Slot machines come in all shapes and sizes, with all sorts of bells and whistles, making the decision of what machine to play a challenging one for the gambling neophyte. Fear not! Here's what you need to look for to make the most of your casino experience.
Pick a machine within the view of a security guard's station. The reason for this is twofold: firstly, gamblers will often focus on the machines they are playing and lose track of those lurking around them. By not choosing an isolated location, you can relax a little more and not worry about pickpockets and the like ruining your day.
Also, while no machines are "guaranteed" to win, generally speaking, the looser machines (those with higher chances of payouts) tend to be located in a place where, if they do pay out, there will be plenty of witnesses around. Casinos want to spread the excitement, and don't have any reason to hide these known "ATM machines" in the slot maze.
Other than that, you might want to look for a game with a "bonus round" incorporated in its gameplay. Some machines, in addition to the robotic pulling of the arm (which actually has been replaced on most machines to just pressing a button) has special spins to break up the monotony. These can involve bouncing ping-pong balls, the asking of trivia questions or video-game-styled animations. While your chances of winning on these machines is not any better or worse than on more traditional machines, at least they offer a little bit of variety to what otherwise could be a mindless, tedious exercise.
Whatever you do, don't look back when you leave a machine. If the next person who sits down pulls the handle and wins the jackpot, you'll be kicking yourself for the rest of your life, even if there's no real guarantee you would have won if you made that pull yourself. Nevertheless, keep looking forward to your next win.