Winning at Video Slots: The Cain Method of Slot Play

Before you read this article, please be aware that gambling is ALWAYS a risk. Whether you buy a $1 lottery ticket or bet $100,000 on a hand of Blackjack, there is a chance that you can lost your money. That is why it is called "gambling". If you think that you may have a gambling problem, call the National Gambling Help Hotline at (888)-522-4700. They are there to help 24 hours a day, seven days per week.

Ah, slot machines. The anticipation of matching three or five symbols, the fun and exciting bonus games, the ring of the jackpot bell… Anyone who has every walked into a casino or even watched a film set in Las Vegas knows exactly what a slot machine is and does. The premise is simple: Drop a coin into the slot machine, pull the handle (or, in the case of video slots, press the button) and hope that you get some sort of matching symbols. There is no skill involved; just luck.

Even though there isn't any skill involved in playing slots, people do indeed have their methods. Most of these methods are actually superstitions. For example, bet the maximum amount of coins on every seventh spin. Who knows? You might get lucky. There is no strategy with these types of methods. They are more of a "Hail Mary" type of play, when all you are relying on to win is a prayer… "Please, God, let me hit!" Sometimes, these prayers are answered. More often, they are not.

The Cain Method of Slot Play is a simple premise: Increase your bet when you win, decrease when you don't. I have used this method with video slots in denominations of a dime (ten cents) and less, and I usually come out ahead. Friends and family members have also tried this method, and they have all told me that they have won money each time they have used the Cain Method. Mind you, the Cain Method of Slot Play is not a guaranteed way to win money when playing slots. There is always a chance that you will lose all of the money that you gamble with any game of chance.

As mentioned in the previous paragraph, I have used this method on the low denomination video slot machines. In order to see if this method works for you, start with a penny video slot machine that has 15 lines. You will bet max, which means that you will start at a risk of just $0.15. Start out with a $20 bill, simply because it is an even number. If you start with more, there is a greater chance of loss. If you start with less, there is less of a chance of gain.

STEP ONE
Choose your machine. As mentioned above, the best slot machine for the Cain Method of Slot Play is a 15 line penny machine. This method is best for the low denomination slot machines, such as $0.01, $0.02, $0.05 and $0.10 per line, and machines that have 9,15 or 20 lines. You will find machines that have more lines, such as 25, 30 and even 50 lines. Machines with more lines don't necessarily mean bigger payouts or a better chance of winning. You will blow through your money a lot faster with these types of machines.

STEP TWO
Deposit $20 to play your chosen slot machine. If you have a players card for the casino where you are, don't forget to slide that into the card reader! Even the low denomination slot machines will still earn you perks through the casino that you are visiting. Again, $20 is the perfect amount to start playing with. You will be surprised with how it can increase. Do not expect to get a massive windfall on any machine – If it happens, then that's terrific! The Cain Method of Slot Play is designed to allow gamblers to play slots for an extended period of time and walk away with more money than they started with.

STEP THREE
Decide how much you want to win. Be realistic! Since you are starting out with a $20 deposit in the machine, perhaps set your first goal to win $10. This mean that you would stop all play and pull out your money from the machine once you reached $30 including the original $20 that you deposited. You can always start over at the same machine once you reach your goal and pull out your winnings. However, it is absolutely essential to this method that you set a goal and stick to it.

STEP FOUR
Select the maximum amount of lines that you can play on the machine that you have chosen. If you chose to play games that have a bonus feature for an extra amount, such as Mr. Cashman, choose that option. This selection will not change throughout your slot play.

STEP FIVE
Step four is where the strategy comes in. On your first spin, bet the minimum amount. This amount should be one credit per line. Do not stop the spin yourself; let the machine auto-stop for you. If you win the amount you bet or more, bet the next amount up. For example, if you are playing a 15 line machine and bet one credit (which equals 15 credits), then win 15 credits or more, you should bet two credits per line (30 credits). Increase your bet one credit per line for each time you match or surpass your last bet. If you win, but it is less than what you bet, do not change your bet at all. For example, you bet 30 credits and only won 9, then keep your bet at 30 credits. If you do not win anything at all on a spin, return your bet to one credit per line.

STEP SIX
Take your money out! Never let your credits drop under half of what you originally started with. So, if you started with $20 and just have $10 left, withdraw your money and move to a new machine to begin the process all over again. Once you hit your goal, take your money out. Resist temptation to keep going on with the money that you already have in the machine. instead, withdraw the money that is in the machine and deposit another $20 bill. Start over with step three.

While there is no guarantee with the Cain Method of Slot Play, there is a pretty good chance that you will walk away with more money than you started with. Just make sure that you follow the steps above exactly as they are written. Have fun, and good luck!