1. Before you play your first coin or credit, make sure you know what
denomination you are playing.
2. Read the payback schedule to see if the jackpot is available only
for maximum coins played. For instance, three jackpot symbols might pay
100 coins for one, 200 coins for two, but 1000 coins for three. (This
kind of machine is termed a bonus multiplier. If all payoffs are proportionate--100
for 1, 200 for 2 and 300 for three--it's simply a multiplier.)
3. On bonus multiplier machines, always play the maximum number of credits.
On simple multiplier, you can choose to play any number of coins remembering
that the more you play, the bigger the payoff when you hit something.
4. Some machines will payout on certain symbols only. Referred to as
Buy A Pay machines, these pay on certain symbols only for specific number
of coins or credits played. You might get two-for-one when you get a
cherry but nothing when you hit three bars because for that combination,
you need two coins.
5. If you're playing a machine that has a progressive jackpot, to save
your sanity, always play the maximum number of coins required to win
it. There's no gambling letdown as devastating as lining up all the jackpot
symbols and getting only a tiny amount of money when, had you played
those extra coins, you would have experienced a windfall.
6. If you choose multi-line machines, double check to see whether you
have to play the maximum number of coins to win the jackpot.
7. Take your time. Playing slots isn't a matter of speed. In fact, the
faster you play, the faster you will lose if you don't hit something.
Play at a reasonable speed and enjoy yourself.
8. Don't chase. If you begin to think you'll never get even or win,
stop. Choose another machine or quit for the day. If you lose have your
bankroll, move down to a lower denomination. You can always move up after
you've recovered your losses.
9. Don't play more than you can afford to lose in one sitting. If you
have $25 as a bankroll, you'd be wise to play the lowest denomination
machine that requires the fewest coins per pull. This will allow your
bankroll to stretch out over a longer period of time. If, however, you
choose to play that $25 in quarters or higher, you're likely to lose
it very quickly.
10. Understand the psychology. A casino attracts a multitude of players.
Overall, those players will leave some of their money behind. A few will
take money out. The amount taken out by the winners is far and away offset
by the amount left behind by winners. Players hit jackpots all the time
and these jackpots come from the losses of others.
11. Cash out. Slot machines are a big gamble. When you get ahead, take
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