Strategies for slot machines - how to master them?

Gaming machines, or slots, are an integral part of brick-and-mortar and online casinos. Their main advantage is simplicity and a wide range of available bonuses. You can have a go even if you are a complete beginner and don't know much about this world of gambling.

However, if you want to achieve stable results and increase your chances of winning, you will have to work on your game strategy. This includes a wide set of skills, from understanding the game to bankroll management to effective use of bonuses. Its creation will not be easy at first, and that is why we have written a small guide for you, which will guide you through the complete basics, as well as various tips and tricks.

Basic principles of slots

If you want to immerse yourself in the world of slot machines and earn winnings while you’re at it, you will first need to understand them. You need to know how slot machines work and what affects the winnings themselves. Let's first look at the basic concepts.

Random number generator (RNG)

Randomness is important for a fair and independent game, and that's when RNG comes into play. It is a random number generator that takes the form of a complex algorithm that generates thousands or even millions of different number combinations during gameplay. Based on them, the reels on the machine then stop.

To ensure fairness, RNG is regularly audited by third parties who verify that the generation of numbers is not influenced by the casino in any way - these are usually independent companies that specialize in gambling.

Volatility and Return to Player (RTP)

Two other terms are important to understanding how slots work, namely volatility and Return to Player (RTP). The first term determines how often and how high the winnings are paid out by the slot machine. You can meet slot machines with low, medium and high volatility.

It should be noted that the given value is calculated from the total volume of bets and thus does not apply to individual games. If you choose a slot that has low volatility, it means that it often pays out low amounts in the long run.

Conversely, a slot machine with high volatility will pay out high amounts, but the chance of winning will be low. If you want to have a high chance of winning and avoid high losses, it will be better for you to choose slot machines with low or medium volatility.

Return to Player (RTP) in turn indicates the return of the bet to the player. Again, this is a long-term indicator that should be taken with a grain of salt. However, in general, it is good to look for slots with a high RTP. Its value is always given as a percentage and is calculated based on RNG and average spin results over the long term.

When you come across a slot machine with 95% RTP, it should theoretically pay out CZK 95 for every CZK 100 bet. You cannot be sure of this ratio working out for every game, but compared to slot machines with a lower RTP, the ratio of the bet paid out will be higher. To begin with, you just need to know that the higher the RTP, the more money you will get from the bet in the event of a win.

Each slot machine is unique and has its own parameters that affect the game. That is why it is important to look up all available information regarding it before playing. This info is always available on the website of the given online casino. You will see its volatility and RTP, but also what combinations need to be achieved in order to get a win.

Budget and bankroll management

Now that you know how slot machines work, you can start creating your first game strategy. The first step is planning your bankroll, or player budget, with which you will play. It is the control you’re your finances that is key when gambling and will help you avoid losing extremely large sums, which could eventually have an adverse impact on other areas of your life.

At the very beginning, set aside funds that you can afford to lose. If you only have money in your account for paying your rent, it is not the best idea to bet it all right away in an online casino.

During the game itself, set the maximum amount of bets that you will allow yourself to play with. Be prepared for the game to tempt you to raise your bets, which will in turn expose you to a higher risk. It is much better to set a specific amount that you will not exceed.

In this regard, the determination of the maximum loss is also important. Know in advance how much money you can afford to lose in a given period. Set a realistic goal that will match your ambitions while not affecting your financial health.

In addition to the budget, also set time limits that you will adhere to while playing. Specifically, determine how long your gaming sessions will be and, if necessary, set how often you will take breaks - it is ideal to take a break of around 10 to 20 minutes after an hour of playing.

Use of bonuses and promo offers

Your strategy for playing slot machines should also include casino bonuses, promotions or loyalty programs. Familiarize yourself with the individual types of bonuses and how they work. You will commonly encounter:

registration bonuses,

bonuses for placed bets,

free spins,

cashback bonuses.

You can then start looking for suitable bonuses that you can use while playing. The most attractive for you will be free spins, which you can get for placing a bet, but also as a reward for activity at the given online casino. Find out beforehand what bonuses the casino offers and how you can get them.

It will be much easier for you to plan your strategy, which includes, for example, bonuses for placed bets and free spins. Also, keep in mind that most cash bonuses will come with wagering requirements. These indicate how large a volume of bets you will have to make in order to withdraw the bonus from the game account. Sometimes it can be ten times the amount of the bonus, which may not suit you, especially with a smaller bankroll.

All information about bonuses and their rules are listed directly on the online casino page. You can read from them not only which conditions you have to fulfill, but also by when you have to do so. Some casinos will also offer you various loyalty programs, thanks to which, for example, they will assign you a certain number of free spins every month or provide you with exclusive bonuses for registered players.

What betting strategies are there?

Last but not least, it is good to pay attention to your betting strategy, through which you will be able to maximize your winnings and at the same time minimize any losses. You can choose your own approach - we will discuss some of them in more detail below.

The Martingale system

The whole strategy is based on doubling the bets after each losing game. The goal is to offset the accumulated loss with the next win, which may not come. In practice, you can easily make up all your loss, but on the other hand, it can quickly happen that you completely exhaust your bankroll and the loss remains. When playing slots, this approach is rather disadvantageous.

The Reverse Martingale (Paroli)

This strategy is the complete opposite of the Martingale system. In this case, you double your bets only after a win. Compared to the previous strategy, this is a much safer way of playing, with which you do not unnecessarily expose yourself to a high risk. Unfortunately, no one can guarantee you any winnings, and again you can only end up with a loss. But it will not be as high as with the Martingale system.

If you still want to start this strategy, start with smaller bets. In addition, if you manage to achieve a win that exceeds the amount of the maximum bet, you can bet the maximum amount and thus reinvest the winnings. At the same time, it is better to bet on more game lines, which will increase your chance of winning even more.

The Smart Gambler

The Smart Gambler strategy works in a similar way to the reverse martingale. In essence, this is a modified version of it, where you choose a slot machine with the possibility of doubling your winnings using the Gamble button. At first, you will only bet small amounts until you hit a winning combination.

If you land a win, you can start doubling it until you win a satisfactory amount. If you lose, stop doubling your winnings and start betting low again. In some cases, the machine itself may prohibit you from increasing your bets several times.

This strategy offers one of the highest payouts compared to others, making it widely popular among players. In the first step, choose how long you want to play the machine and divide the time by the average length of the game round - the standard average is between 4 and 6 seconds.

This will give you the number of rounds you will complete as part of the strategy. After that, it is time to determine the budget, which you divide by the number of bikes, and thus you get the budget for one bike. You can immediately start betting this amount until you win - then you double the bet.

Flat Betting

In this case, you always bet the same amount, regardless of the results of the individual rounds. So you do not adjust bets after a loss or after a win. Again, this is a safer strategy, with which you avoid high risk and loss. On the other hand, you will slightly reduce your chances of a higher win.

Vabank's Strategy

With Vabank, you bet your entire bankroll on one game. In practice, this is one of the riskiest approaches, which can bring you an extremely high win, but also a big loss. Since you bet your entire budget on only one line, be prepared to lose your bet with a high probability.

However, if you are looking for an adrenaline rush, the Vabank strategy may be right for you. With most machines, you can gradually reduce the number of lines you bet on, allowing you to limit the maximum bet. It is not an exception that the maximum bet goes up to 100 dollars.

When choosing a slot machine, pay attention to the amount of the maximum win. This can be lower than the potential win you can get when betting on one line. So always read all terms and conditions carefully. But your chances of winning are really low, so don't play with this strategy if you don't have the relevant budget.

Constant Betting Strategy

Constant Betting Strategy is among the safest, which makes it especially suitable for cautious players who don't want to get into any big action. On the other hand, it will bring you very low winnings, if any. This strategy is simple, you set the time for which you will play, choose the amount of the bet and start playing.

You will not increase or decrease the set bet, regardless of whether you win or lose. In this way, you will avoid sudden emotional decisions that can deepen your loss even more.

Progressive Betting Strategy

In this case, you gradually increase your bets when you win and decrease them when you lose. Compared to other strategies, this is the only approach that tries to balance possible wins and losses as much as possible. Such an approach is more demanding and requires detailed planning, which may be a bit of a pain for you at first.

Your Mom's strategy

The last and funny strategy is Your Mom's Strategy, which is one of the easiest. Just follow your mom’s advice, who would very likely not recommend that you play slot machines. You have nothing to lose, but nothing to gain either. If you want to completely avoid risk and losing your budget, this strategy is definitely the most effective.

If you want to start playing slots, first familiarize yourself with how they work and all the features they offer. Immediately after that, you can start creating your first strategy. During it, focus not only on your bankroll, but also on various restrictions associated with the maximum loss or amount of bets. In any case, pay attention to your safety first and try to avoid unnecessarily large risks at first.