In brick and mortar casinos,
some people think that they have better chances if
they play certain fruit machine (known as slot machines in the US) games such as those
in the entrance, those that haven't paid off for
a long time, or ones that have been paying off a
lot. The truth is, you shouldn't waste your time
trying to find a "hot" machine or a machine
that is "due" to payoff, it's a myth. The
slot machines are programmed at the manufacturing
site to be random, each play on each machine has
the same odds no matter how often or how long ago
it paid off.
In both online and normal casinos
however, there is some truth that the higher denomination
machine payoff slightly more often than the smaller
denomination machines. The nickel and quarter machines
usually pay the least, while the larger denomination
machines pay off the most often. This makes sense,
it encourages play on the machines which bring in
the most money.
For simple fruit machines / slot machines where you simply bet one coin and pull the lever/push
the button there really is no strategy, you simply pop your money in and wait
for the reels to stop. Just remember to play at a level you can afford. Take
your wins when you get them, accept your losses, and enjoy yourself.
These slots are the type of machines that allow for multiple coins to be played.
There are two different basic types:
On some, you can increase your odds of winning by increasing the number of
payout lines. Each coin played adds another payout line up to a maximum of
five, three horizontal lines and two diagonal lines. The machine will pay out
on winning sequences on all lines you've bet on.
On others, you can increase
the payout on winning depending on your bet. For
example, if one coin is played a payout might be
200 coins, 500 coins for two coins played and 1000
coins if a third coin is played. The best strategy
for these machines is to play the maximum numbers
of coins, because assuming you win the same number
of times the additional payout percentage makes you
Think about stepping down a level if you want to limit your wagers, it is smarter
to play a quarter machine using maximum coins rather than to play a dollar
machine using one coin.