any other machine -
right? Wrong! Although we cant judge a slot
machine by its cover, we do know certain facts about
slots in general that can go a long way in helping
us decide which machines to play in particular.
Thats a good thing and a bad thing. Granted
that the casino takes fewer cents out of the dollars
you put in the higher denomination machines but
since youre putting in more dollars, you actually
lose more money in the long run on these machines
unless you do the following.
1. Look for
equal-distribution machines, also called straight-multipliers
(such as Double Diamond) where you are not rewarded
on the jackpot line for putting in maximum coin.
Each payout on a single coin is merely doubled on
two coins, including the wins on the top line. Thus,
if the highest payout is 300 coins for one coin,
then it will be 600 coins for two coins. There is
no reason to play two coins in such a machine since
you arent getting any benefit from so doing
and you are doubling the amount of money that the
machines edge can eat away at.
2. If you are
a dollar player playing three dollars a spin, then
consider going to five dollars a spin and playing
one coin. Youll have to slow down your pace
a bit so that you arent putting in more money
but you probably will be increasing your chances
of going home a winner on any given night. The only
negative in such a plan is the fact that you will
experience heavier fluctuations in your bankroll
because you are winning and lose more on each spin.
But in the long run fluctuations tend to iron out
and youll be the beneficiary if you play machines
that are taking a lower percentage.
3. Unless you
have an insatiable desire to win huge amounts of
money on incredibly long-shot machines, then avoid
all progressives and stick to machines that are
not linked to other machines. Many inter-casino-linked
progressives are taking as much as 15 percent (or
even more) from every dollar played to build those
giant jackpots. Thats good for the man or
woman who wins the jackpot, bad for the millions
of players who dont.
No matter what machines you are playing; no
matter for what denomination; no matter how often
you go to casinos -- slow down your play. Take a
deep breath or ten before every pull of the handle.
The faster you play, the better it is for the casino;
the slower you play the better it is for you. Relax.
Breath in; breath out. Thats the Lamaze Method
of slot play.
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