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7 Most Frequent Slot Machine Playing Mistakes

7 Most Common Mistakes Slot Machine Players Make

Online slots don’t come with as much tactics as table games, especially like blackjack, baccarat or video poker. However, there are certain strategies of what not to do when it comes to increasing your winning chances while playing at online casinos. Some slots fans either ignore these tips and tricks or they simply haven’t heard of them. As these strategies could boost your win combinations, it would be a shame not to pay attention to them. In fact, let’s focus on 7 ways that you should avoid as they can mess up your chances of winning.

Ways that Sabotage Winning Chances 

As slot lovers, we all enjoy playing online slots mostly because they are exciting, relaxing, they offer great sound effects, and come with some electrifying features. That said, we couldn’t help but wonder - what kinds of mistakes do even the smartest gamblers make that should be avoided? Well, we’ve decided to single out 7 most common mistakes players make when spinning the reels of online slots. Let’s go through these examples and find out how to avoid them.

#1 Not Reading the Game Help File

The truth is online slots are easy to play. All you need to do is make a deposit and hit the “spin” button. But, because of the simple playing process, some players won’t even bother reading a game’s rules. Unfortunately, this can lead to some misunderstanding regarding bonus features and jackpots.

Read the help screen to figure out how you can form more winning combinations.

So, we advise you to always read the help screen in order to figure out what you need to do to form more winning combinations or hit the jackpot. Also, these rules can help you when it comes to activating the bonus rounds. Usually you need to collect at least 3 Scatter symbols but, just to be on a safe side, read the rules and follow accordingly. 

#2 Not Perusing Terms and Conditions for Online Casino Bonuses

Ok, the problem is too many players fail to look at the terms and conditions before making a deposit. The truth is most online casinos offer welcome bonuses (or sign-up bonuses) to new players and it would be a shame not to take advantage of them. These bonuses usually come in the form of free cash or Extra Spins, based on the size of your deposit. This bonus percentage varies, but the most frequent example is a welcome bonus of a 100% up to 100 credits on your first deposit. 

Pay attention to bonuses and their wagering requirements.

However, there’s a catch! Each portion of the bonus comes with the certain wagering requirement. The 20x the bonus amount plus deposit requirements are an industry standard. However, you may also find higher wagering requirements, depending on the casino in question. In addition, make sure you check whether your welcome bonus is cashable. Try to avoid online casinos where you must meet the high wagering requirements (30x or higher). 

 #3 Overplaying the Slots

Every experienced player should know that it is important to know when to quit the game. Once you have managed to hit the jackpot, it is time for a break. Usually, right after huge winnings, some terrible downfalls occur. That’s exactly why after hitting a jackpot it would be a good idea to step aside from your laptop, desktop or mobile, and quit playing games for some time. Whether you’re winning or losing, try to stay calm and don’t let your emotions drive you.

#4 Playing Participation Slots

In case you’re not familiar with the term participation slots, don’t worry, we’re about to explain its meaning. Namely, a participation slot is basically a release in which the manufacturer gets a portion of the win from that particular machine. For example, progressive title like Wheel of Fortune is a participation slot. Be careful though, experts say that these kinds of slots only pay 85% of your money back.

Try to avoid participation slots that usually include the titles branded to a famous movie or TV show.

Also, participation slots usually include the titles branded to a famous movie or TV show, as the games like that have a big signage and high-quality graphics alongside rich sound effects, which is why it costs more money to make them. In other words, land-based and online casinos have to pay extra money to the given movie production, and all of that cost is practically being paid by the players. If you don’t want to pay that extra money, look for the simpler games. Over a certain period of time it really makes a difference, so try to keep it simple. 

#5 Failing to Research Slots’ RTP

As most of you know, RTP or TRTP (theoretical return to player) is practically ‘the percentage of each wager a player can expect to get back in the long run’. Just keep in mind, “the player” is not a physical person, it’s actually means “all the people” who play the game. 

Research online slots’ RTP and choose the ones with the higher percentage.

Unfortunately, most online slot players don’t research RTP, which leads to playing games that don’t offer you a very good wining opportunity. What you can do to improve your winning potential is to choose the games with RTPs higher than 95%. Only after a very large number of rounds - anywhere from thousands to millions- can any individual player expect to have results in line with the theoretical RTP.

#6 Only Playing Big Progressive Jackpots

We admit that there’s always a temptation to play the game that comes with the biggest payout. While playing these games, always keep in mind that the jackpot money you’re after comes from the players. So, instead of chasing after big progressive jackpots, select the games that offer maximum 5,000 credits, rather than 10, 000, for example.

#7 Ignoring Bankroll Management

A number of players usually neglect the fact that they need to come up with a bankroll management plan before they begin spinning. And they end up being surprised to see their money quickly disappear. Setting up one’s bankroll plan shouldn’t be difficult and only requires a few moments. For example, you can divide your bankroll according to the number of days you’re going to play. 

Try to manage your bankroll by saving the money you won.

So, whenever you win, put the original wager aside and continue spinning with the money won. Or vice versa. You can keep playing only with the original wager and save the money you won. In case you lose, quit playing and think of another way to entertain yourself.

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