The Theory Behind ‘Back-Up Spins’

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Why do you do backup spins and why do you do them at the same amount instead of going down to minimum bet?

Lynne Nuibe

For starters, I didn’t come up with the ‘back-up spin.’ I know a lot of you out there tell me you hear yourselves saying ‘Rude’ or ‘Line it UP!”, just like how I catch myself saying “For the Love.”

I have a few reasons why I do it. (Also, I always play at the dollar amount I feel comfortable playing, and so lowering a bet for a backup doesn’t make sense to me.) For me, they generally follow a bonus, a big win, or a big loss! Since we all know by now that slot machines are designed to take our money, it’s a good way to force yourself to get off!

  • After a bonus. Most bonuses are difficult to hit and usually where the most money is hidden. So after a bonus, chances of getting another one soon is slim.
  •  After a big win. If it’s a big win, you probably won’t have another one, let’s be honest. So leave with it!
  •  After a big loss. You know when you’re on a machine and you are just losing and losing and you are convinced it is ‘due to hit’ (no such thing) but deep down know it probably won’t happen? Well this forces you to get off after 1-3 more spins. I use this method a lot in my live streams. And never fret, because It will always be there tomorrow!
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But WHY do I really do it? I compare it to how we teach our children that it’s time to leave the park or Grandma’s house. “Ok Charlie, you can play for 5 more minutes…3 minutes left…1 minute until we leave” and then you go. It eases the pain of having to leave (just as it does to get off a slot machine). I will either say that I’ll do 1-3 more backup spins – OR – sometimes I’ll say I’ll get off when I hit a certain dollar amount (higher or lower from where I’m at), which is a very similar method.

After that final back-up spin, I may do another if I won my money back or more. It has worked out for me numerous times, and sometimes not. I have no clue if I’m up or down from them (probably down, it’s slots!), but it’s the best way I’ve found to get off a machine.

Here’s a an AWESOME Video showing a great Back Up Spin or TWO:

Line it up,

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4 Replies to “The Theory Behind ‘Back-Up Spins’”

  • Sandra Muskopf says:

    If machines are truly as random as programmers can randomize things, why do you say things like, after a big win or bonus, the chances of getting a second one right away are slim? If it’s random and every event is independent, getting a bonus on a spin doesn’t impact the probability of getting one on the next spin.

    • says:

      Hey Sandra – we think there might be confusion as we say that the chances don’t change, so you’re absolutely right that you could get another one back to back, and is actually one reason Brian’s enthusiastic about back-up spins – give it a few spins before leaving. The odds are the same as any other spin of a bonus, even if the previous spin was a bonus.

  • Laura says:

    I f the machine is not hitting should you just change your bet or denomation . To see if that will change anything.

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