Pokies’ Interesting Gamble Feature


The vast majority of pokies have a mini-game on the side, which allows you to try and double your winnings. To double your winnings, all you need to do is choose the right suit or colour. What makes these side games special is the fact that they have no house edge — they all have natural odds. That means they are a better way to win than spins.

To demonstrate, we’ll give you an example:

If you’re playing, let’s say, Queen of the Nile, the maximum jackpot for that particular slot is 9,000 credits for five Cleopatra wild symbols. Unfortunately, the odds of getting this exact combination are about 2.5 million to 1. However, the payout for one Cleopatra and five kings is 500 credits, and the odds for that combination are much much better.

Black or Red — The Eternal Question

If you’d gamble the 500 credits won on black or red five times, you’d have 16,000 credits. However, unlike the five wild Cleopatras, the odds of pulling five consecutive black or red gambles is 1 in 64. If you consider that this win is significantly higher than the top jackpot, and even the odds are drastically in your favor, it truly shows that the optimal way to win on pokies is to double up.

The Suits

Predictably, doubling up with the suits yields even bigger wins. However, the odds are nowhere near as good. Basically, the chances to get the right five suits in a row are 1 in 1024. If you were to apply this to the aforementioned Queen of the Nile example, you’d receive a staggering a 512,000 credit win. That means if you bet 1 cent you’d receive $5,120.



Specific pokie machines allow you to bet half of your win on the side-game. That is an amazing way to experiment with our double up strategy without much risk. Most of the time, you’ll be able to see if the particular pokie you’re playing has the half gamble feature.

Other Variations of the Gamble Feature

Even though the suits and black/red options are the most common, there are other variants of the pokie gamble option. Examples include the “times win” and the “Cardie” style.

The “times win” is found on pokies like Superbucks 3. This variant allows you to spin a reel and win either 100x, 10x, 5x, 3x, or 2x. However, the odds of winning are proportional to the multiplier. For example, the 2x has 100 positions, with 50 being a loss, and 50 being a win.

On the other hand, the “Cardie”-style variant is a call back to the olden days when pokies were based on poker combinations. This variant gives you five cards, with one facing up. You win if the card you picked is higher than the face-up one.

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