Slots are the most popular games in online casinos and these quirky little machines are all about luck. But that doesn’t mean you can’t win some serious money if you know what you’re doing. Although fruit machines are generally games of pure chance, there are always some ways to improve your chances of hitting a payout and beating the casino.
People have always tried to cheat fruit machines and there are some clever and unscrupulous players in the past who have found ways around even the most complex machines. Playing in brick and mortar casinos will always be different to playing online and the best cheats, tips and strategies are of course different depending on where you are playing. However, there are some slot machine cheats that are applicable to both real fruit machine and online play.
There can be a fine line between cheats and strategies and we’ll explore the difference in this article. So, read on to find out all about fruit machine cheats, casino slot machine tricks and betting strategies that can improve your winning chances of hitting the biggest jackpots.
In the early days of fruit machines, players looking to cheat the house would stick a bit of wire into the mechanism to try to release coins. A favourite method of cheating a machine was to use a coat hanger to interfere with the mechanical workings and cause it to pay out more coins. Casinos soon cottoned onto this trick though and sneaky players had to find new, more creative ways of cheating.
Another popular method was to bend a piece of metal into the shape of a claw to form what was affectionately known as a ‘monkey’s paw’. This was a more inventive way of reaching the deeper mechanisms in the machine and could result in a tidy payout – until the casinos thwarted all the fun with better technology.
In addition to physically trying to wangle more coins out of a machine, thieves came up with more crafty ways of swindling the casinos. One such fruit machine cheat that became popular in the 1980s was to smooth off the edges of the coins so they passed through the machine and triggered the free spins round. Another crude but effective method of cheating was to tie a piece of fine string or thread to the coin and once inserted, pull it out again to obtain free credits. Some players even managed to create fake coins that would be accepted by machines.