Today, Know Your Slots celebrates three years as an entity online, and at this point exactly 1,100 posts have made their way online. Of course, some articles capture the attention of people more than others.
If you’re new to the site, or want a cheat sheet of the content people like the most, here’s the 10 most popular articles I’ve written to date on the site.
The list favors earlier content, which probably makes sense given they’ve had more time to get attention and traffic, but some of the earliest pieces have been among the most consistently read, so they’ve maintained their popularity for some time.
Because this is an update of last year’s list, I’m also including what last year’s rank was, if they previously ranked on the list.
10. Is the Progressive Pick Bonus in Smokin’ Hot Stuff Wicked Wheel a True Pick?
2021 ranking: #10
Everi broke with convention on some of their games by showing the non-picked choices even when doing a progressive pick bonus. Nevada gaming rules apparently no longer allow this, meaning newer games can’t do this anymore, but Smokin’ Hot Stuff Wicked Wheel is a popular game and many players like to know what bonuses are predetermined. Read Is the Progressive Pick Bonus in Smokin’ Hot Stuff Wicked Wheel a True Pick?
9. Does Seeing Balls in All 15 Lightning Link Squares Guarantee a Grand Jackpot?
2021 ranking: #5
One of the greater mysteries of slots is being able to spot if you actually have a chance at a Grand on Lightning Link. Thanks to slowly surfacing video footage in recent years, we have a much better answer of how it works. Read Does Seeing Balls in All 15 Lightning Link Squares Guarantee a Grand Jackpot?
8. Does Stopping the Reels Effect the Outcome of a Slot Spin?
2021 ranking: #12
This is one of those things that many players get sucked into – that they have some control over slots by stopping the reels. But slots are not a skill game, and the outcome is decided when you start the spins. This is a point deemed important enough that slot manufacturers are now even confirming this on the pay table screens. Read Does Stopping the Reels Effect the Outcome of a Slot Spin?
7. When to Max Bet: Quick Hit Machines
2021 ranking: #8
There are certain games where max betting is essential to getting the best payback possible on a machine. The Quick Hit series is one of them, as progressives are only available to players who max bet. There is, however, an exception as to when you don’t need to max bet. Read When to Max Bet: Quick Hit Machines
6. Picking the Right Denomination for Your Bet Level
2021 ranking: #15
Games are increasingly murky with multi-denomination games on the main floor allowing for bets much higher than many machines in the high limit room. But betting higher does open the door to being able to play with your denominations, and that can be important as payback many times has a tie to that denomination choice. Read Picking the Right Denomination for Your Bet Level
5. Birthday Free Play in Las Vegas
2021 ranking: #4
My summary of places you can get birthday free play in Las Vegas is a regularly visited page. Unfortunately over time the number of casinos offering birthday freebies has been shrinking, in favor of personalized offers (MGM, for instance, now sends me a specific add-on offer if I book in my birthday month – they used to have three casinos that would offer birthday free play). Read Birthday Free Play in Las Vegas
4. Why You Should (Almost) Always Use a Players Card While Gambling
2021 ranking: #6
There are a lot of superstitions about players cards, but the reality is the players card program is the only guaranteed way to make something off your play at a casino. Players cards should nearly always be used, and this piece dives deeper into why, as well as an example of when you might not want to use it. Read Why You Should (Almost) Always Use a Players Card While Gambling
3. How to Find Your Favorite Slots at Casinos
2021 ranking: #3
I get asked often where one can find various games. There’s 1,000 casinos in the US alone, many of which I have never visited, so most of the time I’m not able to assist. However, slot finders can, and there are both casinos and slot manufacturers who work hard to keep some information out there. Read How to Find Your Favorite Slots at Casinos
2. Understanding the Dancing Drums Slot Machine
2021 ranking: #1
This very detailed piece breaks down the betting structure on Dancing Drums, showcasing the various ways you can bet and what you’re rooting for when you do. It also goes over how the predetermined progressive picking feature works. Read Understanding the Dancing Drums Slot Machine
Dancing Drums has had a lot of sequels and remained a popular topic, so I’ve built a mega post with many of my articles about games in the Dancing Drums series.
1. Ways to #landthegrand or Major on Lightning Link and Dragon Link
2021 ranking: #2
Lightning Link and Dragon Link have multiple ways to win the Grand or Major Progressive Jackpots, and many players don’t realize this. Since this piece was written, Dollar Storm has come out, and these aspects work for that game too. Read Ways to #landthegrand or Major on Lightning Link and Dragon Link