Many gamblers have cried foul at some point in their career. You have probably been guilty of this yourself. It’s easy to hit a bad run of luck, assume that everything is against you, that nothing can go right and that, by default, the game you are playing is rigged. This happens with poker, and it even happens with sports betting. However, the most common occurrence for this is with online casinos, and with pokies in particular.
But not only are these machines very rarely rigged, in most cases, there is no reason for them to be rigged. In this article we’ll show you why so many people believe otherwise, and we’ll also explain why these games are — most of the time at least — as fair as they claim to be.
It Won’t Happen to Me
The main reason people refuse to believe that games are fair, is because they don’t accept the odds. Let’s assume that a pokie has a low variance and a high RTP. It is set to pay out regularly and to give you a fairly good return for your money. However, even when this is the case, there is also a distinct possibility that it will run dry for 10 or 20 spins, that you will do poorly in bonus features when they land, and that those bonus features won’t even land. We know there is a possibility for this when we play, but we assume that we are the average, the standard, and that if something has a 5% or less chance of happening, then it will happen to others, but not us.
This refusal to accept the odds is the same reason people throw their money away on lottery tickets, all while grumbling “I will never win”. The truth is that you are not special, and if there is a chance of failing miserably, then it can happen to you.
There is No Point
The one thing we struggle to understand when people say that something is rigged, is what the purpose of rigging that game would be. This happens all of the time in online poker, and you see it even on sites like 888 Poker, where the house merely takes a cut of the buy-in, and does not profit from the success or failing of any of its players. To the house, it’s a case of member vs member, and a win for one means nothing more than a lose for the other. They get the same money either way.
Yet, this doesn’t stop people from believing, often in a fit of anger and irrationality, that the site is going out of its way, risking breaking the law and losing everything, just to screw them and lend a helping hand to another. This is ridiculous, and it is equally ridiculous to suggest that the same happens with online pokies.
That’s because, in most cases, the ones making the pokies and setting the odds, are not the ones profiting from them. Let’s use Royal Vegas Casino as an example. They get all of their games from Microgaming, who also supply hundreds of other casinos.
These games are preset with a high payout, and the purpose of them is to ensure that it is high enough to attract players and give out a generous return, while also ensuring that the casino still profits in the long run. If they were to be rigged, then it would need to be Microgaming who did the rigging, which is preposterous when you consider that their client would profit, and yet they would take the flak.
You wouldn’t risk your life and your business just to help a customer of yours earn a little extra, would you?
There are a few other things to consider as well, namely that the online casino industry is tightly regulated and controlled.
If we use Royal Vegas Casino as an example again, you will notice that it has all of the following:
- Regulation: Royal Vegas Casino are regulated by the Malta Gaming Authority, and all online casinos need to be regulated in the same way.
- Audits: They are also audited, which means that their games and their software is checked by a third-party, who run checks to make sure that it is fair and legitimate. These checks are run on launch and at regular intervals afterwards.
- Safety: They are also very safe, using the latest in encryption technology to ensure that no one can fiddle with their games.
What’s more, you need to understand that the house will always win. It will always generate a profit, even when playing by the rules. If they were to cheat in anyway, not only would they quickly be discovered, but they would only be increasing their profit margin by a fraction. Hardly worth the risk, is it?