and it’s not usually by being liberal in the payout department. If your playing philosophy is to spend a lot of time having a lot of fun and picking up pleasant but not exactly earth shattering winnings, then you should avoid progressives.

The second school of thought says that progressives are really the only true way to strike it super rich. With odds similar to those of winning the lottery, it’s a long shot but playing progressives is a lot more fun. If you’re able to manage your bankroll properly, pace things and not get too carried away, progressives do offer the chance for you to walk into the casino a poor nobody and walk out a member of the millionaire’s club. And I mean, come on, there is a certain thrill to the prospect.

4. The most common trick has to be reconsidered!

int2_130822“Bet Max” is what a regular gambler hears all the time when playing on slot machines. There is a common misconception that if you do not bet the maximum bet every time you will always lose to the casino in the long haul. However, this is not directly the case. This strategy can actually increase the odds for you on some specific machines.

The truth is that on the great majority of slots your chances at winning are absolutely the same whether you bet minimum or maximum. The difference is simple: the more you risk, the more you can win on a lucky spin. This is particularly true when it comes to online slots with added features and bonuses.

For example, play Aladdin’s Wishes on CoolCat and hit two magic lamps anywhere across the reels and your bet is multiplied. If you spin three or more scattered lamps you’ll trigger the Aladdin’s Wishes bonus feature! The bonus feature takes you down into the splendid Cave of Wonders, a golden treasure room with five shining lamps to choose from. For each scatter symbol you revealed in the trigger combination, you get to choose one lamp in the Cave of Wonders. Four of the lamps award multipliers of 2, 5, 10, 25 or 100 times your triggering bet, and one shimmering magic lamp offers a fantastic 25 free spins! All rewards under the free spin feature are automatically doubled, and just as the genie grants more than one wish, the bonus feature can be triggered multiple times – a slots player’s wish come true! So, in a nutshell, bet low or bet high but play machines with bonus features if you really want to see your winnings fly.

5. Pay tables matter a lot!

best online slots tips It is very important to always check on the payout rates of every single slot machine you decide to play and most importantly, you must check on this before choosing a slot machine. The machines may look absolutely alike, but still have different payouts and the outcome can really make a difference.

For online slots, the pay tables can be found under the help and rules menu of each game. Pay tables and the number of paylines can vary widely by game, so taking the time to do a bit of homework and select the games with the best pay tables, advantageous paylines and most bonus features. This simple step can go a long way to making you a big winner.

6. Take that baby for a free spin!

int5_130822There’s nothing like a test drive. Most online casinos offer you the chance to play for free before you switch to real money and CoolCat is no exception. CoolCat Casino has a free, no download, instant play feature that allows you to give your favorite slots (and many table and specialty games) free spins to your heart’s content.

Simply put, this is an excellent way to study the pay tables, paylines and bonus features of the slots that peak your interest before going for the gold with real money on the line. In all honesty, I spend a lot of time using the instant play function, especially when new games come out, sussing out the ones with the best bonus features likely to give me more bang for my buck.

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7. Use promos and welcome bonuses!

Tips for playing online slotsAnd speaking of getting more bank for your buck, probably the best way I know to make my bankroll go farther is to take advantage of casino welcome bonuses and promo offers. Signing up for the welcome bonus at a new casino is super easy and, depending on the casino, gives you matching bonus cash and free spins on selected games.

This is also true of promo offers, which can include match bonuses, free spins and more. Once a member of a casino like CoolCat, I get regular bonus offers by mail and well as updates that I signed up for regarding special new game promotions, seasonal promotions and weekly, sometimes daily promo offers. Why play with $50 when I can double that to $100 plus free spins simply by entering the relevant bonus code?

In conclusion, these few, simple slots tips and tricks can take a bit of the randomness out of random, increase your odds of winning and definitely help you have more fun over a longer period of time with you given bankroll. And heck, you never know, I guess that’s why we all love to play slots, you may walk away with a win so big your life will never be the same again! As far as I’m concerned, the thrill of that all too real possibility makes playing slots well worth the time.

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Laura Barton

Laura Barton is a self-declared "adventurer". Highly energetic and unpredictable, you will never find her without something to read on her hands. She loves casinos, after all it's in her blood: her father was a Las Vegas mogul and a former owner of some of the largest casino entertainment chains in the US. Loves rock climbing, surfing and playing drums.