Conventional wisdom for many types of games, especially old school reels slots and the Quick Hit series, says that you should always max bet to make sure you unlock all of the different payout options that are available. For instance, Quick Hit machines make progressives available at a max bet.
That leads players to wonder if slots don’t pay out as much at max bet to take advantage of that conventional wisdom, as you can see by the question above. Others think this is a case because they see more people getting bonuses and big wins on lower level bets.
Rest assured that’s not the case, and the way we know this is how slots are designed.
Slot machines, as we’ve discussed here so far, ship with a number of payback options. One thing that’s important to note is a casino can generally choose a payback setting for each denomination. But that means all the bet levels within a denomination share that payback setting.
Based on that design decision, that eliminates a casino’s option to set max bet wagers at a lower payback level than the rest of the choices. Control at the per-denomination level tends to be a sufficient level of control; casinos would likely find it quite burdensome to have to set every bet level of every denomination’s payback.
As far as why a player might see more bonuses at lower bets, it’s generally because a larger percentage of players are playing at lower bets. The percentage betting at a higher bet or denomination tends to trend downward as the numbers rise.
One last thing, while you aren’t going to see the paybacks go down at higher bets or max betting, it’s not necessarily unusual for pays to go up. Aside from unlocking pays that aren’t available when betting less, there are games that either increase pays with higher bets or give you better odds as you bet higher.
For instance, many games in Ainsworth’s Quick Spin series give you better wheel odds (higher chances at the bigger wedges) as you increase your bet, even within the same denomination, meaning betting higher does pay you back better over time. Another example is More More Chilli, which increases the pay of the chihuahua symbol at higher bet levels – a small, but meaningful payback percentage increase.
And of course, there are games like many Quick Hit slots which only make progressives available at max bet, meaning your pays will be shorted if you’re betting less than max bet.
So the conventional wisdom of max betting to get the best pays isn’t necessarily the worst advice, even if on some games it can be overkill.
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