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Everything to Know About Online Slot Machines

Since slot machines have existed, there have been people who have tried to trick them. Hint: you can’t.


Groups of wannabe cheaters were certain that if you just held the handle in the right way, pulled at the right speed, that you could play the system. With just a gentle touch, you could beat the machine. There have always been people willing to put fantasy ahead of reality.

Slot machines can’t be cheated, and that’s even more true for online slot machines. No matter how lovingly you click the button, the result will be the same.

So what do you need to know about online slots? Like every other form of online gambling, you can’t always beat the odds. But you can arm yourself with enough knowledge to do better.

Picking Places

First and foremost, you need to pick where you’re going to play. There are countless online casinos, and all of them want your business. What you need to work out is what you want. Websites such as can be a useful tool in finding out what deals are available, where the best odds are and if you get any free slots. Websites such as these are invaluable in your search for a decent place to play.

Decide what sort of slots you want to play, what language you want it in, even how you’d like to pay, and then you’ll have a better chance at finding somewhere that’ll suit you.

Beating the Slot Machine

It’s true that you can’t beat the machine. You can’t even really understand the way that the machine works. But you can understand the statistics that come along with each online slots game.


Each slot machine has a Return to Player number, that you can use to work out what the chances of a jackpot are. You might have to do a bit of digging to find them. Naturally, the more you’re likely to win, the less likely you are to win it. This is something you should take into account in slot one – never spend more than you can afford to lose. If you want lots of mini-wins without anything close to life-changing, pick a cheaper machine with a higher return to player.


It’s getting harder and harder to understand the online slot machine. There are so many different win conditions, symbols and steps that it can sometimes feel nothing like slots at all.

But don’t just throw money at the problem. If you don’t understand what you’re spending on, you don’t understand the possibility of return. You could be just throwing money into a vacuum.

Make sure you understand what you’re playing before you play it. Calculate the odds if you can, and decide if it’s too rich for your blood. Never spend more than you can afford, and always look to maximize the amount of enjoyment you’re getting out of a game.

If the odds are against you and you’re not comfortable with how much, then it’s simply time to find another place to play.


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blank Mat Growcott has been a long-time member of the gaming press. He's written two books and a web series, and doesn't have nearly enough time to play the games he writes about.

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