What’s Changed With the Minimum Bets on Slots?

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If you’ve been a player long enough, you’ve probably seen changes in what’s available on the betting panel with time. Here’s one player that’s noticed:

What caused a change to the minimum bet on slot machines? For example, when I first started going to casinos, most machines gave you a selection of how many lines and how much you wanted to multiply your bet. Now all I really see is a preset minimum bet. I feel like machines nowadays don’t payout with the preset minimum bet vs the machines that gave you options.

Matt S.

Changes to the bet structure has been part of the evolution that has seen casinos and manufacturers alike seeing what helps generate the most revenue on the casino floor, and work to raise that over time.

Eliminating line choice is an obvious one because it stops some minority of players who could/would play one line and one credit at a time. One cent spins have found themselves extinct on modern machines.

The preset minimum bets themselves have been increasing over time as well. 20 cent bets gave way to 30 cent bets, then 40 cent bets, and now 50 cents is often the floor you’ll find on casino floors, mostly on the Link machines. But 60, 75, 80, 88 and 100 credits are also minimum bets on modern machines today too.

The other thing that’s changed is that it used to be one credit per line – 30 credits meant you were playing 30 lines. But now that baked in minimum bet also puts money aside for bonuses and features. With more money going into bonuses and features, no wonder you’re feeling like the machines don’t pay out as well – you have to get to a bonus to really cash in on that part of the bet.

There was a time when manufacturers would let you bet an additional amount for more/better bonuses. Now they just bake that cost into the bet at the expense of the base game payouts.

The cause, in all of these cases, is casinos aiming to maximize revenue on their casino floors, and manufacturers building the games that both casinos and players want. If we didn’t play them, they wouldn’t offer them, and so this means we’re contributing to the cause of the changes by opting to play these games over others on the casino floor.

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4 Replies to “What’s Changed With the Minimum Bets on Slots?”

  • Doublev says:

    I liked the old games and I feel the new forced .88 cent bet on most games alienates the low rollwer. Also most new games have little to no line pays, just winning a progressive through a pot closing, a train coming by in All Aboard or some form of this extra feature which makes the games VERY , VERY volitile.

    • FlipTheSwitch.com says:

      That’s definitely been the trend, for better or worse. At least some of the older games still live on in some form when we need a breather from this trend.

  • Adam says:

    I don’t care for this trend and don’t play these gimmicky “pot closing” “coin stack growing” games designed to make you sit there longer thinking it actually matters that you’ve almsot filled the lot or popped the pig.

    Thankfully enough old school games still exist, and those are the ones I seek. It’s gotta have good line hits like Buffalo gold or Heidi and Hannah Beir Haus. The day all those disappear is the day I start enjoying slots less and won’t visit as often. I don’t enjoy games that rely soley on a bonus that’s unrelated to the game itself (like all these link games)

    • FlipTheSwitch.com says:

      Fair enough Adam, and the good news even on new games is slot makers always assure that trends evolve, but also different game types are made for different players. Those of us who like the line hits will still find certain games to play, so that’s encouraging.

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