Everything needs a strategy, yes, even things that heavily rely on luck. In fact, when it comes to things that rely on luck, a strategy is essential to tilt the odds towards your favor. Applying a strategy when gambling, be it at an actual casino or online casino, will at the very least allow you to go home without losing everything, and increase your chances of winning overall.

Games like poker give you the opportunity to apply a strategy to win with every hand. But when it comes to slots, the strategy that you need to use requires a lot of self-discipline. Here are a few strategies to apply when playing slots.

1. Choosing a Game

Slots are pretty straight forward; you pull the lever or push the button and hope to win. But you have a little more control over winning than you think. The kind of slots you choose may increase your chances of winning. It is important to know what a slot game offers; are there bonus rounds?

Are there special combinations that give free spins? The old days of just hoping to get three 7’s or cherries in a row are gone; slots are a bit more complex nowadays. And every variant has something to offer, some of those offers give you a better chance of winning big.

2. Observe Pay Tables

It’s a bit old-school, but observing if the pay frequency is high or low is a great way to know how to approach the machine. High frequency tends to give out small wins. Low hit frequency might not pay-out often, but when they do, you win big.

3. Set Money Aside Every Win

If you want to come out of the game with as big of a smile when you got in, you should always put money aside every time you win. This is money to keep, and you do not play with this money. The point of this strategy is to ensure you have money going out instead of being flat broke after an “enjoyable” game.

4. Prepare to Lose

Don’t come in with a loser mind-set, that’s terrible advice for anything, what I mean is; only bring the money you can afford to lose. Lady luck does not always smile upon us. More often than not, she enjoys kicking us in the balls. If you can’t afford to bet big, play small games until you build up enough “capital” to bet big, but know even that could be gone if luck just isn’t on your side, so remember strategy 3.

5. Remember Taxes

Keep note of your winnings. It is very easy to forget that casino winnings are still considered as income in many places around the world. It is important to keep a note of your winning, as these are often reported to the government. You wouldn’t want to end up owing money to the government. You only truly win if you come out without losing money overall.