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by: Gayle Mitchell.
As Editor of Casino Players Ezine, I received this Nickel Slot Strategy from a Reader. He provides the information with a somewhat unusual, albeit amusing, delivery.

Secondly, a reader going by the name of ‘Pappy’ weighs in with his slot strategy.

Nickel Slot Strategy

This is a super bonus tip for all you recreational players who like the themed nickel multi-line slot machines--Play the Newest Ones. Ignore The Older Ones.
There is fierce competition among the manufacturers to come out with appealing multi-lines, now that the casinos realize that a nickel player can be gradually turned into a quarter or even dollar player by encouraging multi-line play.
Therefore, the first few days after a given machine comes out and is installed are critical. The casinos measure these machines' success (or failure) by how popular they are; i.e., how much they get played, not, repeat, not how much money they make during this initial period, since the chip that is installed dictates this fixed payback percentage.

In order to inflate the play length and frequency, these machines are shipped with the most liberal chip (and usually installed that way), which may have payback percentages up to 99%. Result: people try the new machine, it's a big hit because of the high payback frequency, and then, they change the chip back to the standard 92% return.
I have observed this dozens of times. When they first came out, Scrabble, all the Monopoly games, Austin Powers, and most recently, Beach Party (which is so smarmy I can hardly stand to play it without throwing up) could be played at just about break even if you played maximum lines at one coin per line.

This is because the bonus games are where a critically high percentage of the payback occurs, and the difference between the most liberal chip and the others is that it allows more bonus games to occur.
The optimum way to exploit this is to maximize the frequency of the bonus game by playing maximum lines, while betting as little as possible overall (1 coin/line).
The life span of the more liberal chip seems to be 2-4 weeks. After that, you'll see one day every machine in the bank being ‘serviced’ at once, or at least that's what the slot tech will tell you. What is actually happening is that the ‘death chip’ is being installed.
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This chip will actually return LESS that the other comparable games in that casino as the casino attempts to recoup its 'losses' (casino speak for profits that are not as bloated as those to which they have become accustomed).
I have been exploring this little casino paradigm for about three years and I assure everyone it holds true. The only variant is that the Strip casinos may consider the installation of anything but the worst chip as 'liberal', whereas the ‘locals' casinos may initially install the best chip.

So if you play a brand new machine at a Strip joint, you may just get killed a little more slowly. But then, anyone who plays slots on the Strip should be led gently away, deprived of his/her wallet and ATM/credit cards, and be given a plate of cookies and a glass of warm milk.  Kevin L.
2) Pappy sent me his 'sure-fire' method of slots play and with a name like that how could I not let him speak? 
My method for playing slots at the casinos is the following.
A. Play on dollar machines only (higher percentage of payback)
B. Get a hundred dollars in coins. 
C. Play 2-coin machines only (keeps your losses down).
D. Play until one of the following occurs:
1. You lose five times in a row, and then move to another machine.
2. You win 20 credits or more (play one more time to make sure you don't have a streak going), then go to another machine and start over.
If you win on a machine, remember it, or do like I do, write it down in a notebook.
Play these machines again and if you continue to win on them-most of the time then make these one of your regular ones.
Once again, if you get up by more than $100 for the session, cash out and call it a day. Don't get greedy!
"Like a bird building its nest one twig at a time, so too should you build up your bankroll one small win at a time."  Pappy.

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