Internet gamblers ask themselves this question (and everyone else listening without running away): “How can i adopt a strategy to play slots that will increase my winning percentage?”

It is high time that someone answered this question. But, first, let’s talk about history. This is not for the back rows! Also, no napping!

In 1891, well before most of you were even born, a company run by total wackos had an insane idea. This company was called Sittman and Pitt. Their crazy idea to create a new type of gambling machine was based in Brooklyn. This innovative gambling device was the predecessor to modern slots machines. The game was played largely on poker and contained five drums that held 50 cards faces.

You can probably guess that this clever invention was very popular among the unwashed masses and the washed. Before you could get quarters for change, hardly any bars in Manhattan didn’t have at least one of these buggers right next to the tap. The drums would be spun by players pressing a lever and inserting a nickel. Unfortunately, a direct payout mechanism was not available, so a pair of kings could win you a cold frosty in the house. However, a Royal Flush could get you a free cigar or a spin around with a bar girl.

From San Francisco, California, Charles Fey devised an easier automatic mechanism that made the first “one-armed bandit”, but it didn’t arrive until 1887. Unfortunately, creating a machine that could automatically payout all winning combinations was nearly impossible due to the number of wins possible with the original poker-based game.

Let’s now get to the important tips that will help you succeed.

It doesn’t matter what strategy or tip you use to play slot machines; it is important to limit how much you will spend before you start to play. You can simply walk away once you have reached that limit. This rule cannot be understated.

Second, avoid slots with more than 4 reels until you’ve built up your bankroll. The odds of winning on a 4 reel or more slot machine are higher than those with 3 reels. Finally, divide your bankroll by the number of slots you intend to play. You’ll enjoy your time at the casino much more if you don’t spend all your money in one session and still have enough money for the rest of your stay. People who don’t follow this rule often cry over their beer. Don’t be one.

Another valuable tip is always playing with your bankroll and not the credits meter. This strategy allows you to count any credits earned as winnings if you run out or leave the casino. If you spend all of your money and exhaust all your credits, you will walk away with nothing (otherwise known simply as zero). It’s not a good feeling.