It depends on the person and their mood. Sometimes we want the big bang right away and sometimes we want to take the long way. Often, when people are looking for better payout percentages they are looking to play longer rather than to get the big bonus and walk away. Of course, we all want to win, but we know that isn't always the case with slot machines. There's a lot of psychology here. More than we're comfortable with.
We just learned about Bally Technology's new slot machine called Hot Spin that gives us a little more control, which we like, but takes some of the thinking out of the mix, too.
Hot Spin allows us to choose which we want between the big bonuses and the small time extending bonuses. Ultimately, the payout will be the same, but the road travelled will be different. Hot Spin is being installed in a bunch of MGM Resorts properties right now.
Ultimately we all want to win when we gamble, but depending on how long we're playing and how much we're spending it may not matter which machines we play. Still there's something to be said for knowing the best games to play and where they're available. Because of this, we will keep track of the best gambling odds available to us but we won't go out of our way to play those games. We'll just know that certain casinos have better odds for certain games than other casinos, so that when we visit we know what's better for us to play. How about you?