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Before we begin to analyze how to calculate the maximum win in a slots game when you play at, it’s necessary to clear up a couple of misconceptions about minimum and maximum wagers first.

There’s a common thought amongst some slots players that the bigger your wager, the odds of winning increases. Nothing could be further from the truth. The random number generator (RNG) used in the slot game completely individualizes each spin, and you’re no nearer to winning a jackpot after 500 spins than you were on your first. Likewise, you’re no nearer to winning a jackpot just because you wager £100 rather than 10p. This is called the ‘Gambler’s Fallacy’.

Keeping things random in UK slots games

Whatever amount you wager, the outcome is always totally random. It really doesn’t matter whether you wager the maximum amount the game permits, or the minimum amount possible. Betting higher amounts only means you win more if you win.

What’s more, in order to ensure the RNG is working in the first place, you’ll need to make sure that your online casino is fully licensed by the UKGC (UK Gambling Commission). They guarantee that all slots games available in the casino’s catalog use an RNG that is tried and tested, certifying that gaming on that casino is totally fair.

Then, after having established that each spin is completely random, you’re in a better position to calculate the maximum win.

Calculating payouts

There are different ways to calculate the payouts depending on whether you’re talking about online video slot machines and reel machines. For example, with reel machines, more or less the only way to get a maximum win is to play the highest number of coins available.

However, with online slot machines, the fixed payout values are multiplied by the number of coins per line that is being bet. This means that in layman’s terms when you’re playing on a reel machine, the odds are more in your favor if you play the maximum number of coins available.

But conversely, some online video slots will include features that improve your chances of getting a higher payout simply by betting increased amounts.

Deciding how many coins you should play to increase your odds

So how many coins do you decide to play? Surely if it slightly raises your odds, it’s a good tactic, right?

Well, if the slot machine gives you more than twice the payout when you put in twice the number of coins, you should definitely go for that option. Playing more coins gives you increases your chances of winning a bigger payout.

What’s more, if the expected value is higher, the slot machine will keep increasing your probability of winning bigger payouts depending on the number of coins you use. If this is the case, use the maximum number of coins possible. It’s worth chipping away at all the things that stand between you and that maximum payout!