How to Wager on Slots and Win

Playing the slot machines, and Winning on Slots,  is essentially composed of two factors. The factors are the credit /coin size and the number of pay lines. However, what's the best strategy for playing slot machines when it comes to basic wagering logic? For example, some games like Buffalo Slot Machine may offer a maximum of 5 coin gaming and 5 pay-lines. If you played 5 x 1.00 coins over 5 lines, your spin value would total 5 x 0.10 = 0.50. Alternatively, you could play the whole 0.50 on one pay-line.

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The dilemma facing the average slot player with a relatively low spin budget, is whether to play a low pay line number with a relatively big stake, or activate every pay line and split the bet over the lines. For example using a max spin value of 1.00.

  • 1 line = 1.00 x 1 pay line
  • 5 lines = 0.25 x 5 pay lines

Jackpot Assumption

Now, let's assume that we win a big 500 coin casino jackpot at Bovada on pay line number 1 of our fictional slot machine.

With our 1.00 wager on pay line number 1, that would equate to a whopping 500.00. However, with the 0.25 stakes spread over all 5 lines, the other scenario would pay 500 x 0.25 = 125.00.

It's obvious that the 500.00 pay out would be preferable to a ‘mere' 125.00. But it's not as simple as that. For example, if the winning combination struck on pay line number two, then with the 1.00 on line one, the payout would equal zero, but because we have 0.25 on line 2  we'd still get the 125.00. In addition it would be the same on winning spins on pay lines 2, 3, 4 and 5.

With a bet on every pay line, we win wherever the combo happens to strike. It's really a toss-up between a small chance of a relatively big pay out, against a significantly higher chance of winning, with a lower pay out potential. When the strike rate is factored in most slot players tend to opt for the multiple pay line option.

Winning on Slots By Building Up Your Bankroll

Of course, the best of both scenarios would be to adopt a long-term aim of gradually building up your slot bank. Using winnings and developing the bankroll to use a spin value that maxes out the coin number and uses a bigger coin size. True hardcore slots players will max out both the coin number and size. Very few players are that serious!

Probably the best idea to focus on is starting out by playing your preferred slot machines with the maximum coin number. You can then use the lowest coin number as a base. Furthermore increasing the coin size if your slot spin limit is big enough to be comfortable playing at that level.

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