This is a question that we are often asked, and one that everyone will wonder at some point. The simple fact is that pokies don’t always seem to be as fair and as random as they claim, and this can make people suspicious.
The same applies to all forms of gambling. Amateur poker players (and occasionally professionals as well) who are hit with a runner-runner at odds of 5% or less will usually bemoan their luck, get angry and then claim that everything is fake. You see this all of the time, from online poker to the back rooms of casinos.
The problem is that even though we all know the odds, we still don’t want to believe that it will happen to us, and when it us, we cry foul and claim that some cosmic force is against us, making us lose. It’s just the way we’re programmed. It’s not something we can shift easily. And if you ever find yourself in that frame of mind, then it doesn’t matter how many people tell you that the game is not rigged, it doesn’t even matter if you see proof of it yourself, you will still think that something is working against you.
If that’s the case then this article and its assurances won’t help, but for everyone else, we can guarantee that the vast majority of online pokies are legitimate.
Online Pokies Do Not Cheat
Let’s approach this sensibly. For a pokie to be rigged, its creators would needs a means and a motive. You could argue that they certainly have the motive, as people will do anything for money, but in doing so you would be assuming that the people who make the pokies are the ones who benefit from their profits, and that’s not the case.
Software developers like Playtech and Microgaming create the pokies and the table games that casinos use. They develop these, set the RTPs and the house edges, and then license them out for a subscription fee. These games are designed to generate a steady profit, but that doesn’t mean they are rigged, it just means that for every 1 person that wins big, 100 will lose. After all, the house always wins.
The casino certainly have the motive and could increase their profits by tweaking those RTPs and house edges, but with Microgaming and Playtech, and indeed with many other providers, the casinos are unable to tweak the odds (although they can on Realtime Gaming). And even if they could and did, those tweaks would be caught by the auditors who run regular checks on all of their games.
There have been exceptions, but they are few and far between, and they are always associated with obscure software developers, and not with the big names. This includes the Spielo G2 software that was once used on the popular BetFred casino. This software had several games, and one of those games offered a “double or nothing” feature, allowing players to go all or nothing. Now, while it is true that all games are weighted in favor of the house and are legally allowed to be so, that’s not the case when they are claiming otherwise. If a game claims to offer you a 50/50 chance, then that’s what you should have, and that was not the case with this particular “double or nothing” feature.
As a result, the gambling community was in uproar, BetFred were forced to stop using that software and it was blacklisted immediately. This was a huge scandal, but it was more down to complete stupidity and misunderstanding of the rules than anything else (although BetFred should have also done the necessary checks in advance).
So, while these cases do exist, they are small in number, and are never as bad or as blatant as pokies/casinos that simply steal your money.
A casino that is definitely fair and safe is Spin Palace. This Microgaming casino is owned by BetWay and has been going strong for more than 15 years now. Microgaming do not allow their licensees to change the house edge or RTP in anyway, so there would be no way for Spin Palace to exploit this even if they wanted to. However, they are still checked by an independent auditor who make sure that everything is as it should be, that the games are fair, the house edges are correctly labelled and the banking options are safe and secure.
A good indicator of just how reliable this casino is lies in the fact that it has existed for so long without any major issues and continues to lead the way as one of the most popular online casinos amongst Australian players.