Since pokies machines were first invented many manufacturers of those machines have devised ways to design them to become legal in certain jurisdictions were pokies machines are not permitted, and one of the more novel ways of giving players the pokies machine like playing experience is by designing something known as an Electronic Pull Tab machine.
You will not doubt be very familiar with how a normal pokies machine works and operates, and those machines using a random number generator to ultimately determine the outcome of each spin played off.
However, in certain parts of the world, pokies machines are not permitted, and that has led to a small number of companies offering a gaming machine that is not technically a pokies machine but a machine that does look like pokies.
Many charities have chosen to raise funds by selling pull tabs, and these are for all intents and purposes a small card on which a purchaser of those cards pulls off a certain number of tabs on those cards in the hope they match certain cash values or a set of matching symbols to win the associated cash prizes.
Electronic Pull Tab Machines Vs Pokies Machines
Pull tabs or “rippies” are paper tickets that a player buys and opens to see whether the ticket offers a prize. They account for a majority of the wagers and are generally found at charitable gambling outlets, clubs or pubs.
Such pull tabs will get very boring to play if you buy more than just a small number of them, some companies now offer an electronic version of them that are housed in a cabinet that does look like a pokies machine.
The main difference between one of these electronic pull-tab machines and as pokies machine is that they are programmed with a finite number of outcomes, much like the way a batch of pull tab tickets are, some will be winning ones but there will, of course, be more losing one’s than winning ones.
As such when you play these types of machine you will get just as much fun and excitement as you do when playing a pokie machine for they will have spinning reels and the aim of each “spin” you playoff will be to get a matching set of symbols spinning in.
In fact, unless you know you are playing an electronic pull-tab machine you will not notice the difference between playing them and playing a pokies machine. The main benefit of these machines is that they can be legally operated in places where pokies machines are not permitted.
Pull Tab Games
Pull tabs go by a variety of names; you may have heard them referred to as Break-Open Tickets, Lucky 7s, Bowl Games, Pickle Cards, Cherry Bells, Nevada Tickets, or Instant Bingo. No matter what they’re called, the concept is the same: players pull open a perforated window (pull tab) on the back of the ticket to see if the symbols inside match one of the winning combinations on the front of the ticket.
In their physical form, pull-tabs are multi-layered paper tickets with symbols behind the tabs.
If a winning combination is pulled, the ticket can be exchanged for a cash prize. There are different ticket types, and pull-tabs are generally sold in denominations of $0.25, $0.50, $1, $2, $3, and $5. Potential prizes can be as high as $5,000.
The pull-tabs often display the odds of receiving a payout. However, because there is only a certain quantity of each prize available within the total supply of tickets for a given game, the odds change each time a prize is won.
Naturally, when multiple major prizes are still available with few tickets remaining, people start buying a lot more as the odds are better stacked in their favor. On the other hand, if the major prizes have all been won, the game is usually retired and a new one takes its place.
Payouts vary between the different pull-tab games. The top prize is usually in the thousands of dollars, with the highest amount around the $5,000 mark.
Plus, when playing them a percent of the profit they make is going to charity, and due to the way they are designed the charity and also the operator of those electronic pull tabs machines are guaranteed to earn a set amount of income each time a full cycle of spins have been played off.
You will find pull-tab games in more than 20 states in the US. Some states impose maximum restrictions. In Indiana, for example, the maximum amount that can be charged for a pull-tab ticket is one dollar, and the highest individual prize cannot exceed $599.
In Iowa, tickets are dispensed from secure vending machines located at restaurants and convenience stores. Prizes up to $600 can be redeemed on the spot; anything larger must be claimed at an Iowa lottery office.
In some states where pull-tabs have been particularly successful, such as Minnesota, pull-tab games can be bought 24/7 via vending machines nicknamed as Jar Bars. Every ticket is placed inside a transparent container with a poster detailing the winning combinations and the number of winning tickets available for each prize. Players draw one of the tickets out of the jar and check if they’ve won.