Everyone has a system or theories about how to beat online pokies. This has led to online pokie myths being perpetuated around the world and these myths often cost players big bucks when gambling at their favourite online casino sites.
Top 5 Online Pokie Myths
Today, we will take a look at some of the most common online pokie myths. We also explain why you should ignore them.
Pokies Are Programmed to Have Hot and Cold Streaks
Online pokies streaks are common, but not due to programming. Every spin is generated randomly using a random number generator (RNG) to ensure that every spin is unique. It’s possible to go on incredibly hot or cold streaks, but it has nothing to do with the programming. It’s all about luck at that point.
Machines That Have Not Paid Off For a While Are Due
Back in the old days of coin-operated pokie machines, there were common conceptions that a machine that had not paid off for a while was due to pay off. This would lead to players roosting on machines to try and be the lucky player.
That thinking has switched over to digital pokie machines. Likewise, many players become frustrated when a machine that’s “due” doesn’t hit. That’s because the RNG makes every spin random and every spin has the same odds of winning. The machine that hasn’t hit big for 2 days has the exact same odds as the one that hit 30 minutes ago.
Machines That Have Paid a Jackpot Will Not Pay Off Again Anytime Soon
Most people believe that once an online pokie jackpot has been hit, it will not pay off anytime soon. This myth is based on the old school slot machines that would often reset after a big win. However, these types of machines no longer exist in live play and have never existed in legitimate online pokies.
Online pokies are random and the chances of winning big are the same on each spin due to the randomness of the spin. The only caveat to this would be massive progressive jackpots. While technically possible, there are very few instances of a progressive jackpot being triggered soon after a massive jackpot was hit. In this case, we are talking jackpots of six figures or more.
You Cannot Improve Your Chances of Winning
Many believe that there’s nothing you can do to improve your chances of winning at online pokies. While you cannot manipulate the outcome of a spin, you can improve your odds through making smart choices.
First, check the payout or RTP of the games you’re interested in. RTP can be as low as 85% or as high as 99.5%. Naturally, the higher the RTP, the better odds you’ll have at winning. Next, check out the variance of an online pokie. If it is lower variance, you’ll hit smaller wins much more often. If it is a medium or high variance, then you will not have a lot of smaller wins, but when you do win, you have better odds of hitting a substantial win.
Playing Pokies With a Bonus Affects Your Ability to Win
OK, this one is a bit of a mixed bag. On the surface, playing online pokies with a bonus has no impact on your ability to win money. The RNG of a pokie has no way to determine whether you’re playing on bonus funds or standard funds.
However, you do need to pay attention to the terms of the bonus. Some pokie bonuses will cap the amount of money you can win on a bonus or free spins. As this may limit the total amount you can win, it is wise to only play with bonuses that have no withdrawal limits. If you play with a bonus that has a cap, stick with slots that will not exceed that cap.