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  1. We have a LOVE/HATE relationship with advantage play slot machines! Chasing the 'almost bonus' is sometimes amazing, and sometimes more costly than hoped for.
  2. Advantage gambling, or advantage play, refers to legal methods, in contrast to cheating in casinos, used to gain an advantage while gambling.The term usually refers to house-banked games, but can also refer to games played against other players, such as poker.Someone who practises advantage gambling is often referred to as an advantage player, or AP.

Online slots seem like the last type of game that you can beat with skill. After all, they involve spinning reels over and over and waiting for fate to do the rest.

Another roadblock to beating online slot machine games is that they’re based on software. Unlike card counting in land-based casinos, for example, online casinos can easily program slots to avoid providing an advantage.

Advantage Slot Machines. 88 likes 2 talking about this. The house doesn't always have to win. On AdvantageSlots.com I explain the slot machines in casinos that when played correctly give you an edge.

Nevertheless, you might be surprised to know that you can beat these games in certain instances. You just have to find an opportunity and take advantage.

I’ll cover a couple of examples of players winning big profits through online slots. But first, I’ll discuss more on why people think these games are so difficult to beat.

Why Do Gamblers See Online Slots as Unbeatable?

Certain table games, like baccarat and European roulette, see you win around half the time. You’ll experience many winning sessions with these games as a result.

Online slots differ, though, because they’re among the most volatile games in the casino. You’ll lose far more times than you win in any given session.

Of course, internet slot machines are still programmed to pay back at a reasonable rate. You can expect to win around 96% of your money back with the average online slot.

But the volatility is the problem. The only reason why you can win back 96% of your money (or more) is because you’ll occasionally hit big wins.

Considering that these large wagers come so infrequently, you’ll be losing quite a bit up until these points.

You may eventually think that online slots just can’t be beaten unless you hit a jackpot.

But as I’ll cover throughout this post, you can win with these games under the right circumstances.

Slots Bonuses Can Sometimes Result in Profits


The most common way you can make profits through slots is to combine your winnings with a favorable bonus. The good news is that most online casinos offer a number of deposit bonuses.

But you can’t just take any deposit offer and win money with it. Instead, you need to find the perfect circumstances.

The first element you need is low wagering requirements (playthrough), which refer to how much must be wagered before cashing out a bonus.

The second crucial aspect involves what games you can play to meet playthrough. Online casinos typically place restrictions on their top-paying slots when it comes to bonuses.

They may offer games with 98% return to player (RTP). However, they’ll either restrict or outright ban these games from counting toward wagering requirements.

I should warn you that the majority of the time, you’ll be dealing with bonuses that offer negative expected value. Casinos expect some players to win profits thanks to bonuses, but they still want to beat the average gambler.

You can win theoretical profits under the right circumstances. Here’s an example:

  • You qualify for a $500 bonus.
  • Wagering requirements are 35x.
  • 500 x 35 = $17,500 must be wagered
  • You find a slot with 98% RTP (2% house edge) that’s not restricted.
  • 17,500 x 0.02 = $350 theoretical loss
  • 500 – 350 = $150 theoretical profit

The best place to find favorable bonus deals like these is in newly regulated markets. When Pennsylvania begins offering legal online casinos, for example, it’ll feature plenty of lucrative offers.

These are the markets where gaming sites do everything they can to grab customers. They’re willing to lose a little money on bonuses as long as they recruit numerous players.

You won’t, however, have as much luck in regulated long-standing regulated markets (e.g. the UK) or offshore markets. The latter, which includes most of the US, are among the stingiest when it comes to bonus deals.

You Can Occasionally Find Flaws in Game Designs

When you think of an advantage gambler, you probably envision a card counter or somebody with similar skills. These are the players who can make consistent profits through their abilities rather than just bonuses.

Unfortunately, internet slots don’t offer a consistent advantage gambling technique like card counting. But opportunities do occasionally arise for a limited time.

Case in point, a group of New Jersey gamblers once made well over $1 million by exploiting flawed designs in online slots.

In 2019, a New Jersey gambler named “Jay” found an advantage through IGT’s Ocean Magic slot. Just weeks later, he also discovered a flaw in IGT’s Golden Egypt.

Jay asked a casino actuary to run the numbers on the games’ profit potential. The group discovered that they could gain a massive advantage with both games.

They used this knowledge to earn a combined $1.4 million. Both slots were quickly pulled from NJ online casinos in the aftermath.

As for Ocean Magic, it featured “climbing wilds” that moved up one space after each spin. Luck land slots. The wilds would eventually exit the screen at the top.

Jay discovered that if he switched his coin denomination, a climbing wild would always return to the original bottom position. In reality, it should’ve continued climbing regardless of the betting action.

The group continued playing Ocean Magic and making money until it was finally removed. They were able to win $900,000 before the casinos finally caught on.

Just six weeks later, the team found a similar flaw in Golden Egypt. They exploited this imperfection to the tune of $500,000.

An Advantage Slots Player in Land-Based Casinos


The problem with advantage online slots play is that it depends entirely upon rare situations. Stories like the one covered above don’t happen very often in the internet gaming industry.

Therefore, you’ll be spending a lot of time researching and waiting for opportunities. You have a much better chance of winning profits in land-based casinos.

Brick and mortar venues provide the opportunity to win consistent slots profits through two types of games:

  • Banking slot machines
  • Mystery slot machines

Banking machines feature a meter that gradually fills as you earn scatter symbols. Once the meter reaches the top, a bonus will be released.

You can earn positive expected value (+EV) by jumping on each one of these games when the meter is almost full. You aren’t guaranteed any profits, because you still need the missing scatter symbol(s) to earn the bonus.

You may even lose plenty of money in the beginning due to volatility. However, you’ll win profits eventually if you continue to play these games at the right moment.

A mystery slot machine features a progressive jackpot that pays at a predefined amount. For example, one of these slots may deliver its jackpot at exactly $500.

This is another situation where you can make guaranteed profits by playing at the right time. Generally speaking, you want to find open mystery slots when the jackpot is almost at its payout point.

Just like with banking slots, you’ll earn guaranteed profits with mystery jackpot games by continuing to capitalize on favorable opportunities.

Conclusion

Should you bother pursuing a professional slots career?

The thought of hanging out in casinos, playing fun slots, and winning money may sound exciting. However, it’s probably more of a grind than a regular job.

First of all, you don’t have a realistic shot at becoming an advantage online slots player. Not enough opportunities arise to where you can earn guaranteed profits.

The New Jersey story was an isolated incident that allowed a few players to get rich. However, these occurrences don’t happen often.

Your best bet for becoming an advantage slots gambler is to target land-based casinos. Specifically, you want to play banking slot machines and mystery jackpot games.

Each of these slots can deliver guaranteed profits when you keep playing at the right times. But the problem is that not everybody leaves their machine when a bonus or jackpot is ready to pay.

Furthermore, you have to deal with other gamblers who have the same idea. Professional slots players hang out in casinos and watch for profitable situations like a hawk.

How To Advantage Play Slot Machines

You may find comfort in pursuing other types of professional gambling, such as card counting, daily fantasy sports, esports betting, poker, or sports betting.

Of course, I’m not trying to stop you from becoming an advantage gambler if this is your dream. But you also have to consider the downsides.

With online slots advantage play, the biggest downside is that it’s nearly impossible. Too much relies on design flaws.

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Wizard
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Thanks for this post from:
I've broached on this in other threads, but I think it deserves its own thread. So, I'm rewriting my book, Gambling 102. Not just an update, but a complete rewrite. I am giving owners of the first edition a reason to buy the new one.
In my slot machine chapter I have a section on advantage plays in slots. These are things I don't actually do, so am going off of things I've heard here and there. That said, I welcome the AP's on the forum to give their comments, for which I'll be thankful for.
Quote: Gambling 102 -- Slot Machine chapter -- Advantage Plays sub-heading


  • Some slot machines have 'must hit by' jackpots. For example, a jackpot that must hit by $500. If you play these games only when they are very close to the maximum jackpot, the odds should be in your favor. However, some makers gaff their machines to usually hit when near the maximum value, so don't be tempted to play at game where the jackpot is 97% of the way to the top, when it may be programmed to rarely hit until it reaches 99%. For example, AGS machines with a 'must hit by $5,000 jackpot' seem to rarely hit below $4,990*.
    * Editorial note: I will endeavor to confirm this shortly.
  • Some machines guarantee a bonus when some kind of meter is full. Green Stamps is a good, although dated, example. In that game, the player earns green stamps as he plays. When 1,200 stamps are accumulated, he wins five free games. He can hoard books for up to five bonuses. If a player leaves with stamps in his books, then they remain on the machine for the next player. So, it is possible to find machines with over 1,200 stamps, ready to pay out a free bonus. Even if the stamps in the first book are close enough to 1,200, the odds would swing to the player's favor. There are other more modern games that are based on the same principle. However, I'm sworn to secrecy on which specific games, sorry.
  • Skill based slots also offer a possible advantage for 'skilled' players. These games have a skill-based bonus. The prize pools available in these bonuses will depend in part on the skill of the previous players who played. If they didn't do well at the bonus, it leaves more in the bonus bank for you to win. There should be some sort of meter on the game showing the maximum win and what you have to do to get it. In my limited experience, I find the skill level required in these games to be pretty low, so there usually isn't enough money in the bonus bank to be worth playing. However, with a lot of patience and time, there are ripe games to be found.
  • In any form of gambling, comps can be a function of play and/or how much you lose. There are various ways of tricking casinos into thinking you've lost more than you really did, some of which could be considered cheating, at least ethically, depending on the reason and method. With slots, if you know you are near a point where a bonus is triggered, because some meter is nearly full, then pull your player card out until you trigger and play the bonus. This way, you'll be playing the bonus off the radar and it will look to the marketing department that you lost more or won less than you really did.
It's not whether you win or lose; it's whether or not you had a good bet.
FleaStiff
why not do a chapter on pumping oxygen into the casinos..
I've heard that here and there also.
Its either authoritative or its not.
Wizard
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why not do a chapter on pumping oxygen into the casinos..
I've heard that here and there also.
Its either authoritative or its not.


I've been saying for years that this is an urban legend. However, I had a cab driver after the Cher concert on Friday that put me to shame with Vegas trivia. This Vegas old-timer knew everything. Anyway, he swore casinos used to pump oxygen. He seemed to indicate that had something to do with how fast the MGM fire spread. Then again, Vegas cab drivers are probably not the best source to quote.
It's not whether you win or lose; it's whether or not you had a good bet.
FleaStiff

I've been saying for years that this is an urban legend.


Of course it is nonsense and always was nonsense.
My point was that your slot machine chapter should be based on
some sort of proof, facts, odds, or something other than you've heard
that meter slows down.
Wizard
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My point was that your slot machine chapter should be based on
some sort of proof, facts, odds, or something other than you've heard
that meter slows down.


I mean to confirm the comment about AGS 'must hit by' jackpots. Thus the editorial note.
It's not whether you win or lose; it's whether or not you had a good bet.
mamat

why not do a chapter on pumping oxygen into the casinos..
I've heard that here and there also.
Its either authoritative or its not.

I had a friend who stayed up all night in Indian casinos when she didn't have the money to rent a room. She showed me some oxygen vents on the floor..where she would stand to help stay awake.List
I don't know about Vegas.
WalterW
What's skill based slots, any examples?
If you download the free play, pull the card out, then play through the free play, does it trick the marketing department?
Zcore13

I had a friend who stayed up all night in Indian casinos when she didn't have the money to rent a room. She showed me some oxygen vents on the floor..where she would stand to help stay awake.
I don't know about Vegas.


Lol. What makes them oxygen vents as compared to air vents. Many new casinos have air vents all over the floor to blow smoke up and away.
ZCore13
I am an employee of a Casino. Former Table Games Director, current Pit Supervisor. All the personal opinions I post are my own and do not represent the opinions of the Casino or Tribe that I work for.
FCBLComish

Lol. What makes them oxygen vents as compared to air vents. Many new casinos have air vents all over the floor to blow smoke up and away.
ZCore13


Of course there is oxygen coming from those vents. Also nitrogen and some other stuff. A little bit of pocket lint and some tobacco residue.
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KevinAA

What's skill based slots, any examples?
If you download the free play, pull the card out, then play through the free play, does it trick the marketing department?

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Nothing changes unless you go past the free play. Then you don't earn any points. It makes no sense to do that.
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