Online slots are one of the most successful games in online casinos, and more and more players are looking for the best tricks to win at slots. Surely you have heard stories like Alex, the Russian who became a millionaire by deciphering the algorithm of the slots, but you need to have some programming knowledge that not everyone has. In fact, it took Alex years to complete his analysis. Luckily, we have several tricks to win at online slots without having to crack any code.
1. Take advantage of bonuses, promotions and free spins
How many times have we passed up a slots bonus or the free spins that our usual casino gives us, underestimating their promotions. If you pay attention to your casino’s promotions, you will be able to make the most of the game, increasing your winnings or recovering losses -which is another way to win-, so pay attention to the e-mails you receive if you are subscribed to the newsletter and visit the promotions section from time to time. And don’t forget to read the terms and conditions of each promotion.
2. Choose a slot machine with a good RTP
Did you know that online slots have an RTP up to 40% higher than the physical ones? This is the most obvious example of the fact that before playing a slot machine we should check the RTP or payback. You will see that most online slots have a similar RTP, but the higher it is, the more chances you have to win. The RTP is usually around 96%, so avoid playing slots with an RTP below 95%.
3. Look at the paytable
Just as we will look at the RTP of the slot machine, we should take a look at the latest winners of each machine. Most casinos offer information about the payouts of the last hours, so with just one click you can check which slot has given out the best prizes. This is a good indicator of the type of machine we have in front of us. Some even tell us how much the winner has bet.
4. Avoid progressive slots
They are the most tempting machines, but also the most dangerous, because if we focus on the search for the jackpot, it can get out of hand. The chances of winning the jackpot are scarce, and here RTP, pay tables and so on are of no value. Playing the same amount you can win higher prizes in conventional slots. Besides, you will have to play with the maximum bet to be eligible for the prize. In this sense, it is convenient to know the different types of slots and paylines of the machine.
5. Have you won? Change game
When you win a big prize, change machines. It is unlikely that the same slot will give two big prizes in a short period of time, so don’t tempt fate and look for another machine. If you have disregarded our previous advice, you should keep in mind that when a jackpot is distributed, the jackpot goes back to 0 so avoid that slot until it grows again, as we would take a low amount.
6. Start playing with the minimum bet
No two slots are the same, so we will start playing with the minimum bet to get to know the dynamics of the game and how the machine works. Even if we have the opportunity to play in demo mode to test the machine, something that is always interesting, our first spins should be with the minimum bet. When you have doubled or tripled your profits you can play with the high bet, even if it takes you several sessions to get it.
7. Take advantage of the maximum bet
You should be aware that in slots it is usual to lose more than you win, but if we have the chance to win, we will try to take as much as possible. Therefore, when we have the opportunity to win, it is better to do it with the maximum bet that opens the door to jackpots and other prizes. But we will need a big budget, so as we have said before, the key is to gradually increase the bet until we reach the maximum bet.
8. Winnings are not part of the budget
Before playing, you have to set a budget and stay within it, no matter how hot you think the slot machine is when you get to the end. So far, so clear. However, many players include winnings in that budget. One of the keys to winning in slots as in any other game of chance such as betting or roulette is not to reinvest winnings to bet in the same session. Therefore, you can set the limit of money to play before you start spinning the slot machine.
9. Do not play in automatic mode
We have to be attentive to the game, so avoid playing in automatic mode. You never know for sure how much money you are playing, you get distracted and do not control the losses or wins… and, what is worse, we do not enjoy the same way as if we bet and spin the slots spin by spin. The exception can be the free spins or bonus spins that you can get in many slots, which can be played automatically because they will not have any negative effect on your bankroll.
10. No slot strategy is infallible
The Internet is an inexhaustible source of slot strategies and slot systems that are supposedly infallible. However, there is no foolproof slots strategy, so be wary of all systems. The key to win at slots is to know well the game, its features and payouts, and to control at all times the money played. This is the only way to win at slots… unless you are a programming genius and are able to decipher the machines’ random number generator, which is almost impossible.