5 Things to Do BEFORE You Play the Slot Machines

If you are a casual gambler who doesn’t gamble very often, then you probably don’t put a lot of thought into playing the slots. You may visit a land-based casino a couple of times a year, or play online every once in a while. However, if you play slots regularly there should be some type of method to your play. Here are five steps you should take BEFORE you begin playing to help improve your odds of success.

1. Scout the Casinos:

  • There is fierce competition among casinos especially online. Online gaming is a billion dollar industry and people across the globe open new casinos every day. This is a good thing for gamblers because competition brings better playing opportunities.
  • There is good news and bad news about being a slot player. The good news is every casino wants your business. This provides for some great opportunities to receive outstanding bonuses and ideal playing environments. The bad news is they want your business because the “house edge” (casino advantage) is usually greater on slot machines. That being said the fierce competition has forced many casinos to increase the pay back percentages on their slot machines.
  • Find the casinos that offer the best bonuses/ “comps,” and the best payback on their slot machines. When you are looking at the bonuses be sure to read the “fine print.”
  • Here is a post I wrote on all the differenttypes of casino bonuses.

2. Establish a gambling bankroll:

  • When most people go to the casino, they scrounge around and bring whatever money they can come up with. Again, this is fine if you only gamble once in a while, but if you are a frequent visitor to the casino you should really have a separate bankroll that is solely for gambling.
  • Ideally, you should have a bankroll for the long-term. Meaning you should have a bankroll of “extra” money that is put aside for gambling and when that is gone you do not gamble until you are able to establish another bankroll.
  • At the very least you should have a bankroll for each gaming experience or trip to the casino. Decide exactly how much you are willing to spend and set it aside for gambling purposes.

3. Determine your gambling sessions:

  • This will vary based on your situation. If you are traveling to a casino for the weekend you will have multiple gambling sessions. If you are sitting at home on a Saturday night and decide to play online then you may only play one session.
  • Regardless of the situation, your length of play for each individual session is the important factor. Don’t ever play for longer than two hours straight. The reasons are simple. After two hours of straight play you are no longer able to make sound judgments and maintain concentration. Limit your sessions to two hours with at least a half an hour break in-between each session.

4. Select the proper denomination of play:

  • Once you have established your bankroll you must determine the denomination of the machines you will play based on your bankroll. If you only have $100 to play with then the $1 denomination slots are out of the question.
  • Never play above your bankroll because when you run out of money quickly you will soon be at the ATM taking out more money. Select the denomination that is appropriate for your bankroll and stick to it. If you get lucky and win, do not go to a higher denomination. Simply put those winnings aside and continue to play on your original bankroll. This leads us into tip #5.

5. Maximize your wins and Minimize your losses:

  • Technically, this tip is used while you are playing, but the plan needs to be put in place before you play or else you will never adhere to it.
  • I’ve already talked about determining a bankroll, but there is another aspect of money management that is important for slot players. It is cashing-out when you are winning. There will be times when you win, but those wins do not mean anything unless you can actually put the money in your pocket. If you hit a jackpot and soon give it all back to the casino the win is meaningless. Cash-out and play on your original bankroll. If you lose that money, STOP PLAYING. Take the money you’ve won and put it in the bank.

These are five important tips for frequent slot machine players to help increase your success. The bottom line is put some thought into what you are doing. Educate yourself and use discipline and your trip to the casino will be much more enjoyable.