Q I would like to know how to pick a slot machine when I go to the casino. Gladiator.
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or triple bonus feature. Examples are Double, Triple Diamond and Red White & Blue 7's. Your gambling bankroll will last longer this way. Try three spins at max coins, if no return, move onto another machine
Q A lot of people say that pulling the arm on a slot machine will pay more than pushing the button. Is this true? Dave
A Dave: This theory is older than dirt---there is no difference. The slot manufacturers leave the slot handle in place because they know slot players think there is a difference. Notice that bonus video slots do not have handles and the prediction is that in the future, the handles will be eliminated.
Q Is it true that more combinations make it a loose slot
A Dave. Looser slots have more "paying" symbols on the reels. Therefore, when a match-up occurs, payouts are more frequent, thus a looser slot. Tight slots, (airports, restaurants, bars) have fewer paying symbols and should be avoided. Bring on those loose slots.
Q My question is specifically about - IGT's Sizzlin' 7’s. But, I guess it could be directed towards other similar games like RWB 7s and Triple/Double Diamonds, etc. I usually play max. coins except when I get any kind of win, and then on the next "pull", I will play one coin less to help stretch my playtime. Statistically speaking, I was wondering if this is viable play or should I always play max. coins? This type of slot seems to have a high hit frequency. So, I was wondering if this method of play has merit? I generally always start out with 3-7 pulls and if the slot gives me no play, I move on. Keep Up The Good Work! Richard.
A Richard: Yes, you should always play max. coins because with the random selection of a slot, back-to-back pays can happen.
Q Are slots programmed to payoff jackpots (or any amount) based on the number of coins played. That is, do they pay off a certain number of times for one coin played, another for two coins played, and another for three coins? I notice that sometimes machines pay when I play two coins, but when I start to play three coins on the same machine it stops paying. I go back to two and it starts to pay again. I sometimes see a jackpot that was hit on one coin and wonder if it would have hit if more coins had been played. I am a computer programmer (not a slots programmer) and I don't see any reason why slots could not be programmed to hit based on number of coins played. Thanks, Joe
A Dear Joe: A slot's random number generator
is programmed to select certain combinations with a pre-determined payout % as authorized by the casino. The same combination upon spinning will come-up regardless of the number of coins inserted. Playing max is the only way to get full payment from any winning combination. Joe, think about this--if this was true and the public got wind of it--what would be the point in always playing max coins? I suppose if the casinos asked it could be programmed that way, but believe me the casinos are not going to ask.
Q Are quarter slots tighter? How much bankroll should one start with for quarter slots? Joel.
A Joel: the higher denominations ($1+) will pay out more percentage-wise; however, you require a larger bankroll
. As far as quarters bankroll, it can be from the low end of $200 to $1000+ depending on your comfort level. I suggest you begin with quarters and move up only with your winnings.
Q I have been reading your advice on playing the slots. I would like to know while playing a machine, should I cash out every time I win? Does that have any effect on the machine? Do you think that using your players’ card in the machine has any effect on winning? Cindy
A Cindy: When you cash out every time, it does not affect the machine but it sure affects your bankroll and that's the reason you do it. After any win, I suggest you try 3-5 more max spins and make the decision whether to stay or move on. Also, set a stop-limit on when you cash out, (i.e. at 300 credits you cash out--or whatever amount you determine). A slot card does not change anything as far as payouts; however, the big plus is that you are gathering points towards freebies that you can add to your gambling bankroll.