How to Win Pokies. Pokie Machines Tips

Playing pokies seem to be so much fun but winning pokies adds more thrill to the game.  Since modern pokies base your 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.

Though winning this game is purely based on your destiny but tactical tips for pokies players do actually exist. It is not that these will have you a sure shot win but they can help you make smart decisions and choose behaviours that make playing pokies more fun.

So what you need is to play  pokies games responsibly with common-sense expectations, and make the spinning  of poker machine’s reels more entertaining and fruitful. These are games of chance, but you can definitely increase your chances of winning, which is what these tips are designed to help you to do.

Maximize your odds with poker machines - What online casinos don't want you to know

Lets start with some very important questions and unconvering some common myths.

What is the payout percentage, also called Return to Player (RTP)?

The payout is the percentage of money, out of all the money deposited, that will be returned to you -if you play all the combinations of the machine.

Let’s say that the payout of a machine or casino is 92%, which means that the casino pays out 92% of what it makes. Right? Now, depending on the amount of reels and symbols, this machine could have around 70 000 different combinations. Which means that to get 92% of your money you'll have to hit every single combination which will take a long time.

Here are some real payout percentages of some top online casinos:

All Slots Casino's average pokies percent payout is 95.62%
Jackpot City's average percent payout is 96.36%
All Jackpots Casino's average percent payout is 95.38%
Platinum Play Casino's average percent payout is 96.20%
Royal Vegas Casino's average percent payout is 96.51%

What is RNG or Random Number Generator?

A random number generator (RNG) is a computational or physical device designed to generate a sequence of numbers or symbols that lack any pattern, i.e. appear random. (reference Wikipedia)

Licensed online casinos are reviewed and audited on their RNG fairness. Many RNG reviews are conducted twice a year by group (

Who are the real winners?

In the real 'pub pokies' world, the profits are split between the pub or club and the poker machine operator (TabCorp, Tatts, etc). In the online world, works exactly the same the money is split between the casino operator and the software provider in this case.

Is machine credits, casino credits same as real dollars?

The table below explain how you can convert credits to dollars and viceversa.

poker machines values vs casino credits

Can I losse even if I win?

Yes. In order to have what I call a 'Nett Win' you will need to win more that what the Spin cost you.

For example: if you bet 1 credit per line, on a 25 lines game, your total bet is 25 credits and - you will need to win over 25 credits on that Spin to remain ahead.

How easy is to win a Jackpot?

Jackpots are not easy to win. The odds of winning an online jackpot can be as low as 1 in 1,000,000.

Remember that to win a Jackpot you will need to bet on all lines which we just learned is very costly.

The graph below shows Mega Moola Jackpot evolution this year.You can see that they had only 3 winners this year out of around 1 Million players world wide.

mega moolah pokies jackpot graph of winnings

Things to take with you

-- Remember that there are different phases of payouts and money collection when playing pokie machines. You need to understand what the phases are and what phase your pokie machine is in, just in case your machine is not paying you.  That usually means it’s time to move on to a different machine.

-- Both real Pokies and online pokies are programmed to payout less of what you put in, so chances are you will not win money.

-- Sometimes, you can help to move things along if your machine is not in a payout phase. You can do this by changing how you bet. The way that pokie machines are programmed means that switching how you bet can move the machine along to a payout phase a little more quickly.

-- It’s always a good idea to use the red or black features. These features double your money when you win, and pokies are all about increasing your wins to overcome your losses. Using this feature is very helpful.

-- Poker machines require you to think about the long term. For instance, you can do this by taking out your winnings once you have won a nice amount of money.  If you play with $200 and you win $150, take those winnings out so that you are still playing with your initial $200 investment.  This will help you to stay ahead, or at least even!

-- Along those lines, remember that you should not gamble more than you can afford. You can easily end up in a bad situation otherwise, as you may gamble to try to “win back” money that you lost that you really needed for important things.

-- The best mentality to have is to think of gambling as entertainment. Look at any money that you win as a bonus. If you gamble with your extra money, this will help you to think in the right way.

Free Guide: Maximizing your odds with pokies

We've written a comprehensive PDF document about increasing your winning odds while playing pokies either at a Pub or online - Maximizing your Odds with Pokie Machines (Guide).pdf

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Comments So Far (4)

Feb 22, 2011 at 13:02:53 ›› James said:
Which is the best site to use with an apple? And most likely to win?

Feb 22, 2011 at 13:02:12 ›› Elena said:
James Thanks for the email. Unfortunatelly, all casino clients are made for PC. You could install Windows on your Mac using Boot Camp. But you need to know what to do. The best option, I think, for Mac users is to play on Flash casinos. Here is list of sites that accept play from your browser, without downloading the software: Please note these sites don't accept players from United States or France. Now, in terms of winning; here is my advice. It is unlikely to win lots at any casino if you play for a long time. If you choose a 'high payout casino' you could play for longer. If you win; don't be greedy. Have a budget you can afford to loose. Play for fun, not for money :) All the best Elena

Apr 14, 2011 at 01:04:09 ›› Justin said:
What I find best is to bet really small amounts at first. Then, once you start to get on a 'hot streak' of small payouts start to bet bigger. However, it is best not to bet big every time once you hit the hot streak. The chance are that if you get a payout, the next few spins will not. Thus, once you get a payout bet small for a few spins then chuck on a couple big ones.

Apr 15, 2011 at 01:04:45 ›› Australian Online Casino said:
Another thing to try is to play slowly on the pokie machine, especially when most of the machines are in use. The machines are usually expected to generate income to a certain threshold for a period and if the play rate is too slow, will pay out so that the player moves on, or starts to play more aggressively.

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