Perhaps the biggest complaint of gamblers who love the pokies, is that they seem to run out of money before their desire to play has dissipated. Whether you play in a brick and mortar casino, or if your enjoying all the amazing opportunities online, you want to play for as long as you can.
Playing the pokies is more about winning than it is about playing for a long time. But it is true that the longer you play, the more often you bet, so the more chances you have to win.
The amount of money that you win is going to depend of course on how much you bet, so if your limited means is going to mean that your time will be cut short, there are ways that you can play longer. Hitting the bonus features gives you extra cash to play, but you can’t always depend on those to happen. Even if you have free play you’re using, you want it to last as long as possible. This guide aims to provide four tips on how to stretch your funds so you spend as much time playing the pokies as possible. First, here are some news stories.
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Tip #1: Click or Press the Button Infrequently
Don’t think that you have to push or click the button as soon as the spin has finished. Count to three, or better yet five, before you push it again. This will buy you some time to make your money last a little longer.
This technique can also help the reels land in your favor on games that are connected to a network of other games. As you’re waiting to spin, other players are spinning, moving the random number generator closer to the jackpot spin; or another large win spin.
While there is never any guarantee that you’ll win big by pausing between spins, you will definitely be able to play longer.
Take sips of your drink, sanitize your hands and eat a snack that you might happen to have handy, or check your email or text messages on your phone between spins. These seemingly little time wasters can help you play longer and help your money last longer.
Tip #2: Allow the Wins to Add Up
If you really enjoy the game you’re playing, don’t be too hasty in cashing out any wins, unless they are rather large. Use the smaller wins to add to your playing bankroll, especially if you are starting out with free play funds.
Once you get that big win, or one that feels like a big win to you, then cash out your funds and either end your gambling session for the day or play another game. But until the big hit happens, hang in there and make the smaller wins work for you.
After a win, don’t repsin as soon as the money starts collecting in your bankroll. Wait for this task to complete before spinning again. However, you may want to mute the game if you’re playing at a brick and mortar casino so that the music doesn’t annoy the people sitting next to you. Additionally, you may even become annoyed with the music if you’re playing at home, so mute the sound on your computer and just watch your bankroll grow.
Tip #3: Play Smaller Bets Occasionally
You may go into the room online or a brick and mortar casino to play the pokies with winning the jackpot in mind. However, you’ll soon find that you must place the maximum bet (in most cases) in order to actually win the jackpot.
Don’t be afraid to lower your bet occasionally, especially if you’re running low on funds. This trick can actually bring your bankroll up to a level that you’re more comfortable with fairly quickly. If the jackpot occurs during the spins where you have placed a lower bet, you might not win the jackpot, but you should still win a decent amount because you’ll win a percentage of the jackpot depending on the amount of coins that you bet.
Tip #4: Slow Down the Interaction
Many bonus features offer an opportunity for players to interact with the machine. Some examples include:
- Free spins where you pick cards or symbols to reveal the amount of free spins and/or multipliers.
- Pick a symbol features where you pick a symbol to reveal how much money you’ve won.
- Continuous pick games where you pick symbols until you pick one that had “collect” or “end game” behind them.
- Wheel spin games where you spin the wheel to reveal how many coins or credits you can bankroll.
Some bonus features do not allow you to control the pace of the game. But make sure you don’t go too quickly on the ones that do. It might seem like a cruel joke to play on yourself to attempt to slow down the games, because one of the aspects of playing the pokies is the fast past action. However, if your main goal is to play as long as you can on what little money you have, then slow and keep your game play steady, especially if you can during the bonus features.
When you find that you want to play but you don’t feel your bankroll is big enough to play for as many hours as you like, find ways to slow things down a little bit. Take a breather once in a while as well. Not only will you be able to get your wits about you again during your short break, but you’ll also be able to decide whether or not you want to continue playing, or if you really should call it a day.
On the other hand, if you want to keep playing the same game for hours, then try the aforementioned tips. You might just find that you can play for a long time and never run out of money, or at least make your money last longer than what it normally does.