Five signs that it's time to end a slots session
Slots are a highly entertaining game that many players enjoy for hours on end. Some players prefer to end a slots session when they reach a predetermined stop-loss limit which is the maximum amount of money that they are willing to lose in a single session at the casino before they call it a day. Other players play only for a certain amount of time while others stop playing when they no longer feel like continuing whether it be due to the fact that fatigue or boredom set in or simply that their casino bankroll is running low.
Obviously having a predetermined stop-loss limit and sticking to it is the smarter way to play, but if you're a player that goes on feeling, then keep these five signs that signal that you should stop playing in mind.
1. You're trying to win back losses
When it comes to slots there are no guarantees from one spin to the next as to the outcomes that you will be able to achieve. Yet in spite of this some players still believe that they will be able to recoup their losses by hitting a big payout if they just keep playing.
This is a misguided view as many slot machines are very volatile in their payouts so one is never assured of winning in the near future. So if you find yourself playing to win back any money you have lost, it's time to step away from the machine and play again another day.
2. You think the machine you're playing is due to payout
Believing that you are "due" a jackpot or big payout is a flawed way of thinking that millions of gamblers across the globe experience at one time or another. This is especially true of slots players who have been playing a machine for a long period of time and come to believe that a large or jackpot win is just a spin away.
The problem with this belief is that every spin on a slot machine is independent of the last and next spin, so you are no more ore less likely to win on one spin than you are on the next. Never extend your game play or spend additional money chasing a win, in the long run you'll lose more than you ever gain.
3. You're playing on emotion
If you play for long enough you'll find that you may experience a frustrating losing streak where you feel like you're spinning the reels for hours without a single win. If your frustration turns to anger and you are driven to play more or higher amounts as an outlet for your emotions then it's time to walk away. Why spend your hard earned casino bankroll when you aren't enjoying yourself?
Similarly if you're feeling upset or depressed and turn to slots as an outlet for these emotions and end up spending more than you originally budgeted for, it's time to quit. Of course slots are enjoyable and can provide a pick me up from time to time, if you are not playing responsibly or find yourself becoming dependant on them to change your mood, it's time to find a different outlet.
4. Your spending more than you can afford
This may be obvious but it's often tempting to make added deposits to your casino account so that you can keep playing. If you're cutting into funds that have been set aside for other financial and household responsibilities then you're making a huge mistake.
Rather learn to set aside a predetermined amount of money each month that you can afford to lose and exercise good bankroll management so that you not only play with what you can afford without causing financial harm to yourself, but also learn to play games that will extend your gambling budget and give you the best possible opportunities for reward.
If you struggle with this, when playing at an online casino you can request that weekly or monthly limits be implemented on your player account and if you're playing at a land based venue, only take the amount of money you can afford to lose with you and leave your ATM and credit cards at home so that temptation is out of your way.
5. You're tired
Fatigue is probably one of the most common tilt factors experienced by gamblers. When you are tired you don't enjoy your game nearly as much as you would when well rested and you can make mistakes and spend more than you usually would. So if you're tired for any reason, rather end your session and play again when you can enjoy it more.