How to win at penny slots, it’s the simple question with no easy answer. After all, if it was easy, the casino’s wouldn’t be able to stay in business. Before we continue, we have to stress that despite all of the strategy, experiments, and tips and tricks that we and others will provide, the games are very much random. You should only ever gamble with what you can afford, and your primary goal should be to have fun, not earn next months rent.
That being said, it’s always more fun when you’re winning right?! So here are our tips on how to win at penny slots. This post will continue to be updated, so feel free to check back every once and a while for any new tips that have been posted.
1. Learn The Rules Of The Game
Growing up playing video games, there were two types of players. The player who would turn on a new game, and immediately start playing, and the type that would turn on a game, and immediately go into the settings menu to see what was possible. You need to be like the second player, resist the urge to sit down and start spinning. Find the ‘More Information’ button on the screen, and press it to actually see what you are playing, and what the pay table looks like. Lets look at the paytable for a popular slot machine game, Wolf Run.
Here we can get an idea for all of the payouts, as well as what symbols are wild, or may trigger free spins or other bonuses. The next screen will show you all of the different paylines available. These can look somewhat confusing on the screen, but you will get familiar with them as you play.
While it makes no difference to the machine or your odds whether you know the payouts / lines or not, if you do you should be able to more quickly recognize wins, and if a machine is paying out or not. Get familiar with popular slot machine games by playing online in a stress free environment.
2. Betting Strategy & Budget
As we said before, gambling should always be fun, and you should never spend more than you can afford to lose. Your betting strategy will be heavily dependent on your overall budget for the day. If you have a huge budget, than it’s hard to argue against making the maximum bet on every spin. But here we want to focus on what to do if you don’t have a huge budget. Personally I only tend to play with $20 or $40 tops, so that’s how we will focus this strategy.
First, always bid on every line available. While we recently had some fun with playing only 1 line at a time, it’s not a good strategy for winning jackpots. Think of how bad you would feel if you only bet on a few lines and you see the Max Jackpot staring you back in the face from an unplayed line. That’s the stuff nightmares are made of.
Second, start by playing the lowest bid possible per line, usually between 20-40 credits per spin. This will give you the most spins for your budget. If you’ve found a machine that is somewhat consistently paying out, then try bedding the next few expensive bids. If you’re lucky, you’ll get some free games at your higher bid. The goal here is not to go for the max jackpot, but to build up some winnings so you can afford to start playing the max bid regularly.
3. Do You Trust The Machine?
I would wager that most people let the reels stop on their own as opposed to trying to stop them early. While often you can get a winning machine that’s stopping its reels in a nice place, I just have to wonder if the programmers would make it so their reels would stop in a jackpot position. Every so often, we recommend stopping the reels early, starting and stopping them as quick as you can, and also touching your hand to the screen to stop the reels. The most I’ve ever won has come from using my hand to stop the reels and getting 8 Quick Hit’s to freeze in their tracks. In the future we will investigate if certain machines have faster and slower reels, and if it’s possible to see the symbol you want and react fast enough to stop it.
4. The Street Fighter Technique
There are two types of people who play Street Fighter, those who know the controls, and those who simply mash the buttons on their nintendo controller until something good happens. Our next tip is based off of the second group. While playing slots, start messing with the other buttons other than ‘respin’ before you start your spin. Switch the number of lines and adjust your bet. Mash them all down at once like your playing Street Fighter before starting your spin. The goal is to keep the slot machine guessing and switch up what it’s giving you. Be careful though, even when you are mashing the buttons down, be sure to put your bet back to where you want it so you don’t accidentally bet more than you want!
5. When Betting The Minimum, Play Stacked Wilds Games
What are stacked wild games? These are games where ‘wild’ symbols literally can stack on top of eachother and take up an entire reel. When this happens it can lead to big wins, especially if multiple reels hit the wilds at the same time. A great example of this type of game is Wolf Run Slots.
Hitting a screen like the one pictured here can lead to a huge payout even if you are only betting the minimum amount per line. Other slot games like progressives where there are huge jackpots can look very appealing, but usually you have to bet the maximum to have a shot at those jackpots. If you have a huge budget, then go for it! But if you are sticking to smaller bets stacked wild games are a great option!
I hope you’re ready to play free penny slots!