Slot machine players have different personalities that influence the way they approach gaming.
Some are conservative, preferring to bet small and collect relatively small amounts rather than risk losing them, whereas others would rather stake large sums and chase the big payout. Many more players fall somewhere in between these two extremes, with their gaming tactics varying based on their mood and how lucky they are feeling.
Of course, there are few hard and fast rules to playing slot machines, whether in real-world casinos or online. Slots are a gamble by their very nature, so there’s no formula to follow for guaranteed winnings. However, the choices you make will naturally have a direct impact on your chances of landing a prize and how large any winnings will be.
One example of a decision that could have a major influence on how much you pocket is whether or not to ‘bet max’ – that is, wager the highest possible amount per spin. There are some situations in which it really pays to bet max, and others that just aren’t worth it – read on to find out more…
Playing progressive jackpot machines
Progressive jackpots offer you the opportunity to pick up a huge sum of cash with just one spin of the reels.
The progressive jackpot is made up of a small proportion of each bet made by every person playing the slot machine in question across multiple casinos. In this way, the grand prize racks up in value the longer it goes unclaimed.
Generally speaking, this total is awarded to a single player who happens to get the correct result, although in some circumstances it’s possible to win a chunk of the jackpot instead.
When the progressive jackpot has been won, it’s instantly restarted through a contribution from all of the participating casinos, so if you land the jackpot straight after someone else you’ll still be guaranteed a big payout.
But how does this have an impact on the way you should play the game, and specifically on whether or not you should bet max?
You’ll generally find that you’re only able to win the progressive jackpot if you’re playing for the maximum stake. So with such a significant sum up for grabs, it really is worth opting to bet max – after all, it would be heartbreaking to reel in the combination needed to win the progressive jackpot if you’re not even eligible for it.
Playing video slots
A proportional jackpot is in place on many contemporary video slot machines, which means there is nothing to be gained from playing for the highest possible stake.
On machines such as these, any jackpot you win is based on the number of coins wagered, with no bonus in place for playing max bet. In this way, a video slot machine with a maximum play of 25 credits would offer a jackpot of 100 for a one-coin bet, or 2,500 for a 25-coin wager.
The importance of evaluating each machine
As with so many things related to casino play, you can gain a potentially useful edge by evaluating the slot machine in question and adapting your strategy on the fly.
For instance, if you find yourself on a progressive slot machine but can’t afford to bet max, it makes sense to cut your losses and switch to another with a lower denomination and continue to play with the maximum credits. This means you can be sure that if you’re fortunate enough to hit the jackpot, you’ll be fully compensated for doing so.