How to Find the Loosest Slots in a Las Vegas Casino, Guaranteed

Wouldn’t it be great to know the loosest slots in any Las Vegas casino? Well, you can, and it’s easier than you might think.

A “loose” slot, of course, refers to a machine that pays out frequently and in large quantities, every player’s dream. Those machines are also described as being “hot.”

In the parlance of casinos, loose slots can be said to have the lowest casino “hold.” The hold percentage is the part of a machine’s “coin in” that the casino keeps. Hey, these casinos aren’t going to carpet themselves.

Las Vegas slot machine

Just no.

The lower the hold percentage, the more a slot machine pays back to guests. The secret to finding the loosest slots in a casino, then, is knowing which machines have the lowest hold percentage.

Many believe this information is a closely-held secret, but here’s an easy way to find out which slots are the loosest: Ask someone who knows.

Crazy, right? Every casino with slot machines has a Slot Manager, often called the Slot Operations Manager. This person, who you will never see without a suit and tie (yes, they tend to be male), knows precisely what the hold percentages are for given machines, or more typically for banks of machines.

It’s the Slot Manager’s job to monitor how machines are performing, if they’re delivering sufficient profit to the casino given the space they take, if new machines are needed, where they should be placed on the casino floor and myriad other duties.

If you want to know which slots in a casino are the “loosest,” simply ask a Slot Manager.

Loose slots

These are some of the loosest slots at The D Las Vegas. How do we know? We asked.

Here’s how.

Ask anyone on the floor if the Slot Manager is available to chat. Slot attendants and cocktail waitresses can be very helpful tracking them down. Hint: Be professional and courteous.

Introduce yourself to the Slot Manager and let them know you’re interested in locating the slots with the lowest hold percentage on the floor. Slot Managers are busy people, so while there’s no harm in schmoozing, don’t be shy about getting to the point.

In most cases, a Slot Manager will either point you toward a bank of machines or escort you there. Express your appreciation accordingly, and it’s time to play!

That’s it. No, really. It’s that easy.

All this begs the question: Why would a casino employee tell a player the best-playing slots in the casino?

Simple: Casinos just want people to play, they don’t care which machines they play on.

Why? Because no matter which machine you play, the house has the advantage. It’s built right into the machine’s microprocessor. Even if a machine has a great payback percentage, say 98%, it will keep $2 for every $100 put into the machine. Many machines keep significantly more.

loosest slots

As a rule, slots are looser at locals casinos than downtown casinos, and both pay back more than slots on The Strip. The more you know.

Now, if you can’t locate a Slot Manager, you can fall back on tried-and-true ways to find the best-paying slots.

A solid rule-of-thumb is the more active a bank of slots is, the higher the payouts tend to be. Casino regulars see patterns, so follow their lead.

It’s also good to know that the higher the machine’s denomination, the more generous and frequent the payouts. For example, a $5 coin machine is going to have a higher payout percentage than a quarter machine, and so on.

$500 coin slot machine

Go big or go home. It’s Vegas!

And finally, don’t discount the advice of those slot attendants and cocktail waitresses we mentioned. They, too, can see patterns in machine payouts. They may not be privy to the same information a Slot Manager has, but they can often point you toward the machines showing signs of being “hot.”

The next time you’re in a casino, remember our simple tip for finding the loosest slots: Ask a Slot Manager.

And remember to have fun when you play. That way, whether Lady Luck is in the mood or not, you’re always a winner.

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  • Wolfdog

    Why would he escort you to a 98% bank, when he could escort you to a more-profitable 96% bank?

    • Because casinos understand customer service and building trust can mean long-term loyalty. Worth a try, right?

      • Wolfdog

        I guess, but my point is, you don’t know if the bank he leads you to is 98% or 96%. And if you have a terrible run at that recommended 98% bank, seems all customer service is lost, because too many customers expect some success in that scenario. How will they feel about the other banks? Might even lose a customer for good over it. I just think it’s too risky. Best to just put out the highest payout machines you can afford, and let it ride.
        I’ve always felt that the more entertainment you get on a machine, including the down time waiting for the songs, videos, etc, to play through, the higher hold the house can get by with. Look for the basic machines like Double Diamond, Red White Blue, etc, because more money will get run through them, over the same amount of time. Casino will gladly give back some of that, through a slightly lesser hold.
        Good article and discussion.

  • Bouldersteve

    I remember a so called gambling expert once said the nicer the carpet the tighter the slots. Probably some truth to it.

  • I game a lot on video poker at M, Silverton and Hard Rock. I am gonna try this technique. Will let you know…

  • Photoncounter

    SLOTS: Significant Losses Over Time, Suckers!

  • Michael Hetrick

    This is really good advice and worth a try. Good Slot Managers/Slot Directors will listen to players and attempt to help them out. If they point you to “a good paying bank of machines”, that doesn’t necessarily mean you are going to jackpot on one. You may not even hit a bonus. It’s still all up to the RNG. Some probably won’t be social however, which should give you a sign right then.
    Coushatta Casino in Kinder, LA has what I think is the best Slot Director of any casino I’ve ever played in. Warren Davidson is always asking players what they like, don’t like and helping us out to have a good time and hopefully win. He knows what the hold are, but that again doesn’t guarantee a win or loss in the short time I’m playing.
    In the trips I’ve made there, he’s always available to speak with, answer questions and listen. It’s my favorite casino to play at because of that.

  • John Murphy

    Thanks for the advice!

  • BP23

    This is decent advice, with some caveats in my view.

    There is zero risk that a slot manager would or could be held accountable for giving you blatant misinformation. You’re totally at the mercy of a casino employee who mind you (no matter how friendly he/she is), is richly incentivized and pressured to maximize the casino’s hold percentage. I simply don’t believe that EVERY slot manager is going to give you “good information”. Now, do I believe that the guy at The D would? Yes.

    So if you follow this advice….as long as enough of them don’t point you to a bank of 85% machines…and the majority give you a solid recommendation, this would probably be better than sitting down at a random machine.

    Also, I think anecdotal information from waitresses and other players would statistically be of almost no value. They may be able to separate a high volatility machine from a low volatility machine…that can be apparent relatively quickly. But if we’re talking looseness (pure payout percentage), that can only be calculated by tens of thousands of spins being meticulously tracked. I’ve never seen a player actually doing that in any type of scientific way. If they were, I imagine the same casino manager might back them off.