If you look at the old-fashioned slot machines, you’ll find a mechanical system that randomly pays out certain amounts of money based on how the reels fall into place, and the combination of symbols that are generated. You pull the arm, the reels start spinning, and Lady Luck takes it from there. Statisticians and avid gamblers have proposed many ways in which this random system can actually be beaten in the long term, with mixed success.
The same is happening with online slot games; seemingly everybody has his or her own system, although there’s always some extra luck to be had with slot machines with bonus games. However, do such systems work? Are there really effective strategies for slots? Here’s the good news: yes, indeed there are. Here are some secrets for success playing online slots.
Online slot machines: how do they work?
The new online slot machines use computer algorithms and form their reels via a random number generator (RNG). The algorithms can vary. However, it is truly random, and each event is independent from the other. The algorithm, however, decides that the casino always wins in the long run – it’s how the system is set up – and it’s more reliable than the old-fashioned one-armed-bandit. You can still win, of course, but you need to keep statistics in mind and crunch some numbers to understand it fully.
Some strategies are more successful than others, and it’s important you develop your own depending on your risk tolerance. However, all good strategies have the following in common:
- Crunch the numbers. Understand the game, the symbols, the combinations, the payouts, and the odds. Statistics is a field that you should embrace. Use it to your advantage.
- Ignore the progressive pots. The higher the jackpot, the less chance you have of winning – this is programmed. It’s logical; how can they afford the large jackpot otherwise? It’s usually wiser to go for smaller winnings with a greater chance of success.
- Use bonuses. They’re there for a reason, so why not take advantage of them?
- Money management. Good money management is not going to help you win; it won’t change the odds. It does, however, ensure that you can play for much longer.
Two more things should be mentioned. First of all, you need to find a website or platform that you can trust and that offers you the slot games you enjoy most. The sounds and the images, the theme and the aesthetics should please you, otherwise you might quickly get annoyed during a bad run, and that defeats the purpose. Secondly (and perhaps most importantly) you should have fun. There’s no use playing if you can’t have fun.