The main part of the online pokies or as said by the most of the players, the brain of the online pokies is the Random Number Generator (RNG). Though most of the players have idea that online pokies consists of an electronic chip, which generates number randomly and continuously, but they seem to be unaware of the working principle of this chip as to generate random numbers. And as a result they have developed many misconceptions and myths.
One of the most common myths is that an online pokies machine has a cycle that can let a player know when it is due to hit. Many “Snake Oil Salesmen” will try to sell you a system for doing just that. Save your money it can’t be done.
Now let us look into the details of Random number generator. There is a microprocessor inside the online pokies just like those are found in home pcs. This microprocessor instead of running any application software runs a special program, the RNG program. The main purpose of this RNG program is to generate numbers to correspond to the symbols on the reel of the online pokies.
You might say that the RNG is in perpetual motion. This program gets executed all the time as long as there is power supply to the machine and constantly generates random numbers in every millisecond. The number that gets generated constantly by the program ranges between 0 to 4 billion approximately. This generated number is then translated into a specific set of numbers, which corresponds to the symbols in the reels. The number that is being generated by the RNG program determines the outcome of each spin. This number is chosen when you hit the spin button or deposit a coin.
One big difference is the Number of Reels. Generally, online pokies machines will have either 3 or 5 reels.
The one’s with 3 reels are known as standard or regular online pokies.
Nowadays, what we also have is the 5 reels. These modern machines usually have more than one payline.
Usually there are 3 horizontal rows, the top and bottom row helps you to see how close you were to winning that round.
Usually a lot of online casinos have different paylines. It varies between 3, 5, 9 or even 15 on its reels where symbols must line up on to be a winning combination. Usually it’s the center row of symbols across vertical reels.
In standard online pokies machines, you will find only 1 payline that will run across the center of the slots screen. You can look at the payout chart to see how much you win when you wager different amounts.
At some online casinos, there are more than one payline, which can be activated by adding more money per bet.
For example, if you play on a 3 line machine, you should insert one coin to play on the center line, two coins for the center line and the line above it or 3 coins for all 3 lines . So, if you play on the center line with one coin and the winning combination comes up on the bottom line you will not win.
Online pokies machines with 5 reels will have from 5 to 15 paylines with the diagonal matches.