Most people know the difference between games based on luck and games based on skill. As games go, pokies is one of the most luck-based ones out there – meaning whether or not you win is not in your hands but more in the hands of fate.
However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can do to improve your chances.
There are some people who seem to continuously beat the odds, and while they don’t win every time, they seem to always walk away with heavy pockets. So what is their secret? Well, there is no big secret. But there are a few tips and tricks that can help you leave with more than you came in with, most of the time.
Know Your Machines
Before you decide where to go to play pokies, find out which machines in your area will give you the best payouts. You can find websites online that tell you the payout percentages of pokie machines at different casinos. Get this information if you can – payouts on pokies range between 80-98% – a big difference. You want to be playing on the 98% machines if you can.
Once in the casino, look at the size of the jackpots for different machines – and go for the ones with the smallest jackpots. Smaller jackpots mean they are more frequent, and you are much more likely to walk away with money than on a machine with a big jackpot. However, another thing to weigh up against this is that the higher the denomination of the machine, the more payouts they give. So you should always try and pick the highest denomination machine but one with the smallest jackpots.
Lastly, always pick a machine in a premium, high visibility location. Casinos generally place machines with higher payouts in high visibility areas, to entice people to play. Take advantage of this marketing strategy!
Once you have decided on your machine, you are ready to begin. The first decision to make is your credit level. Most machines only pay bonuses and progressive jackpots if you play max credits, so always choose this option. If you bet the maximum, your payouts will be higher if you hit the jackpot.
The next decision you are likely to have to make is what to do once you start winning or losing. The tips here are all about gambling smart. Decide on your maximum budget and come in with that amount in cash. If you win, pocket the cash, and following that, only play from your initial bankroll. That way, you can’t walk out empty handed. If you are on a losing streak, but still within your budget, lower your bet size. This will buy you time to get the odds in your favour. But always stop when you reach the end of your budget and come back another day. You’ll have a lot more fun that way, and fun is what pokies are all about.