Sun, Feb 16, 12:20pm by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Thu, Mar 12, 6:21am
To have a pokies strategy may seem like an oxymoron to some gamblers. After all, having a gambling strategy is, at its most basic, supposed to help players win more often, lose less often, and help with overall gameplay and decision making. Since modern pokies base player winnings on things like random number generators (RNGs) and computer software strategy doesn’t seem to have a place at the poker machine banks when these things make the odds impossible to overcome.
In the early 20th century, when pokies were first introduced in Australia, the physical machines that they used were vulnerable to tactics like tipping a machine over to force it to release coins or the use of a coin on a string to bet the same credit every time without giving away money. Now that poker machines are more advanced with computer systems, cheating these devices is simply not possible.
However, since one of the definitions of strategy is to increase the value of the money a player spends on a game, tactical tips for pokies players do actually exist. No, these won’t make you win more often, necessarily, but they can help a player make smart decisions and choose behaviours that make gambling more fun.
The small adjustments to the style of poker machine play and the way a player thinks, as described below, are meant to make slots more entertaining. Some of them even help ensure that a player turns a profit of some kind, though none of the advice in this article is designed to change a poker machine fan’s luck.
Poker machines are common because they’re profitable. Billions of dollars are fed into these games around the world each year, and machine designers have developed games that incorporate tactics to convince bettors to place bigger bets more often. If a gambler can learn to play the games responsibly with common-sense expectations, pokie play will be more fun. The whole point of spinning a poker machine’s reels is entertainment. Follow the advice below and your time in front of the pokies will be more fun.
Managing your poker machine budget is a big part of any reasonable set of poker machine strategy tips. Thinking about your bankroll as a valuable commodity (rather than a way to get rich quickly) means setting up limits. Before you decide to bet at a live casino or online casino to spin the pokies, you should decide how much cash you’re willing to part with before you walk away. Pokies are flashy, bright, loud, and generally designed to distract players from the fact that they’re giving their money away a few percentage points at a time.
Sitting in front of a set of spinning reels is the worst possible time to think about managing your budget. Set a floor and a ceiling for losses and wins and stick to it. That way you don’t push too many coins into the machine. The great part about online casinos is that some allow you to set betting limits that can prevent you from placing any more bets after you’ve wagered too much.
Loyalty clubs for online pokies players are commonplace. The reason casinos have these programs is to convince players to come back and spend more real money on casino games. The loyalty program tracks how much you wager using your account, and pays out various rewards based on that data. Rewards and bonuses are easy ways for online casinos to chip a few dollars your way and maintain your business.
The most basic strategy advice goes a little something like this: gambling is designed to be an entertaining distraction from your real life. As soon as it ceases to be that, pokies players are at risk of losing even more money. Nine times out of ten, being angry over a bad pokies session can lead to more losses and eventually leaving the gambling floor in a worse mood than you entered; which takes away all the joy of the pokies experience.
Stopping to take account of how you feel every now and then could help you decide that it’s time to leave, cut your losses, and go find something more fun to do. Yes, sometimes this means quitting while you’re down even if you want to get back in the black, or quitting while you’re ahead and you want to win even more. The cash you save by leaving when emotional is well worth it.
Many pokie players chase the big progressive jackpots or large fixed credit wins in the tens of thousands. Some modern live poker machines even award physical prizes, but walking up to a game and expecting a life-changing jackpot means you’re likely setting yourself up for disappointment and failure.
The truth is most poker machine wins are on the small side. Massive payouts are rare for a reason: the House doesn’t like to give away its cash any more than you do. Having realistic expectations at the poker machine banks means remembering at all times that you’re there to put a smile on your face and (maybe, just maybe) win a little bit of cash for your troubles.
As it has been said about golf, fishing, and other recreational activities, the worst day you have playing pokies is still meant to be better than your best day ever at the office. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, realistic expectations about poker machine profits are the best way to ensure you don’t lose your shirt.
The above strategy suggestions may seem simplistic; and they are very simple in concept. What’s difficult is actually applying this way of thinking to your gambling habits. If any of the above advice leads to more fun at the casino, then the strategy is paying off. While there is little to be done to make a pokie wager more lucrative, the habits and mindsets described in any decent strategic guide do lead to one easy way of getting back at the casino that just used a pokie to empty your wallet namely, having a good time and leaving the machines with a smile on your face.