According to John Robison , most of the choices you make on slots don't affect the outcome with a few exceptions . See the excerpt from one of his articles below . I would add that on Hot Penny Machines the stop reels unsing the hot penny button often ( seems to) works well when you are trying to get a 3rd "bonus" symbol .
"When Your Choices Do Matter
Video poker. The most obvious example of a machine in which your choices do matter is video poker. You give up anywhere from one or two to as many as five or more percentage points in long-term payback when you play by your hunches instead of a mathematically derived strategy.
Bonus rounds on Mikohn slots. Mikohn has carved out a niche for itself by designing slots that require meaningful choices in their bonus rounds. The choices you make during these bonus rounds do affect the amount you win and the more skillful you are in playing the bonus round, the more you can win. An insider at Mikohn once told me that a good player can pick up over one percentage point in long-term payback over a poorer player.
Some examples: Yahtzee -- you have to choose which die or dice to re-roll during the bonus round to try to get the best-paying Yahtzee hand. Battleship -- you have to choose which grid squares at which to fire your missiles in an attempt to sink the enemy fleet. The fewer missiles you take, the higher your bonus. Ripley's Believe It or Not -- the higher your U.I.Q. (Useless Information Quotient), the more you can win. The machine displays a trivia question along with a number of answers. The sooner you pick the correct answer, the higher your bonus. "
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