We’ve already looked at the strategy and techniques of free spins (you can see the strategy stuff in the drop down box above) but keep in mind than different slots may give you different values for free spins.
As a general rule of thumb if you have a decent bonus and a small wagering requirement you want to play through with small spins. Maximum lines and minimum stakes. You won’t be hitting any big wins but the idea is you don’t win or lose too much and you can grind yourself through the wagering requirements without taking too much of a hit to your balance.
If the wagering requirements are a little steeper then you need to increase your stake size because we’re going for a big bonus win. The goal is to build that balance up and then revert to the smaller stakes to get through the rest of the wagering.
Some games can change this a little. For example if an offer gives you Rainbow Riches free spins then you need to consider the game type. It’s a ‘jackpot game’ which means rather than a pretty even win/loss ratio it’s more likely to be a big win or nothing. For these types of games you need to increase the stake sizes and take advantage of the big bonus wins. You also need to deal with higher variance with games like this.
Some bookies or casinos might do things a little differently as well. One of the pretty standard offers is the bgo free spins for example who offer a lot of free spins for new and existing customers. They spread their free spins out over a couple of days rather than giving it all at once and rather than changing their wagering requirements they change the weighting each type of game counts towards the wagering. If in doubt check the offer information on Bookie Monster or the terms and conditions of the offer if you’re looking for them manually. You can then adjust your strategy accordingly if they’ve done anything different to the norm.
Lastly different sites will give you different weightings towards your wagering requirement. Usually sports bets are 1x and slots/games are the same and normally table casino games like roulette are only considered 0.25% or so which means you need to wager through £4 on roulette for it to be considered £1 wagered.
The most important strategy really though is doing every offer you can. Sure you can do one or two here or there but there’s no point in limiting yourself (again, unless you really have developed that free money allergy) so if a free spin no deposit offer shows up on Bookie Monster it’s worth doing.
If you’re going through a lot of spins my personal preference is to mute the client and drop the graphics settings so it doesn’t bog down my computer too much. Then after checking (and double checking) to make sure my stake size is right I’ll just hit auto play and let it go to town. Leaving it on manual can give you more control to change the stake sizes if needed and can be more fun but it does mean you can be at it for a while.
This is why an offer giving you 50 free spins no deposit is basically the same as an offer giving you 5 spins. You’ll see the limited free spin version of the game for a moment or two and then as soon as you’ve completed the first spins it all winds out the same way. Some people don’t think doing an offer for 5 free spins is worthwhile but if just one of those free spins hits a good bonus you can wind up with a bigger bonus. Not to mention they don’t take long to do and can be pretty fun.
It is important to remember that people pay to go to a casino or online site and play slot machines. We looked at this when we were talking about casino no deposit bonuses for fun and profit. There’s a lot of these offers around and playing through them all can take some time. If you’re not having fun with it then maybe take a step back from the strategy and numbers and play the games you like the look of.
If people pay to play these games then surely you should be having even more fun by being paid to do the same thing. This doesn’t mean you have to throw away everything you get on one big lucky spin but even if you are doing that variance is eventually going to come back your way because the return percentages are the same. The only problem here is that some bonus offers are going to limit your winnings per offer – this is why proper strategy is important if you want to play to get the most out of the it.