When it comes to online slots, we all want to try and get an edge over the casino. I've seen tips online that suggest playing the maximum bet is your best of way of getting an advantage, I couldn't disagree more with this.
In this article I'll put forward my best ways of getting the most out of your money when playing the slots online, and discuss strategies and slots in general.
PLAY TO YOUR BANKROLL
One of the most important things to consider when you start a session on the slots is the amount of money you have in your balance. If you've deposited £20 then there isn't much point starting out at a £1 or £2 stake, your balance would more than likely bust out in minutes.
Play at a stake that suits your bankroll, slots can still payout good amounts even when you are spinning at 20p, and you are going to get a lot more entertainment for your money with it lasting longer.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT SLOTS
You may have come across the term slot volatility already, this plays a massive part in how your session on the slots is going to pan out. If you choose to play the most volatile slots then you could be hitting a big win, but at the same time you could race through your bankroll seeing very little return on your money, and receiving hardly any entertainment either.
A good tip is to find a mixture of both high, medium and lower volatility slots that you enjoy playing, start out on the lower volatile slots and see if you can build up your bankroll, then work your way through and try to end on the higher volatility slots when you have a bigger balance to take them on with.
RESEARCH YOUR SLOTS
Of course to find what slots you enjoy playing, you are going to have to research them first. You can check out my slot reviews and also head to one of the online casinos and try them for free.
Some casinos still allow you to play the slots for free without signing up, this gives you a great chance to learn more about the games and see if you enjoy a particular slot, before making the leap and playing it for real money.
The UK Gambling Commission are starting to crack down on free play slots, so before long you may have to sign up to a casino before you can play for free. This is due to under 18s being able to access the facility of playing online slots.
PLAY LESS PAYLINES BUT INCREASE YOUR STAKE
10 LINES AT 2P = 20P
5 LINES AT 4P = 20P STAKE
This tip can work particularly well on slots that have 10 or 20 paylines and give you the option to adjust them and play less. Here's how it works.
10 paylines at 2p per line = 20p bet.
5 paylines at 4p per line = 20p bet.
By reducing the paylines you do of course have less chance of hitting a win, but by increasing the stake per line, any wins you do get will be paying you as if it's a 40p bet not 20p.
So this is relative to any amount you are using, a £1 stake can give you the wins of a £2 stake. This can make a huge difference if you land a feature and pay some big wins.
BOOST YOUR BALANCE & LOOK OUT FOR FREE BONUSES
Online casinos are always looking for new customers so you can expect to see lots of offers aimed at getting people to join. These can come in the form of a no deposit bonus or free spins. These are certainly worth taking advantage of if they are from a reputable casino, this gives you the chance to play for real money without having to deposit any of your own cash.
Taking a deposit bonus is also great for boosting up your balance, I take these regularly when I play as I can potentially be playing with £100 and only having to deposit £50. This gives me the chance to play at a higher stake on games that are a little more volatile, these bonuses do come attached with wagering requirements, but are achievable.
KNOW WHEN TO CALL IT A DAY
Sometimes you can feel like a bit of a session on the slots and almost straight away you can hit a good sized win that leaves you with a healthy profit on your initial stake. When this happens it's a good idea to end your session straight away, you might still feel like carrying on and trying to win more, but It's always good practice to take the money and play again another day. Eventually the house edge will catch up with you and your profit will be gone.
The same applies if you rip through your initial stake in a short space of time, don't chase your losses, call it a day for that slot session and stick to your given limits.
ONLINE SLOT TIPS FINAL THOUGHTS
Sticking to the tips in this guide will give you the most entertainment for your money, whilst building your knowledge of the games, online slots are random so it really is a game of chance. My tips may help you to get a few wins, but regardless of what you may have read elsewhere or read in the future, there is no quick fire way to beat the casino.
Getting the best value for your cash is key, whilst always gambling responsibly.