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Pokies Odds

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What Are Your Chances of Winning a Pokies Game?

There is no denying that the Pokies are one of the most popular casino-based games in Australia.

Despite this, not many are actually too aware of how these games work. This means that most people don’t understand the odds of them winning or losing at any given time. Since this isn’t really an efficient way to play the Pokies, you really need to educate yourself about the whole process. Here is what you need to know:

Pokies Odds: The Reels are Random

If you have ever wondered if a Pokies machine is fixed against you, you can think again.

This is because there is no one in charge of how the reels work, aside from the computer program behind the machine or the game. See, the Pokies rely on what is known as a random number generator.

This means that whenever you press a button on a machine or your computer, the program has thousands of different possibilities to choose from. The decision made by the program, however, is completely random. This process will continue to happen for as long as someone is playing a game.

Due to this, there is no way to predict how the reels will align themselves on your screen. This system has been put in place to ensure that the game can be fairly played each and every time. After all, no one can predict what will happen next.

Calculating the Probability of You Winning

pokies-oddsNow, just because the reels align in a completely random manner doesn’t mean that you can’t figure out your chances of winning a Pokies game.

However, because it does involve some calculations, most people can’t really be bothered with.

  • The first thing that you need to know is how many positions there are on the reel and how many symbols there are.
  • You can figure out the number of symbols by looking at the paytable.

For the sake of an example, let’s imagine that there are 32 positions on the reel and that there are 16 different symbols to choose from.

Continuing with this, let’s presume that you need to get 5 stars to be able to win the top prize. So, at this point, you understand that there are at least two stars on any given reel.

Here, the odds of getting a star on one reel is 1:16. Using this number, you will have to calculate the probability of getting a star on just one reel.

Then, you will need to calculate the probability of getting a star symbol on any given spin. These two probabilities will then need to be multiplied together, providing you with the answer that you need.

Can You Improve Your Odds?

Of course, what most people are eager to learn is whether or not there is a way to improve your odds of winning. Well, as mentioned, the machines nor the programs can be manipulated in any manner so you can’t actually change the way that you are playing the Pokies games. What you can do, nonetheless, is to change how you are betting on these games.

To start with, you really should consider playing Pokies games on online casinos.

See, while traditional venues such as brick-and-mortar casinos and pubs are expected to pay back 85 to 90 percent of your betting money, online options do even more. Since online casinos aren’t expected to follow these same guidelines, they will often offer upwards of 90 percent money-back promotions. As you can imagine, this is a much better deal for you.

What are the changes of winning on the pokies? I have done research on this, and unfortunately the online casions don’t disclose this information. There is no way to tell.

The other thing that you can do is to play a Pokies game that offers the chance of Free Spins. It should be noted that this isn’t necessarily a feature provided with every machine or program so you should always check beforehand. When you get Free Spins, it means that you get to save your money while also increasing the chances of you getting the symbols that you hope for.

Also look for online casinos that provide you with Free Spins as a type of bonus or welcome package. You will then be able to increase your chances of winning from the very beginning.

So, this is what you need to know about your odds of winning at a Pokies game. As you can see, there is always an opportunity for you to put things back in your favour.

Steve Thompson

I live in Melbourne. I have a Masters degree in Economics. I am a full-time gambler since 2007. Pokies is my favorite.

Page Updated: October 19, 2018