If you prefer to play pokies just for fun, go for it. And if you always go for games just because they appeal to your interests, then go ahead and enjoy your gameplay entertainment. But if winning is important to you, and especially the chance to win life-changing amounts of cash, then perhaps it might help to check out your present strategies against the advice and gaming stats offered here.
Make the most of your online advantage
In your search for decent payouts, playing New Zealand online casinos is your first advantage. If you had to rely on land-based casino play rather than mobile gaming, you would certainly have to do plenty of travelling to secure all the games offering the best cash prizes. But when you’re sat at home in comfort, or playing anywhere else you have access to an iPhone or other hand-held device, you can easily play a vast choice of online pokies all across the world.
Access the data
Just as importantly, when you’re online it’s much easier to find statistics about the performance of different slot games. One figure you should know is the RTP (return to player) average of any particular slot. While this often appears somewhere in the slot info, it helps to be aware this figure can vary between 92-97 percent for different games. That’s why experienced players often prefer to play games where the RTP sits at upwards of 96 percent.
Another important statistic is the winning volatility (often called variance) of any particular slot game. If you’re lucky, you may find the volatility of a game mentioned in a review. Otherwise you’ll have to play a little to discover this characteristic, though you may be able to use some free spins to do this. A high-volatility game will pay out higher amounts, but less frequently, while a low-volatility game will give you more winning payouts, but for smaller amounts.
A further obvious trick to use if you want bigger payouts is to look what other players have to say about any games you fancy. If the payouts are good, you’ll find players happy to say so, and if the opposite is true then you’ll certainly find gamers screaming out the facts on forums and other social sites right across the universe.
To give you some extra guidance, here are some of the ‘vital statistics’ of a few of the popular progressive jackpot games now riding high in the payout charts:
The highest jackpot payout of £13.21 million was won on Microgaming’s Mega Moolah. This is a world record for an online slot win. Also known as the ‘Millionaire Maker’ this 5-reel slot has 25 paylines and features an African-style environment with monkey scatter symbols which signal potential free plays. There are four jackpot options altogether.
Hall of Gods
Massive payouts grab the headlines. But how important could it be to know the highest average win? That’s why it’s definitely worth knowing that Hall of Gods (by NetEnt) tops the chart with its average win payout of £5,428,073. This Norse-themed slot, which has 5 reels and 20 paylines, is for those who enjoy mythological environments. Its RTP average is a respectable 95.5% and there are up to 20x free spins (with 3+ scatters). There are special symbols like Thor’s Hammer for a bonus game, and shields which must be shattered to access cash prizes or to gain one of three possible jackpots.
The average time between jackpot payouts with Hall of Gods is 24 weeks. But what if there was a game with a slightly lower average payout which paid out much sooner on average? The good news is that there is! NetEnt’s Mega Fortune slot game pays out an average of £ 4,212,042 (so it’s still high in the charts) but the average time between jackpot payouts is down to just 11 weeks. Mega Fortune is a 5-reel progressive slot with 25 paylines and an RTP of 96.6%. The game has three jackpots and, as its name might suggest, the focus is on a life of wealth and luxury – which is fair enough for a big average payout game. Look out for the yacht wild symbol, champagne which will get you some dizzy free spins, and the wheel of luck which can win you a bonus game.
The only other top game to compete on average time between jackpot payouts is Microgaming’s Major Millions which pays out a jackpot on average every 10 weeks. But even so, that average win is (only?) £ 528,961, which is a lot less than the average payout of the other games listed here. Major Millions has 5 reels, 3 rows and 15 paylines and involves a military scenario with a warlike soundtrack, bomber planes and battle ships. Look out for this game’s wild symbol which will instantly triple any win!