Let’s talk about free slots for a minute. First, they’re exactly as they sound – online slot games you can play for free – for nothing out of pocket. How is this possible? I’ll tell you in just a second. But first, let’s talk about choosing a casino.
Finding a casino with free slots won’t be hard – every casino offers them. The tricky part will be finding the right casino for you. So here’s how I suggest going about it.
Try to find a casino that:
• Has software you like. I suggest finding a BetSoft-powered casino for Americans and Microgaming and/or NetEnt-powered casinos for everyone else.
• Has slots compatible with your device (PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows).
• Has slot games you want to play. For example, one casino might offer 3D slots whereas another casino doesn’t, but instead offers licensed slots or slots based on video games.
• Offers a no deposit bonus. This allows you to still play for free while also giving you the chance to win real money. Just keep in mind if you do win money, you might have to fulfill their terms before you can cash anything out.
Those are the most important factors after making sure the casino is licensed, reputable and accepts the banking options you want to use.
Why Do Online Casinos Offer Free Slots?
Ultimately, I think the casinos want to get you in the door – have you create an account and be accessible so they can send you marketing. Their goal is to convert most free money players to real money players, at some point in the future.
Brick and mortar casinos can’t do this. They have limited resources (space), so every chair needs to have a real money player.
That’s not the case for online casinos. While they don’t have infinite resources, what they do have (servers, software, bandwidth, etc) goes a long way for less money. And since you’re not taking a spot a real money player could otherwise occupy, you’re not an opportunity cost.
Especially considering that at some point you may become a real money player.
Why Play Slots For Fun?
You might be wondering – why should you play slots for fun? Isn’t it better to play slots for real money?
Not always. There are several reasons why you might choose to play online slots for fun.
1. Test the casino’s software.
Every casino uses different software or combination of software providers. If you haven’t checked them all out – or especially if you’ve never played online before – you might want to test a few of them out to see which ones you like best.
It’s not just how they look; it’s also the type of slots you get to play. Some casinos have licensed slots. Others do not. Some have 3D slots. Others do not. Etc.
2. Find slot games you like.
One thing I don’t like about brick and mortar casinos is that you have to pay to play every machine. There are no free options.
This sucks because if you want to try a new game (to see if you like it), you’ll end up spending $10 or $20 – or more – before you have an answer. For low limit players this might be all they have to spend for the day or session. And they’re blowing it on a game that might suck.
Not online, though. You can play most – if not all – slot games for free first.
3. Kill time.
Sure, you might prefer to play slots for real money, but maybe you’re in line at the store, waiting to pick up your kids from school, or got to go number 2. Whatever the case, you just want to get a few spins in. Free slots let you do that.
4. Play slot games you can’t play for real money.
Americans get the short end of the gambling stick in the slots selection department. They don’t get to play licensed slots or Vegas slot machines you can find in actual Las Vegas casinos. Anything from comic book to video game to board game slots – Americans can’t play them.
But many offshore casinos will let you play them for free, even if you can’t play them for real money.
5. Learn the payouts.
Each machine is different, so you might want to play a few rounds for free to see what combos pay out or trigger bonus rounds. You simply want to understand the machine before you play for real. There’s nothing wrong with that.
6. You took advantage of a free slots offer.
Technically you’re playing for free if you’re playing slots on someone else’s dime. Just keep this in mind – if the casino gives you free money to play with, and you win money, you’ll have to fulfill their terms before you can cash out. This might mean making a real money deposit.
7. You may not have to create an account.
Granted, if you ever want to play for real money you’ll have to get over that. But at many casinos (like Bovada) you can play their slots for free without ever having to create an account. Just visit their casino and play from your browser.
8. No download either.
Same thing as above – play for free and there’s a good chance you won’t have to download any software. You’ll just play from your browser.
9. You can test strategies.
Now, I hate to burst your bubble, but… there are no tips or strategies you can pick up that will help you to beat slots. Not in the long term at least. But you can try them for free anyway. Maybe you’ll prove me wrong. At the very least you may find a strategy you like using just because it’s fun.
10. You’ll never lose.
Playing slots for free gives you EVERY benefit to playing slots for real money – MINUS the actual winning money part. But that’s okay, not everything has to revolve around putting more money in your pocket. Sometimes – especially when it comes to casino games – you can win money by simply not playing for money and losing it to the casino.