Most people play slot machines hoping to hit it lucky with a winning streak that pays big. There is also the pure entertainment value of playing the slots. While it would be great if there was a strategy that could make you a long term winner at slots, the truth is, there is really no such thing. But if you want to have fun playing slots for as long as possible, there are a few mostly common sense things to keep in mind.
First, be sure that you understand what you are doing when you play slot machines. Know what the pay tables are and what it takes to be eligible to win a jackpot or bonus before you put any coins into a machine. If you play fairly often, you can join the slots club at the location where you play. It is free to join and members get benefits like free meals, discounts on hotel rooms or even free rooms, and sometimes cash back.
Perhaps the most important rule of thumb when playing slots or any game of chance for that matter is only play with disposable income – that is, money that you can afford to lose. Be sure that you are rested and alert while you are playing, and don’t play for a long period of time without a break. If you are tired, you are more likely to make a costly mistake.
It is a good idea to decide in advance how much you will spend on slots during an entire day or trip. Divide your bankroll into equal amounts and play that many sessions without going over the allotted amount during any one period of play. For example, if you decide to play four sessions, stop if you have used up one fourth of your bankroll during any one session. Take a break and do something else for a while. If you win, you may decide to keep playing or to pocket the winnings for now.
If you want to be able to play for a long time, make sure you choose a machine that does not penalize you for playing less than the maximum number of coins. That way, you can play one coin at a time and prolong your playing time on a set bankroll. This goes against the advice you may see to always play the maximum number of coins, but it is the strategy to use if you want to maximize your playing time. On the other hand, if you are playing progressive slots with the hope of hitting the jackpot, you have to play the maximum number of coins in order to be eligible for the big prize. Don’t play on a progressive slot machine if you only want to play one coin at a time.
Remember that slot machines are intended to be fun and entertaining. It can be exciting to win the jackpot, but the primary goal of playing slots should always be to have fun without losing your shirt!