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Reducing risks while playing pokies

High risk pokie playing has the potential for bigger rewards. But a strategy like this also has the ability to hack away very quickly at your bank roll. Let’s take a look at how hit rate, also known as hit frequency, can affect your pokie playing strategy and how it can be used by players who prefer low risk playing.
What exactly is hit frequency?
Put simply, this is the percentage of overall spins that result in a win. Most pokies average around 20-30% which means that out of 10 spins 2-3 spins will result in a win. The higher the hit rate of a pokie, the lower the player’s risk.

A winning spin includes every spin that produces a winning combination regardless of if the win was less than the actual bet or not. A winning spin does not only include spins that result in a profit to the player.

Another point worth noting is that many pokies these days have a large number or paylines. This means that while a player bets on 20 paylines, a spin will only return a win one or two winning paylines and 18 or 19 losing paylines. Despite the poor quality of this win, it still counts as a hit. That being said, the more paylines a pokie has, the less a hit rate is indicative of a profitable pokie.

How to determine the hit frequency of a pokie
The hit rate of a pokie is usually advertised on the game maker’s site. Not all of them publish this information publicly, many don’t even offer it to their operators. Loads of casino review sites have the means to run some numbers over the course of a couple hundred spins. They then in turn publish their findings on their site.

While it may be tedious, it is certainly possible for a player to do some of their own testing, noting a win or loss. The more spins, the closer the results get to the true hit frequency of a pokie.
How does the hit frequency contribute to a low-risk strategy?
The higher the hit frequency the better the chances of generating a return. A higher hit rate means that there is more chance of a reward more often, allowing for a lower bet, longer play time and the chance of a slow yet steady climb in balance.
How is hit frequency related to volatility
Volatility is essentially how often a game pays out but added to that is how big the payouts are. A hit rate is certainly related to volatility however as mentioned earlier, a hit rate takes into consideration any win regardless of whether it is a profitable win or not. Volatility, while it is based to an extent on hit rate, is more than hit rate. It also is very much related to the profitability of a winning spin.

A highly volatile pokie for example might have a high hit frequency but with a very small percentage of the winning spins paying out impressively well. While hit frequency refers to overall averages, volatility zooms in closer to the player’s rewards experience.

It’s true that volatility and hit frequency are related but they are still two different metrics.

How does the payout percentage of a pokie relate to the hit frequency?
Hit frequency talks about number; how many spins produce winning combinations. Payout rates talk about dollar values. So, for example, if a pokie has a 97% payout rate, this means that out of every $100 wagered, $97 will be paid back in winnings.

This is also a very broad average and tells more about the potential of a pokie in the long run. In the short run, payout rates can vary widely and unpredictably.
How to choose a pokie with a high hit frequency
Hit frequency is a somewhat complicated concept that can tell a lot about a pokie and help to guide players in terms of strategy. Pokies with less paylines and a higher hit frequency will have more of a profit margin. A low hit frequency can indicate a highly volatile pokie even though highly volatile pokies might also have a high hit frequency.
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