When Losing on a Slot, Should You Stay or Should You Go?

Home » Recent Posts » When Losing on a Slot, Should You Stay or Should You Go?
Share this on:

Sad Brian Christopher shows a small ticket

When a machine isn’t cooperating, what should you do? That’s what the player who submitted today’s question wishes to know:

Is it better to stay on the same machine when losing because you’re closer to a win? Or better to try a different machine if one doesn’t do much in the first several spins?

Tyler B., on Facebook

Regular readers of the site may be talking to their screen already on this one, but the answer is it doesn’t matter.

What's your next step when you're losing fast on a slot machine?

Regular players that watch Brian Christopher’s YouTube channel lean into moving – a bit more than half prefer to move on vs. holding out for a bonus. But 30 percent don’t always want to give up too soon either!

That’s because what has happened on a slot is not a predictor of what will happen on a slot. So if you’re on a machine and losing, it doesn’t mean you’re any closer to a win. And if you get up and move after several spins, you won’t necessarily do any better by moving to another machine. Of course, you won’t necessarily do worse either.

It’s a neutral change, one that you’ll never truly know what was the best outcome because you aren’t playing both machines to see what would happen on each. But because of the way slots work, presuming all is equal – same game, same payback setting, etc. – you have the exact same chances of any outcome occurring on either machine, whether you stay put and keep playing or moving to the other machine.

We do, however, just from a player balance perspective, recommend setting stop points. Deciding when to get up is healthy because it encourages not shoveling money into a slot in chase of an elusive bonus that’s no more likely to arrive on spin one as spin 100.

So ultimately it’s up to you – if you’re not feeling a machine, feel free to get up and find another place to play, or take a break! Or, if you’re willing to spend more time on a machine, that’s fine too – there’s no one right answer here that will help you do better.

Have a question? Submit yours here!

Share this on:

4 Replies to “When Losing on a Slot, Should You Stay or Should You Go?”

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Play Online Casinos

Sign Up with BetMGM Casino and get a Deposit Match up to $1,000, plus $25 in Site Credits on the house! Available in MI, NJ, PA & WV. US promotional offers not valid in Ontario.

Use code SWITCH2500 for a 100% deposit match up to $2,500, and 2,500 Reward Credits, with $25+ in wagers placed (MI, NJ, PA & WV).

New sign-ups with DraftKings Casino in MI, NJ, PA & WV will receive $35 Casino Credits, plus Play $1 & Get $100 Back in Casino Credits Instantly!

Sign Up and deposit $10+ at FanDuel to get a Welcome Offer of a $20 Bonus + Up to $1,000 Play it Again based on your net losses in the first 24 hours in MI, NJ, PA & WV!

Play Social Casinos

Ready to give Show Me Vegas Slots a try? Get 10 million coins to play Show Me Vegas Slots with promo code SWITCH!

New players get 100 million coins for signing up! All players will receive 5 million coins free (one time only).

Sign Up and get a Welcome Bonus of 2,000,000 FREE Gold Coins & 2 FREE Sweeps Coins. Get started today!

Sign Up for LuckyLand Slots and get a Welcome Bonus of 7,777 FREE Gold Coins & 10 FREE Sweeps Coins!

Online Game Spotlight
Fu Nan Fu Nu Slot Machine

Stacked Symbols & a Free Spins Bonus Choice Await You

Prosperity Link Wan Shi Ru Yi Slot

Wild Multipliers Spice Up the Free Spins Bonus

Queenie Slot Machine

The Wheel is Your Ticket to Big Wins and Bonuses

Play Online Sportsbooks

Sign Up to get a Bet $5, Get $200 in Bonus Bets if Your Bet Wins PLUS a Daily Boost or Bonus All Summer!

Use code SWITCH1000 to get your first bet back in Bonus Bets, up to $1,000, if you lose.

​SIGN UP to get up to $1500 in Bonus Bets* Back if Your First Bet Doesn't Win!

New Players get $50 Bonus Bet with $5 deposit! New players outside MA also get 20% Match up to $1,000 (25x PTR). Additional Bonus Bet offers vary by state - read the review for details!

Social Game Spotlight
Huff N’ Even More Puff

Double Wheel, Double Reels, Double the Fun

Wu Da Jiang

It's All About Multipliers and Progressives

Slingo Super Spin

Hunting for a Full House for the Win