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Brief history of the Slot Machine

The first slot machines were invented in 1895 by Charles Fey. Demand grew and Fey teamed up with the Mills Novelty Company. In 1907 the now famous Mills Liberty Bell was released. We are talking about a cast iron case here with a liberty bell cast in front of the machine. The slot machine originally had cast iron feet and later moved on to having beautiful scrolled feet. On the 3 reel of the machine were the traditional card symbols (hearts, clubs, diamonds, and spades). When you hit the jackpot, a bell would ring. This practice was discontinued but has been revived in modern day slots where, once again, a bell sound to announce a winner!

Types of Slot Machine

1) The classical 3 reel, 1 line machine. You simply spin away until you get 3 winning symbols in alignment. The payout is set out in a table on the machine.
2) The 3 reel, 3 line slot. Your coins purchase you extra lines, i.e. the top and bottom line thus giving you 3 chances at winning.
3) The 5 or more reel slot. With these, you tend to find larger variations of "lines" with zigzag like patterns also giving a return. These slots eat up money but big surprise wins are the order of the day. Our favourite game is Super Diamond Mine (RTG featured). Save up 100 Diamonds and go for Gold!.
4) Progressive Machines. A network of machines are connected and all contribute to the Jackpot prize. These are the "millionaire" machines like Major Millions (microgaming).
5) Bonus machines. A newer innovation with the advent of video slots is the bonus game feature. My favourite is Genies Gem (Microgaming).

A number of casinos simply put different skins on machines to increase the variety. Online Casino slot Reviews will however highlight featured casinos who are very focused on player enjoyment and offer a wide variety of unique games.

Slot Strategies for Winning

In terms of a strategy, the VERY FIRST THING is money or bankroll management. You need to determine what you are prepared to spend and then gamble accordingly. I really don't want to see anyone lose more than they can afford! Here is a very simple money management system that works for me:

  • Assume the following: 10 spins per minute at 3 coins per spin with a return of 95%
  • 10c gives you a spend rate of $9 per hour
  • 25c gives you a spend rate of $22.50 per hour
  • 50c gives you a spend rate of $50 per hour
  • $1 gives you a spend rate of $100 per hour
  • $5 gives you a spend rate of $500 per hour

During your play, what you are hoping to do is NOT throw away the projected spend rate but of course you want to win a progressive jackpot or similar "Big payout". When you do, you cash out and walk away a winner. You don't stick around and lose everything back! You must also realize that BIG wins are not common and you really should stick to a good budget plan and be quite happy to walk away even if you have not won. Simply put, when you reach your budgeted spend, walk away, no more "just one more spin".

What we suggest as a base strategy is to first play the "flat rate" machines and thereafter move onto the more meaty, higher paying (with a higher risk of losing) machines. We suggest playing through a max barrier of for example $100 and then cashing out any winnings. Only then do you proceed onto the progressive type machines. The golden rule though is to always play the maximum coinage. If you look at the pay tables, you will see that the "jackpot" doesn't just grow on a 1, 2, 3 basis, it grows something like 1, 2, lots and lots! Just think of the disappointment of hitting three 7's and only using one coin! Just think of the disappointment if the jackpot is paying over $100 000! I heard of it happening to a friend. Believe me, you don't want to go there! Rather play a smaller denomination machine for maximum coins. You may just get lucky

Theory of Loose Slot Machines

In a land based casino, loose slot machines are strategically posted near entrances and the like to catch the attention of visitors. Kind of like bait so that when they go play at another available slot machine, then of course it is no where near as loose! The problem with online slot machines is of course that they are not "positioned near a door", you can't even see what they are doing. So how do you overcome this? The answer is quite simple:

  • Many of the online casinos are audited and you can view the payout's on their certificates. Simply chose the highest payout rate
  • Slot machines can have their rates set by the casino. Land based casinos have more overheads. Sufficient proof exists that online casinos have significantly higher payout rates than do their landbased counterparts
  • Then, just a little bit of the obvious. Choose a jackpot that is the highest paying to play. No point in flogging a machine for $10 000 when a similar machine next door is paying $20 000!

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