We Aussies love playing pokies or poker machines, and there are hundreds and thousands of them are found all over Australia—at pubs, clubs, horse racing tracks, and land-based casinos. In fact, Aussies are estimated to spend more on pokies than any other people in the world. For this reason, Australia-facing online casinos offer hundreds of pokies released by a variety of providers such as Microgaming, Real Time Gaming (RTG), Playtech, Net Entertainment, and others.
Type of Pokies
Pokies are popular simply because there are so many varieties of them, based on almost every theme under the sun, ranging from classic pokie themes to vacation themes to movies, games, and TV shows. For example, Playtech offers a wide range of pokies based on the Marvel comics and movies theme and each of these pokies feature a four-level progressive jackpot. Players can choose from classic three-reel pokies, multi-line pokies, bonus pokies, 3D pokies, and progressive pokies. Though based on standard pokie rules, each pokie varies with regard to number of paylines, number of winning combinations that can be formed, number of bonus features, type of jackpots offered, theme, and so on.
The simplest pokies are the 3-reel, one-payline classic pokies, which lack bonus features. Players only have to spin the reels and collect payouts if a winning combination is created at
the end of the spin.
Online casinos also offer multi-line pokies with wild icons, scatter icons, free games, and a bonus game. Some pokies come with expanding wilds, stacked wilds, frozen wilds, and multipliers, giving players opportunities galore to build their bankrolls. Pokies may or may not have a gamble feature, which gets activated at the end of each spin and challenges players
to play a simple gamble game to double or quadruple their winnings.
The most exciting feature is their progressive jackpots, some of which can transform players into millionaires. Microgaming’s Mega Moolah Classic, for example, has a progressive jackpot that can exceed the $1 million mark. Playtech’s Marvel Jackpots and RTG’s Real Series of Slots have multi-level, randomly activated progressive jackpots.
How to Play
Playing pokies is as easy as placing a bet and spinning the reels. If a winning combination of icons is displayed on the screen at the end of a spin, players will get a payout according to the game’s payout structure. Some combinations can unlock bonus games with opportunities to win more prizes.