Introduction to Start Here
This webpage to intended as a guide to start slots enthusiasts onto a path to obtain their best possible slot machine gambling performance. I’m able to provide this slots education because I’m personally highly experienced and knowledgeable at:
- Winning at slot machine gambling (having earned 90 taxable jackpots in 9 months, then a car)
- Ability to teach complex subjects in an easy-to-understand manner (thanks to 20+ years of teaching and training experience)
- Understanding relevant statistics, physics, engineering, and business principles (I have 8 college degrees in these areas)
For those interested in more details of my story and the journey to get here, visit my About Me webpage.
How to Start
Slots players and interested non-gamblers start their journey here. First off, I’ll walk you through 3 steps to easily improve your slot machine gambling performance. Fair warning: There is likely to be homework! But, rest assured, it won’t be too hard! Nevertheless, how well you do it will directly relate to your resultant gambling improvement.
The first 3 steps to success are:
Each step is linked to clear and careful explanations. I’ve designed steps 1 and 2 to improve your gambling performance by increasing your odds of winning by careful selection of the casino visited and the slot machines played. Frankly, you want the best available. Every fraction of a percentage point added to your odds of winning is well worth finding.
Step 3 is necessary to help understand what winning means to you, including both goal type and extent. Goal type means, maybe you prefer maximizing complimentary gifts rather than take-home money. While they are not quite mutually exclusive (you can do both if you really, really want to), for most people it’s either one or the other.
Goal extent is quantity. If your goal is entertainment, do you want VIP seats on Opening Day or are you okay with regular season box seats? My point here is: If you don’t know what your goals are, you won’t know when you’ve reached them.
To apply these ideas, as mentioned, some work will be required from you. Not much, but some. I could use the old adage, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch” – but, oddly enough, that doesn’t quite apply to us, does it?
For those that want individual and personal help, I offer an inexpensive, one-on-one, 50-minute personal coaching session. Note that I have only few spots available – about a dozen sessions on most weeks. For those interested, see further details at Personal Coaching.
Making Choices is a Skill
As I mentioned, improving the odds of winning at slots starts with casino and slot machine selection. This is followed by knowing your goals, both by type (entertainment, gifts, or money) as well as by extent. But, after these steps are completed, there is the logical next step: understanding winning strategies.
It is a commonly held belief that winning at slot machines is entirely random. It isn’t, not entirely. And, this narrow ledge is where winning strategies reside. Of course, a random factor is strongly involved. Of course it is! But, my first 3 steps already show how the odds of winning can be substantially improved by making good choices.
In engineering, we call this a systems approach. Yes, given a single slot machine, we have limited choices: We play, or we don’t play. If we play, we (hopefully) can choose when to play. That’s it. That’s the whole system. Oh, and this is why I dislike casino-run slot tournaments. Not only do I not get a choice which slot machine I’m assigned to, but when I play it is also taken away. Hence, there’s no skill involved!
But what if we have more than 1 slot machine to choose between, then skill is involved within this system of multiple slot machines. Going further, what if we have more than 1 casino to choose between? Plus, each with thousands of slot machines! Making good choices is a skill!
Winning in the Casino Environment
Beyond these skill-based choices to improve the odds of winning lies another realm of winning strategies. I say beyond, because these strategies are also skill-based choices.
Let’s say you’ve done your homework, and you’ve found a nearby casino with the highest odds (See Assessing Casinos). You’ve also selected a short list of candidate slot machines matched to your bankroll size and identified as having a decent pay table ratio (Choosing Slot Machines). What’s next? Well, winning strategies are next!
Casinos employ techniques to improve their own odds of winning. Free drinks are an excellent example. Another is never saying you’ve had enough, and really should go home. After paying out a taxable jackpot to a winner, slot attendants will often say, “I’ll see you later when you win again!” and others like it. These comments are carefully scripted by the casino, and trained into slot attendants.
So, once again, make your own decisions. Make choices that’ll lead to improved odds of winning. If you feel you’re losing money some evening at a casino, go home. Don’t let the casino subtlety suggest you do otherwise.
I teach how to win at slot machines. Not only does this include making good choices for casinos and slot machines, and understanding what winning means for you personally, but it also means avoiding common (and not so common) financial pitfalls.
Winning Strategies Exist
Reaching beyond making good choices, and avoiding bad ones, are what most consider to be the true winning strategies. My opinion is that improving your odds of winning is the key to success, however they are (legally) accomplished. The choices we’ve already discussed are part of that success, so they’re winning strategies.
But there are other types of winning strategies: pattern-based winning strategies. These can be found within attempts by a casino to exert control over their patrons. Consider that mail flyers pull patrons to the casino on days and times of day when the casino wants them there. Once within the casino, traffic flow is efficiently managed by the business. For example, exits are hard to find and there are no wall clocks.
My point here is that casinos exert a lot of control on their environment. Beyond avoiding being manipulated, this extensive control is something to be taken advantage of. Within what I call older-style casinos, those casinos built prior to around 2010 and not yet renovated, advantage plays are limited. After 2010, advantage plays are prevalent. I’ve mapped out several of them.
Winning Strategy at Older-Style Casinos
If you play at an older-style casino, there is one winning strategy to watch for. At older casinos, operators set up a single slot machine to have higher odds of winning.
This select slot machine is located in full view of an area within the casino where people gather, such as a bar. The casinos do this to encourage patrons to gamble, by letting them watch a big win.
Winning Strategies at Newer-Style Casinos
Newer-style casinos, those built or extensive renovated since about 2010, have connected their slot machines to a central computer to control their odds. Casinos do this to reduce their slot mechanic workforce, who had previously physically changed each slot machine’s odds every 7-10 days.
Additionally, newer-style casinos are able to adjust the odds several times a day as needed, to finely control their payout percentage. However, doing so has taken an older-style system of highly random behavior and created far less random odds in newer-style casinos.
But, frankly, newer-style casinos can’t help but tinker with their finely controlled system. Older-style casinos added a winning slot machine near bars. Newer-style casinos … tinker. And this tinkering has generated winning patterns I’ve used to win.
Congratulations on getting started! You’re on your way to success!
The next step on your journey to improving slots performance is Assessing Casinos for Success. Enjoy! My research indicates I’m the first to share this information and offer personal coaching for slots enthusiasts, and I sincerely hope you find it both enjoyable and useful. For questions, just reach out to me through any of my social media accounts:
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Have fun, be safe, and make good choices!
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