Penny Slots vs. Dollar Slots
by Gayle Mitchell
Some time ago, I wrote, "Penny Slots--one cent,
and more are everywhere." This small brown coin has reached
jackpot proportions with new
bonus game offerings.
found with larger denominations, the newer bonus machines offer many an
opportunity through bonus credits, multipliers and free spins for all
slot players to enter the 'big bucks' kingdom of slots.
Shortly afterwards, there was this email from a reader.
Gayle: Have you formed an opinion of the penny
slots that are becoming so popular?
was amazed at the congestion at the pennies section at Borgata in AC.
It was by far the most popular part of the whole casino.
are not just wagering pennies either. Many bet $1 each time. The only
time you can be sure of a seat is 8 in the morning. I speak from
experience and as one who enjoys them greatly. Just wondering what you
think. Thanks for your good work. Martha
Yes, Martha, I have formed an opinion, but first let’s look at a few
facts to compare.
have at least 20-25 lines and some 50 lines and as most slot players
know, the wise wager is to activate all lines on every spin.
For a 20-line penny version, if you bet 1 coin/line=20
5 coins/line=$1 or 10 coins/line for a maximum spin=$2.
Thus, 25 lines=$2.50 for max spin and 50 lines=$5.00 for a max
There are several other configurations. For example, you can bet 25
coins/line and now we are over $5.00 for a max spin!
Top jackpots are usually less than $1000, moving higher up to $1million
for Hyperlink progressive versions.
Some casino/gaming areas are now reporting payouts for pennies and
while a few report 90-91%, the majority of payouts are in the 88-89%
Pennies offer many more
multipliers and free spin opportunities than dollar slots.
are generally single
payline with 2-3 coin max., however multi-line and 5 reels are in the
$2-3 for max spins on single
payline, $5 for five reels and over $10 for multi-lines!
jackpots are at least $1000, often $2500 up to $10,000 for basic slots.
Progressive dollar jackpots reset for at least $1 million and Megabucks
resets at 7 million.
At least 93% and often as high
When playing $2/spin, two cherry
symbols on the payline will return your bet.
offer pennies up to $1 for
each of their multi-line versions and quarters to $5 for single payline
You can change your betting
easily at these multi-denominations slots.
Note: some land-based slots are multi-denominational, but not all.
To increase your bets at most penny slots, your option is max. spin.
Top jackpots vary from less than $1000 for pennies to progressive slot
million$ payouts depending on denomination.
According to published payouts
for online casinos, they range from a high of 98% to a low of 95% for
Generous bonus cash promotions.
conclusion utilizing the comparison above, your bankroll will go
further IF you play less than max coin but activating all paylines,
albeit with lower payouts.
Lower payouts translate into lower returns; therefore, often you do not
receive even a return of your original bet per spin.
Single payline dollar slots provide higher payouts and jackpots for
often less than a max coin spin at penny multi-line slots.
Higher payouts translate into more frequent return of your original bet
per spin and often additional credits.
Online slots provide both options of pennies and dollars at one slot
with higher payouts than land-based casinos.
to my personal opinion, I prefer dollar slots, however I can understand
a bankroll-conscious slot player who wants to play and have some casino
fun with $20.
I did this test recently.
1) I played $20 at a 20-line penny slot activating all lines
at a cent per line=20cents/spin. Playing time=38 minutes.
2) I played $20 at the same 20-line slot playing
10cents/line—max spin=$2.00/spin. Playing time=11 minutes.
For those players considering the best slot play choices for them, I
suggest three alternatives.
Take an equal amount of money, ($100.) and play two separate slots:
penny slots vs. single payline dollars and compare the results.
2) Try the same comparison test above online and take advantage of the
like to play QuarterMillion$ progressive slots where the max bet is
only 75 cents offering a jackpot that resets at $250,000.
The Slots Playground offers a multitude of choices in penny slots and
I hope this lesson assists with those choices by providing an enjoyable
and profitable casino experience.
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