Are the ‘More and Better' Bets worth it?
Tracy Dickson asks "Extra bets or more/better bets on certain machines. Is it really worth it to pay the "extra" or not?”. It’s an awesome question, and one I will do my best to answer.
Some games have two rows of bets (Seinfeld, Zeus, Kronos, World of Wonka, Flintstones and many more). They have regular bets, and then they have ‘More and Better’ ones. So why wouldn’t everyone choose the more and better? For starters they are often more expensive or offer a lower payout percentage. They also have nothing to do with increasing your win size on each regular spin! They are strictly saying that if you get a bonus or feature (depending on the game), then you are ‘more likely’ to have a better bonus. Or some simply say you have better odds of getting the bonus. So is it really worth it to spend extra money every spin to get the opportunity?
Let’s try an example,
You bet the $3 normal MAX BET and after 40 spins, get the bonus and win $30.
You bet the $4.50 ‘More and Better’ MAX BET and after 40 spins, get the bonus and win $75!
Well it sounds like a no brainer, you won more than 2 times the amount for only paying an extra $1.50! However, you forget that you are betting an extra $1.50 on every spin to get that, so on 40 spins you actually put in $60 towards it. Let’s also not forget that every single line hit you had in those first 39 spins paid you the exact same regardless of $3 or $4.50 (since the extra $1.50 strictly goes to the bonus). So in this example, you paid $60 more over the course of 40 spins at the $4.50 More and Better bet to win $45 more in the bonus. Do the math, it didn’t work out this time.
Now I can tell you that from experience, my bonuses are rarely much better. Granted, I have seen friends get some big hits off of them. But after generally always betting more and better, I’m definitely not ahead.
Another great, and different example, is World of Wonka.
They have two rows of bets that both have a Max Bet of $6, where one of them promises more and frequent Oompa Loompa bonuses! So why on earth wouldn’t you go for that one instead? It’s all in the fine print below the button. The More and Better $6 bet pays you 8X on pay-lines, whereas the regular $6 bet pays you 12X on pay-lines for all regular spins. So in this instance, you are giving away 50% of your money towards the ‘opportunity’, or in their words you are "more likely" to get the Oompa Loompa feature. Is this worth it? Some may say ‘it’s all about timing’, because it is! The chances are higher to get that bonus, but they’re certainly not guaranteed – nor are the outcomes of those bonuses.
Now if you watch my videos, you’ll mostly ALWAYS see me playing the more and better. So why do I do that? It’s because I got sucked into the potential of winning more! But I’m telling you now, no more! Those manufacturers know exactly what they’re doing because it worked on me and it is catching on for many machines.
I have one more example for you that is slightly different, and one I’m not 100% sure if I have the answer on: JACKPOT STREAMS FEATURE on those coin pushing machines. Once again there are two rows of buttons. The bottom row are the regular bets (10, 20, 30, 40, 50 credits) and top row are the ‘extra jackpot chance’ buttons. You can choose to pay a lot more for higher chances to get a bonus and win a progressive with an extra 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 credits. Don’t forget, it’s an opportunity to get a bonus on each spin, and it’s an opportunity to win a progressive.
Even if you get the bonus, you can walk away with $7.50 as a bonus prize or the Mini for $50 or something. Now that I say it out loud, and does sound a lot like the other examples I talked about above. I have max bet the jackpot chances and minimum bet the regular spins and put hundreds of dollars in with no bonus before (on many occasions). You really do think that you will get the bonus because you are doing everything ‘right’ in your head. But I think we forget that we are dealing with highly intelligent computers. Not slot machines, but computers. They are technologically designed to take our money, and take it as quickly and easily as possible with us thinking that we are winning, or at least make us believe we are.
So after spewing all of that out, are any of them really worth it? It’s a gamble. And not one I think I’ll take any longer…unless I feel lucky. Don’t forget, it’s all about timing! Here's a Video I shot trying out the More and Better on Zeus and Kronos. You be the judge!
If all of the above isn’t confusing enough, does it really matter what time of day we play at? Find out next week!
Brian xoox ❤️
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