Slot Strategies

Slots are a game of chance, but that doesn’t mean that the player lacks any control at all. The player can, in fact, put himself or herself in a favorable or unfavorable position. In the following article, we examine a handful of advanced slot strategies and concepts as well as some of the most popular misconceptions.


The actual or reported return-to-player rate, simply abbreviated RTP, is the percentage of money taken in by a slot machine that is returned to the players. RTP is an after-the-fact report. The theoretical RTP, abbreviated T-RTP, is the amount that a machine should pay out over the long term. In theory, the RTP will be equal to the T-RTP over the long run. During the short run, however, a low or high RTP is not an indication of a machine that is more or less favorable than it would otherwise be.

Tracking Jackpots

Serious slot players will often track the jackpots at their casino of choice. They pay particular attention to jackpots and average payouts that are high than normal. On machines with progressive jackpots, for instance, the odds shift when the jackpot grows or shrinks. In other words, an unfavorable play may become a favorable one as the jackpot increases. It is important to realize, however, that a machine with a higher- or lower-than-normal average payout is not more likely to balance out in the short term.

Finding Slots with Low and High Variances

Slot machines with a low variance are preferable when playing for fun and when meeting wagering requirements on casino promotions. Slots with high variance are preferable when playing to win. A quick and dirty way to determine variance is to examine the pay table. A machine with a combo that pays out 10,000 coins or more likely has high variance, and any machine without is likely mid to low.

Equal Pay

An equal pay or equal ratio slot game is a machine that pays out relative to the number of coins bet on a pay line. A pay table that scales evenly with the coins and lines played is an indication of an equal pay machine. The concept of equal pay is important because you’ll use it to determine if you should bet max or if betting one line makes sense.

Betting One Line

On some machines, particularly equal pay machines, it can be beneficial to bet just a single pay line. Betting the one line maximizes the variance, and thus optimizes your chances of winning big. Maximizing the variance is particularly favorable when betting to win and not meeting a wagering requirement.

Betting Max

On many machines, it is a poor decision not to bet the maximum coins, the maximum line stake, or even the maximum overall bet. When assessing a slot machine, it is important to consider how the pay table scales and choose the wager accordingly. The moral here is that you never want to place a bet that provides odds less than the best odds that the machine offers.

Standard Deviation Strategy — Myth

The SD strategy is a popular strategy that is not mathematically sound, a Gambler’s Fallacy. The goal of the strategy is to maximize the odds on a machine, which is “achieved” by determining the standard number of spins between wins. The strategist will achieve this number by betting the minimum bet on the machine until they’ve won ten times. They’ll then know the standard number. If the number were 15, then they’d play the minimum stake for 14 continuous spins, the maximum stake on the 15th spin, and then rinse and repeat.

One-Play Strategy — Myth

The one-play strategy is a shortcut to the SD strategy. Many believe it to be less precise but nearly as effective, but the concept has the same flaw: Chance has no memory. The strategy works by choosing an equal ratio machine and playing the max bet. If it pays anything at all, it is played again. If it loses, the player moves to the next machine and continues doing so.



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Author Kingsino Staff
Date August 21 2012
Tags Intermediate Guide, Slot Strategies, Guide