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How To Win Online Slots

In this article, we take a look at some of the strategies out there for winning at Online slot games . Before we get started though, it is worth reminding ourselves that slots are ultimately games of chance – although you can follow some of our tips here for best practice, there is no real guaranteed winning strategy. The most important thing of all is that you have fun while playing. 

Read on for all our tips on how to win online slots.

Check the return-to-player (RTP)

Choosing games with a higher return-to-player (RTP) rate is perhaps the best way that you can influence your chances of winning online slots.  

The return-to-player rate is the percentage at which a game pays out to players. This will always be less than 100% and is calculated over 10,000 or even 100,000 plays depending on the type of slot game and is used to measure the odds of a player winning. 

As RTP is calculated over such large amounts of games that you will find that your own winnings do not match the RTP of a game. For example, if a game has an RTP of 90% you should not expect to win 90p for every £1 you stake. However, RTP is still a useful way of understanding which games are more likely to pay out in the long run. 

All online slot games make their RTP available to players, so you can check and choose a game that suits the way you want to play. 

Understand the rules of the slot game you’re playing

This one might seem pretty obvious, but it is really important to understand the rules of the game you’re playing. 

Often, online slots will have bonus rounds, multiple ways to win and lots of different ‘special’ symbols that have a range of effects on the game. To understand your chances of winning and how much you can possibly win, it’s important to understand all of these.

The winning conditions of a slot game, and the pay-out you can expect from those, will be explained in the pay-table. This tells you which combinations of symbols pay out, and how much they pay relative to your stake. 

Similarly, understanding how bonus rounds work is really important, especially if you want to take the top jackpots available. So, make sure to read up on how those work before you start playing. 

With online slots, there can be far more ‘special’ symbols than with real life slot machines, but all of these will still be explained in the ‘how to play’ guide for the slot game. Make sure you understand what all those symbols do before you start playing, because it’ll help you make the right choices in game. If you find that the particular online slot you’re looking at has too many special symbols for you to keep track of, then that is a sign that you should maybe look to play a simpler game with fewer variants. That way you can avoid confusion mid-game. 

Cash out while you’re ahead

As we covered in the previous section, all slot games have a return-to-player rate of less than 100%. This means that, on average, you will get less money back from online slot games than you put in. However, you can of course get lucky and win jackpots earlier in your play, meaning you are up on your initial stake.

So, if you have been lucky and won a large jackpot, it is best to cash out there and then. Remember, on average you will lose more money the longer you play. So, stop playing while you’re winning and walk away with more money than you started with! 

Be sure to also avoid common online slot myths

There is a lot of misinformation out there about online slots, so be sure to ignore the following two myths about online slot games. 

Myth 1: There are ‘hot slots’ on online slot machines

There are no ‘hot slots’ on online slot machines.

When playing online, the outcome of each slot is completely random and determined by a random number generator. This means that there is no way any particular slot can be hot – they’re all just as likely as each other. 

It’s only natural to sometimes get the feeling that certain slots are hot. After all, some slots will show the matching symbol more often in a given playing session. However, this has no effect on how likely that slot is to show a matching symbol again the next time you spin. 

Myth 2: Some pay lines are more likely than others

Again, this is a myth. All pay lines of the same length are equally likely, as the likelihood of a symbol appearing in any given position is as likely as any other and is decided by a random number generator. 


Remember – slots are games of chance. There is no guaranteed strategy, so the most important thing is to play well within your limits. This means making sure you’re only playing with amounts of money you are comfortable with losing and stopping as soon as it stops being fun. Good luck!