Slot TipsHere are some slot tips that will help you out in the casino.
1. Always play the maximum bet. In the long run your chances will be better for a bigger payout.
2. Get yourself a comp card. If you lose all your money you may get a free meal in return!
3. Know the slot machine you are about to play. Read the machine and get a feel for the different ways you can win.
4. Get your money. Make sure you cash out the slot machine before heading to another.
5. Never leave your machine. Wait for an attendant to come by. If someone plays your machine before you get the payout, you are out of luck.
6. Know your limits. Bring a bankroll and stick to it, you'll thank yourself later.
How the Casinos place their slotsSlot machines do make money for casinos, of course they do, they wouldn't host the games if they didn't, all casinos follow a specific marketing plan. You, as a slot machines player, are extremely fortunate since they follow the same general placement pattern. Careful thought has gone into the placement of each machine. No machine is placed at random, or by "accident." The casinos know exactly what they're doing. Believe it. The good news is: now YOU will, too! Until fairly recently, the placement within the casinos of the 96 - 99% machines was top secret information. Since no job in the casino industry is 100% secure on any level, the disclosure of such information meant instant termination and permanent "black-balling" from the industry to those who dared breach the "code of silence."
So, where do the casinos place their best slot machines? The answer is below. Cherish it for it is critical to your success as a slot player.
1. Near the change booths - casinos want other players who are waiting in line to receive change to hear the unmistakable sounds and sights of players hitting mid-level and top jackpots. This will, supposedly, motivate other players to get more change and play more machines. It works.
2. On elevated carousels - high payoff machines that are visible from nearly any angle from the gaming floor also serve to motivate other players to put more money into THEIR chosen machines. It works.
3. Near the coffee shop/cafe/snack bar - casinos frequently place their best machines in these locations to motivate players to eat quickly and get back to the gaming floor as soon as possible. When a player takes a "time out" for food or drink it's time spent not playing the machines. No play = no revenue for the casino.
4. Slot aisles known as "crosswalks" - crosswalks are areas that players must walk through to get to other slot aisles. Again, the same principle applies: the casinos want slot players to witness frequent jackpot (mid-level or top) payouts. Passers-by using these carefully planned pathways are more likely to be drawn into the main slot aisles, where the mid-range and tight machines are waiting to fleece them.
5. Locations highly visible from other slot aisles - same philosophy, same reasons as cited above.
6. Round or rectangular, free-standing kiosks within the main casino - nearly all casinos sublet space to the manufacturers of slot machines (Bally's is a prime example). These free-standing kiosks are not strictly bound by the individual casino's marketing principles, and may have a larger percentage of "loose" machines.
Does this mean that every machine in these top 6 locations is "loose?" Of course not. It simply means that the highest concentration of loose machines can be found within these areas. How can you tell which slot machines may be the better ones? Observation, my friends. It is always your best tactical weapon in the search for the casinos' best machines. You must be able to observe how the machines are playing at the exact moment you stand and face them.
Now that you know where the BEST machines may be located within ANY casino, you need to also know where the MID-RANGE and TIGHT machines are ... so that you may AVOID them. Use the Site Navigator below to learn more. Knowledge is power, after all.