Choosing How Many Lines to Play
When playing at a progressive slot machine, the player needs to bet the maximum number of credits and to bet on the maximum number of lines and the maximum multiplier in order to qualify for the progressive jackpot prize.
However, there are cases when the player does not play a progressive slot machine, so they need to make some simple decisions.
When it comes to single-line machines, the amount of money that is to be spent is nothing special to worry about, because the multiplier is the only factor to comply with. In the past, the dollar machines were better than the nickel machines, which on the other hand were better than penny machines, but this is no longer the case.
Video slot machines normally have more stops compared to mechanical slot machines, even if the latter are modern ones.
What players need to be aware about is the fact that the probability of getting the jackpot on a slot machine is very low indeed. This rule is particularly true when it comes to modern video slot machines, which can have a large number of stops. Always remember that the machines are run by a Random Number Generators, which are the ones determining the outcome of a certain spin.
Statistically speaking, there are 32,768 possible outcomes of a spin. Only 12 of these outcomes would result in a jackpot, which means that the chance of getting a jackpot on the machine is really minor. Still, some experts do not recommend an approach when players bet on one payline only, because declines their chances even more. According to some more experienced players, playing at the maximum number of paylines equals to loosing your money too quickly, while the chances of winnings are not significantly increased.
Choosing the Multiplier to Play
Apart from making a decision how may playlines to bet on, players need to decide on the multiplier to play. There are a great number of players who prefer to leave the x1 multiplier, no matter that they play the maximum number of lines, but this is considered a strategy not so successful, because the single multiplier usually does not return enough money to cover the player’s wager.
According to some slot experts, a good and returning strategy is to play a total of 9 paylines with a x5 multiplier. This makes 45 credits wagered, while the player will be returned 50 credits in case of a winning combination. Such a bet will at least cover the wager made. Such strategy is also good because the player is provided with the opportunity to generate bigger winnings while putting less money at risk.
Betting the maximum multiplier is not recommended when the latter is too large. This also increases the bet per reel. If a player does not feel comfortable playing the maximum multiplier and betting the maximum number of lines. In such cases, players should choose a number of lines and a multiplier that are just right for them and put small amounts of money at risk. The key is to choose a multiplier that will at least bring them their total bet back on a small three-symbol winning combination. Such wins are among the most common ones, and the logic is simple – if a player is able to cover their bet on the three-symbol combinations, this will apply when it comes to four- and five-symbol wins, too.
This strategy is truly very simple, but also effective. It is important to play a combination of a multiplier and number of paylines that will pay more than your bet if hitting a three-symbol combination.
There are a large number of contemporary slot machines that do not allow players to pick the number of lines they want to play on, so the only control players have on their bet is the multiplier. If choosing the multiplier wisely, they will be able to better control their winnings. Also, always remember to check on the paytable of every machine carefully in order to make sure it offers an outcome that is to cover their initial bet.