It’s never fun to be told you’re doing something wrong…it just isn’t. Nevertheless, both time and experience have shown that there are millions of people all over the world making exactly the same mistakes when playing online slots.
Now, it should of course be said that if you’re having a great time and are 100% happy with how much you’re losing or winning, well done indeed! This is all that matters, hence you’re technically not doing anything wrong. By contrast, if you’d like to win more, lose less and get more out of the whole experience, you could probably benefit from a few professional pointers. You might have to bite the bullet and admit a few mistakes, but still…it’s in your best interests long-term.
So with this in mind, here’s a quick rundown of the 8 most common mistakes made by online slots players that should be avoided at all costs:
1 – Buying Into Winning Strategies
First and foremost, if you’ve ever bought into a single winning system or strategy, you’ve bought into pure garbage. The reason being that there’s no such thing in either case. You can read all the books and watch all the videos in the world, but the simple truth is that the odds are the odds…and you can’t change them. If there were strategies that worked, we’d all be using them and the folks running the casinos would be on a losing streak. But we aren’t…and neither are they.
We’re not talking about being a few pennies up, but rather after hitting a decent win. More often than not, it’s almost impossible to resist the urge to not only continue playing, but playing at a higher risk level after you’ve hit a solid win. You’ve got extra cash you didn’t expect and so it seems you might as well put it to good use trying to win more. It seems logical, but as you’re throwing around more money than you normally would, logic has clearly gone out the window. The rule of thumb therefore is to think carefully about quitting while ahead, whenever the opportunity arises.
3 – Poor Bankroll Management
If you’re going to be playing on a regular basis, you need to be sure to watch over your bankroll. What this basically means is allocating yourself a specific budget and under no circumstances allowing yourself to go over and above it for any reason. Not by £10, not by £5 and not even by 50p for ‘just one more spin’. The simple fact of the matter is that the moment you lose control of your banking and budgeting, you find yourself on a slippery slope to disaster.
4 – Betting with Money You Can’t Afford to Lose
On a similar note, you shouldn’t even think about putting a penny on the line that you need for something else of greater importance. This applies to money you need to pay the bills, meet rental payments or money that’s been borrowed off other people. In fact, the moment you find yourself borrowing money from others to gamble with is the moment you may need to accept you’re heading for a serious problem. It needs to be your money and your money alone – not to mention money you’re quite happy to lose with there being zero consequences to follow.
5 – Sticking to One Game Like Glue
If you make the decision to stick to one game for hours, days and weeks on end simply because you love it, go right ahead. It’s a shame not to check out what else is on offer, but if it makes you happy, go for it! However, if you stick to one game religiously as you think that sooner or later you’re ‘guaranteed’ to hit a big win, you need to rethink…immediately! The reason being that each and every time you hit the button, the odds of winning remain exactly the same as every other spin. The first spin, the eleventh, the hundredth and so on – all have exactly the same odds and this never, ever changes. It’s again an example of a system or strategy that simply doesn’t work – sticking with one machine will not increase your chances of winning a penny.
6 – Playing Under the Influence
While it can certainly be fun to accompany your online gaming with a beer, allowing yourself to play under the influence is a very, very bad idea. It all comes down to the way in which while it might be fun, you cannot expect to play with full logic and common sense if you are even slightly inebriated. The more inebriated you are, the higher the likelihood that you’ll not only lose, but lose more than you can afford to. This tends to be one of the most common mistakes of all and is one the casinos themselves love to encourage. After all – why do you think so many casinos give away such copious amounts of alcohol for free?
7 – Not Researching the Specifics
You also need to make sure that you are choosing the games you play in accordance with your preferences and expectations. For example, if you don’t mind losing, losing and losing again if there’s the slightest chance of a bigger prize eventually, slots with lower payout percentages might not be the worst idea. By contrast, if you’d prefer to win smaller prizes on a more regular basis, you should be looking to play those that pay out more reliably and regularly. Some slots are incredibly simple in nature, while others are fantastically complicated. Whatever makes you happy, make sure it’s delivered by the slots you choose to play.
8 – Chasing Losses
Last but not least, one of the very worst things anyone can do when it comes to playing slot games is fall into the habit of chasing losses. This basically means playing, losing more than expected and then continuing losing more as you try to win back what you lost. Sadly, it never works, you just end up so much worse off than you were before and coming out of the whole thing in a rather unfortunate position. Just as soon as you’ve lost as much as you determined that you could afford to lose, it’s time to walk away.