When it comes to slot machines, there are several factors to be considered before you start playing them. Hopefully, this guide will provide the insight needed for picking the right slot machines for your playstyle.
- Game rules
Every slot machine is required to have Game Rules. Those rules provide you with amount of lines slot has, how the winning combinations occur, which are the best paying symbols and the RTP (Return To Player). It’s always a good thing to read the game rules before you decide to play a slot machine as it provides you with valuable information.
In our Slot RTP list we have taken time to provide you with information about volatility about most of the played slots. Volatility basically means the following:
- If game pays frequently in smaller wins, it’s called low volatility or low variance slot
- If game pays less frequently but produces bigger wins, it’s called high volatility or high volatile slot
This is a key information when it comes to playing slots as it helps you with your decisions on how small / big you should bet. It is recommended that if you are more into high volatile slots you really should not chase bonuses or features on them as they might end up clearing your gambling balance. An example of high volatile games are Fruit Warp, Raging Rhino, Montezuma, The Wish Master. An example of low volatile games are Second Strike, Starburst, Hidden Valley.
Also, take into consideration that many slot providers are considered creating specific volatile machines, in example:
- WMS (Williams Interactive, now known as Scientific Games Interactive) produces high volatile slot machines, but there are also some low volatile as Viking Vanguard, Sea Of Tranquility, Nemo’s Voyage.
- NetEnt (Net Entertainment) is well known for range from low-variance to high-variance slots such as Starburst (low volatility) or Dead Or Alive (high volatility, one of the highest in the market)
- Quickspin is known for producing only low-volatile machines as their “big win” animations pop-up for a 10x your betsize win.
- Novomatic is known for VERY high volatility slots, because it can go through your balance without ever giving a bonus, and that happens frequently.
- Deciding if you should play small or high stakes?
With the information provided above, we are sure it will be easier for you to pick the right game for you using our RTP slot list.
For the first time players we recommend that you have a set gambling budget that you can use throughout the week or month and that you stick to lower variance slots and bets as you’re more likely to win there.
However, if your gambling budget is big then you can have a taste of some higher variance slots. The ones we mentioned earlier, you can easily check up on Youtube how massive wins they can produce, but let’s not forget to mention that even if you’re a low-roller you can give it a go at those slot machines and try your luck as they can be really rewarding.
- Jackpot slots
When it comes to jackpot slot machines, keep in mind that certain percentage of slot machine RTP (return to player) is being cut in order to keep raising the jackpot value. This puts you to disadvantage as you may experience high volatility in that kind of games. Also the odds of you hitting the jackpot is pretty slim, but if you come at the right day and right time you might just get it. And for comparisment it’s more likely that you will get hit by a lightning than hitting a jackpot, especially if it iss “Mega” or “Major”. So don’t ever chase jackpots, it’s not worth it. Rather give it 50-100 spins from time to time just in case you feel lucky 🙂
- Setting limits & responsible gambling
When you start to play in the casino it is really important that you shouldn’t use slot machines as a sort of expected income, even if you can win over very long stretches, you’re always at a disadvantage against the casino. That’s why you need to set:
- Depositing limits (all casinos on CasinoGrounds offer this)
- Have a gambling budget and stick to it
- Self-control (this one is really important if you don’t wish to end up being broke or in debts)
- Don’t EVER chase losses
- Gambling problems
Be aware that gambling can be highly addictive. Slots are designed in a specific way, so they give you feeling of being rewarded, excited and much more. It affects the psychology of a person in a large extent (some research on this also says that certain part of brain is being stimulated and produces similar feelings to those who use cocaine). Gambling problems is a serious matter and it should be taken as such. That’s also the reason why casinos advertise “when fun stops, STOP” slogan. If you choose to ignore all the warnings about gambling addictions, you can be sure that it will destroy relationships, families and will probably end up with you being in debt and alone with a lot of worries. If you feel like you developed a gambling problem, you are more than welcome to post about your problems in our forums where fellow gamblers will help you in getting back to the right tracks.
7. Additional tips
When you’re playing a slot machine, most of us players have a feeling if a slot machine is “cold” or “hot”. If you feel like it’s not giving anything, don’t chase the bonus or feature. Switch immediately as it can tank your balance quite fast in that chase.
If you feel like that the slot machine is constantly giving you some wins, have some fun and maybe raise the stakes a bit and try to push your luck bit further hitting bigger on raised stakes.
However with that said, keep in mind that all slot machines use RNG (random number generator) which means that every time you hit the “spin” button, it will generate a random independent result, thus giving you a win or no win. This is the most important part of slot machines that you have to keep in mind!