Having now spent the last couple of months doing Ladbrokes promos and wagering through the bonuses ( my first ever Casino effort), I like many was caught out with a bonus balance and 20 x WR after the Moneybookers changes.
Having now dabbled with slots, has anyone used a sweepering card type strategy on slots. I am just a rank novice on this subject and I know they do carry their own risk but could a similar strategy help in reducing the variance?
As I understand it the return from a slot is between 90-95% but as I see it most slots are very dependent on the bonus rounds. If you fail to hit the bonus rounds then the damage can be much worse.
So can sweepering reduce this damage? For example if you played a slot at 50 x 20p spins and you fail to hit a bonus, then play the next 50 at 40p spins. If still no luck then play the next 50 at 60p and so on.
This depends on the slot and the bonus structure, but in theory the larger the spin value the larger (potentially) the bonus win. I have no idea what the expected return over the long term on this would be and there is still the chance of going 500+ spins without a win for a heavy loss. But if you have a large pot and can withstand a few hundred spins without bonus then is this a strategy that could help.
I tried it on demo with Cashville and grew my 200 balance to about 250 before going on a run of 540 spins without the bonus round. At 500 spins I had maxed out the bet to £2 a spin and was just playing through when I hit the bonus at about 520 spins. I won £200 bonus which took my balance to £300, but could have been unlucky and only returned £40 from the bonus.
If there was a slot that had statistically fewer average spins between bonuses and a more balanced bonus structure, would this strategy help.
Feel free to tell me if I am barking mad.
I've moved your post to the Casino Strategy forum, thanks for posting on the questions thread but this is a topic that comes up time and time again but always it seems as an off topic post within an existing thread so it's always hard/impossible to find those threads and say 'here read this!'! Would be very useful to have a dedicated thread for discussion of slots sweepering 'systems'. If anyone knows of a dedicated thread that already exists, I'll merge it with that (I couldn't find one, hence the new thread!).