stick to a machine that is paying out in large amounts, maybe 2 out of 3 rolls at least. if you get 10 rolls of nothing, switch. if a machine starts out cold, don't wait for it to pay off.
also, whatever you have budgeted for slots, start on a machine that is about 1/1000th that amount. For example, if you plan to spend $100, start on a dime machine, and expect to play about 30-50 cents per spin. Also, don't get fooled by the computerized penny machines. to win a decent amount, you have to pay 50 cents per roll up to $2.50, making it more expensive than the nickle or dime machines.
if you see somebody winning consistently, hang out near them and take over their machine when they are done. a machine that is paying out will usually continue paying out.
another tip is to avoid the progressives. usually, progressive machines have a much lower density of pictures than other types of machines. if you notice the patterns of pictures, there's usually 3-5 "stop" positions between pictures. the non-progressives usually have 3, while the progressives usually have 5.
finally, watch the payout schedules. avoid machines where the minimum payout is less than 1:1, or there is no payout for a single cherry or other picture. some machines require a minimum of two pictures to hit for the 1:1 payout.
· 1 decade ago