Seven Mistakes That Online Pokies Players Make

Piers Daubeney

Posted On:   JAN - 13 - 2020

Reading Time: 5 minutes


If you are looking to start your online gambling journey then online pokies are probably the best place to start off with. Online slots are wrapped in great graphics, come with amazing sound effects and are always based on some sort of a theme. Online slots can be based on TV shows (game of thrones online slot), movies (jurassic park slot) and even on prominent figures (Jimi Hendrix online slot)

Furthermore , online pokies don’t require any tactics or strategies compared to table games such as poker, baccarat or blackjack. Despite this there are certain things that you need to avoid at all costs when playing online pokies. We have compiled a list of 7 common mistakes that online pokies players make that you should avoid.

1. Not Paying Attention to Terms and Conditions associated with Online Pokies

There are now tons of online casinos offering their product to residents of New Zealand. In such a fierce competitive environment, online casinos will often tempt players to their site by their welcome bonuses. These welcome bonuses come in different guises including cashback, match deposit bonus. The most common bonus that online casinos offer are Free or Extra Spins. As the name suggests, you receive a free spin when simply creating an account at the casino whereas an extra spin is usually associated with making deposits.

Regardless of the type of spin, you should always look at the terms and conditions associated with it. Spins are usually restricted to certain online pokies and you want to avoid the disappointment of getting the spins but not being able to apply them to your favourite game because you did not read the terms properly.

You should also pay attention to the wagering requirements associated with the bonus. It is common practice for a bonus to have some sort of wagering requirements associated with it. Meaning you will be required to wager your winnings X amount of times before you can withdraw them. You will also need to check if there is a max cashout limit associated with the bnonus.

2. Not Reading the Game Help File

Once you have decided on the online slot to play, it is good practice to read the help file for the game. This file will give you more information on the symbols being used in the online slot and what combinations you will need to hit the jackpots. The file can also explain if there are any bonus rounds or mini games associated with the slot that you are playing.

3. Playing Participation Slots

Participation slots are pokies whereby the manufacturer gets a portion of the win from that machine. Participation slots are normally branded titles and are based on a movie, tv show or even game show such as the Wheel of Fortune. These online slots stand out from the rest of the pack due to their high quality graphics and trade marked sound effects and music. This makes them very expensive to produce and it is in the interest of the manufactuer to recover the cost as quickly as possible. It is for this reaosn that participation slots offer a return of 85% which is much lower compared other slots. Avoid these slots and go for more simpler titles.

4. Not knowing the slot’s RTP

You may have come across the term RTP or TRTP which is defined as the return to the player. This is a percentage of each wager that the player can expect to get back in the long run. ‘Player’ in this instance does not mean just one person but it actually refers to all the people who play the game.

When playing pokies online, you should always pay atttention to the RTPs. Always choose a slot that has a high RTP, 95% or more. Players often make the mistake of not knowing the RTP and therefore playing on online slots that have a lower percentage of giving back to the player.

5. Only Playing Big Progressive Jackpots

Progressive jackpots can be very tempting with their big rewards. However, this jackpot amount reaches that level due to the amount being poured in by other players. This means the likelihood of you winning the jackpot is much lower and we would recommend that you stay clear of them.

6. Not Managing Finances

All online slots allow you to set the amount of money you would like to bet on a spin. Depending on financial circumstances this number will vary amongst players. What you need to do is ensure that you are keeping tabs on the amount of money you are investing into the slot machine. Players are often caught out by how much money they end up spending while playing online pokies. You should therefore set a limit on how much you would like to spend per session, per day to ensure that you are spending what you can afford.

7. Not knowing when to quit

If you are keen on gambling in the long term then you need to know when to stop. Too often we hear of cases of players chasing their losses only to find themselves in a much bigger hole than they started off with. If you have been lucky enough to hit a jackpot then the best strategy is to take a break. Big wins are usually accompanied by huge downfalls.

Similarly if you have been losing for a bit then it is probably best to quit the game and take a breather. Online pokies should never be played when you are feeling emotional. You need to have a clear head to be able to fully enjoy the game and also make sensible decisions on when to call a time out.