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Ali Baba Slots

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I have collected some frequency of occurrence data for each symbol on each of the three pogo slots wheels.

I have created a list of the 17 to 24 steps you must complete to uncover all 7 jewels (each "step" represents matching three green carpets in a row).

I'm not really much of a slots player and I don't particularly enjoy it (I find it rather boring--good thing you can chat, too!). However, on a few nights I have sat down and played until I had found all 7 jewels, and of course when the jackpot is large, I join the masses in the pursuit of this holy grail.

I said above that slots is rather boring. This is because there is basically only one action to perform--to press the "max bet" button (you probably will always want to play the max tokens to get the best return if you hit a good winner). But you have basically two goals in pogo slots: one is to obtain tokens, the other is to "find the 7 jewels".

What "finding the 7 jewels" means is that near the middle of the screen just above the spinning wheels are 7 locks, each hiding a jewel. As the game progresses, you will eventually reveal all of these jewels if you play long enough. Every time you reveal the 7th jewel of the session, you will receive some bonus tokens, ranging from 1000 tokens to 10,000 tokens. Important note! If you leave the game then come back to the game your progress is not saved! So if you want to get all 7 jewels, plan to play through the whole session.

The way you unlock the locks and uncover the jewels is by matching three green "carpets" in a row (the carpets sort of look like dollar bills). You'll have to match 3 carpets on the screen somewhere between 17 and 24 times to uncover all 7 jewels. Along the way, in addition to the jewels you'll receive a total of between 550 and 850 bonus tokens, and of course the big bonus token pot after you've uncovered all 7 jewels.

After each time you match 3 green carpets, you will "progress" along in the story at the top of the screen, and the picture will change. You will see certain scenes every time you play the game, but some scenes only appear in some stories (the more scenes, the longer it will take you to get the 7 jewels). Here are the 24 captions for each step, along with what you get for that step (if anything). The steps that you MIGHT skip if you're lucky are in a smaller font and green text, and are indented. Each step that gives you a jewel displays red text; each step that gives you gold (tokens) displays gold text:

  1. (Start) Help Ali Baba find the 7 jewels for a BONUS!
  2. Ali Baba seeks his fortune in Baghdad! +100 gold!
  3. An old man gives you a map to the seven Jewels
  4. &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspFight off serpents in the desert! +100 gold!
  5. &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspYou can't escape the serpents!
  6. huge roc carries you to the mountains +1 jewel
  7. "Open Sesame!" The hidden cave opens!
  8. You explore the caves... +150 gold!
  9. &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspThe caves seem to go on forever...
  10. Outwit an evil ifrit and find the 2nd jewel! +1 jewel
  11. &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspA cry of distress from far below...
  12. Free the imprisoned princess! +1 jewel
  13. "An intruder!" The evil wizard has returned! (OR): "Stop Thief!" The evil sorcerer returns!
  14. &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspSearching for a way out!
  15. Escape the caves on a magic carpet! +1 jewel
  16. Return to Baghdad to look for the 5th jewel!
  17. Steal a jewel from the Sultan's palace! +1 jewel
  18. The Sultan's guards pursue you!
  19. &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspThe Sultan's guards have you cornered!
  20. You are hurled into a dungeon!
  21. &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspElude savage tigers! +200 gold!
  22. Discover a magic lamp! +1 jewel
  23. A genie spirits you to safety! +300 gold!
  24. The genie grants you your wish: the 7th jewel! +1 jewel

If you print out the list above, you can gauge your progress and figure out how many more times you need to get 3 carpets in a row to uncover the 7th jewel. I have found that from start to finish, getting all 7 jewels will take between 2 and 3 hours, so be prepared to sit down for awhile.

Some further information

Below are two tables. Table 1 simply shows the payoff values of making various matches on the wheels (the same information that you get on the screen while you're playing). In general, I recommend always betting the maximum possible bet.

Table 2 is a frequency-of-occurrence table. I generated this table one day by simply sitting down and recording the results of my spins. I recorded the results of separate spins for each of the left, middle, and right wheels, over about 700 to 800 spins for each wheel. Note that this is a very small sample size, and isn't necessarily a good representation of actual odds. For example, extrapolating only from the results I recorded, you would hit three lamps for 10,000 tokens more often than 3 rubies for 5000 tokens, which probably isn't true in the long run. And, I did not record a single genie coming up on the right-most wheel while I was recording results (but I know I have seen a genie in that position previously when I was not recording the results; if a genie never came up on the third wheel, the jackpot would never be won).

That said, I think the results I recorded do show some general trends. First, there are 8 symbols on each of the three wheels, in the order: Lamp, Carpet, Ruby, Snake, Coins, Genie, Camel, and Sword ("Space" means the area between two symbols). The order in which each symbol appears is the same for each wheel. However, the data tells us that the wheels are not "balanced". That is, if the wheels were balanced, we'd expect "Space" to come up about half the time, and then each remaining symbol on each wheel to occur about 1 time in 16.

But the results of my data collection show that carpets, snakes, and spaces come up by far the most often on each wheel (they are the top three most common on each wheel, cumulatively accounting for between 50 and 70 percent of all results).

On average, you should be able to play around 400 to 500 spins per hour. Keeping in mind that the results are only general results (because of the small sample size), you can expect roughly some of the following results:

Table 1: Slots payoff table

Coins Bet (across)
Spin Result (down)
1 2 3 4 5
Genie-Genie-Genie Jackpot! Jackpot! Jackpot! Jackpot! Jackpot!
Lamp-Lamp-Lamp 2000 4000 6000 8000 10,000
Ruby-Ruby-Ruby 1000 2000 3000 4000 5000
Camel-Camel-Camel 400 800 1200 1600 2000
Sword-Sword-Sword 200 400 600 800 1000
Coins-Coins-Coins 100 200 300 400 500
Any-Coins-Coins 20 40 60 80 100
Any-Camel-Camel 10 20 30 40 50
Any-Sword-Sword 4 8 12 16 20
Any-Any-Coins 2 4 6 8 10
Carpet-Carpet-Carpet Bonus Bonus Bonus Bonus Bonus
Snake-Snake-Snake Spin to Win Spin to Win Spin to Win Spin to Win Spin to Win

Table 2: Frequency of Occurrence of Symbols on each Wheel
(In order of most frequent to least frequent in each column)

Left Wheel Middle Wheel Right Wheel
Carpet 28.9% Carpet 29.9% Carpet 23.6%
Snake 17.1% Snake 19.6% Space 23.5%
Camel 10.7% Space 18.6% Snake 21.6%
Space 10.2% Sword 9.3% Sword 10.2%
Sword 8.4% Camel 7.6% Camel 8.4%
Lamp 8.0% Coins 5.8% Coins 5.8%
Ruby 5.8% Lamp 4.4% Ruby 3.7%
Genie 5.8% Ruby 4.1% Lamp 3.2%
Coins 5.2% Genie 0.8% Genie 0.0%

Here's a screen shot of what you see after you find the last jewel, if you're interested.

image of slots game