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Slot machine advice – part 2

In the first part, I shared with you some crucial information: How many people really win at slots, how to apply that data to your own strategy, and what practical steps you can take to increase your odds of winning. But that certainly isn’t all the slot advice I have for you; far from it, in fact. Even though the vast majority of slot play is luck, there are some very small factors you can control to enhance your slot experience, so you might as well maximize those, right? Right. Today, we’re going to talk about three more of those things: (1) You should be playing for fun, and not to win! (2) Please, leave your superstition at home. (3) You should never leave a slot machine because it “feels cold.”

I got this very confused comment in my Instagram feed a little while ago – someone wrote, “Hi Raja, do you think that it is possible to live from the slots [sic] machine, I want to sell everything and go live in Las Vegas, what do you recommend?” Sounds almost like a joke, right? But you never know. So, I told this guy simply, “No, it’s not possible,” and then sent him a link to some important information. Ultimately, like so many people, this guy is missing out on the main thing about slot machines – you should never be playing only to win. If you do that, you’re going to be sorely disappointed, because long-term, nobody wins playing slot machines. Instead, he – and you – should be playing strictly for fun. If you walk away with any money after a session (which you almost never will), then that’s just icing on the cake. Think of it like going to an expensive Broadway show: You pay a lot of money, you get an exciting entertainment experience, and then you go home, but you don’t get to go home with the money you spent on the Broadway show! Same thing with slots. In fact, I’ve found that the harder you try, the harder it actually becomes to win, but maybe that’s just superstition.

Speaking of superstition, even though I’m guilty of it from time to time, it really has no place in the casino. Personally, I hate to have loose change numbers in a machine – that’s why you’ll almost never see me with $954.21 on the screen. I generally always stuff machines with $300 at a time (and I much prefer to see the amounts in dollars and not just in coin count). But really, these are just personal preferences. I may think this helps me win more, but in my heart of hearts, I know it’s superstition, and I know it makes no difference, just like your lucky rabbit’s foot or winning t-shirt.

Another thing that almost feels superstitious is when I hear someone say, “I’m done with this machine – it feels cold today.” Seriously? You’re the expert on the 349,849,234,451 different random combinations a slot machine can generate, and you just know which ones are going to come up today and which ones won’t? Of course not. I wrote extensively on this already, so if you want more information, check out this previous blog on the subject, but here’s the gist: Sure, if you’re running out of money, or just not having fun, get up, and leave a losing machine. But never, never, leave a machine because you’re getting some supernatural sense that it “feels cold.” Unless you’re Jesus himself, you frankly have no idea.

And ultimately, that’s what slot machine play comes down to: You. Have. No. Idea. Nobody does. If anyone really knew failsafe tricks to win at slots, casinos would be bankrupt, and we all know they certainly are not. So, use the above advice not to win, but rather, to have the most possible fun with the least possible nonsense. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the anticipation of potential big booms coming your way.

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