In 2019, pokies, aka slot machines, have never been more popular in the online gambling industry.
Since the rise of mobile gambling across the world, slots popularity has rocketed year on year as more punters look to play pokies not only online, but on mobiles too.
In addition, the advances in mobile telecommunication technology and the introduction of 4G has resulted in less connection restrictions for mobile gamblers and more freedom to play slots and other casino games on the move.
Our exclusive and comprehensive pokies catalog covers a wide range of useful information and everything there is to know about your favourite slots games and available categories.
So What Is A Pokie And Why Are They So Popular?
The word pokie is an alternative slang term for a fruit machine, which is also known as a poker machine or slot machine depending on which part of the world you are located.
The slot games are referred to as pokies primarily in Australia, but also New Zealand too.
Where Does The Word Pokie Come From?
Over 30 years ago, before online gambling was a thing, most people played fruit machines in a pub or local casino. They consisted of ‘old fashioned’ spinning reels – once commonly known as a one arm bandit.
However, as the years have gone by, pokies evolved from spinning reels and feature more screen based video animations, sometimes with a huge array of games per one machine.
These fruit machines are known as poker machines, which is abbreviated to pokie by Aussies and Kiwis.
Is There A Difference Between Pokies And Slots?
In today’s modern day, there is no difference between a slot and a pokie.
The terms are simply location based phrases that refer to the same type of gambling machines.
However, once upon a time it is believed that pokies were primarily poker based game machines – such as video poker – whereas slots tended to be fruit based reel spinners. But as time has passed and as machines become multi-functional – often featuring multiple games per machine – the term pokie is used to broadly categorize slots, poker and other machine based games.
Different Types Of Pokies
In our comprehensive catalog of pokies, we feature hundreds of games across a range of categories and pokie providers.
Pokie categories are further sub-categorized by style and type and feature vital details such as RTP, paylines, minimum stake and more. All of which determine what category a pokie appears in and what makes one different from the other.
So let’s start with the most popular pokie styles:
Action pokies are one of the largest pokie style categories not just in Australia, but other major gambling nations such as UK, USA and Canada. This category features everything from super heroes and gangsters to fantasy and historic. Popular titles in the pokie action category include; The Flash, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Batman, Iron Man and more. Depending on the online casino you are playing at, you may also find many super hero titles in the branded category for popular DC and Marvel titles.
Adult pokies speak for themselves. Players who enjoy adult themed slots usually love a bit of fun, nudity and reel symbols featuring masculine icons.
The adventure pokies category on casino sites often have a mix of fictional titles with some real time movie hits. Pokies in this category tend to feature action packed adventurous themes such as treasure hunting, dinosaurs, explorers and gems. Think Indiana Jones, think adventure pokies.
From ocean to safari, many punters worldwide love playing animal pokies, pokies containing animals. Being one of the most comprehensive categories in the industry, players can
find everything from their favorite breed of money right through to raging bears and mysterious wolves.
Branded slot machine games is a category that covers a wide array of titles. ‘Branded’ can refer to a Trademark, movie or simply just a popular slot machine game that is played worldwide. For example, popular branded pokies include; Mega Moolah, Jungle Jackpots, Dracula and Big Ben. Movie pokies include everything from Rambo and RoboCop to The Dark Knight and Jurassic Park.
When we talk about classic pokies we automatically think of the good old fashioned retro colored, in-your-face flashing slots games that feature neon glows and 8-bit style sound effects. These slots where the original and best throughout the 80’s and 90’s and still firmly hold their position in the gambling world.
Food / Fruit
Sometimes the food and fruit themed pokies category cross over between this and the ‘classic’ category. Punters who have been avid gamblers all of their lives usually remember the days of fruit machines and symbols such as grapes, melon, orange and cherries. These symbols are the absolute core of pokies and have inspired software developers all over the world to keep the theme alive and provide players with the titles they love to play.
It is well known that people who love sport, often love gambling. Whether it’s betting on their favorite sports team or hitting the casinos, sports and gambling go hand in hand. So it’s no surprise that there are over 1000 different sports pokies titles available across the continent, including horse racing, (Aussie rules) football / soccer, hockey, wrestling, boxing, rugby and more.
Universal Pokie Information
Although pokies, both online and offline have tonnes of variety in style and type, there are some core details that remain the same and form the foundations of each slot machine game. For example:
All slots games contain reels. Reels are the vertical columns on every pokie that contain the symbols you see and match. Pokies come in 4 different reel categories of; 3, 5, 6 and 7 reel games.
The ‘lines’ on a pokie are the horizontal lines that determine when a machine pays out, also known as a payline. A payline traditionally goes from left to right to form winning combinations of symbols that are matched on the ‘pay table’. Paylines are only restricted by the software developers to match the theme of the game and can feature anything from one single payline up to 1000 paylines per spin – known as multi-line slots.
One of the most exciting features of online pokies, particularly video pokies, is the bonuses. Pokie bonus features come in all shapes and sizes and are jam packed with goodies and perks that enhance the fun of playing and winning. Players can trigger bonus features at various points during a game, including; free spins, multipliers, and extra cash. Some of the more common pokie bonuses include; spinning/holding specific reels, rolling dice, revealing hidden symbols and mix and match. Pokie bonus features are different than casino bonuses in that they relate to a specific game and are a feature rather than a cash match bonus, such as deposit $100 get 200% bonus.
RTP stands for ‘Return To Player’ and is a percentage ratio, out of 100%, which tells the player how often a pokie is likely to pay out winnings on average. While RTP is not something average punters are aware of, it is an important detail that avid gamblers take note of before playing and is a vital credential that can make or break a pokie. For example, some players specifically look for pokies that are known to have very high RTP as they are more likely to trigger a winning combination. Very high RTP is considered 98% and above, whereas very low RTP is considered below 80%.