Slots Strategy

A slit or other narrow opening, especially one used for receiving something, such as a coin or a letter. Also known as a slit, hole, vent, aperture, slot, or window.

From Middle Low German slot, from Proto-Germanic *sleutana, related to lock.

The coloured boxes in this example display how symbols should land to trigger a winning combination. This will usually be explained in a ‘pay table’, which can often be found by clicking an icon on the machine itself or by reading the game rules.

One effective slots strategy is to look for games that show a recent win. When a player cashes out, the amount of the win is displayed next to the number of credits in the machine. If the numbers are both close to zero, it’s likely that the last person played the machine for a long time (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing). When the number of credits is high and the cashout is in the hundreds or more, this is a good indication that a slot is paying out.

Players can protect themselves from over-risking by playing short sessions. A rule of thumb is to only play as much as your bankroll will allow, and preferably less. It is important to remember that the casino always has a better chance of winning than the player, so protecting your bankroll is a key part of enjoying your gaming experience. It is not uncommon for slot players to make the mistake of thinking that their favourite machine “got hot” or that it was “due” for a big win. This is a dangerous belief that can lead to poor decision-making and over-risking.