Say you have set yourself a responsible gambling budget of $100 and you want to spend that playing the slots? What is the best way to do this to give yourself maximum enjoyment and to perhaps offer you a better chance of maybe landing a bigger value win?
It sounds like a pretty simple question and you may answer that you’d find your favorite online slot, set your bet size and begin to play. Easy!
However, there is actually a bit more to it than that if you really want to get good value for money from a $100 spend on a slot game.
A little bit of groundwork before you play can pay dividends in the longer term, plus you can also avoid some pretty bad gaming habits if you discover the best way to play a game with a $100 bankroll in your pocket.
So what is the best way? Well in truth, there is no single answer to this, but there are some general guides you can follow when you have a bankroll of this size, or similar.
Step One – Do A Little Research
The one thing we know about slot games is that not all slots are created equally. Games can differ in many different ways, not just in terms of the number of reels, size of the payouts and theme of the game.
The RTP (Return to Player) percentage of a slot game is also something to note as it gives you an idea of how much of the cash the slot takes in, it pays back to players over the lifetime of the slot.
It is important to note here that this doesn’t mean that if a slot has a 96% RTP, that if you were to wager your $100, you would expect to win $96 back. That figure is a general guide over the lifetime of the slot, which is millions, if not billions of spins. For a much smaller number of spins, the variability of the RTP will be much more varied.
This brings us onto another key thing to note about a slot and that is the variance of the game. High variance slots do not offer many wins, but when they do they tend to be higher value than low variance slots, which tend to offer more regular, lower value wins.
Mid variance slots tend to offer payouts somewhere between those two types of games although at what point along that continuum a game falls is difficult to ascertain.
Once you have researched the type of slots available and ascertained (where possible) the information outlined above, it is time to think about what you want from the session.
Step Two – What Do You Want From This Session?
Now it is time to think about what you want to achieve from this $100 session on the slots. Do you want to play purely for fun? Do you want to have as much money left over as possible from the session, or do you want to spend it having fun and are not bothered whether you have cash left over or not?
Do you want to experience the thrill of winning on a more regular basis, even if that means smaller value wins, or would you rather fewer wins with a chance of a big value win?
Then of course there are the types of games and bonus features that you enjoy. Do you want to play a game that has free spins, different types of Wilds or even progressive jackpot prizes to play for? Or do you prefer to play games that are more traditional in terms of their gameplay?
The good thing nowadays about online slots is that most games offer a large variety of wagers you can make, even if you want all pay lines, or play an all-ways pay slot. So this shouldn’t be too big a factor in your decision making, unless the slot you want to play is too expensive (which is unlikely).
What you want from a slot session is important as you can match the game you play top what you would like from the session. However, there are also some simple golden rules you can follow when playing slots that will tend to see you get more gaming for your $100.
Step Three – Slots Golden Rule
So what are the golden rules of slot gaming? Here are some key pointers to help you get the most from your gaming.
It’s generally better to play more spins at a smaller bet size, than fewer spins at a larger bet size
One of the key things to note is how you spend your $100. Is it best to play 10 spins at $10 a pop, 100 spins at $1 a game or 1,000 spins at $0.10 per game?
Ten spins are nowhere near enough to give you a decent chance of winning on a game, even with a $10 wager, but by the same token playing 1,000 spins would be quite time consuming and even high value wins at $0.10 per spin are not going to make your pulse race a little faster.
As such, 100 spins at $1 per spin sounds about right for this spend and as such, if you are looking for a session on the slots, working out 100 spins as your ‘base’ and what that means in terms of your intended spend is a great idea. So if you have $20 to spend on the slots, then that equates to 100 spins at $0.20 per spin.
Stick to your total intended spend, even if you win.
Sometimes when playing your slots, you may end up landing a decent size win. It is tempting to think that this gives you ‘extra’ or ‘free’ money to play with to try and win some more. However, this is generally a bad idea and it is better to keep that money for a future session, or even withdraw it to enjoy on something else.
Why is that? Well the more you play slots, the more the house edge will start to have an effect and the more likely it is the casino will start to take money from you.
It is also a good habit to get into to keep a control on your spending and to have money left in your account when you finish a slots session. That means next time you log on, you won’t have to make another deposit into your account if you want to play for cash.
By following these tips, you can start to enjoy slot gaming responsibly and develop good habits which mean you keep a tight control on your spending, while still enjoying all that a casino has to offer.