27 Mar

Pokies Primer

Everyone wants to know how win big at online Pokies but some people are unsure as to whether they have the chance or if the odds are against them. Below is a summary of how online Pokies games work, some of the technology used in the software and how you can make sense of winning at one of the many online games offered in the market.

To start off, every Pokies machine, including newly offered Pokies software for online gaming, has a chip inside called a random number generator (RNG) that makes mathematical equations about 1,000 times a second to determine what symbols appear in the reels. When you push the spin button or pull the handle, whether physically in a casino or with a push of a button on your computer or mobile device, you see numbers or symbols spinning. In fact, those have already been chosen by the RNG before the reel stops spinning, so in reality the screen wouldn’t even have to show you them spinning. Pokies players like all other gaming enthusiasts enjoy the visualization, however.

Depending on the Pokies machine, each one has different chips that are set with a certain amount it will pay out back to the public. The range of the payouts on each machine is determined on the machine and the manufacturer of the game, but it’s usually standard that most Pokies machines will pay out at a low of 85% to a high of about 98%. So then how do casinos or online Pokies games at last choose how much they pay back to their gamers? The answer is that it is done by denomination.

Generally speaking, the higher the denomination the machine has the higher it is set to pay back. In other words, the lower amounts you pay in the lower the chances the Pokies machine will pay back whereas higher betting gets you higher chances of getting your money back. This can actually be found in public gaming statistics throughout Australia, New Zealand as well as the US, proving there are viable ways to make money from the games and that they are not fake.

So then how do you win? Is there a system for slot machines where you can cheat your way? Well, technically most of it is luck combined with knowing what machines and programs typically have higher payouts. It also helps to know how many players use online Pokies programs, with Mac users sometimes having advantages for reasons. It is worth asking, however-Are Pokies machines set to pay out at set intervals, or once they have collected a certain amount of money? The answer to this varies among different experts in the field.

For some experts such as Steve Bourie, he claims the point at which the Pokies machine pays out is completely random. However, according to many other experts in the field, this is simply not true as Pokies machines do pay out in certain amounts based off the amount of cash that has been invested in them otherwise the public would not return to play. Also, remember those statistics mentioned above? Because those are public and technically calculable, this does prove Pokies machines aren’t really that random, as they are based off RNGs that eventually pay out and maintain a certain payout percentage. If everything in the machines were completely flawed and random, then technically there could be massive glitches in the machine that cause it to never pay out or constantly pay out. Neither is the case as they are maintained and monitored, so many people believe there are certain intervals at which people can win. Consistency is key.

But what about the 85-98% payout?

Technically, putting in $1 does not guarantee you will end up with $0.85-0.93 back, but it also doesn’t mean you can’t make $1.85-1.93 on your spin as well. Sometimes the machines do not measure this frequency in a given minute or even day, but sometimes they do, as that is part of both the randomness and consistency used by each players on the machine. The machine ultimately pays out 85-98% of a certain amount of money it has recorded and stored over a certain period, which could be months before it pays out that percentage. That is why it is possible for someone to begin playing and within minutes make millions. For that person, technically the payout is millions times more than what they put in, but for the machine it could be the 85-98% of the money that has accumulated over time.

Does the past performance of a machine determine its future results?

Bourie says no to this but we think he is wrong. The chip in a machine is still functioning as the so-called brain, which stores memory of all past and upcoming plays in accordance with player usage (i.e. time spent at a time by one player and how much a machine puts out over a certain period of time). Therefore, the RNG is determining how often the Pokies machine or game can pay out. If the machine was not making such calculations it would be terribly flawed and susceptible to either everyone winning all the time or no one ever winning. Neither of these scenarios really occurring, and therefore it can be said all performances make a difference to an extent. In other words, they are quantifiable random results, as weird as that may seem.

If someone wins the jackpot in a game, does that mean others do not have the same opportunity because the pot needs to re-build itself?

Not necessarily. This is because the percentage of which the game pays back may have been calculated based on total amounts of more than one machine that is linked to an online game’s system. The frequency at which different gamers are putting in money causing the pot to fluctuate and the rate at which gamers win can vary, both in favor of one or the other. So, if someone wins a jackpot one night it is theoretically possible for another person to win the same night as the pot amount may fill up again right away and the timing in which a certain Pokies machine or game calculates a winner based of that games RNG results may link up.

Get winning

Keeping these perspectives in mind, playing Pokies is half luck and half strategy in knowing the fundamentals of which one’s luck is based on. If you know that going into an online Pokies game, this will help you further understand the rate at which you could win and make bank. Not everything is set in stone when it comes to making money regardless of any game or career, but knowing the ins and outs clearly can make or break one’s luck.