Slot Machines – When to Play Max Bet

The First 3 reel slot machine

The First 3 reel slot machine

One of the most debated topics regarding slot machines, and video poker, concerns max bet, specifically when should I hit that bet max button. Max Bet or Maximum Bet is the highest amount of coins or credits you can play in a single spin.

Max Bet Slot ButtonsThe answer to the question depends on the machine being played. When it comes to slots, you have to know the machine that you are playing. It’s simple, really, if you know the pay out structure of the machine.  If Max Bet gives you a higher pay out other than just the 2x, 3x, 4x, etc. of the original bet, you bet Max Bet – and if that total bet is too high for your bankroll, move on to another similar machine with a payout that suits your it.

A word of caution – many of the same type of slot machine – can include payoffs of all the kinds listed below.  Your job is to check the machine for what kind it is.  I repeat – READ THE MACHINE.

Here’s the break down of different versions of slot machines that you should, OR should not be betting Max Bet, using different machines to illustrate.


Many slot machines, video and classic reels, pay out a straight multiplier.  In other words, playing $1 will pay the same on all other bets x (times) the number of coins. In other words, if you are playing a game where all of the jackpots are in proportion then it is totally up to you whether you bet max. NETG ADVICE: Playing Max Bet is not necessary.  Play the denomination comfy for you.


Notice the three Payouts.

Notice the three Payouts.

Classic slots are the original version and are still popular today.  Some examples include Double Diamonds, Red, White & Blue, and Blazing 7’s. You might have a game that pays 1,000 for one coin, 2,000 for two coins and 5,000 for the max of three coins. In this case you get an additional 3,000 coins for just one extra coin bet. NETG ADVICE: Play Max Bet or drop down in denomination to be able to play Max according to your bankroll. 

“BUY A PAY” Slot Machines

Three different pays for 1, 2, or 3 coins.

Three different pays for 1, 2, or 3 coins.

There is one type of classic slots that require max bet. These games are known as “buy a pay.” Quite simply they have two or three different pay tables. Each coin activates an additional pay table. Mostly Classic reals have this variation, like Red, White & Blue. If you play less than max bet you cannot win any of the top prizes even if you hit the right symbols. NETG ADVICE: Play Max Bet or drop down in denomination to be able to play Max according to your bankroll. 


Wheel of Fortune Slot
There is one type of slot machine that makes playing max bet an absolute must – games with a progressive jackpot. Almost all progressives require that you bet the maximum number of coins to qualify for the top jackpot. If you play less than max you cannot win the top jackpot. Probably, the most famous brand from IGT is “Wheel of Fortune.” NETG doesn’t recommend playing progressives unless you intend to play max. You are much better off going for a non progressive slot. This is because you can hit the top winning combo and in some cases get nothing because you are a few coins short, or just a fraction of the main progressive jackpot.  NETG ADVICE: Play Max Bet, period.    

Quick Hit Slot Machine

Quick Hit Slot Machine

Some progressive slots, like the many versions of “Quick Hit” slots, come in many size max bets, from $1.50 to $5.00 on a penny machine.  Again, read the machine – play to your bankroll.



Hot Shot Slots. 5 Progressive slots within the slot machine, but must play max bet to get access to progressive Jackpots.

On bonus game slots,  like “Hot Shot,” you will be required to play max to win the jackpot and in some cases, like say “Cashman,” you will not have to. NETG ADVICE: Before playing any bonus game slot be sure to read the pay table to find out if max bet is required.Mr. Cashman Slot Machine




Some slot machines increase either the type or number of important bonus or wild symbols.  For example, some of Ainsworth Gaming’s slots give a better chance for matching bonus symbols for the free game bonus.  The more coins played, the more matching bonus/progressive symbols appear.  NETG ADVICE: Playing Max Bet is not necessary.  Play the denomination comfy for you.

FINAL NOTE – whatever the slot machine, always play maximum lines, whether it be 1, 3, 5……or 50.  Different from Max Bet, it optimizes your play by covering all possibilities at whatever number of coins you decide to play.

I hope this has been helpful.  The bottom line is you can’t blindly play any old slot machine.  Some machines, such as “Gazellions” by Aristocrat, continues to add the number of possible free games until hit.  If the high number of games are on the top two of four screens, playing only $.50 to get the super bonus might be your best play.Slot

Bottom Line – Read the machine’s Pay Table and Bonus features, and know if not betting MAX is going to diminish your payouts by not being eligible for the jackpot, or bonus payouts.

Hope this was helpful.


Wheel of Fortune Slot Machines – Happy 20th Anniversary




Yes, it’s the 20th anniversary of the Wheel of Fortune Slot Machine.

When the casino is quiet, you can hear it call out to you ….. “Wheel of Fortune.”

It has been twenty years since players first heard that familiar audience chant—“Wheel…of…FORTUNE!”—come out of a slot machine. It’s manufacturer, International Game Technology (IGT), now owned by Scientific Gaming,  has released sequel upon sequel, in video, reel-spinning and hybrid versions, and with every new version, the original concept seems brand-new.

This three wheel video slot is popular in casinos at this time.

This three wheel video slot is popular in casinos at this time.

Peter Hand is quoted as saying “The innovation that made this game a success was the wheel secondary game. When the WoF was introduced, very few slots had a secondary game. The video slots with secondary games that are common today didn’t exist back then and the addition of the wheel was a great attraction. WoF was not the first slot with this feature, but combining it with the popular and instantly recognizable Wheel of Fortune theme and a huge wide area jackpot set it apart from the rest.”

60b05a47971085f6e2a8506b5bac1e0dThe original slot machine has the look and feel of a standard slot. The slot game had 3-reels with a “spin the wheel” moment when presented with a chance to win the jackpot. The button featured on the slot game is like the one used in the actual TV game show.

It’s not just playing it that attracts people, it’s a people watcher as well.  Upon hearing that famous chant “Wheel…of…FORTUNE!” people usually turn to see where the wheel will land, literally stopping to watch the end result.

Stan Rogers, in his article “HISTORY OF WHEEL OF FORTUNE SLOT” states that “There are over 200 land-based slot variants of Wheel of Fortune. The more basic games include Five Times Pay; Double Diamond; and Red, White and Blue. It is not easy to determine the actual dates the variants came out but some of them are listed below. Note that Wheel of Fortune slot machines have bets of 1¢, 25¢, $1, $5, $25 and $100.

The first video version.

The first video version.

Wheel of Fortune variants played in most brick and mortar casinos have so many different variations in reel numbers, reels vs. video, sizes, and number of screens that any casino, small or large, usually has many different games on the property.  You’ll be hard-pressed to find a traditional land-based casino that doesn’t feature the Wheel of Fortune slots game (in some form) prominently on the floor.

One of the newest coming to casinos soon - Wheel of Fortune® Double Diamond® True 3D

One of the newest coming to casinos soon – Wheel of Fortune® Double Diamond® True 3D

You might find that it’s well worth playing; most fans of the game show also love the slot machine. The bonus features and design of the game are as slick and polished as any other gaming machine you’ll see anywhere in the world.

Online variations, or free online versions of your favorite WofF are also available at the click of a keystroke.

PLEASE NOTE  – as in all linked progressive slots, you MUST play MAX bet to have a chance at the big Jackpot.

This franchise of slots can be expected to continue to re-invent itself with additional 3D, player control, and interface innovations that keep pace with the ever changing slot machine landscape.  But today, we can say “Happy Anniversary” to IGT and


That’s all for now.


Massachusetts Casino News Overwhelming Lately

So, where do I begin?  Let me take you back a few weeks to start because there has been a whirlwind of news in the Bay State concerning their new found obsession – casino gambling.  So I decided to make the casino news in Massachusetts brief, and if interested you can look for more info –

Where to begin, where to begin…..

  • International Game Technology (IGT) inked a deal with the Massachusetts Gaming CommissionIGT & MGC for the provision of a central monitoring system to 20,000 electronic gaming devices at up to four venues in the Commonwealth. The implementation of IGT’s INTELLIGEN System in Massachusetts will be its sixth in the United States.
  • Wynn Resorts is opening an office in Massachusetts to oversee the development of a planned $1.6 billion casino in Everett. The gambling company announced Thursday that the 7,626-square-foot office in Medford about two miles from the site of the proposed casino.  Meanwhile, the same casino is mired in a lawsuits from both the city of Boston and neighboring city of Somerville.
    Wynn, Everett Mass

    Wynn, Everett Mass

    Mayor Marty Walsh claims the process by which the permit was awarded was rigged in favor of Steve Wynn’s Wynn Resorts. The Mass. State Ethics Commission is now checking into a possible conflict of interest on the part of gambling commission chairman Stephan Crosby who had a longstanding friendship and past business dealings with one of the owners of the Everett land sold to Wynn for the project

  • MGM has targeted the opening of their Springfield casino for late 2017, but that may be delayed further. MGM Springfield, in response to questions regarding its construction schedule and permitting delays related to its $800 million casino project, has scheduled a meeting with the MGC originally scheduled for yesterday. imagesThe discussions will include the MGM project and the pending Interstate 91 viaduct rehabilitation project in downtown center planned by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.
  • In anticipation of the arrival of the expanded gaming industry, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is announcing the launch of the Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program. A future post will outline the program.
  • Developers proposing a Foxwoods casino for the city’s waterfront not only met a critical deadline set by gambling regulators, but a few days cleared a crucial step Tuesday as city residents overwhelmingly approved the proposal in a special election.

    New Bedford rendering

    New Bedford rendering

  • Of course the biggest news – Plainridge Park Opened to the public to start a new era in Massachusetts, Casino Gambling.image

That’s all for now.