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The Neopian Times Week 111 > Articles > Smart Gambling With Black Pawkeet Slots

Smart Gambling With Black Pawkeet Slots

by ladee_sarah

GAMES ROOM - Looking around the Neopets site I see a lot games that involve gambling. Now while some people may shake their heads and avoid these games all together because of the gambling aspect, I'd like to say that they're not bad so long as you know when to stop gambling. Believe me, knowing when to stop is the hardest part of all! This is no different for Black Pawkeet Slots, you win and then you lose it all, at least that's the impression I get from some of the people I've been talking to and from my own experiences.

Now the aim of Black Pawkeet Slots is to get 3, 4 or 5 of the same picture in a row and for some rare pictures you only need to get 2 in a row. Depending on what you choose to do, you can bet on up to nine lines, which will increase your chances of winning with each spin but it does cost a little more. You can also choose how much to bet and just to make things interesting there are a few special things that you can spin up, wilds that will act to complete any set and a mini game.

Small Wins

This includes the bronze dubloon, the silver dubloon and the golden dubloon. Small wins will only earn you Neopoints if you get three or more lined up in a row. It's harder to line that many up but everything is sort of evened out because there are so many of them. When I say so many of them I mean you can have a screen full of them, unfortunately you can also have a screen full of them but not actually make any lines!

Big Wins

This includes scattered treasure, the plank picture, tankard of grog, the Pirate Krawk and the Black Pawkeet. I've called these big wins because you can win by only spinning two in a row. It sounds good but there are far less of them than the dubloons so you're less likely to spin them. But to be fair if you can get three, four or five of them in a row you'll win really big.

Special Bonuses

There are two special bonuses in the game. The first is the Pawkeets, if you spin 3, 4 or 5 Pawkeets up and they don't have to be in a row, you'll earn a big NP bonus, more depending on how much you've bet. The second is the Treasure Chest, if you spin 3, 4 or 5 of them and once again they don't have to be in a row, you get to play the mini game. For the mini game you click on map pieces to see how many Neopoints are underneath, for three chests you get three clicks, for four chests you get four clicks etc. If you're really lucky you may even find a dubloon, which is good for all those people who used to get their dubloons from Deckswabber; Neopets has come good and given you another way to get them.

Wild

The little blue flag with a Black Pawkeet is called a wild because it can be substituted for any other picture. For example you may have two Gold Dubloons and a Black Pawkeet Flag in a row, that's the same as three Gold Dubloons. Also, the Black Pawkeet Flag can overlap lines and be two, three or four things at once helping you to win even more on each spin, but it's about as rare as the Big Win pictures.

Jackpot

Also, like any good gambling game there's a huge jackpot that you could win. To win the jackpot you need to get five scattered treasures in a row, this can of course include the wilds - one lucky person won the jackpot with one scattered treasure picture and four wilds!

To give you an idea of the scoring here's a summary table. The winnings listed here are for a stake or bet of 1 NP (how many lines you are betting on is irrelevant) if you are betting more simply multiply by your bet (make sure you look at the 'stake' box not the 'total' box!)

 

 
1
2
3
4
5
Bronze dubloon
---
---
5NP
25NP
125NP
Silver dubloon
---
---
5NP
25NP
125NP
Gold dubloon
---
---
5NP
25NP
125NP
Plank picture
---
1NP
10NP
60NP
**
Tankard of grog
---
3NP
30NP
180NP
**
Black Pawkeet
---
5NP
**
**
**
Pirate Krawk
---
8NP
80NP
**
**
Scattered treasure
---
10NP
**
**
JACKPOT
Black Pawkeet Flag
Acts as a wild card and can complete rows of 2,3,4 or 5
Pawkeets
---
---
25NP
100NP
400NP
Treasure chest
---
---
3 clicks
4 clicks
**

**These haven't occurred while researching this article so sorry, I don't know.

Now that you understand how the game works it's fairly easy to work out a game play strategy to make sure that you gamble in an intelligent way and stop yourself from gambling your winnings away.

Bet/Stake: One of the first things to understand is that you're not going to win on every spin, so the bets on spins where you don't win are lost. With this in mind small bets are better. However, just to be difficult for the majority of pictures the higher the bet the more you'll win. But since it's all relative to your bet and the bigger wins are harder to get overall it is better to bet smaller. That way you get more spins for less NP. The other bonus is that while the other pictures are reduced, when you spin up Treasure Chests to play the mini game you'll still earn the same amount of NP whether your stake is 1np or 50 NP.

Lines: Obviously (I hope) you want to give yourself the best chance possible to win, so apart from getting all of your lucky charms and draping them across your keyboard and monitor betting on nine lines is the best way of increasing your odds of winning.

When to stop playing: This is the last thing to think about. The best way to restrict yourself and to make sure you don't gamble away all of your Neopoints is to set yourself a limit. I recommend putting all of your Neopoints in your bank account and then playing a game of Meerca Chase (and other game will do just as well), then use that amount of Neopoints as your limit. That way when you run out of Neopoints you stop.

To stop yourself from gambling away your winnings if you have a big win, or get to twice or three times what you began the game with, stop, open a new window and deposit half your Neopoints in your bank account and keep playing. This should stop you from gambling away Neopoints that you shouldn't!

In summary, bet small on the maximum number of lines and limit the amount of Neopoints you have to gamble with. I really hope this article helps you make a profit out of your gambling exploits or at least stops you from going bankrupt. While researching this article I chatted with some really nice people and I'd like to thank them all for answering my Black Pawkeet Slots questions. Special thanks go to: ohyeahimhere, typodemon666, _tj6155_ and celticdragon37 for their help.


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