Pokies are played by millions of people around the world and with its continued success, it’s worth learning the basics of how to play so you too can join in the fun and maybe earn some money. Pokies are also known as slot machines, fruit machines or one arm bandits, depending on where you are in the world. Luckily, it’s also super easy to learn how to play!
How to play pokies
The first step is to choose your machine or game. The best websites and casinos in NZ have a wide selection of games to play and many pubs and clubs have machines for you to play on too. For online, have a browse through the casino lobby until you find a game you like the look of that’s within your betting limits. The sites tend to allow you to play for free so you can work out if you like the gaming features of each game before you commit any money.
Once you’ve picked a game, select the bet size from the buttons at the bottom. The minimum coin size can be as little as NZ$0.01 but you can find bigger tables if you want. This is how much you’re willing to bet per pay line and spin. Some can go up to 25 pay line options, which means if you have staked NZ$0.01 against the 25, each spin will cost NZ$0.25. The best part of the game comes next, spin the wheel and see if you can hit any of the jackpots!
Return to Player explained
With the game being so simple and seemingly so random, it’s best to learn about the Return to Player percentage, or RTP, as early as you can. This is a calculated percentage that tells you what your win rate will be over a long period for the money you have wagered on a pokie machine. Every game has its own RTP, which is established by the game designers and the casinos and is a rough guide as to how successful you might be when spinning. If, for example, a pokie has a 99% RTP, this says that for every NZ$100 played, your return will be NZ$99 over time. You can find the percentage for certain games in many review guides and while you will never find one over 100%, very few casino games do and the aim is to find the highest possible RTP you can.
How to win
There is no surefire way of winning pokies but it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for certain symbols and features that can boost your chances. This can include wild symbols that act as a joker card and can replace any other symbol on the line to help you, or scatter symbols that can replace two or more symbols. Getting three or more scatter symbols can trigger a bonus feature or a quick cash prize! Games that have these two features, as well as multipliers and bonus rounds, will give you the best chance of winning. Some bonus rounds are gained when you wager a certain amount, for example, get 50 free spins when you spend $10 on a particular slot. Once you’ve played your $10, regardless of what you win or lose, you’ll get another 50 spins for free!
When you’ve got enough winnings and you’re happy to finish, you can withdraw your winnings in whatever round you’re in or move onto another game with the credit you have.