edges of 15 percent,
sometimes more, rarely less. It is very difficult
to go home a winner on a machine that is taking
$15 for every $100 wagered for the casino. It is
much easier to win on a given night on a machine
that is returning anywhere from 96 to 98 percent
as many slot machines of the "stand-alone"
variety (i.e., no progressive meters) do. In fact,
if a casino is "certifying" that all the
machines in a bank are returning 98 percent, those
are the machines to play. But always make sure that
the sign says "all" and not "up to"
because then only one machine has to be returning
the high amount. The others could be as tight as
However, if you are
the type of player who loves to dream about those
life-changing moments, then always play progressives
and always play full coin in them. Life cant
change all that drastically when you win on stand-alone
slot machines or when you play one coin in a giant
progressive and those mega-symbols come up.
Always remember that
all these new bonus games and multiline machines
come with this caveat -- to generate the money for
the bonus rounds, the main game has to skimp on
the payout percentages. If you want to play these
new games, never get caught underfunded. Multiline
machines can make a seemingly 5-cent player into
a $12.50 per-spin player. Those multilines add up!
And always slow your pace on the machines. Relax.
What's your hurry? The machie isn't going anywhere,
nor is the casino. The only thing that might go
is your money if you go too fast.
Always play the same
strategy for three-play, five-play, or ten-play
video-poker machines of a given type as you would
for a stand-alone version. The fact that you are
playing multiple hands at the same time never alters
your strategy. And if you are going to play those
three-play, five-play, or ten-play machines, always
try to play the best pay tables. These, and the
proper strategies to use when playing them, can
be found in my book Victory at Video Poker.
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