Below are seven basic tips on how to improve your pokie experience.
While pokies are truly a game of chance, there are ways to get the most out of your pokies. This guide will detail each of the above methods and explain how they help.
Find the RTP of the pokie
Ever wondered about how much you’ll get out of a game on average? RTP is what you’re looking for. Finding the RTP will inform you on which pokie to play.
This payout rate can often be found somewhere on the casino site. If the casino doesn’t list them, you can do a quick google search for the pokie’s RTP. This rate is set by the developer of the game so it is the same across all casinos.
You may be wondering what a good RTP looks like. For online pokies, a good RTP will be above 95%. On average online pokies have high RTP so you won’t see too many below 95%, but they are out there.
In general, the higher the payout percentage, the better you will do on average. Picking a pokie with high RTP is the first step towards improving your experience.
Be aware that high RTP pokies are sometimes prevented from contributing or will contribute less to wagering requirements.
What is RTP?
If you already know the answer to this question, skip on ahead to the next section. For those who aren’t sure, RTP stands for Return to Player. It is also known as the payout percentage. The inverse of this is the house edge.
Essentially, RTP is a measure of how much of your deposit the game will return to you. Of course, since these games are chance-based you could lose it all or get back twice as much.
That said, the Return to Player rate is a good measure for long-term payouts.
Find the requirements for jackpots and free spins.
Most pokies will have jackpots and bonuses you can earn by playing. Before you start to play, see if you can find out what the requirements are for each.
If there are no special requirements other than playing you won’t be able to influence your chances.
On the other hand, sometimes free spins are only an option if you’re playing all of the pay lines. If that is the case you don’t want to be unknowingly playing without the chance for a jackpot or other bonuses.
Learn how the game is played
This is related to the previous tip, but you will want to understand all aspects of the game. Learn how many pay lines there are, what each symbol means, what bonuses you can unlock, and any unique features.
The best way to do this is just to play. However, you don’t want to be figuring out the game with your money on the line. The solution is to play free games. Most casinos will give you the option to play with no cash on the line.
Free games allow you to enjoy the game for what it is while also giving you a chance to learn about it. Obviously, you won’t have the chance to win money, but you will be much better off when you switch to wagering.
Follow a budget
While it isn’t as much fun to make and follow a budget, it is the best way to play responsibly. You should have hard cutoff amounts so that you don’t lose more than you can afford.
It is also helpful to record how much you lose and how much you win over time. This will allow you to see the bigger picture. You will be able to know whether you’ve actually broken even or lost money overall.
If you want to be exceptionally detailed you can break down how much you spend on each wager based on the number of pay lines.
Take advantage of bonuses
There are almost always available bonuses outside of the ones you can earn in the game. The bonuses can vary greatly and will differ from casino to casino.
Some examples include deposit matching, free spins, and welcoming bonuses.
Research which ones are available at your casino. Watch out as some bonuses will not be applicable to certain pokies or have certain wagering requirements before you can withdraw.
Once you know what options you have, these bonuses can help you win big.
Sign up for pokies clubs
It’s all about the bonuses. There are plenty of clubs designed for pokies fans that will offer additional bonuses. Find out if your casino has one. If not, look for a good casino that does.
Between in-game bonuses, casino bonuses, and club bonuses you will have plenty of opportunities.
If your casino does not have such a club do not worry. You can still make use of these other tips when trying your luck on the pokies.
Choose small or large jackpots
This tip is similar to the first in that it relates to your odds. When selecting a game, look at what jackpots it advertises. There is some variance, however most of the time the bigger the jackpot the lower your odds are.
This usually means that the smaller jackpots will be more frequent than the bigger jackpots. The trade-off is that they give you less. Aiming for larger jackpots is another option and will payout more, but your odds are much lower.
Progressive jackpots are also usually very attractive, but due to their nature, they are even harder to get.
When choosing the jackpot size you’re aiming for, keep your budget in mind. Since the smaller jackpots pay out more they are often more wallet-friendly. Aiming for large jackpots might lead you to hit the budget cutoff before you hit the jackpot.