Gambling on pokies online – do’s and don’ts

Playing pokies online is a great source of entertainment and they offer us a great chance to win real money. That said, we need to keep in mind that pokies are games of chance and take no particular skill to win. Browse through this list of do’s and dont’s for playing the slots so you can enjoy them as much as we do.

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Play the pokies for fun and for entertainment purposes. If you win money in the process, consider that a bonus.

DON’T

Play the pokies with the intent of winning your rent money or auto maintenance money.

Most casinos make their biggest profits from pokies, both land-based and online casinos. The designers of pokie game produce machines and software programs which ultimately return around 90% of what is paid to it.

DO

Play the maximum size bet you can afford to make for each game.

DON’T

Play for stakes which are more than you can afford.

Online pokies feature different stakes which we players can decide to wager. They also allow us to play multiple lines at once and frequently have credit multipliers. Subsequently, even when playing cheap 10-cent slot games for example, we can actually end up playing $0.50 or even $1.50 for each spin. Make sure you know how much you want to bet.

The highest jackpots on offer however, are only available with the highest bets. For example, a jackpot might be $100 if you hit it without any multiplier, but it can mushroom up to $1000 when you play it with a 5x multiplier. The maximum win will often double whatever the value of the multiplier is.

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Set a time limit to play the pokies and stick to it. Take frequent breaks.

DON’T

Play for longer than your allocated time.

People often are drawn in to a state of mind they refer to as the ‘zone.’ This is a psychological state which can feel rather blissful. You can often ignore feelings such as hunger and tiredness when you dvelop this state of mind and it seems all your problems melt away. Judgement can become impaired when in a state such as this, so it’s important to take breaks when you are playing. That way, you have an opportunity to take stock of how you feel.

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Only gamble with money you can afford to lose.

DON’T

Chase your losses.

If you have a budget of $200 and lose that within the first half hour of your game-play, it is time to quit and play again at another time. If you try to make back the money you have lost you can easily dig yourself in to a deeper hole.

DO

Determine a realistic winning amount you’ll be satisfied with and quit of you reach that target.

DON’T

Continue to play if you have reached your target winning amount.

All pokies pay back at less than 100% so if you continued to play and play, you’d eventually lose what you have won. Quite while you’re ahead and be happy with the profit you’ve made.

DO

Choose an online casino with strong bonus programs which work for your specific needs.

DON’T

Merely go for the online casino which offers the biggest bonus.

Online casinos distinguish themselves primarily with the bonuses they offer. Since they don’t have the same overheads land-based casinos have, they can offer some enticing bonuses. However, majority of the bonuses casinos offer hold play-through requirements; you’ll have to deposit and use your money to access their money. If you don’t think you’ll be playing regularly enough to make the most of the large bonuses on offer, try a casino which offers a lower bonus but with less strings attached.

DO

Play in online casinos with good reputations and strong in the area of customer service.

DON’T

Play at a casino if you can’t tell what jurisdiction it falls under or determine its regulators.

We will only recommend the most trusted and safe online casinos to you. And while the majority of casinos on the internet are reputable, there are some that fall in to the category of ‘unsafe’. There are scamming sites designed to take your money at a faster rate than real casinos would.

For example, Australian regulations require software designers to make their pokies pay out at no less than a rate of 87% and other casinos that aren’t based in Australia also follow suit to take advantage of the huge gambling market in Australian. Unregulated casinos can cheat unsuspecting customers so take caution to the wind, like we should in most aspects in life.

DO

Gamble and play online pokies so long as you are having fun.

DON’T

Gamble if you are feeling lonely or depressed.

If you gamble to escape your problems, you can often make those problems bigger. Seek assistance if you feel you are gambling compulsively. Additionally, pokies often provide small wins which can give us the illusion that we are actually winning, even though the win amounts to less than our original wager. Subsequently, players can reach the ‘zone’ state of mind faster, which is not necessarily a good thing.

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