Strategies to Increase Your Odds at Online Slots

We all know gambling, and online slots in particular, are a game of chance. They don't say 'the house always wins' for nothing. Players are always trying to find whatever edge they can in order to help shrink that house edge. Today, we have some helpful - and legal - ways players can use to hopefully optimize and increase their gaming experience and chances of winning. Let's take a look…

Manage Your Bankroll Effectively

One of the pillars of any fruitful or successful gambling session is implementing an effective bankroll management. It's crucial - and we mean CRUCIAL - to set yourself a budget and stick to it. Remember to never bet more than you can afford to lose. Don't chase your losses. Give yourself a specific amount of funds set aside for slot play and don't give in to temptation to deposit more.

Another helpful bankroll management tip is to divide your deposits into smaller sessions. Say you have $500 a month to play on slots. Don't deposit that entire $500 in one session. You could easily hit a cold streak and be left with nothing in a matter of minutes. Instead, break up your deposits into smaller amounts. This will help you enjoy multiple sessions and helps you avoid going bankrupt in just one session.

Select The Right Games

There is no slot or slot type that's going to guarantee players wins. But there are some things you can look for that could increase your chances of winning, even if it's ever so slightly.

First up is paying attention to a slot's return-to-player, or RTP. This is basically what a player can expect to win back on their deposits over a period of time. Players want to look the higher RTP rates, generally 96% or above. These slots will have a better long-term payout potential. It's important that players understand that RTP is an average return calculated over a large sample size of spins. A random, individual session may vary and vary quite significantly. A player can generally find a slot's RTP located in the game information window.

Another thing players should look for is a slot's volatility. The 'lightning bolts' as this author likes to say. Lower volatility slots - fewer lightning bolts - means players can expect frequent smaller wins. The higher volatility - more lightning bolts - means those slots offer larger payouts but with less frequency. This doesn't mean that a player will never see a large win on a slot with low volatility, they just won't seem them as often as they might with a high volatility slot.

The important this is that players look for the slots that align with their preferences and their preferred level of risk.

Don't Sleep On Those Bonuses And Promotions

I know, I know - "but the rollovers are too high!" That may be true but it doesn't mean players should ignore these features altogether. At the end of the day you are getting funds that give you more spins. Yes, you might have to do a little more work in order to get those funds, but if you ask this author, any feature that gives you FREE SPINS is a good feature and should be utilized.

Those Mini, Major and Mega Progressive Jackpots

We've all seen slots with progressive jackpots listed on the side of the window, each one with amounts that never seem to stop going up. While it would be life-changing to hit one of these, players should remember that the odds of actually doing that are very, very low. Think lottery low. However, like bonuses and promotions, that doesn't mean players should simply ignore them. Use your bankroll management to set aside a portion of any deposit for progressive slots. That way you're not putting all your eggs in one basket and hoping to hit a jackpot that's very difficult to hit.

Manage Your Time Wisely

Online gambling and online slots can be addicting. It's very easy to lose track of time and get sucked into the excitement of playing - this author is certainly guilty of that! Like your bankroll, give yourself a time limit for playing. Take breaks. That will help you keep your focus and help avoid bad or impulsive decision-making.

Keep Your Emotions In Check

As is true with most endeavors, maintaining discipline and remaining level headed is a crucial part of online slot play. Cold streaks are going to happen and they are going to evoke some pretty strong emotions. It's important not to let yourself fall into a sense of despair or to play angry. You're going to chase losses and end up digging yourself a deeper hole. We want to find strategies to help WIN money, not lose money.

The same can be said for getting on a hot streak. I feels amazing in the moment, but it's not going to last. It's important to remember that and not feel invincible. If you hit something big walk way. That's the only way you're going to guarantee yourself those profits.


Slots are a game of chance. I know that. You know that. Everyone knows that. But, by using the tips and strategies we just mentioned, players can potentially increase their odds of winning. You're never going to outsmart the slots, but if you stay focused, manage your bankroll and time well, play slots with higher RTPs and utilize bonuses, then it's not out of the question that you could help your odds.

Will it work every time? No. And these tips are by no means a guarantee you'll make money. Gambling should be played responsibly and never seen as a source of income. Remember, gambling is entertainment and should be played with that in mind. So go out there, spin some spins and good luck!