Slots and Videopoker Tips

Slots tips

Always read the payoff information on each machine, particularly on ‘Pay for Play’ machines. These are usually three coin slot machines with the first coin paying only on limited symbols, the second coin pays on the next set of symbols and the third coin pays on any win. The big win is with the third coin.

Be sure you have cashed all of your credits before leaving the machine. The cash out button controls the payout function; it either indicates credits or it drops the coins in the tray.

Never leave your machine until you have received your total winnings. If you hit a jackpot, you may have to wait for the attendant to pay you the rest of the jackpot as some machines can only pay a partial jackpot.

Over the time, you will win more money using the higher denomination machines than the lower, but you will definitely need a money management system as you might get carried away and lose more money than you bargained for.

If you can’t afford to play the maximum amount of coins or the higher denomination machines, drop down.

Look for ‘Hot’ machines as you enter the casino. It is customary for casinos to have some loose machines to attract the attention of new visitors. Some machines are set to pay better than others. However, be aware that the casino can move around the loose slot machines or have the settings changed back to a lower percentage return, so don’t expect a hot machine to stay that way everyday. (Note: Casinos must send their machines back to the manufacturer to be reprogrammed for their choice of percentage as long as it meets the minimum percentage return required by the Federal Regulators.)

If you’re lucky enough to hit an attendant-paid jackpot, do not touch your machine or leave it for even one moment. Do not insert more coins or allow anyone to touch it. A slot attendant must come by to complete the transaction.

Slot machine carousels can have large variations in the progressive jackpot amount. You should always be looking for the best slot opportunities possible and play at those that show the highest amount.

If a casino advertises that they have machines with a high payback (90% or more), look for them. Ask a slot attendant, and if he or she doesn’t know, have one of them ask the supervisor.

Shop around for casinos that offer comp value and use them. Casinos now offer you the ability to ‘comp yourself’ using one of their player’s club slot cards, so you get credit for each coin you insert in the machine.

Treat the comps as a bonus. Never gamble to increase your comp credits.

It is always better to play on a high payback machine and increase your winning opportunities than play on machines with good recycling capability of coins but with a low return.

If you can, give preference to Videopoker machines. Their payback is usually better than slot machines.

Most casinos will hold a slot for you while you go to the rest room or take a short break. Just ask a slot supervisor to reserve your machine and give a specific time when you expect to return.

Don’t stick to a cold machine because it is your favorite. Remember, you are there to win.

Even in the same aisle two identical looking machines can be set to different average returns. If you are not winning on one, try the other one.

Don’t assume because you have spent all night feeding a particular machine that it is now due for a jackpot, and that you will get your money back. Before you start play, set your loss limit and stick to it.

It is best not to replay your winnings. Have a set bankroll to start with, and when you have used it up, collect all your winnings (if any) and quit.

On a lucky day, if you are on a winning streak, have a few shots (2 or 3) at one of the $5 big-payouts machines. You never know! If you win — anything — take the cash and leave. Don’t replay or recycle any of the winnings.

Videopoker tips

In Jacks or better, a pair of Jacks or better pays even money. Hold on to the two off-suited face cards for the best chance of a winner.

Make sure all the cards you want to hold are held before pushing the draw button. If you hit too fast or not hard enough, the machine might not register your request.

Never keep a ‘Kicker’ — a high card with a pair.

Cash out your credits frequently.

Slots and Video Poker Rules

Slot machines

Slots are fun and easy to play. There are really no particular rules you need to be concerned with. The main object of the game is to hit a jackpot. Drop in a coin and pull the handle. The lights and ringing bells will let you know when you have hit the jackpot. If you have a question or are unsure of something, simply ask a slot attendant for assistance.

All slot machines display the payoffs, and those that work in a certain way, have instructions on them.

Slot machines were introduced around the turn of the century, and their popularity increases daily. For many players, playing slots is still the most enjoyable and relaxing form of gambling.

These so called ‘one-armed bandits’ can be found in every casino, with a variety of models and coin denominations to please every player, including mechanical, electromechanical video, and the new touch-screen versions. With one touch of the screen, you can change from poker to slots. There are three to nine reels, criss-crosses, multiples, progressives, and specialty machines such as 21, Keno, Videopoker, Poker Bingo, and Video Horse Racing and Dog Racing.

What has really revitalized slot machine play is the adaptation of bonus games. Bonus slot games can pay the player in a variety of ways including; free slot spins, coin multipliers or progressive jackpots. Bonus slot games can be triggered by getting three bonus symbols on a pay-line or on some slot games three bonus symbols in the pay-field. Online casinos have utilized the power of computer software to create some of the most exciting versions of bonus games in the industry.

There are many different slot machine games. Jackpot size, combinations, symbols, size and number of coins allowed in each play vary as well. Included in these games are the popular Videopoker games. Modern slot machines are completely electronic. Symbol combinations come up randomly and machines are pre-programmed to return a certain percentage to the players.

Slots account for a good portion of a casino’s action and winnings. They are simple to use, inexpensive to maintain, and require little or no skill to play.

To the player, a slot machine returns on average between 85% and 98%. The average casino advantage is calculated to be around 9%.

Smart Card Gaming Technology — the coin-less gaming system

Gaming has never been easier with the introduction of Smart Card Coinless Gaming. This also means added security and more convenience to the players.

Smart Cards replace the need to feed coins into slot machines and provide players with hours of coinless casino pleasure.

A Smart Card is a credit-card sized plastic card with an embedded computer chip. Cash is loaded onto the Smart Card electronically and amounts are stored on the card and can be retrieved immediately or at a later stage.

The Casino offers automated cashier machines called Smart Cashiers that allow players to retrieve or cash out their winnings or their credit balance amount from their Smart Card on these Smart Cashiers machines.

The Smart Card reduces the need to carry large amounts of cash and coins and is clean and far more hygienic. Bets are loaded electronically into slot machines via the Smart Card and winnings are automatically recorded onto it. Table games such as Roulette, Baccarat (Punto Banco), Poker and Blackjack can also make use of the Smart Card system.


Videopoker is a draw poker in slot machine form. Players Hold or Discard from five cards showing and get a second deal, or stand with a pat hand. It has become the most popular game of chance among casino players in the U.S. Eighty percent of respondents to a recent survey in Las Vegas said they played videopoker.

There are important differences between Videopoker and Table Poker worth noting as follows:

  1. In Videopoker the House is represented by a machine not a dealer and the video machine does not attempt to beat you.
  2. You don’t have to figure out what the other player’s hand could be like when playing against other players.
  3. You cannot bluff.
  4. You do not run the risk of being beaten by another player. If you have a strong hand, you win. In Table Poker, you could have a strong hand like three of a kind and lose to another player who has a better hand.
  5. A good decision in Videopoker may be a bad one for Table Poker. What is advantageous to hold in Videopoker may prove disadvantageous in Table Poker and vice versa.

Since its introduction in the early 1980’s, Videopoker has grown into one of the casino’s most popular games. Unlike regular Poker, which is played against other players at a poker table, Videopoker is played individually on a machine that uses video technology to create a Poker hand.

Based on the classic Five Card Stud, Videopoker challenges players to build the best possible five-card hand. The player is dealt five cards and has the option of discarding any or all of the cards. New cards are dealt to replace the discards.

Payoffs are based on a scale, paying players for hands as low as a pair of tens or Jacks all the way up to a Royal Flush. Like slot machines, Videopoker machines are available in many denominations, with 25c and $1 machines being the most popular. Many casinos also offer progressive payoffs or bonuses for Royal Flushesor other special hands. Videopoker provides variety too, with versions ranging from ‘Jacks or Better‘ to ‘Deuces Wild‘ and ‘Jokers Wild‘.

The ranking of hands starting from the highest are as follows:

  1. Five of a Kind
  2. Royal Flush
  3. Straight Flush
  4. Four of a Kind
  5. Full House
  6. Flush
  7. Straight
  8. Three of a Kind
  9. Two Pair
  10. A Pair

Five of a Kind is only possible when using a Joker or Wild Cards and is the highest possible hand.

Note: Las Vegas regulations require that the outcome of any hand in Videopoker not be affected by the number of coins played. If you get a good hand with one coin bet, you would have been dealt the same hand with two or more coins.

House advantage 3% average