This could be the world's shortest article as, frankly, there isn't a 'strategy' that will ensure you win playing slot machines.

There are no secrets, special potions or superstitions that will make you a winner or a loser on any slot game. However, there are common sense strategies and knowledge that can help you as a gambler make the smart and correct decisions that may help you control your money when gambling at any online slot game or land based slot machine.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when venturing out to play your favorite slots or when trying out a new casino that will help you get the most enjoyment for your money.

Tip #1 - Check the game before you play.

When entering into an online casino slot game for the first time, always, always check the coin size that this game is set at. Every online slot game is set by the casino at one of its "higher" coin size bets, and if you do not check this and adjust it to the coin value you wish to bet with, you could end up betting $50 per pull instead of the intended 50 cents that you could afford to bet.

This is an error I, myself, have made when first starting to play slot machines online. I played a new game that had a maximum bet of $5 per line, but my intention was to bet around 5 cents a line to get to know the slot.

As you may have guessed, I never bothered to check what coin value the casino was set at before I started to play. After four pulls, I was twenty bucks down, instead of the two dollars I expected. You have been warned.

Tip #2 - When playing a multi pay line slot game, make sure you can afford to bet on every line. If the slot game has 20 pay lines, then you should bet on 20 pay lines. Even if it's the minimal bet allowed, you want to cover all lines that are available to play on because if you don't, you will most definitely miss out on a lot of winning bets.

If you didn't afford to bet on all the pay lines, I would advise you to switch to a game with fewer lines so that you can cover everyone. You don't want to lose out on a big win just because you can't afford to bet on all the available pay lines.

Tip #3 - If the Casino offers a "Play Mode" I highly suggest trying that first before making any actual bets. This way you can find out how the slot games work, and which ones you like or don't like before betting your hard earned cash.

We recommended this to all slot players, no matter how experienced. If land based casinos had this, many players would walk away from a slot machine without spending anything once they saw how it work.

Tip #4 - You don't need to 'bet max' every time on every game. Contrary to what some people believe, this isn't the way to win the slots; it's just a way to lose you money faster.

So, don't believe that old myth that the only reason you are winning is that you are betting the maximum coin value. But, if you do have the money, obviously, you'll win bigger with a bigger bet, so go for it.

Slot machines are run by a "random number generator, " and the winning combinations or nonwinning combinations are already chosen the minute you spin those reels, it has nothing to do with how much you are betting.

Tip #5 - This isn't so much a tip, more some good advice. Just enjoy playing the games, only play with cash you can afford to lose and, above all, don't expect to win.

Always remember that gambling is entertainment, so don't worry so much about tips and winning strategies and just enjoy yourself.