Cheating Methods For Pokies That People Try

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What are the Cheating Methods People Try when Playing Pokies?

There have been instances that players have been using some cheating methods to win the gameplay. Though no good and the responsible player will try ever to cheat; nor anyone will recommend it legally, but for the sake of answering this question that often players are curious to know about such things; the answer is intended for fun purpose and information. It is advisable not to indulge in any of the cheating methods.

As winning is always exciting and thrilling experience but one should also have the habit to accept being a loser.

But losers are not interested on being happy; because losing a bunch of money playing pokies machines is never commendable or congratulated.

It’s the mere concept of losing that prompted some ballsy players to implore some pokies machine ingenuity; and trick the system into thinking they’ve either won or have a decent bankroll.

World’s most infamous cheating methods for pokies

To play on pokies machines you require nickels or quarters to play them. That’s great if you end up winning money in the long run. But if you’ve only got a few bucks to work with; you could end up losing everything in one shot and then it’s game over. It gets even worse if you only have one single quarter to work with.

1. Attaching a String to Coin

Attaching a String to Coin
Attaching a String to Coin

One of the oldest ways to trick a pokies machine involves attaching a string to a coin and dropping it into the machine until the machine assumes a payment has been made. Then, the cheater pulls the string to bring the coin back up. This method worked on old pokies machines; but today’s machines are far too sophisticated to be fooled by a piece of string.

You have to spend money to win money on pokies machines; so you can just spend round pieces of metal disguised to look like real money. So one man actually counterfeited a bunch of pokies machine coins using metal. They were accurate in terms of size and weight, so the machines were completely tricked into thinking they were real.

2. Device to insert into the bill feeder

Device to insert into the bill feeder
Device to insert into the bill feeder

Today’s pokies machines take dollar bills and the modern machines use all kinds of laser technology to verify the authenticity of the bills being inserted, machines of yesteryear weren’t nearly as advanced. So back in the day, someone created a tiny device that is inserted into the bill feeder. Inside are two prongs that trick the machine into thinking a bill has been inserted. The device was disguised by a real bill around it, so casino employees passing by would be none the wiser about the cheating underway on the casino floor.

Pokies machine developers created a smarter system of identifying coins to combat fake coins. They came up with an optic verification sensor system that would reject any coin that wasn’t real. Or so the casinos thought. People well-versed in the optical coin verification system figured out that shaving down a coin could trick the system into thinking an actual coin was played. The machine programmers caught onto the scam and developed a second system that would measure size and weight, but not all machines relied on both pieces of technology.

3. Replacing chip inside the machine

 Replacing chip inside the machine
Replacing chip inside the machine

In one of the cheats recorded at the casino was swapping the circuit board inside the pokies machine One spammer allegedly won over $5 million by sneaking into casinos, opening a random pokie with a key he got on the black market, and replacing one chip inside the machine with one he made at home.

A video poker machine known as The Game King featured a hidden glitch that allowed players to somehow win the biggest payouts by playing the smallest stakes. The glitch was uncovered and taken advantage of before the casino caught on. The men who figured out the glitch were charged with hacking charges, however they were eventually dropped since the glitch was hardwired into the video machine, not the result of a hack.


The above all cheat methods were what punters did to make some wins They are described here for information and fun purpose only. Note that trying to cheat a casino using any of these methods will definitely get you arrested and thrown in jail. Instead, employ a betting strategy to try and bust the house. You can also just play for free as many free games are offered at casinos too.

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Kamal Kaur