Penny Slot Machines – How Many Coins? How Many Lines?

The first penny video version of Wheel of Fortune

The first penny video version of Wheel of Fortune

I read a lot of gambling alerts, and slot machines continue to be a big topic, with lots of misunderstandings and myths. Many people wonder how much to play, how many lines to play.  Here are some answers the next time your gambling involves the “one-armed bandit” called the penny slot.

Slot Machines

There’s a lot of slot machines to choose from out there! Which are VLT’s?

Question: How many coins should I play?

The answer to this question depends on the kind of machine.  If you are playing a non- progressive machine (the ones with an accumulating meter above), then should play max bet, or bet whatever you like, but if not max bet, know that your play will only raise the progressive for someone else to win.  On most progressive machines, max bet is the only way to win the huge jackpot.  And remember, the payout percentage on big progressives are slightly lower to makeup for the eventual higher payout.
Question: How many lines should I play?
The answer to this question is easy and should always follow this simple rule – always cover the maximum number of lines, whether it is with one credit per line or more.  By not betting max lines, you diminish the full possibility of payouts available, thus, diminishing the payout of a slot machine even more.
Quick Hit Slot Machine with progressives listed.

Quick Hit Slot Machine with progressives listed.

Question: How many coins should I play on penny slot machines that are straight multipliers?

First to answer this question, you need to know what a straight multiplier is.  It is a machine that pays out the same no matter what your bet per line equals.  For example, if you bet 40 cents and get a paid 40 cents on that pull, it would have been the same multiplier with more credits per line.
John Robinson of the website Casino City suggests one coin per line, since the payout will be the same rate for whatever the amount is bet.  However, I say you should also consider the casino’s perception of your play, since amount of bet and time played are two of the most important parts to perks and casino offers.  Betting 40 cents a bet, instead of $1.20 per bet is a big difference to the casino and their rewards program.  But that is a personal choice of every gambler.
That’s all for now.
Binbin

4 thoughts on “Penny Slot Machines – How Many Coins? How Many Lines?

  1. binbin415 says:

    Many casinos are turning to algorithms and computer operated systems to determine perks, each a little different from the rest. From my experience, playing, let’s say, $200 in a half hour is not as good as $150 in 2 hours, if you money lasts that long. I believe their preference is time spent, even if you take a break in between. I will be sending your question to the Casino Answer Man, John Grochowski to see what he thinks.

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  2. binbin415 says:

    Yes, it does sound like a good deal, however a little food perk should have been thrown in as well. It’s not a long trip, but Plainridge still needs more players, so a sweeter deal might help.
    I have visited Mystic Lake years ago. Would like to again sometime. But I’ll leave that for warmer weather!

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  3. Monika M. Wahi, MPH, CPH says:

    Binbin! As soon as I wrote you, I received an e-mail from Plainridge Park. I will quote here:

    “Downtown Boston Shuttle to Plainridge Park Casino starting November 21, 2016 operating 7 days a week. Receive $20 free SLOTPLAY upon arrival….Pickup times: 85 Bedford Street – pickup at 8am, Shawmut and Marginal Street/Mas Pike Towers – pickup at 8:15 am. (For both): Arrive casino at 9:00 am, and depart casino: 2:00 pm.”

    There does not appear to be a signup, but they include the bus marketing contact info: 508-576-4417 or PlainridgeGroups@pngaming.com.

    This is similar of the Mystic Lake bus in Minnesota I mention from time to time, but that one left at 5pm and returned at midnight. It was good for day workers. This bus schedule is better for retiree,

    Any thoughts, Binbin? I’ll let you know if I try it!

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  4. Monika M. Wahi, MPH, CPH says:

    Binbin, thank you for the great insight as always. I notice you say: “…amount of bet and time played are two of the most important parts to perks and casino offers”

    How does that work? Do they reward higher amounts in a shorter time played? Or do they reward differently? Do you know what Foxwoods does?

    Great post!

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