TIP 1: HIGHER DENOMINATION SLOTS HAVE HIGHER RETURN PERCENTAGES.
Gone are the days when three-reel games dominated the slot machine floors in casinos, but now the truth is that the vast majority of these are video slots: For example, machines with bets worth €1 produce a higher percentage of return relative to those where the bet is only 25 cents or 1 cent, and this fact does not mean that players should rush out and play the higher bet value slots.
There are other factors besides the percentage of return, including entertainment value and what you want from a game.
Playing higher denomination games means that the stakes will be higher and will in turn involve more risk. For example, if you bet €3 on a three-coin slot that pays 95%, your average losses will be higher than if you bet 40 cents on a 40-line game worth 1 cent that pays 86%.
TIP 2: IF YOU PLAY PROGRESSIVE SLOTS, MAKE SURE YOU BET ENOUGH TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR JACKPOTS.
In progressive slot machines, a percentage of each bet is added to the jackpot. Three-reel machines generally have a single progressive jackpot at maximum payout, and you must wager the maximum amount to be eligible to win the grand prize.
In three-coin slots, for example, you cannot win the progressive jackpot if you only bet one or two coins, in which case the maximum jackpot combination on the payline offers only a reduced lump sum prize.
In video slots, progressive jackpots are usually divided into several levels, and from 2 to 12 of these levels can be offered.
The most common are four-level progressive jackpots with levels labeled Mini, Minor, Major and Grand, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum, or something similar.
In some video slots, all players are eligible for the Jackpots regardless of wager amount while in others, a separate wager must be placed to be eligible for the Jackpot.
Jackpots are the main event in progressive games, but these machines usually pay less than other, more popular slots games.
Don’t settle for a lower paying game. Make sure you place the necessary wagers to be eligible for the Jackpots and if you can’t afford it, choose a non-progressive game.