There is no tried and true way to guarantee winning money at slot machines. People claim there is and try to sell guides on it, but if this was true, why would they need to make money selling these “tricks”? A better question perhaps, is why would they let everyone know these secrets? Since slots are based on chance, no one can guarantee winnings, but I would like to share some of my tips on how to walk away without losing your money all at once.
Before you even leave, figure out how much money you have to spend and divide that amount by the number of days you will be gambling. For example, if you have $600 and you will be gambling for three days, break the money up into $200 for each day. If there are some days you will be gambling longer than others, break the money up accordingly, such as $100 one day, $200 the next and $300 the last day. No matter how many days you will be gambling, it is strongly advised to only carry one day’s worth of money at a time so you are not tempted to spend it all at once. Many casinos “conveniently” provide ATMs for your use, but do not use them. They charge ridiculous usage fees that you could use on dinner or something else more useful. You don’t really want the casino to have all your money right?
Once you pick out the first machine you are going to, put in however much you would like. Let’s say you put in $20. As a rule of thumb, I pull out my money when I am down half of what I put in. When it shows I have $10 worth of credits left, I walk away from the machine. While you may luck out and win a considerable amount of money after losing half of what you put in, statistics show that the longer you play on one machine, the more the house advantage increases so it is unlikely this will happen and sensible to walk away.
While self-control should be practiced when losing, it is also important to have self-control and know when to walk away when you are winning. I have achieved the most success when I walk away after doubling my money. Sometimes it does seem as if the machine is “hot” so I will generally walk away if I am up money and I have lost three spins in a row. This way I walk away from that machine before I lose more than I have put in it.
My last tip, that I admittedly am still trying to stick to, is putting any fifties or hundred dollar bills away that I win. If you are up considerably from what you brought, only spend your original money. Since you are already up, if you end up losing all the money you brought you will still have the money you won along the way that you put away.
I cannot guarantee you will win while playing slot machines, but if you try these tips you will hopefully be able to try out several different machines before losing all your money. Remember, the ultimate goal is to have fun, without losing all your money.