How to Play Slots

How to Play Slots
by Jason Green of

Playing slots is not hard to do, as all you have to do is pull the lever or press the button. However, you have to know that different slot machines have different requirements. Because of this, it is important that you follow some simple rules when you play slots.

1. You have to be sure that you know the denomination that you are playing before you play your first coin or credit.

2. Make sure you read the payback schedule for the game to find out if the jackpot is available only with the max amount of coins played. For example, 3 jackpot symbols may pay out 100 coins for 1 symbol, 200 coins for 2 symbols, but 500 coins for 3 symbols. This kind of slots game is called a bonus multiplier. If all the payouts are proportional, such as 100 for one coin, 200 of 2 coins, and 300 for 3 coins, the game is simply called a multiplier.

3. When playing a bonus multiplier slots game, you should always play the max coin or credit amount for each spin in order to win the biggest payout. On a single multiplier game, you can pick to play any number of coins or credits knowing that the more that you play the bigger the payoff will be if you hit.

4. Some slots games will payout only on certain symbols. These are referred to as Buy A Pay games, as these games pay only on certain symbols only for a certain number of coins or credits that are played. You may get 2 for 1 when you hit a cherry, but nothing when you get 3 bars in that combination, as you will need to play 2 coins.


5. If you are playing a slots game that has a progressive jackpot, you should always play the max number of coins that is required to hit that jackpot. There is nothing more frustrating when playing slots then when you hit all the jackpot symbols and only winning a small amount because you did not play the max coin amount.

6. If you play multi-line slots, make sure to see if you have to play the max coin amount in order to hi the jackpot.

7. Be patient. Playing slots is not a matter of playing fast. Actually, the faster that you play the faster and more money you will lose if something does not hit. Enjoy the game and play at your own pace.

8. Never chase losses. If you think you will never hit, you may want to take a break. Pick another slots game to play or quit your session. If you are on a losing streak and still want to continue playing start betting less. You can always start to bet more after you have hit a few times.

9. Never play for more than you can afford to lose, or only have a bankroll that you are comfortable losing. If you have a bankroll of $50, play at a smaller denomination game that requires only a few coins or credits. This will make it so your bankroll last longer and gives you more of a chance to win. Conversely, if you have a smaller bankroll and you play at a game that has higher denominations, you will not be able to play as long decreasing your chances of winning.

10. Cash out when you win. Slots are just like other casino games in that they are games of chance. When you are ahead take the money, as it is always better to leave with more money than you started with.

11. Remember to cash out when you leave the game. Many people do not realize they have coins or credits when they walk away. Make sure you do not have any when you decide to stop playing.