How to play the pokies buttons?

Pokie Machine Button

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Today we were flicking through the truckload of questions we receive and one drew our attention instantly. The reason this question caught the eye is because we normally answer questions from people who understand the casino world and want to brush up on certain aspects of their game or require information on a particular casino, this question is different. The question relates to understanding the basic principles of the pokie and how they work, so let’s answer the question “How to play the pokies buttons?”

If you look at any pokies be it online pokies or at land venue, there are certain buttons that instruct you and make things easy for you to play pokies using them.

Buttons on pokies
Buttons on pokies

At land casinos pokies work like a machine. You put your coins into the machine, press the Spin button or pull down on the lever or press the spin button and the pokies start to spin. As pushing the button causes the wheel so start spinning and it’s up to sort of random fate where it stops. You wait for seconds for the wheel to stop, and where it stops the computer then latter determines your wins according to winning symbols that land on the game screen.

At online casino pokies work on the Random Number Generator or simply RNG. This RNG is constantly spinning out the random numbers. Hundreds and perhaps a thousand times per second it’s just generating a random number and spinning it out and this number has no relationship to the previous number generated. At the very moment that you push the button to spin or pull the lever that millisecond that your finger touches the button and it presses it actually pulls the next three random numbers from that number generator chip. The reels of the pokies machine have a lot of symbols on them. There might be 26 different symbols some of them repeat. Each random number that’s picked maps to one of the symbols.

How to play the pokies buttons?

Pokies buttons
Common pokies buttons

Here are some of the common buttons that you will find at any pokies games

Spin Reels

This is the button that starts the action. Once pressed, it sets the reels in motion.

Play Max Credits/Bet Max Coins

Regardless of its more specific name, by hitting this button, you will bet the maximum number of credits allowed on the particular machine. For example, if the pokies machine accepts a maximum bet of five coins and a player presses the button, the machine will deduct five coins from the player’s credits and automatically spin the reels.

Note that this button is only active if a player has inserted credits into the machine. If this is not the case, more coins need to be inserted before the button becomes active.

Play Two Credits, Play Three Credits

These buttons will usually indicate that the specific pokies machine accepts only two or three credits as a maximum bet. If a player presses that button, the result will be the same as if they have pushed the play max credits/bet max coins button.

Play One Credit

This button enables players to bet only one credit per spin. The button is generally found on every pokies machine ensuring players with different budgets can engage in the games. It is important to note that unlike the Bet Max Credits button, this one would not set the reels in motion and nothing will happen until the player pulls the lever or presses the Spin Reels button.

Additionally, if a player presses the button twice, the machine will add an extra credit to the next spin and so on.

The Cash Out Button

Basically, this button tells the machine the player has finished betting and wants to either move to another pokies or stop playing altogether. When this button was pressed on older machines, the one-armed bandit would start paying out the remaining credits in the form of coins. However, the newer machines will simply issue a ticket that the player can later use at the cashier’ cage to claim their winnings.

The Change Button

This button is located on the far left of the button display and is used to power up the red light at the top of the machine, which in turn signals all casino employees the player requires change.

On the top row of the pokie you will see the collect button, this button is the one used to collect your winnings and take money out of the pokie. If it’s a high stakes pokie it may mean that an attendant is called over to take you to a payout booth.

The rest of the buttons found on the top row are the amount of credits you can wager per line and they are used for features too. In some cases for the feature, the four buttons will have symbols such as the four suits of cards on them.

The bottom row has a button that is called take win, you use this to take your winnings from the pokie during the gambling phase. Sometimes the pokie may have an alternate option on this same button which is used to reserve the machine for a specified period so others cannot take it whilst you nip to the loo or the bar.

The gamble button is used to get onto double up bonus games if it is available and the start button activates the bonus feature.

Auto Play Button


Auto play button in pokies work very simply. You can find this feature in a button format at online pokies on your pokie gaming screen that says Auto Play button which is typically located on the right-hand side of your screen.

All you need is to set it up and choose how many automated spins you want, on how any paylines, and how much you want to play for etc. Once activated, you can sit back and relax and watch the machine do the spinning work for you, showing the results of each spin before moving onto the next.

With some pokies, you will also be able to program the game to stop should you win / lose beyond a certain amount. The reason for this is to protect you from exhausting your bankroll when you are not so lucky and also to help you hold onto your winnings instead of watching it slip away when your luck suddenly turns towards you.

Remember at any time during your game, you have the right to de-activate this feature. It is your money after all, so you remain in control.

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