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Online Pokies - The Australian Casino Game of Choice

Pokies are the most popular games at Australian online casinos. Therefore at AU Online Casino we will tell you everything there is about online pokies. You will also know where to find the best online pokies, how to select the pokies that suit your style and be updated on the new pokie releases.

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How Online Pokies Work

Each online pokie consists of a number of reels, usually three or five. Each reel will have the various symbols in random order. A number of paylines run across the reel both horizontally and in a zigzag manner. Like symbols have to appear on a payline for you to win.

You first select the number of paylines you want to activate, the number of coins you want to wager and the coin size. This will determine your total bet and the amount will be deducted from your balance. Then you set the reels in motion by clicking the Spin button. When the reels stop the pokie software will check if you have any winning combinations on any of the paylines. The payout table specifies how much you win for each coin wagered for the different combinations. All your wins on different paylines are added up and credited to your balance.

3 Reel Pokies

Three reel pokies have three reels. They are also referred to as classic pokies. This is because the original land based electromechanical pokies has three reels. These pokies have 1, 3 or 5 paylines. You can wager 1, 2 or 3 coins per spin. The payout table is shown separately for each number of coins. You fill find that most of the payouts are in proportion to the number of coins wagered. However the highest payout for three coins is more than the proportionate amount. This is why you should always pay 3 reel pokies with 3 coins.

Another characteristic of 3 reel pokies is that almost all the symbols are from the original land based pokies. Most of these are bold and colourful fruit icons like orange, lemon, melon and cherry. Icons like bell, star and 7 are also used. You will mostly need the same symbol on all three reels in a defined payline in order to win.

Video Pokies

Video pokies have 5 reels. The earliest video pokies have 9 paylines, but over time this has kept increasing. The latest trend is that all possible combinations act as paylines. When there are three rows of symbols across the reels this works out to 243 paylines. Many video pokies allow you to choose the number of paylines. The correct strategy is to always activate all the paylines allowed. You may also be asked to select the number of coins per payline. This choice is not as critical because the payouts are always in proportion to the number of coins.

Video pokies depict a theme. A beach themed pokie would use symbols associated with the beach like surfing, beach ball, life guard, sand castle and so on. This adds interest to the game. Video pokies usually have bonus features like free spins and pick objects type games. These award extra payouts without additional stakes.

Progressive Jackpot Pokies

Usually in online pokies all payouts are fixed. The payout table specifies the amount that can be won for each winning combination. Progressive jackpot pokies work a little differently. There is one payout that keeps increasing as the pokie is played at Australian online casinos. It may or may not be associated with a particular combination of symbols. A portion of every wager on the progressive jackpot pokie increases the jackpot amount. You will see the amount continuously rising on your screen. When a specified event takes place, the lucky player will win the entire amount displayed. The jackpot amount will then be reset to a seed level and start rising again.

In the traditional progressive jackpot pokies the specified event is getting five of the specified symbol on a payline. But now there are many progressive pokies in which the jackpot can be randomly hit after any spin. There is no visible specified event.

Microgaming Pokies

Microgaming is one of the leading software developers to Australian online casinos. It offers the largest collection of online pokies in its portfolio and adds the most new pokies every year. Microgaming offers a huge variety of online pokies, but some types have become more popular over the years.

Microgaming has connected different online pokies to the same progressive jackpot network. This means that you can hit the progressive jackpot while playing any of those pokies. The network that draws highest traffic is the Mega Moolah, which has five video pokies connected. The other attraction is that the biggest progressive jackpot in this network guarantees a payout of AU$1 million when hit. It has recently paid out over 13 million.

Microgaming pokies have convenient functionalities. The online pokies can be put on auto play, the game speed and audio settings can be customised and a number of useful statistics are generated for analysing the game play.

Playtech Pokies

Playtech online pokies also have their niche benefits. The most popular at Australian online casinos are the Marvel branded pokies. These are based on the legends of the superheroes of Marvel Movies like Iron Man, The Hulk, Spiderman and Elektra. These pokies use audio and visual content from the movies that make them more exciting. They also have innovative features and action packed bonus games. All of them are networked to the same progressive jackpot.

You will find some other unique pokies at Playtech powered Australian casinos. The Dollar Ball game pokies have an interesting add on. While the reels spin, you can play a quick lotto like game with five numbers drawn. A complete match leads to a progressive jackpot. Captain’s Treasure is one such online pokie. Only Playtech offers 8 payline pokies such as Gold Rally. The reels are set in a 3x3 matrix and the paylines run horizontally, vertically and diagonally.

Net Entertainment Pokies

Net Entertainment has a more homogenous range of online pokies. The standout qualities are 3D graphics and innovative gaming features. Spinata Grande won the 2015 Game of the Year award at a prestigious event. The innovative feature in this online pokie is that the symbols can appear as blocks of 3x3 that increases the potential of payouts. Another popular Net Entertainment title is Gonzo’s Quest. This features a concept named as avalanche that produces consecutive win opportunities in the same spin. For Australian players that like progressive pokies there is none better than Mega Fortune, which has delivered a more than 17 million hit in a single spin.

Net Entertainment has almost all of its latest pokies for mobile gaming as well. These are released under the banner NetEnt Touch. Some of them, like Stickers and Sparks have graphics designed especially for the smaller screens of smartphones and tablets. They are perfect for Australian players who want to wager on the move.

Pros of Playing Online Pokies


Cons of Playing Online Pokies

  • Most online pokies offer average return to player of about 95%. This is at the lower end of the online casino games pecking order. Blackjack, video poker and baccarat games offer average returns of about 99%. European Roulette offers average return of more than 97%. Which means that you are less likely to win at online pokies in the long run that the other games. The flip side is that when you win you will win larger amounts.

  • If you are the type of online casino player who wants to use skill then pokies are not the game for you. You simply start the reels and the game does the rest. There is no strategy to be understood and deployed. Even the choices you make in the bonus games yield random results.

  • If you are not on the latest smartphones, you may have a problem with the newest pokies that are rich in features. They may take a long time to load and exhibit some other problems.