How Much Time Should You Spend Playing a Slot Machine


Yes, slot machines provide us with bucketloads of fun and that’s the main reason why we’re all playing different games, but there are still certain aspects of slots that need to be laid out and understood properly.

First of all, you need to understand the basics of slot machines, and you also need to be well aware of the fact that there are numerous myths surrounding them. Gamblers can often be very superstitious people, so these facts shouldn’t be underestimated. 

One of the most important aspects of playing slots is how much time you spend playing any given slot machine, and putting it to a test in order to determine whether if it’s a loose one or not. 

Before we even proceed further, make sure you decide how large your bankroll is, and then break it down into stakes. Once you’re through with that, we can move forward and explain to you how to test a slot. 

Loose Slot Test

First of all, the point of this test and this technique is to save you some precious time and cash. Overspending at a slot that doesn’t give out decent payouts is a bad idea, so let’s try and avoid that. 

Most of you will probably want to know how much money should be enough to test a slot, but that is not an easy question to answer, as it differs from slot to slot, not to mention that different players have different gambling style and preferences. When you consider all the parameters, perhaps it’s best to have a bankroll that will cover about 200 bets, but it’s up to you to decide upon the sum and the bet sizes. No one can guarantee you any results, though. 

Actually, the main thing is to come up with the number of credits you intend to play. One of the methods of doing so is to multiply the number of activated paylines by the number of coins you place on each spin or active line. The type of slot you intend to play will have a huge role, as this number of credits is not a random number. 

The next step over here is to decide upon the number of spins you wish to make. Once again, if you’re not sure, why not start small with, let’s say, 10 spins? Most experienced players start out with 10 spins, but this doesn’t mean you MUST stick to it, so feel free to experience, but always stick to your chosen number of spins. Don’t ever pick out some random number, as it won’t be of any help.

Last but not least, you still need to decide upon an amount of cash you are willing to invest in testing the slot machine. If you’re not sure where to start, multiplying the number of credits by the number of spins is always a good option. 

For example, you might have a bankroll of 1,000 credits, and you wish to bet 20 credits per round, along with the intention of playing 20 spins during your testing session, so it will all add up to a wager of 400 credits in total. At the end of your test, you should have 600 credits plus any you might have scored while playing your ten spins. 

If you have generated any wins during the testing, you should determine your profits by calculating the difference between the 600 credits and those left in the machine. Divide this number by 20 (your number of credits per spin), and you will get the number of spins that can be performed. 

Should I Stay or Should I Go?


After all the previous steps, you will surely have your doubts whether you should stick with the slot or simply move onto another one. 

We say you take the previously acquited number of spins and repeat all the steps described in the previous paragraph. If your credits get to the critical number of 600 or even below that, it’s best to finish playing that particular slot and demand a cashout. 

If you manage to score some wins during your second stint of spins, this is a sure sign you can continue playing. Just remember to always cash out whenever the amount of credits reaches the critical level. 

Is There an Easier Way?

Some people might be overwhelmed by the amount of information featured here, so frankly there is an easier and less complicated way of determining whether some slot machine is worthy of your attention, cash, and time.

To put it simply, start small. Small amounts of money at the beginning can only lead you to two possible outcomes - you will either lose it all or you will start scoring some cash. This is not a technique utilized by professional players, but it will save you some time, at least a little bit of cash, and a whole lot of thinking power over all those numbers and maths. 

Remember, there is always a chance that you might hit a bonus game on your very last spin, so it goes without saying that you should always make that big final one with the total amount of money that you have been playing. 

Whichever strategy you choose to use, keep in mind that you still need to move from one slot to another for as long as it takes until you eventually stumble upon one that suits you and your requirements.

by Matija Dagovic Matija