There are a ton of different strategies that players can use when it comes to playing online slots. One aspect of those strategies is deciding when to switch games. There is no hard-and-fast answer to that question, but we can offer some options that you can consider and see how they fit into your own overall approach. Each one of these suggestions may not have an overall effect on your RTP percentage in the grand scheme of things, but they can definitely affect the quality of your overall experience.
The Worst Case Scenario
Before you can understand why having a strategy for switching slots is important, imagine the worst case scenario. Suppose that you sit down to play a slot and that you play your entire session on the same game before running out of money in your account balance without hitting any real wins or payouts. That would be extremely frustrating for most players, and that’s the type of thing that creates a poor experience. We can avoid this worst case scenario (and similar cases that aren’t quite so bad) with a little bit of smart planning.
Tie-In to Bankroll Management
There’s also a tie-in to bankroll management here. You want to make sure that you’re picking a bet size that allows you to get in a significant number of spins so that you have good chances of hitting a winning combination or bonus feature so that you’re able to get your fair share of your RTP. If you pick a bet size that is too large, you do have a chance of winning a bigger payout with the top wins, but you will almost always run out of money before you’re able to pick up those pays.
The approach we suggest is to divide your bankroll up into a number of “units.” For example, you might decide to have 200 units with a bankroll of $300, and that would mean that the size of each unit was $1.50. This tells you the maximum amount that you should play with on any given bet. However, it also gives you an idea of when you should switch up games.
Developing a Personalized Switching Strategy
Suppose that you have four games that you really like to play, and you’ve decided that you’ll have a stop-loss of 100 units of your bankroll. If you divide those 100 units by four, that tells you that the most you can stand to lose on each game would be 25 units apiece if you wanted to make sure that you’re able to play all of them a balanced amount. This guideline can give you an idea of when you should switch slots to the next on your list.
Here’s an example of how this could play out. Maybe my five slots are Game of Thrones, Avalon II, Jurassic Park and Mega Moolah. I’ll start on Game of Thrones and end up down 25 units after a bit of play. From there, I’ll decide to move on to Jurassic Park. I could play that for a while and end up with a reasonable win that puts me up a total of 10 units for the entire day. Now I can switch to any game I want, even back to Game of Thrones if I feel like it, because I’m up money for the day.
The idea here is that this type of strategic planning will allow you to play the games that you want to play without feeling like you’ve went all the way through your session on the same game without getting any kind of meaningful winnings.