Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Playing Online SlotsOne of the great joys of online gambling is by far the elevated quality of slots available. Easily accessible from just about anywhere, and with so many new interesting themes and features – online slots are the absolute bomb for slots enthusiasts.

That said, it's still possible to mess up every now and again when taking a spin. Or, perhaps it's less about ‘messing up' and more about not optimizing game-play. But have no fear – the team is here! These are the Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Playing Online Slots.

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Activating auto-spins without also setting a loss limit

Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Playing Online SlotsThe ‘Auto Spin' feature is a thing of beauty. Players all over the world are able to avoid many Repetitive Strain Injuries just by not having to constantly hit the ‘Spin' button. Hallelujah!

But, unless you're some kind of massive highroller, make sure to set yourself a loss limit. Imagine leaving your desktop or device to do something else, and coming back to find yourself 50 spins deep into a slot, and about 500 bucks under.

Here's some valuable insight: it's not a pretty feeling.

Some online slots don't have the loss limit feature. If you really really like the slot and can't bring yourself to pick another – then just don't set crazy amounts of auto-spins. Keep it at a 20 spin number, and definitely do not go over 50 spins.

Thinking high volatility slots are sure to pay out big

The term ‘high volatility' means two things in a slot game:


  1. The gameplay is very dynamic
  2. It does not pay out many small wins – mostly just infrequent big wins


Emphasis on ‘infrequent'. Just because a high volatility slot can payout big, it doesn't mean it will at some point or another. Play high volatility slots for the thrill of the risk, but don't chase wins in the thousands of dollars. It won't end well for you, or your bank-account.

Thinking RTP is the same even during special feature rounds

Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Playing Online SlotsWhen a slot review, such as the ones on our site, lists an RTP value – this is an average RTP value. Meaning, it is the average percentage taken over the base game, and any bonus rounds or free spins round that a slot has.

It could be that the base game has a super high RTP of about 98%, while the free spins round has an RTP of 94%. Point being – don't think that you're as likely to get your payouts in special feature rounds as you are in the base game. Slots rarely work this way, if ever.

Don't ever chase special rounds, because sometimes you're better off in the base game in terms of RTP rate. What it comes down to is the added perks available in free spins/bonus rounds.

Thinking RTP is more important than hit frequency

Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Playing Online SlotsRTP means ‘Return to Player' rate. It's a mathematical calculation based on millions of spins that shows how much a slot is likely to pay back from a player's original wager.

‘Hit frequency', on the other hand, is the calculation of how likely it is for the slot to cash-out in the first place. Whereas RTPs tend to be in the range of 94%-98%, hit frequency can range between 20%-40% depending on the slot.

Hit frequency is way more important than RTP – it's better to be paid out frequently, than rarely and a lot.

Chasing progressive jackpots not on the maximum win

Holmes and the Stolen Stones-slot-smallIf you're looking for some real fun, or just millions, then progressive jackpot slots are the way to go. We're talking big ones like Mega Moolah, or King Cashalot, or even Holmes and the Stolen Stones.

BUT – before initiating any spins on a progressive slot, make sure that you read up on those T&C (or read our reviews). Most progressive jackpots will only hit if you're playing at the maximum wager possible

Don't waste your time, and money, on $2 spins if you're aiming for the big prize. And, of course, when you're playing at a maximum wager, make sure to set yourself some strict limits. Just so that things don't get too out of hand.

That's it folks! Those are top 5 mistakes to avoid. Do you agree with our list? Hit us up and let us know!

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