Slot machines historically paid out in cigarettes, sweets, and free drinks. Now, of course, they pay out money and sometimes big money at sites like However, the aim of playing now is to win the potential jackpot so here are some top tips for playing slot machines and winning at them.

It sounds obvious but the higher the denomination slot the better the chances are at winning and the higher the payout. For example, a £2 bet has a higher chance to win than a £1 bet. Remember though, the bigger the bet, the higher the risk. There are slot machines that rarely payout and they are usually the ones with the lower denominations. It is better to avoid them, as they are less likely to payout.

Progressive Slot Machines

Playing progressive slot machines, in other words, a slot machine where the jackpot increases each time the game is played providing no one has won and therefore no payout, players must bet enough to be eligible to win. If you are going to play progressive slot machines make sure your bet is jackpot eligible.

Generally, the more complicated the slot machine is, the lower the chances are of winning. The traditional three-reel slot machines where you pull a handle at the side of the machine and wait to see what appears on the reels do still exist but there are more complex slot machines out there now. Single line bets will give you higher odds then multi-line bets. Sometimes, however, the lower odds are worth it just for the excitement that some complicated games don't offer. They aren’t as strategic as multi-line slots.

Slot Machines to play

If you opt for playing a random slot machine rather than a progressive one, it’s likely that the jackpot won’t be huge. A random slot machine does not pool player’s money together, it simply pays out at random. This does mean, however, that players increase the odds of hitting the jackpot just that the win won’t be as substantial. The random slot machines are all based on algorithms, this is both online and in casinos. This means there is a little strategy for playing them. A random slot machine won’t pay out just because it hasn't for a while.

It sounds like an odd piece of advice but uses coins rather than notes to play as this does maximize the number of times you can play and therefore increases your chances of winning.

Last but by no ways least, always play within your budget and be willing to either lower your bet or, of course, stop playing. Be sure you are playing games that fit within your budget. The general rule is that your gambling budget should cover around 250 bets to give you around a 90 percent chance of lasting about three hours.

Remember at all times that just because you’ve perhaps had one big payout it doesn't mean you’ll necessarily have another one.

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