Playing slot machines can be fun and exciting. But it can also be frustrating, if you spend all of your time looking for a good machine. Today’s slot machines are designed to turn you into a high stakes gambler. Even though the denomination says one penny, in reality, you need to bet as much as $5 per spin if you want to play the maximum. And, we all know that the maximum gives the best payout. Unfortunately, for most of us, we wouldn’t last very long betting $5 per spin.
I often see people betting 1 credit per line on a 30 line machine, or basically the lowest bet you can make. Sure, you will be able to play longer, but you are never going to win any BIG money. My strategy is to bet somewhere in the mid-range of the machines limit. Betting 3 or 5 per line can still give you a decent payout if you get to a bonus level. Doing the math, 3 per line on a 30 line machine is 90 cents and 5 per line equals 150 cents per spin.
The problem is, that if you are playing with 20’s, that only gives you about 10 spins to find out if the machine is any good. So, I find that if you start with a hundred dollar bill, you give yourself a psychological advantage. If you play down to $80 and the machine isn’t responding well, you can cashout and look for another machine, and it doesn’t feel like you have lost too much. One bonus payout can put you back in the green when you play at the higher bet levels. The trick is to know when to walk away and when to keep playing.