Gaming

Online Pokies Fact & Fiction

Pokies are the most popular games at Australian online and mobile casinos. All poker machines must meet specifications set by the state governments.

Poker machines are computers that use randomised mathematical programming.  This means the machine will pay out prizes at random intervals, keeping a percentage of the money put into them.

Online Pokies Features

One of the first things that players look for in online pokies is the theme. Pokies of every conceivable themes are available on sites such as Royal Vegas online casino. Themes of mythology, high living and sports are very popular and the selection includes pokies with these themes.

Sites such as Royal Vegas online casino are continuously evolving Pokies. Every now and then an innovation is introduced that sets the trend. The 243 ways to win concept is extremely popular today and Burning Desire was the first one to use it.

Pokies are known for the bonus games that they offer. Most popular are the free spins and the bonus game on the second screen. The bonus game has changed considerably from picking objects and earning credits.

Myths about pokies:

FICTION: Poker machines are more likely to pay out at particular times of the day.
FACT: The result of each game is entirely random and is not affected by anything going on around you. The game has no way of knowing the amount of money the machine contains.

FICTION: You can confuse poker machines into paying out by altering play patterns.
FACT: No matter what you do, the computer program determining the result does not change. The machine responds only to you pushing the button.

FICTION: You can influence the outcome of a game by touching the machine or pushing buttons in a particular way.
FACT: The machine’s buttons have only two states, on or off. No difference in approach to the pushing of the buttons will yield different results.

FICTION: You can influence the outcome of a game through concentration or positive thought.
FACT: The machine will always remain random, it cannot be convinced otherwise. The machine responds only to you pushing the button and nothing else.

FICTION: You can make up for past losses by continuing to gamble.
FACT: The result of your last game has no bearing on the result of your next game. It is illegal for poker machines in Victoria to base outcomes of games on previous outcomes. Poker machines cannot react to the frequency of wins or losses. The games operate randomly at all times no matter how many wins or losses have occurred in the past.

FICTION: Certain machines are “hotter” or “luckier” than others.
FACT: Poker machines are simply computers programmed to randomly select outcomes. While the odds may change depending on the game being played, individual machines are never “hot” or “lucky”.

FICTION: A “close miss” is an indication of an upcoming win.
FACT: Every event or “spin” is random and a separate event. A near miss means as much as any other loss.

FICTION: If I’m a skilled enough gambler, I can beat the odds
FACT: Skill has no bearing on the outcome of playing the pokies. Your chance of winning when you sit down are the same as the person next to you.

Are gambling winnings taxable in Australia?
Gamblers’ winnings in Australia are not taxed. There are 3 main reasons for that:Gambling is not considered a profession, it’s treated as a hobby or recreational activity. The Australian government views gains from gambling activities not as income, but as a result of good luck.