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Winning Strategies for Playing Pokies

You might feel that trying to come up with a strategy for gambling is more than a little futile since the very nature of gambling dictates that the end result is based exclusively on chance. All a strategy is in this game is a method of slanting your chances ever so slightly to the winning side.

Still, there is no such thing as a strategy that affords a 100% hit rate. In the case of pokies, the necessity for a strategy seems to be even more obtuse. A players winnings on modern pokies are based factors like random number generators and software. So how does a strategy trump all of that? A Winning Strategy for Playing Pokies. Well, let’s find out.

What exactly is a pokies strategy

Back in the early 1900s when Australia first became akin to playing pokies, the physical machines obviously were not aided by computers. They were therefore susceptible to simple tricks like being tipped over so they would release more coins or by using a single coin on a string and then betting the same credit each time without actually giving away any money. But with the advent of computer software, such cheating mechanisms are no longer effective.

One of the main objectives of a pokies strategy is to enhance the value of the investment made by the player. Believe it or not, there are some really tactical hacks you can use while playing. While they may not necessarily cause an appreciable rise in your winning chances, they will lead you to make better decisions and approaches that will make it more satisfying.

The main reason why poker machines seem to be just everywhere in Australia is that a lot of people make a lot of money out of them. On an annual basis, they accept billions of dollars’ worth of investments. This is further helped along by the designers who configure the games to potentially attract bigger bets from investors. If you are going to the game with realistic expectations, you are likely to enjoy it a lot more.

Manage your money

You have to be smart and loyal to the budget you have set aside for pokies. If you have any regard for your bank balance you will be setting up limits on how much you will invest on a poker machine. Do not invest more than you are prepared to lose in any case. In a way, online casinos are ahead here because they allow players to preset their limits which will them stall any bets that are made once the limit is exceeded.

Be part of the loyalty club at your casino

These are pretty common in the online pokies community. The objective of the casino here is to attract more real funds out of the players. The loyalty program keeps track of how much you invest in your own account and gives you different rewards based on that information. For a player, the occasional reward or bonus is always welcome.

Keep your emotions in check

While it is a game that does have personal consequences, financially that is, it is still important to look at pokies first and foremost, as a game. The moment you let your mood be altered by a bad result, you are at risk of making a bad decision – a decision to claw something back by reinvesting beyond your designated limit. More often than not, you just end up losing more money. Plus, you will not be able to enjoy it like you used to.

Be realistic with your expectations

A lot of players are tempted to go for the big fish – the progressive jackpots or fixed credit wins that are valued in tens of thousands. But expecting to win any one of those from the moment you step up to the machine is going to be depressing almost all of the time. Such an enormous payout is extremely rare. Do not walk up to the machine every time and expect to land one of those. After all, this is mainly intended as a recreational activity with a little extra cash to make it worth your while.

And that is about as good a strategy as you can stick to in a game based solely on chance.


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: September 27, 2017