Maximize Your Chances of Winning at Slot Machines


When you play a slot machine, you are betting that you will win money. The odds of winning are completely random, but you can learn how to maximize your chances of winning by understanding how the game works and avoiding some common mistakes.

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In the beginning, a single symbol occupied only one spot on a reel, but modern slot machines have multiple symbols per reel, with each symbol having its own chance of appearing, called its probability. These probabilities are not easy to understand because each symbol could occupy multiple “stops” on the reel, and each stop could be weighted differently. Thus, a particular symbol might seem to appear with amazing frequency, even though its true probability was much lower.

The computer uses a random number generator to produce your sequence of three numbers, which it then matches with the corresponding reel locations. This step is hidden from the player and from outside observers, but it is essential to the proper operation of the machine.

As you play, count your credits. Then divide that total by your initial bankroll in credits to find the percentage return on your investment. If this is higher than 100%, you have won money. Otherwise, you have lost it. Accepting that slots are almost always games of pure luck is important, and it helps to control what you can (by choosing the right bet sizes and minimizing your exposure to high variances). But most importantly, know the rules and bonus features before you start playing!