Introduction to Top 9 Slot Tips by RunHorse
A few weeks ago, a listener of my Professor Slots podcast asked for my opinion about a YouTube video she’d seen. I reviewed that video for her to come up with these top 9 slot tips by RunHorse. Thanks for the suggestion, Leslie from Oregon!
The actual name of this YouTube video from RunHorse.com is 10 tips to help you win at slot machines. No spoilers, but one of the tips is a duplicate. Hence, the name of this blog article offering a review of this YouTube video.
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1. Playing someone else’s losing slot machine
The video starts off with the narrator providing some introductory thoughts about increasing your chances to win which he claims that casinos don’t want you to know. He also advises slots players not expect to win immediately. Further, that any slots player that gets upset playing a slot machine should just walk away.
This tip is about playing a slot machine after someone has a lot of money on it. The idea promoted here is that the machine is somehow due for a win. No, sorry, but that’s not how statistics works. It’s like assuming a roulette wheel has had 15 prior landings on black so it must land on red next time. Nope.
It’s a common misunderstanding with regards to statistics. Put simply, past flips of a coin has no influence on future flips of a coin. As they say in statistics classes, past statistical behavior doesn’t influence future results. The two are, well, independent.
2. Players cards
The suggestion here is to get a players’ card, multiple players’ cards, or no card at all “if all else fails.” The narrator states that most serious slots players believe players’ club card affect the outcome of bets despite casinos saying players’ cards don’t.
This purported tip is a little tricky. More than a few casinos set up their machines to win within the first five pulls, then stop. It’s not just new members to that casino’s players’ club.
In any case, how would a slot machine even know if you’re a new player without changing the players’ card? I suppose the machine being idle is the other way casinos can make a reasonable guess that any new player is not the old player.
So, I think this one is correct – but not for the reason the narrator gives. About three things are happening all together here. It’s somewhat challenging to offer clarity, as it’s a real mix-up of slots strategies.
The further suggestion of switching cards is impressive. With two cards, you could try my five-pull approach twice for each slot machine. Again, that’s interesting. But, where do you get a second players’ club card?
Of course, each player only gets one account with the casino so it must be someone else’s card. The most likely person is a spouse, someone you share your finances with already.
Slots players use other people’s cards all the time, by the way. I don’t think this is the same for poker, blackjack, or craps table games. There, the dealer takes your I.D. along with your card when you sit down to play. Right?
Bottom line – use a players’ card. The other slots strategies suggested will be discussed by themselves in other tips this video will cover a little later.
3. Machines sometimes hit in first few spins
Hey, he’s explaining my five-pull approach! Yes, indeed, I like this one. Rather than do so again here, I’ve already explained this slots strategy fully in my blog article Slots Strategy 1: Only Win Immediately.
The narrator doesn’t seem to be aware it works better if the machine hasn’t been played for a while. I figured this out when I took a winning strategy and put more time into it in my attempts to optimize it.
4. Minimum bets being more profitable
This is sort of true, but with a hidden danger. Some machines have a bonus round that won’t activate unless you make maximum bets. So, playing minimum bets on a slot machine with a bonus round means you’re playing with lower odds.
Playing minimum bets on machines without bonus rounds has the same odds as any number of credits bet. I like what he says about minimum bets on slot machines which still have bonus rounds activated by minimum bets. I’ll need to study that one further.
The narrator also goes over this same tip at the end of their video, his tip #10. I don’t see how it is any different from his tip #4. There, he just adds my suggestion about the hidden danger of only maximum bets activating bonus rounds.
5. Minor and major jackpots
Here, the narrator talks about looking for minor and major jackpots which must pay out by a certain amount, and suggest playing them when they get close to those amounts.
This is Peter Liston’s basic progressive slots strategy, not that we know the details of the Slotz King’s winning strategy for progressive machines is. It’s also my own Winning Strategy 2: Progressive Slot Machines.
So, yes, this is the advantage play for progressive machines which are what machines with minor and major jackpots are. Not everyone seems to realize this, so it looks like a new winning strategy rather than a well-known old one.
Knowing the two jackpot limits can be tricky to figure out. As he says, a lot of people want to play them when they approach these limits. At the beginning of his tip #6, he even admits this is well-known.
6. After machine maintenance, play
Here, the narrator talks about how slot machines are more likely to pay out after a casino performs maintenance on the slot machine. This really goes back to his tip #3, which is missing my explanation about wanting the machine to be idle for a while first.
This is simply just the
7. Leave a machine if it’s not paying
Here, the narrator suggests you shouldn’t get married to a machine. Bridal imagery aside, move along if you’re not winning is near-trivial advice. And, yet, it’s wisdom itself.
I don’t know if he realizes how profound this tip is. It’s a good one, even if he doesn’t seem to have any idea why. Too bad.
You know to stop when you’re losing, right? Put another way, in the way gambling addiction
8. Play for the bonus then cash out
The narrator talks about cashing out after you win, including if it’s the bonus. Yes, indeed. Money management is a good thing. Walking away after every jackpot is the essence of the money management approach.
I have yet to write a blog article on money management as a winning slots strategy. I did mention developing this skill in my book, Learning to Win, but haven’t gone over it otherwise. Not really. I should. I will. Eventually!
But, this tip doesn’t seem to take into consideration that you might be on a winning slot machine with excellent odds of winning. Yes, you can walk away after a big win. But, should you? Sometimes. Sometimes not.
It took me a long time to begin sensing the difference between being lucky like being hit by a bolt of lightning, metaphorically speaking, versus the steady winning that can occur by playing a slot machine with excellent odds of winning.
For the first circumstance, the bolt of lightning, leave the machine. Walk away. That’s the advice offered here. Under the second circumstance, where the only luck involved was in picking a winning machine, then stay.
Stay, but don’t take your players’ club card out of the machine. Don’t go for a walk. Don’t get dinner. Don’t use the restroom. Just stay – and keep playing your winning slot machine until you simply can’t any longer.
And, even then, call your spouse or your friend to take over for you. Just, if/when you do that, don’t risk switching your players’ club cards. And, just in case, leave if you’re not winning anymore.
9. Increase bet size if haven’t won bonus
The suggested tip here is to increase the bet size if you’ve been playing a long time and have yet to hit the bonus. This is a minor comment on another prior tip, tip #5, about progressive slot machines.
If this is a progressive slot machine he’s referring to, which he’s not clear about, then playing it a long time means it is possible that the specific amount where the major or minor jackpots must hit may be near.
So, he suggests increasing your bet size so that you’re most likely to hit it before anyone else also playing those networked slots machines does. The bigger your bet, the faster the major and minor jackpot amounts climb. And, the first one there wins.
Otherwise, if it’s not about winning on progressive slots, increasing bet size to get a bonus can be due to the bonus possibly activated by maximum bets only. And, doesn’t this contradict his #7, about leaving a machine if it’s not paying?
Maybe it is different. Maybe the machine is winning jackpots, just not any bonus rounds. That’s the sort of details I wish this tip provided. Is it one winning strategy I know about, and have told you about or is it the other one? Details, details, details.
Summary of Top 9 Slot Tips by RunHorse
Top 9 Slot Tips by RunHorse is a 13-minute YouTube video published in mid-November 2018. After four months, it has gotten almost 150,000 views. Here, I’ve given my thoughts on each purported slots tip.
Again, a special thank you goes out to Leslie from Oregon for originally asking for my thoughts of this YouTube video. Thanks, Leslie!
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