Slot machines, or pokies, would have to be one of the most entertaining and the most popular forms of gaming in the world. Not restricted to large gaming floors in major casinos, you can find gaming machines in many pubs and clubs as well as the smaller casino, or naturally on the Internet. Its well known that these machines can also be one of the most addictive forms of gaming. That is why it’s a good idea to know your limits. Recognising these is not easy at times, but the more you are aware of yourself and your surroundings, the more enjoyable sitting down to your favourite game will be!
Here are a few tips and tricks to have the most enjoyable gaming experience possible. Only guidelines, as there is no way to beat the pokies system, chance and luck have a lot to do with a night at the machines. Just remember to have a good time and go for a win!
Strategies for playing the pokies!
Keep it fresh! – If you aren’t winning anything after eight to ten spins move on to another machine. Sometimes a change of scenery, or game, is all that is required for a new outlook and energy to play. You can always go back to your favourite game after you’ve played another.
Keep it real – naturally you’ll probably want to have a couple of drinks, as its nice to have a bit of a buzz when playing, but best to not over do it whilst parked in front of the pokies. A clear head makes for a more alert you and a better experience on the gaming floor.
Keep it cool – if you find you are getting pissed off at a machine, the circumstance or lack of payout, best to take a deep breath and move on. You may find yourself getting angry at a machine, or sometimes a neighbouring player can rub you the wrong way. They may get a bit ‘shouty’ at their own machine, be smoking cigarettes or a cigar, or they keep wining and you don’t. Remove yourself from the area, and play on another machine.
When to play
Happy – One of the best times to play is when you are feeling happy. Heading to the gaming floor when you are already in a bad mood will only increase the negativity surrounding you.
Hungry – Do not play when you have mouths to feed: yours or your children’s. Kids can get expensive and there are many surprise costs that come about, best to have that money for the really important stuff and keep your bellies full first. Plus, it’s rather distracting to play when your tummy is rumbling!
Flush – Obviously no one wants to play with money they don’t have. Play only when you have the extra cash around, as not to dig a deeper hole to climb out of. Gaming is a form of entertainment, so it’s a good idea to treat it as one. Leave the credit cards at home and bring what you can afford.
Where to play
Your faves – Generally, best to play in an establishment that is familiar to you. Your local club or pub where you may regularly drink or eat, or play is your best bet. Or if you are heading to a larger casino, take a mate along as a play buddy for the night. This way people like your friends, staff, or other players, know who you are, and may even be able to help you out if you find yourself in a pickle.
Your foes – Playing somewhere for the first time, like at a rival club to your local perhaps? There’s always a period of getting to know the place, the machines, the system, the beers. First time at a new establishment, take a buddy and have a good time. Your second visit will be a warmer and familiar experience.
Even though they were invented in the early 1900’s in the USA, pokie machines weren’t introduced into Australia until 1955, and then legalized one year later. They were the old kind, slot machines, where you pull the lever and watch the reels spin. The mid 1980’s brought in the video slot machines and the face of gaming in registered clubs in this country was changed dramatically.
New Zealand loves their pokies. We even invented the slang name ‘pokies’! Nowhere else in the world are they referred to as such, in fact, if you called them that in Las Vegas they’d look at you very strangely. Best to go by their standard name, ‘slots’ or ‘slot machines’.