10 Online Slot Tips

10 Online Slot Tips

Playing UK online slots is a lot of fun. It’s something that many people are choosing to take up as a hobby, or at least as a truly enjoyable way to pass the time, perhaps on their lunch breaks, between appointments, or on their daily commute. 

Although the main point of playing online slots is to have fun and enjoy the game itself, you do have to spend real money to play (most of the time – more on that later) and because of this, it would obviously be nice to win once in a while. It shouldn’t be the be all and end all, but it does add to the excitement. 

So here are some great online slot tips to help you increase your chances of winning, and of having a good time when you play. Remember, there are no guarantees when it comes to slots, so don’t assume you’re definitely going to win every time… 

1.   No Deposit Bonuses

If you want to make your money go further, no deposit bonuses can help you. These are given away by online casinos and are essentially ‘free money’. When you obtain a no deposit bonus (a reward for signing up – the casino will often match your deposit up to a certain amount, for example) you can play for longer as you have more money and, because it’s not your money anyway, you could even think about taking some bigger risks and betting more on each payline.

The best part about no deposit bonuses is that if you do happen to win when using your free money, you’ll get a payout in real money, so you can make a profit without spending a penny. 

2.   Look At The Competition

There are scores of online casinos, and each one wants to attract players, whether those players are new to online slots or they have been playing a while. So those online casinos are going to be offering a lot to persuade you to play with them rather than someone else. 

You can be offered no deposit bonuses as mentioned above, but you can also get free spins and other bonuses. The thing is, although these are in place to entice you to use that site, there is nothing in the rules that says you can’t use other sites as well. All in all, you could rack up a lot of free gameplay by switching from site to site. 

3.   Look At The RTPs

The rules state that each online slot must show the details of its RTP, which stands for return to player. The RTP is a percentage score, and shows how likely it is that player is going to make a return on their stake. 

The higher the score, the better chance there is of at least breaking even. 

Check out the RTPs of the games you’re interested in playing and make your own judgement call about whether it’s worth spending money on or not. 

4.   Is It A Progressive Jackpot?

The games with the progressive jackpots are the games that are linked up across a network. The prizes are huge – in the millions in some cases, and certainly using in the hundreds of thousands – which can be tempting. Plus you’ll read stories about those who played with pennies and won life changing amounts of money. Yet these progressive slots have much lower RTPs than the standalone versions, and because there are so many people playing, the chances of winning at all are slim to none. 

If you’re in it for the gameplay, progressive slots are fine, but if you’re in it to win some money, you might want to stay away from them. Yes, it’s a big jackpot but you’re more likely to win on a standard slot, albeit a smaller amount. 

5.   Max Bet

Some advice says to always bet max when you’re playing online slots. The rationale here is that you’ll be more likely to win, and win big, if you’re playing with more money and more paylines. In essence, this is true, but the more of your playing budget you play with, the fewer spins you’ll have and the shorter your gaming time will be. 

To make the most of your time playing online slots, it’s better to bet with smaller amounts of money and eke it out to the last. 

6.   Check The Pay Tables

There are other things to check out apart from the RTPs when you’re playing online slots. Ideally, you’ll want to take a good look at the pay tables which a casino should place by the game so that you can explore them fully. 

The pay table will give you a much better overview of the game so that you can be completely sure this is where you want to spend your money. As well as the RTP you’ll find out how the wilds work and the multipliers, and the bonus games too. You can then decide if it’s going to work for you or not. 

7.   Practice For Free

No one is born knowing how to play slots, so it’s crucial that you practice and have a good idea of what you’re doing before you go for the real thing. How can you do this? It’s easy. You simply have to find the games you want to play in demo versions. Not all games have this option, and not all casinos will offer them, so you may need to look around a little, but once you do find them you can enjoy all the fun of playing without having to spend any money at all. 

When you’re ready for the real thing, you’ll have a better idea of what to do. Or you could just stick to the free slots if you’re not in it for the cash. 

8.   Time It Right

As well as having a good understanding of how the games work and what you’re willing to bet on them, you should always have a time limit on your game play. Whether it’s 10 minutes, an hour, something more or something in between, you need to be happy that you’ll enjoy the game and not become addicted to it, and that your budget is going to see you through.

9.   Pick The Right Game For You

Not every online slot is going to suit every player, and that’s fine. As they say, the world would be a boring place if everyone did the same thing, and there are so many different variations of slots out there to play with that it shouldn’t be too hard to find something that suits you. 

You might look for a specific theme, or you might like the idea of one of the jackpot amounts, or it could be that amount you’re allowed to bet that suits you best. Whatever it is, don’t stick with a game that isn’t working for you – move on to one that does. 

10. Look For Bonus Rounds

Bonus rounds make playing online slots much more interesting. The reels fall purely by chance, but some (although not all) of the bonus games require some skill too. Having a slot with a bonus game or games make it all that much more enjoyable, and can definitely boost your chances of winning. 

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