No matter what of what many books for the low, low price of $9.99 tell you, there is no way to ‘beat' one armed bandits, online or otherwise. The explanation that a video slot can never be systematically beaten is because of its random number generator (RNG).
The RNG makes playing video slots more like Roulette than Poker. That is, it s a casino game involving probability before skill. That being said, there are ways to realistically increase your favor of winning.
Online Slots are never ‘due to hit'
Just because a video slot has been played all day without a win, does not necessarily mean that a jackpot is coming. An online slot machine s payouts are estimated over the long term, not just within a few minutes. A video slot can go for weeks without a win, just as it could payout more than once in an day.
Slots that cost more payout more often
The reason for this is simple: If people are seen winning on a casino s online video slot, more people will play it. The casinos want players to play more expensive machines, so higher costing slots payout more often (let's say 97% versus 94%).
Playing Slots faster does not mean winning faster
Some people think that, like fate, an online video slot will payout on spin X. Thus, getting to spin X quicker makes sense. However, one armed bandits do not work like this, as the RNG works between plays and is not predestined. As such, playing more rapidly does not make you win more rapidly (although it's possible that you could), it just makes you burn through your money faster.
Play Slots with a ‘loss number'
Pick a number that you're comfortable with, such as 12,11 or 15. In this example, when you have played 11 spins without winning, move to another online classic slot. This can help you find winning machines, and keep you playing in the casino longer without paying more, as you won't become fixed by any one slot.
Be familiar with your Slots machine
There are thousands of different kinds of one armed bandits out there to play. Don't change between too many at a time. You should play one that you're not only comfortable with, but have an understanding of its rules, bet size and bonus round.
Know your Slots machine's ratios
Remember in math class when you learned about how important ‘unit price' is when buying groceries? The same principle applies here. You should always bet the number of coins that represent the best ratio of cost to payout.
For example, a fictional machine's payout is represented as follows:
- 1 coin played=15 coin win
- 2 coins played=30 coin win
- 3 coins played=35 coin win
- 4 coins played=50 coin win
The win ratio would be:
- 1 coin represents a payout ratio of 1:15
- 2 coins represent a payout ratio of 2:20, or 1:10
- 3 coins represent a payout ratio of 3:40 or 1:13.3
- 4 coins represent a payout ratio of 4:50 or 1:12.5
In the above example, playing 1 quarter would be the same as playing 2 over time, but the best win is found at playing 3 dollars per spin.