Introduction to Winning Strategy 1 – Only Win Immediately
As I’ve been mentioning for some time, winning strategies exist for slot machines at newer-style casinos. Beginning with this post on Winning Strategy 1 – Only Win Immediately, I’ll start explaining those winning strategies my gambling research has uncovered can happen at a few of the newer casinos. Recall that I’ve identified newer casinos as any gambling facility built or heavily renovated since about 2012.
But, what if you don’t gamble at newer casino? Well then, make sure to check out my descriptions of the only way I know how to win at older style casinos a How to Win at Slots in Older Casinos or take a listen to Professor Slots Podcast Episode #21: Winning on Slots at Older Casinos-Kentucky Slots 2018.
My prior posts and podcast episodes have provided slots basics as well as stories of my slot machine gambling experiences. These have laid the foundation for a more detailed analysis and explanations on how to improve the odds of winning when playing slot machines. As mentioned, I’ve already covered the single approach that can be taken with less modern gaming technologies.
Beginning with this post, I’ll begin providing systematic yet straightforward analytical explanations to what can be, and indeed was, learned from my gambling experiences at modern, newer casinos. These systematic analytical explanations might alternatively be called winning strategies.
This post has the following sub-sections:
- An Introduction to Winning Strategy 1 – Only Win Immediately;
- Not All Winning Strategies Will Work at Your Casino;
- Seven Winning Strategies at Newer Casinos;
- Getting Started with Winning Strategy 1 – Only Win Immediately;
- My Personal Bias Towards High Limit Slots;
- How I Learned Winning Strategy 1 – Only Win Immediately;
- Some Disadvantages;
- Several Big Advantages;
- Its Impact on Gambling Goals;
- Thoughts on Optimizing This Winning Strategy; and
- Summary of Winning Strategy 1 – Only Win Immediately.
Not All Winning Strategies Will Work at Your Casino
These strategies can help players to win. People work hard to succeed at their regular jobs every day. Why should success at gambling be any different? Players need to learn the skills necessary to get ahead, to do better, even if it is to get just a little ahead. If a player’s goal with slots gambling is to make money, then that is what they need to figure out how to do.
Also, I need to make clear to you that these strategies don’t always work. Why? Because the patterns they are taking advantage of may or may not exist at the casino you visit. Why might these winning patterns not exist? Because these winning patterns are man-made. Whether they work or not depends entirely upon the specific casino being visited.
Because of this, you’ll need to become an experimenter. That is to say, you’ll need to get used to checking a casino for winning patterns to take advantage of. I’ll explain the patterns I’ve found. And, I’ll explain how to make the most out of them. Your job is to try to find them yourself, wherever you are. To do that, you’ll likely need to experiment.
Whether or not you also try to make the most out of the winning patterns I’ll be identifying is entirely your financial decision. Once again, please remember the number one rule of casino gambling: The only money you should take to a casino is money you can afford to comfortably lose.
Seven Winning Strategies at Newer Casinos
I’ve already previously explained how to improve the odds of winning at older-style slot machines which have not renovated to the latest in gaming technologies, including how to recognize older-style slots from newer-style slots found at new and renovated casino venues.
I’ve already further described the technological differences between these two types of slot machines, and why they are important to understand when applying techniques that try to improve the odds of winning.
Having already made these descriptions, the bulk of the content I’ll be presenting next describes strategies that can be used to improve the odds of winning at slot machine gambling at newer casinos.
Anyone can apply these strategies to their own gambling goals and player styles. While I’ve already discussed Choosing Gambling Goals, I’ve yet to do the same for the player styles I’ve also identified.
I’ll explain these six different player styles at a later time, including how to develop an overall approach, or even an individualized campaign, to improve their odds of winning at slot machine gambling.
The seven strategies I’ve so far identified are:
- Win Immediately at a Slot Machine, Then Nothing (A Cheap Way to Win);
- Advantage Plays with Progressive Slot Machines;
- Complimentary Gifts as Compensation;
- Winning Advantages of Special Events;
- The Most Reliable Holiday Patterns;
- Playing a Slot Machine Showing a Win; and
- Win a Jackpot, then Return Later.
As I discuss each of these strategies in upcoming posts and podcast episodes, I’ll also include the advantages and disadvantages of each strategy. I’ll also discuss how best to combine them to optimize performance for maximum profits.
The strategies to follow are meant to improve your odds of winning so that, overall, you are making money, i.e., getting a greater than 100% return or payout percentage on your bankroll, rather than losing the average 90% to 95% expected loss per bankroll cycle.
During playing seasons when casinos have systematically reduced the overall odds of winning, for whatever economic reason they might have for doing so, these strategies will again improve the odds of winning.
However, gaming economics and casino financial projections being relatively unknown to players, these strategies may or may not result in a greater than 100% return even if they do provide an optimal playing performance: Put another way, the house really, really wants to win.
Again, the strategies to be discussed may not apply at the casino or casinos you frequent. Additionally, be wary of applying them at Indian or tribal casinos, as the rules of operation at those casinos are based on their unique business contracts with the state rather than effectively generic state gambling laws as applied to non-tribal commercial casinos.
Getting Started with Winning Strategy 1 – Only Win Immediately
After over a dozen visits within three months at a secondary pari-mutual racino, I identified a clear pattern to winning I’d not seen before. Once I proceeded to use it, I won six taxable jackpots over the next two months. As you should be asking yourself at this point, did I make a profit? Yes, I did. The beauty of this powerful strategy is that nearly all of the revenue won is profit.
The pattern I discovered was simply this: Every taxable jackpot I won occurred within the first few plays or bets on the machine. After that first jackpot, either large and taxable or small and not taxable, I wouldn’t win another jackpot for what seemed like, in my experience, a very long time. I saw this behavior again and again, from all of the slot machines I played at that particular pari-mutual racino.
As per usual when I first visited, I’d engaged in conversations with slot attendants and floor managers about recent jackpot winners. They told me about slot machine gamblers who had won quite a few taxable jackpots when moving from machine to machine, one taxable jackpot after another.
Obviously, these newly renovated casino had set up the slot machines to perform in this matter as a way to control their profits. Unfortunately for a casino employing this type of setup, this setup can be heavily leveraged by the savvy player that spots this easy-to-see pattern.
My Personal Bias Towards High Limit Slots
So, going forward, I decided to play only high limit slot machines for 5 spins or until I won any sort of jackpot, whichever occurred first. Next, I made a not unreasonable assumption that this pattern applied to every machine in the high limits slot room. Combining this with my general approach, I applied this approach only to those slot machines I’d previously assessed as worthy of playing.
Meaning, I played only the slot machines that I decided fit my winning slot machine criteria: having multipliers, high limits, usually with bonus spins available. Finally, and this is something I really thought was interesting, I realized that this pattern didn’t require much money to be successful. I decided I’d try using it with a relatively small bankroll of $500 within that casino’s high limit slot machines area.
As an aside, I recently received an email response pointing out how I usually only talk about high limit slots. In other words, I have a player style that tends towards high limit slots. This is a personal choice on my part, and does not impact whether or not any of these winning strategies can be used. They are equally applicable to any denomination or credits bet, not just so-called high limit slots.
How I Learned Winning Strategy 1 – Only Win Immediately
Let’s get back to my story about how I learned of this winning strategy. I carefully made my desired bankroll in overtime pay, waited for payday, withdrew the bankroll from my bank account, and went back to this casino intent on using this and only this strategy to assess its relative level of success.
I’d sit at one machine, put the whole bankroll into it, and played maximum bets until I’d placed 5 bets or won anything. Then I’d move to the next slot machine, and repeat the process. I did this again and again, on machine after machine, right down one row of machines, then up another row. In all, at that time for that casino, I’d usually win a jackpot before spending 25% of my bankroll on an individual slot machine.
During the visit that I first deliberately tried this strategy, I won 3 taxable jackpots on three different machines in 25 minutes, each jackpot occurring about 6-7 minutes apart. Thankfully, the slot operators at this new casino were highly efficient, using smart devices on their arms to communicate with each other and the cashier cage.
Nevertheless, each time I won a taxable jackpot it took about 5 minutes for the slot operator to come, take my government issued I.D., complete the paperwork, clear the machine, then go off to retrieve hand payout for the jackpot I’d just won.
It was at this point that I’d cash out of the slot machine I was on and move to the next machine, where I’d proceed to again win a jackpot within only a couple of plays. Once again, the slot operators would arrive to complete the hand payout requirements. For this second taxable jackpot, won so soon after the first, I could not offer them my I.D.: It was still in the hands of the first slot operator!
I did still have my player card, though. Thankfully, they seemed to understand and accept that circumstance. So, they proceeded to complete the paperwork, clear the machine, and go away to retrieve that particular jackpot. I repeated this process yet a third time on the next machine in the row of slot machines.
In this way, while clearly using this strategy, I won 3 taxable jackpots within 25 minutes with an actual playing time of about 10-15 minutes. Total profit was $6,100 for a 1,200% return on a $500 bankroll.
There are, as with most winning strategies, downsides when using this pattern that savvy players should be aware of. First, it’s a highly obvious pattern. Not only is it relatively easy to figure out, it is easy to notice when someone else is doing it. Second, if a player sits down at the next machine and notices that the last spin was a win, then they may need to skip that particular slot machine.
More precisely, all slot machines should be skipped if they’ve been played recently. It can be difficult to visit casinos during those times of the day when slot machines have not been played for at least a few hours. As a consequence, even in a high limit slots area, most slot machines are actively played within a given 24 hours or so.
Consequently, this strategy works best if playing slot machines at odd hours, when at least a few of them haven’t been played fairly recently. It can be inconvenient to play very early in the morning, say at 5 a.m. However, I’ve found between Noon and 2 p.m. on Sundays to be nearly as good a time as any, and far more convenient than some.
Here are a couple of corollaries to this approach which should be mentioned as they can make a positive difference. First, consider 1-credit, $100 denomination slot machines. I don’t often play $100 bet machines, but I’ve found this approach to be quite favorable for to doing so.
Several Big Advantages
In my experience, using this strategy is the only method I’ve found that sometimes can result in a jackpot from a $100 denomination slot machine. I must confide that I find it quite exciting to win any amount of jackpot on a $100 bet machine, where even the smallest jackpots can go over the $1,200 taxable limit.
Second, sometimes playing a slot machine already showing a jackpot is actually a very good idea. Often, players will avoid a slot machine showing a big win. Sometimes they will avoid it for days. So, if this winning pattern is in effect by the casino, that becomes the machine to play simply because it has not been played for so long.
Once, I went to this casino one Friday evening for reconnaissance purposes, and saw a 1-credit, $100 denomination showing a large jackpot win. It was still there the next evening, when I again visited for research purposes.
Finally, when I returned the following early afternoon at my usual time for playing, I saw that the same large jackpot was still showing! It was still showing the same jackpot! I then consciously realized that I knew that it hadn’t been played in over 2 days!
I immediately hurried over, but $100 into the machine, and on the first button push won a $5,000 jackpot. For me, that experience provided substantial validation for this winning strategy. I now had direct evidence that a machine hadn’t been played, had predicted a jackpot would be won quickly, and then proceeded to do just that.
It is worth pointing out that playing to this pattern can be highly disruptive to employing other winning patterns, strategies, or approaches. Why? Because it’s such a cheap way to win at slots! When taking a relatively small bankroll is more than enough money to win with, with even less probably being enough, why bother trying another approach that requires a larger bankroll, takes more time and energy to succeed, and still has the potential to lose that larger bankroll when unsuccessful?
Its Impact on Gambling Goals
This is a winning pattern that is disruptive to gambling, because it hardly seems like gambling. It either works, or doesn’t, and either way the experience is over quickly. It also has the consequence of not being conducive to accumulating points in players rewards club systems, resulting in the subsequent loss of those comps.
Perhaps these consequences matter to individual players, but perhaps they do not. It depends on each player’s style of gambling. Specifically, whether this winning strategy as a positive or negative impact on your gambling goals depends on what your gambling goals are.
Thoughts on Optimizing This Winning Strategy
To optimize this winning strategy, each week a player could make many, many short visits to a casino for relatively very little cost and a high likelihood of financial profit – if that casino has set up its jackpots this way. So many trips may increase the total amount of miles on your vehicle, of course.
If a player finds a casino presenting this kind of pattern, the absolute best way of maximizing payout would involve making a decision about how often to visit. A decision will be needed to determine how often a prior visit and win doesn’t interfere with the player’s current visit and possible wins. Should a player visit every morning during the week before the casino gets busy? Or, should they visit every other day?
I’ve found that every day was too often, but every other day was about right. However, it was not entirely consistent, likely due to every day at the casino being somewhat different in terms of how busy they get. Some days have special events, like it’s a race day, or perhaps it’s some sort of holiday.
Maybe it’s the end of the fiscal month, or the end of the financial quarter. Or game day, whatever the specific sport is. Even the weather, and season of the year, can have an effect on casino attendance. All of these kinds of events can disrupt the best frequency of visits for this winning pattern.
Once again, remember that expecting to win is unrealistic. A player’s goal is to improve their odds so that they win more often than not, so they make some amount of money rather than lose some amount of money. And, it all adds up!
Also, remember that confirmation of success only comes from the spreadsheet recording your stake, wins, and net return per casino visit. In a later post, I’ll go over several useful recordkeeping methods for determining if you are indeed coming out ahead, or if it only seems like you are.
Again, when using this strategy, watch for slot machines that show wins, especially taxable jackpots. Other players will assume that that slot machine should be avoided, by assuming that it has just paid out. This is more likely to happen with taxable jackpots.
However, as previously discussed, that machine could actually have been sitting idle for an extensive period of time and, if this strategy is in effect, is quite likely to provide another jackpot.
What is important here is, how long has it been since an idle machine has been played? I’ve even gone so far as to record the displayed reel symbols on slot machines, then returned a day later to play only those machines still showing the same reel combination.
I still think this is a fine approach, if rather time consuming, except that what I learned was that absolutely none of the reel combinations were the same between one weekday to the next! In other words, all the slot machines were used by at least one player over the twenty-four hours I was away, even though it was a weekday, which I had assumed would be a slow day for the casino.
There are some possibilities here for finding an efficient way to note which slot machines have or have not been played. And, there may be different times of the year when this works better than others. The lesson I learned here was that 24 hours was too long of a period to wait for a slot machine to be idle. If none are idle that long, then a shorter idle period is needed.
A good assumption is that evenings see the most player activity. So, an improved strategy would be to visit the casino in the morning to record the reel combinations, then again just before the players started arriving at, say, 4 p.m. on a weekday.
The inconvenience of this optimized approach is, in a word, tedium. It requires enduring repeated daily visits to a casino as well as accurately recording reel combinations on up to 50 high limit slot machines.
Personally, I tried the 24-hour idle approach for about a week when I was living within 20 minutes of the casino where this strategy was working well. Then, not long after, I moved to 60 miles away from that casino, so never felt that I had a good the opportunity to try the 8-hour idle approach. Nor did I ever get truly efficient at noting the reel combinations shown on all those slot machines.
Keep in mind that these two personal inconveniences are only that: personal inconveniences. It’s not like I didn’t make a substantial profit by using this approach.
The $5,000 taxable jackpot that I won after one push of the button on a $100, 1-credit slot machine that I’d originally noticed had been showing the same jackpot for two days has more than financially compensated for the gas and mileage of daily visits to that casino well into the future. So, there is that.
Summary to Winning Strategy 1 – Only Win Immediately
In summary, winning strategies exist. The first such I’ll be presenting that I’ve discovered at newer-style casinos is Winning Strategy 1 – Only Win Immediately. Prior content on slots basics alongside my slot machine gambling experiences has provided a foundation. This foundation of ideas and perspective now allows more detailed and analytical explanations which is where winning strategies reside.
First, I warned how not all winning strategies will work at casinos you visit. Not only do they need to be modern casinos, but it would be best to mentally prepare yourself that winning at slots is a thinking person’s game. There’s quite a bit more to it than simply pushing a button.
Next, I mention that Winning Strategy 1 – Only Win Immediately is only first in a series of winning strategies on which I’ll be discussing in the near future. This was followed by an brief introduction to Winning Strategy 1 – Only Win Immediately.
After that, I confessed my own bias towards high limit slots, which in no way is a requirement for successfully using any of these winning strategies. As usual, remember to only take to the casino money you can afford to comfortably lose.
Further, I provided the story of how exactly I personally learned this winning strategy. Then, I proceeded to go over both its advantages, disadvantages, and its mostly likely impact on the most common gambling goals.
Finally, I provided my thoughts on how to best optimize using Winning Strategy 1 – Only Win Immediately, followed by a summary conclusion.
Stay tuned for more winning strategies!
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