Why do you play casino slots or table games or roulette? There is only one answer. You want to WIN. There is no other reason for playing. When you first arrive at a brick and mortar casino the first thing you do if you have never gambled before is take instructions in the games you want to play. Does this sound a little strange to you? It shouldn’t because every casino offers instructions in the morning every day. They want all of their customers to know what the odds are, what the rules are and what the risks are. Because they don’t want people to be blindly throwing their money away, two or three tables will be set up to teach lessons in blackjack, roulette, let it ride, and other table games. Because slot machines are self-explanatory, they do not offer lessons in how to play them.
Once you have taken the free lessons offered by the casino, you should probably play at a table that has a low buy-in. Some tables have buy-ins as low as $1 a hand. You can learn more as you play at the low bet table. When you are playing slot machines, and over 75% of the players in a casino play slots at one time or another, there are ways to decide which machines to play.
Casinos have designed the casino floor to give you some hidden tips. As you come into a casino you will usually see a progressive jackpot machine bank such as Wheel of Fortune right inside the door. These slot machines have a huge jackpot and they are there to attract attention. The pay out of these machines is usually pretty good. You will most likely find a 95% payout here. This does not mean you have a big chance to win the jackpot. The payout percentage is really an average of ALL payouts of these particular machines in this one bank. As the jackpot goes higher and the number of coins is increased, the lower your chance of winning that jackpot. Don’t spend all of your money on progressive jackpots.
When playing slots there is very little skill at work. Make friends with the guys and girls who run the slot carousels. They keep records of which slot machine pays out when. They can tell you when the last time the machine you are playing has paid off. They can even warn you when someone has filled up the machine you just sat down out and if they think it is just “gathering” or if it is ready to “pay off”.