Knowing the Facts about Gambling
What is a poker machine?
A Poker Machine is a computerised video game triggered by inserting money (notes or $1 coin) to play. Pokies do not need any special knowledge or skill to play. Most people only win small amounts of money and sometimes spend a lot of money to try to get back only a little bit.
No one knows when the big jackpot comes, not even the people who make the machines. It is all up to the computer.
The odds of winning the big jackpot are one in ten million.
The computer does not care who is playing or how you are playing. It is a machine. It just keeps doing its job which is keeping people interested. So basically, there is nothing you can do to change your luck on the pokies. Some people like rubbing the machine, talking to the machine, sitting a lucky charm on the machine, changing the number of lines to play and/or decreasing or increasing their bet but these things to not alter the results. There is nothing you can do to influence the machines.
Believe it or not….
Myth: If I had of played that machine a bit longer I would have hit the jackpot instead of him.
Fact: Random number generators operate continuously, regardless of whether the machine is being played. To get the same result you would have to press the spin button at the exact same millisecond as the other player did!
Myth: If the machine hasn’t paid out for a while it must be due for a big pay out soon.
Fact: The machine is never ‘due’ to payout. The outcome is completely random and not predictable
Myth: You can influence the outcome of a game.
Fact: Nothing you do will change the outcome of the game
Myth: If you put enough money in a poker machine you will eventually win
Fact: The machine is programmed to pay out less money than is put in. Eventually the machine will always win.
What are the odds
The odds are always against you when you gamble so you should never expect to win.
|Roulette number coming up||1 in 37|
|Winning Major prize on scratchie||1 in 3,000,000|
|Winning Keno 1st Div||1 in 9,000,000|
|Winning highest poker machine Jackpot||1 in 10,000,000|
|Winning 1st Div Powerball||1 in 55,000,000|
|Now compare these odds with some non gambling related activities|
|Getting divorced||1 in 2|
|Dying of Heart Disease||1 in 3|
|A woman giving birth to twins||1 in 44|
|Death by bee sting||1 in 1,000,000|
|Killed by lightning strike||1 in 1,500,000|