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This page will introduce you to the methods that we have been using to make regular profit from playing online slot machines since 2004, using generous casino bonuses. For this it’s good to know at least the basic facts about slots as detailed below. If you are already familiar with online slots you only need read the key points and the overviews in this top section, if you are new to slots please click on more… where it appears for detailed information.
Vital to any gambling strategy is having some sort of Money Management philosophy to work to; this can be greatly aided by setting yourself Frames & Targets. Playing with generous casino bonuses not only gives you a much better chance of winning, but it also helps to control your play.
Using the calendar month & Casino Bonus wagering requirements (WR) gives us a '(time) Frame' to work within & a '(wagering) Target' to aim at. It gives structure to our gambling and most importantly, a stopping point.
For example: A 100$ 100% bonus with a WR of Bx20 ($2,000);
Take the bonus at any time during a month, and the first target is to finish the WR by the end of that month while losing as little of the bonus as possible. However, it is vitally important not to rush – impatient gamblers rarely win in the long run.
When we have completed the wagering requirements was can decide what to do next. These decisions will be influenced on how the overall month is looking (including all the casinos being played). If towards the end of the month it is looking tight (only a small profit) we will take what we have & wait for the next month. (Remember, the prime target is just to not lose in any month).
If we are well up we may risk a bit of the profit to see if we can win even more, but we are careful not to risk too much (say about 20% max).
Money Management gives further targets which limits potential loss amount in a given month, but with no limit to how much can be won!
Per Casino Limits: The first limiter is how much is needed to deposit for the bonus we’re claiming. Say we take a bonus on a $100 deposit, and suffer a complete blow out – we will not deposit more to try to win our money back, instead we will move on to a different casino, different bonus. So the most that can be lost at that casino is $100 – but of course, there is no limit to how much that could be won if we get really lucky!
Per Game Limits: Before playing any game we set targets on how much we are prepared to lose and how much we are prepared to win. The maximum loss is easily understood – if we’re having a bad run of luck in a game we know from experience it does not mean it must turn around & get better – there is just as much chance of it getting even worse. You may not understand why we have a ‘maximum win’, but remember that the house edge is always against you, so if you’re ahead it means you have been lucky and are beating the odds. But runs of good luck never go on for ever, so try to get out before the tide turns the other way.
These methods mainly focus on Bonus Video Slots. It is quite important that you know which these are, more…
All the slots featured on this site are categorised into type by software here:- Slots Data
The fundamental difference between Online Video Slots and the old style Vegas Slots & Fruit Machines is that they don’t have the restrictions of physical reels, and therefore can be 100% random. More…
For enjoyable slots play it is extremely important that you understand Variance & Odds, more…
It is equally important to know what the bonus feature actually does on each slot, more…
Our Bonus Video Slot Playing Style
The style of play we use is actually extremely simple, it’s a bit like a roulette progressive betting method but the key difference is that each spin on a slot is not an ‘all or nothing’ bet, because you are always getting some return on your bets. This means you can progress very slowly with a significantly lower overall risk of losing a fortune.
The first & most important target is; To leave the slot with more credits than we start with.
With Bonus Video Slots a large part of the Return to Customer (Payout %) is from the bonus rounds themselves; these can easily pay 50x, 100x, or even more x the cost of your spin. If you don’t get any bonuses rounds the chances are high that you will end up with a loss.
So given that what we want is the bonus rounds and that on average they occur once every 130 – 150 spins, what we do is start with small bets & then gradually increase them the longer we go on. This is based on the theory that the longer we go without the feature hitting, the more probable it is. See Gamblers Fallacy…
So we play say 100 spins at our minimum (depending on the slot, our minimum is usually either 2c or 5c per line). Then we increase the bets in small increments every 25 or 50 spins e.g. 2c, 4c, 6c, 8c. If we get past say 250 – 300 spins with no feature, or the bank has dropped by more than our pre-set limit, we stop & try a different slot. Sometimes we alter the total bet by changing the number of win-lines as well as, or instead of just changing the stake/line. And that’s pretty much all there is to it!
Note: This method by itself is not a guaranteed way to win on slots – it’s just the way we like to play. We feel that it improves our chances, but this can not be backed up mathematically. It is possible that you are just as likely to be successful by flat-betting all the time, or using any different betting pattern.
Deciding on the starting minimum bet is something which comes with experience and can be influenced by many factors, including; How many win-lines the slot has (less lines = bigger bets), the slot’s variance, how many credits you have, how lucky you feel! We recommend that your starting bet should be no more than 0.5% of your deposit; e.g. Deposit $100 = starting bet of 50c/spin max.
The key to success (as with all games) is money management - knowing when to stop. Don't lose too much on one particular game, and quit when you're ahead & switch to a different game. The stopping point needn’t be getting the bonus feature as described above; any big win which puts you in profit is equally good. Like any strategy for any game you do need a bit of good luck (or at least - not too much bad luck) and more importantly than anything - you need self-control.
For links to actual play logs showing how successful this strategy can be, Click Here.
If you are wagering for a bonus don’t forget to record how much you have wagered and make sure you have met the amount required in the terms of the bonus, more…
The philosophy here at SlotBeaters is not to go out & just ruthlessly play casino bonuses for profit as if it’s some kind of boring job, but to experience the entertainment & fun of playing slots for real money, but without the risk of losing a fortune. We have been making regular (small) profits from playing slots for years, and there is no reason why anyone else with a bit of self control can’t do the same.
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There are literary thousands of different online slots which can be quite bewildering to the new player, but they can be broken down into only a handful of different types;
Most online slots are traditional 3 or 5 reel type, but different slots have different numbers of pay-lines;-
3-reel; 1, 3 or 5 win lines. 5-reel; 5, 9, 11, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50 and now even 100 win lines!
Then we have different categories of slots:-
Bonus Video; Have one or more bonus features triggered by getting certain symbols in view. The bonus rounds are normally ‘free-spins’ with a multiplier (eg. 15 free spins with all wins x3), or ‘picks’ where you click on a number of symbols to reveal a mystery prize, or a combination of both. Some slots have completely random features which occur regardless of what is showing on the reels.
Progressive Jackpot; Have a common ‘pool’ of funds contributed to by a number of different slots within the casino, one type of slots across one casino group, or even ALL casinos of the same software on the net. This gives a massive jackpot which is usually won by getting the highest ranking symbols on the highest numbered line payline on the slot. (e.g. Line 15 on a 15 line slot). Some progressives are also ‘bonus round’ slots and some of these only give the jackpot in the bonus round, while others still pay as described above.
In addition to the above, you will also find some more unusual types of slots, for example some have vertical win-lines as well as the usual horizontal & diagonal ones, giving us slots with 8, 10 & 18 win-lines. There are even a few slots out there which have 7 reels, and the fantastic WagerLogic ‘Cubis’ 3-D slot with 15 win-lines in 3 different planes!
All the slots featured on this site are categorised into type by software here:- Slots Data
New to Slots?
If you’re new to online slots you really should play all those you like the sound of in ‘practice mode’ before you play for real money so you know what to expect. All online casinos should give you the facility to do this.
If you’d like to try some slots for fun, click below to download a casino while you’re reading this page!
The first thing to be aware of is what bet level the slot is on when you initially bring it onto your screen. The vast majority will NOT be set at the minimum bet level, but you can manually reduce this using the on-screen control buttons. Note that the cost indicator is per line, not per spin!
They will also normally be set at maximum or minimum paylines, which again, you may wish to change.
E.g. Some people like to play 25 line slots using only 9 or 15 paylines for various reasons, including making their money last longer!
Many casinos’ have ‘autoplay’ so you don’t get finger ache clicking that mouse button. MG’s is the best (access by hitting the ‘expert’ button) because you can set it to stop if you hit a big win!
You will find the pay-out tables by clicking on a button somewhere on the screen.
Because Video Slots do not have physical reels, this allows the slots to have ‘weighted’ reels and be truly random.
This is done in one of two ways;
a) The reels on a slot do not all have the same number of symbols on them but each reel still stops in a completely random position. (E.g. On Tomb Raider the reels have 24, 28, 34, 40 & 40 symbols. So the chances of getting the scatter symbol on reel one is 3 in 24, but on reel five it is 3 in 40).
b) The reels all have the same number of symbols, but the odds of each one appearing is different.
E.g. Each reel could have just 10 symbols on it, but it is
programmed so that the jackpot symbol only appears
Neither of these ways of weighting means the machine is ‘rigged’ – the results of each spin is still entirely random, and this weighting just makes for more playing excitement.
Note: Any slots described as ‘UK Style Fruit Machines’ or ‘AWP’ are NOT random in the way described above.
Many card-playing gamblers who never play slots can't understand how you can profit from games with high variance and 95% payouts, but you can! Slots are no different from any other casino game - the house edge is always against you no matter what you play. With all games you will have good luck and bad luck – it’s what you do with that luck which makes all the difference!
What is Variance?
Quite simply this is the ‘swings in fortune’ you experience when playing any game.
Imagine something like a Roulette wheel, but with only 20 sectors on it; 19 Blue & 1 Green.
If there was a game you could play on it where you place a bet and if the ball landed in blue you got your money back, but hit green and you lost, this would be zero variance (and a totally pointless game to play!)
But if the rules were that you lost if you hit blue, but won your bet x 19 if it went in green this would be extremely high variance.
In both instances the payout percentage would be 95%, but in the first case you could never win anything no matter how long you played, while in the second case a short run of hitting the winning sector 2 or 3 times in a short space of time would enable you to leave the game with a nice profit. Conversely you could have a very long run of losing and go bust. Basically then Variance = Risk.
When playing the strategy described on this page; on high variance slots it’s better to start with smaller bets, and vice versa.
Knowing your odds
Like all casino games, slots have a house edge – that is to say over an infinite time they pay out less than 100% of what they take in. This varies from one slot to another but is typically somewhere between 94-97%.
Hitting a jackpot on a slot is quite literally millions to 1 against, but you don’t need to hit the jackpot to make a profit – all you need is one decent win, or a string of smaller wins. This is why our preference is for the Bonus Video Slots because the bonus features can potentially pay very large wins compared to the cost of the spin (wins of 100 or more x bet are fairly common).
To make use of this you also need to know what the chances of actually getting the bonus is, because if you’re not hitting the bonus rounds, the chances of profiting are very slim. No casinos I know of publish this information, and so this has to be worked out by tediously plotting out the reel layouts for each slot & then applying some fairly simple mathematics. One slot takes many, many hours to analyse, which is why this site was launched with accurate data on only a handful of slots, but more will be slowly added over time.
Our research to date shows that bonus features are triggered anywhere between once in 50 – 160 spins depending on the slot in question, these figures are listed out here:- MG Slots Data
These vary from one slot to another, but typically bonus rounds are usual triggered either by getting certain ‘Scatter’ symbols on certain reels, or by getting a set number of consecutive symbols on a winline. The bonus itself is usually either a pre-set or random number of ‘free-spins’ (anything from 1 to 100 spins), usually with a multiplier which increases the value of your wins by anything from x2 to x25! Or it’s ‘picks’ when you select from a number of symbols on the screen to reveal random prizes. Some slots combine the two; you pick symbols that give you a random number of free-spins! Note that while it is possible to get very big wins from the bonus rounds, it is also possible on many slots to get close to, or actually nothing! (This is VERY rare).
The Jackpot on most video slots is getting 5 ‘wild’ symbols on a winline. On progressive slots these 5 wilds have to be on a particular winline (normally the highest available; e.g. line 15 on a 15-line slot).
The Gamblers Fallacy
The idea that the longer an event goes without occurring means it is more likely to happen in the near future is what the “experts” call The Gamblers Fallacy. For the purposes of this explanation let’s assume that we have a standard Roulette wheel, but with the Zero filled in. Therefore the chances of spinning Black or Red is precisely 50/50.
The fallacy is that if we spun the wheel 10 times & got 10 Reds, the next spin is more likely to be Black. I think anyone will know this is not the case; since each spin in an independent random event, the chance of Black on the next spin is still 50/50, exactly the same as for any spin in the past or the future.
However, what are the chances of spinning 10 of the same colour in a row?
After the first spin produces, lets say Red; the odds of the next 9 spins also being red are 29 = 1 in 512.
In other words, if we sat and spun the wheel 512 times, the mathematical odds are that we would see a run of ten (or more) of the same colour just once.
So we believe that any given run of 10 spins during the 512 spins is way more likely to produce a mixture of Reds and Blacks than it is to be 10 results all the same colour. We’re not telling anyone else what to believe – you have to make your own mind up.
This is not to say we believe Martingaling (doubling your bets on a colour until it hits) is a valid system for betting on Roulette; it is definitely not. This system does not work on Roulette due to 2 key factors; a) The tables always have a betting limit which prevents you from doubling up indefinitely. And b) By doubling every spin you can quickly end up betting 100s of chips just to make a profit of 1 chip. Just one “blow out” will cost an absolute fortune compared to the potential gain of the win.
The majority of online casinos have very poor, or even non-existent game logs where players can check how much they’ve wagered. Therefore it’s a very good idea to keep tabs as you go along. The easiest way is to use a spreadsheet which is set up like the example below. To show how this is filled in, we have colour coded it;
Blue is the data you need to enter as you play and Red are cells with formulas which automatically calculate the wagering for you. The cells at the top are fixed so you can always see where you are in the WR:-
(This is a genuine extract from one of my play logs)
Some of our Best Results!
Since 2005 we have had some great results using our strategy (some diabolical losses too – but the wins out-weigh them by far!). We have uploaded some of our100+ logs, in the format shown above, for you perusal. Sorry about all the rude words – that’s just what comes out when we have a bit of bad luck!
Talking of luck, see the first one (All Jackpots) when our bank fell to just $1.07 before a miracle recovery!
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