Casino Slot Machine Tips

Whether you play at land-based casinos or at top rated online casinos, there are a few slot machine tips you may wish to follow to ensure you are maximizing your chances of winning. Perhaps the single most important tip is to read the paytable on any given slot machine.

The Paytable's Importance

If you are new to online slot machine play, all of the bonus and progressive slot machines have a variety of features that are important to your game play. The first thing you should do before playing any slot machine is to read the paytable. To give you an example, let's take a look at Wheel of Chance Slots.

Paytable Information

When you click on the paytable button on the Wheel of Chance slot machine, at first glance it may seem overwhelming to a new player. But if you take it line by line, you will soon understand the importance of each symbol. At the top of the Wheel of Chance paytable are the three most importance symbols in the game: the bonus wheel, the scatter symbol, and the wild symbol. We should note that not all paytables are configured in this way, but they all have explanations of symbols of importance. Next to each of the above symbols is a very short description of what each symbol means.

  • Bonus Wheel: Bonus wheel symbol appearing on both reels 2 & 4 will trigger the bonus round.
  • Scatter Symbol: 3 or more scatter symbols will trigger 10 free spins.
  • Wild Symbol: Listing from 2 to 5 diamond wild symbols and the corresponding payouts.

Below these three symbols you will find all symbols in the game and their corresponding value when appearing in a winning combination. In the bottom right hand corner, you will find this information:

  • All symbols pay left to right in consecutive order except scatter "free spin" which pays any.
  • Prize is doubled when one or more diamond symbols are part of a winning combination.

Rules of the Game

To the left is a Rules button. This should also be read as part of your understanding of the slot game. When you click on the "rules" button, another page will appear. To the left and right of the general rules you will see charts denoting the winning combinations in the Wheel of Chance slot game. In the middle section, the rules will be spelled out regarding general features of the game such as number of lines, etc. This is followed by explanations of the major symbols - bonus, scatter, and wild and ending with how the bonus round works.

Playing the Game

Once you have all this information, you can begin to play. Familiarize yourself with the plus and minus buttons on the slot machine. These adjust your wager. The bet one and bet max buttons are self-explanatory. The spin button starts the game. You can also use the stop button any time you wish. The auto play button allows you to automatically spin the reels according to the number of times you select.

Know Your Limits

Playing slots requires sticking to a budget. Sure, there will be times when you think, "My gut tells me one more spin and I'll hit it big!" That one more spin can lead to another and another until finally you realize you have gone over your limit. So start small. Most all slot games have a coin size beginning at 1 penny. Start from there; then gradually work your way up. Don't try to win it all in one day. Remember, these slot machines are available to you 24/7, so take your time. Practice play before you play for real money.

Have Fun!

Finally, you can read hundreds of tips and get tons of advice from friends who play casino slots regularly. Ultimately, however, it is important to have fun playing the game. When the fun stops, you stop. There's always another day and another slot machine you can play that will be more exciting, more challenging, and more fun.