Video Slots

All Video Slot machines are setup to return less money than they take in.

Even so, you definitely can learn some tips that might help you win more often.

I. Strategy
II. Tune In
III. Winners
IV. My Odds
V. Payouts
VI. Types
VII. Wager
VIII. My Rate

IX. Video Poker


The best advice I can give about gaming in Illinois, is to learn two important basic gaming tactics.

The first is to learn how to have more control over your game. Check out  My Game, to make the most of your game.

Second, go to  Get More Game to find out how to use My Hot Slots to your full advantage.

Remember, luck plays a major role in your slot success, so while your strategy is to win, you want to have fun while you’re at it.

Tune In

Sometimes it is fun to just pick a game you don’t know and go for broke. But for regular slot play, you need to know as much as you can about the game you are playing.

Don’t play blind. Make certain that you understand the paylines, payouts, bonuses, and the jackpot requirements.

Learn everything you need to know about Video Slots at our blogs Video Slot Basics and Video Slot Facts.


How do Video Slot machines determine winners? It all starts with a Random Number Generator (RNG). The RNG continually produces numbers that are always, you guessed it,  100% random.

These numbers are used to control the outcome of each reel. Because the numbers are random, there is no possible way to predict if your next spin will be a jackpot.

My Odds

Video Slot games are not preset to payout at any particular time. Like a coin toss, you have the same odds of hitting a jackpot, no matter how many times you play.

The machines also do not payout after a certain number of jackpots, or losses. This means that every spin is an independent event.

So if you think a machine is hot because you haven’t seen it payout in a while, think again.

You have the same chance of hitting a jackpot, or not hitting a jackpot, each and every spin. The odds are always the same.

For more detailed information, read How Video Slots Work in our Tip & Tricks blog.


You need to know the payout percentage of the place you’re gaming.

Each company listing at My Hot Slots has a field called Winners, with a payout percentage amount 

Winners = Amount Won/Amount Played

This is the percentage of money that has been won at every location. The higher the percentage, the more total money won versus the total money played.

Shouldn’t you be playing at the location with the best odds of winning more money?

Types – Flat Top vs Progressive

Flat Top

Flat Top Slot machine has a fixed jackpot payout. All Illinois VGTs are Flat Top machines.

Regardless of how many times a Flat Top Slot machine is played, and regardless of how many people play the machine, the highest potential payout will not change; it is fixed at a specific amount.

The highest payout for all Illinois VGT games with a $2 wager, is $500.


If you have played slots in a casino, you have probably seen Progressive Slot machines.

The payout increases as more money is wagered, but your odds of winning decrease. So, you have better odds of hitting a jackpot on a Flat Top Slot machine.

Progressive Slot machines can also be part of a network of other progressive slot machines. The odds on all these machines change anytime anyone plays on any of these machines.

Your odds of winning are now decreased by what others do. If you want the best odds of winning, play Illinois VGT slot games.


Ok, I’ve heard it all; and you have probably have too. Everyone with a website seems to think they are an instant authority on whatever they write about.

It also seems that every other website about slots has a different opinion about how much you should or shouldn’t wager.

Here is just some of the misinformation:

“Choose machines with the smallest jackpots.”

“Play the highest denomination slot that you can afford.”

“The higher the wage, the higher the payout percentage (multiplier).”

“The bigger the jackpot the harder it is to hit, so you’re better off choosing a machine with a smaller jackpot.”

Confused? Well, don’t believe what you read about slot wagers on the internet. Think for yourself.

The fact of the matter is, each game has it’s own range that you can wager, and the return may or may not change for each wagered amount.

There are other factors that may also affect your wager. Bonuses, free spins, wild, and scatter features may or may not be available with different wager amounts.

You have to check the return for each level of wager, and for each feature, on each game yourself. Fortunately, now this is easy! Check out our Video Slot and Video Poker game blogs.

We cover every aspect of every game available in Illinois; and only the games available in Illinois. Even so, to be on the safe side, always check the game on the machine before you start to play.

My Rate

Play at a Rate You Can Afford

Make wagers that fit for your gaming bankroll. Don’t pick the $2 spin for the higher payback if you can only afford a $0.25 or $0.40 wager.

Gaming can be great fun, if you just remember to use a little common sense.

Video Poker

Why not try playing Video Poker for a change of pace? The games are similar to Video Slot games, but some provide higher payout percentages; but only if you win.

With Video Slots, once you hit that spin button there is nothing more to do. But with Video Poker, you will have an opportunity to use strategy to improve your odds.

You will of course, need the skills of a poker player to make the right decisions.  Bone up on your poker knowledge at Poker Basics page.

Video Poker isn’t for everybody, but once you master the basic poker skills, it can be challenging as well as rewarding.