Pokies, depending on which jurisdiction you are in, will refer to a slot machine or simply a poker machine inside a casino. To many gamblers and people who speculate about casinos, pokies remain a huge mystery that they would like to know more about. In this post, we shed some light on how these machines work. Read on.

How Pokies Work

Simply put pokies are machines that have a computer element to them. Previously before computers went large scale, pokies were primarily mechanical. Inside the device, there was a ticketing system and a way to handle cash, while at the same time, there was a part of the machine that enabled the gameplay to occur.

In the modern version pokies, they are primarily computerised with an element of mechanical features. This is true for all pokies you will find in an online casino. However, even for such pokies, the gameplay is computerised, and only the ticketing and money handling aspect is mechanical. Online versions of pokies are dependent on a computer algorithm with a digital token system for the currency and the ticketing as well.

Making Money on Pokies

Unlike other games in a casino, when it comes to pokies, there is no solid gaming strategy that will earn a particular player certain amounts of money when playing. Simply put, pokies depend on luck. However, each one of these pokies will have what we call Return To Player (RTP).

The RTP refers to the amount of money the machines return to players as winnings over the lifetime of that particular machine. For most pokies, the RTP ranges from 82% to as high as 98%. However, this amount will not be a lump sum. It will flow to the players over the lifetime of the pokies, which averages 3-5 years depending on the manufacturer.