Pokies are games, which experience the biggest popularity amongst players of our planet. It is hard to find another game in online or brick-and-mortar casinos that would be as popular as pokies. All sorts of table games are relatively slow, require skills, knowledge of rules, and are boring to many people. Some even consider card games to be a prerogative of elderly people mostly. Whether it is true for you or not, the fact that pokies are insanely popular remains. In this article, we’re speaking in more detail about online pokies played in Australia.
First of all, let’s discuss how to find good pokies exactly for yourself out of the vastness of existing ones. It’s wise to look at them as follows:
The chance of hitting any winning combination is up to 100% in 3-reel modern pokies. It is defined by the formula:
W = 100%*P/R*!N
W – winning probability;
R – the number of reels in a pokie
!N – the number of items on every reel multiplied at each other as many times as many reels are there (factorial).
P – the number of paylines.
Let’s imagine that a 3-reel slot has 20 items on each reel and the number of paylines is 10. Thus, the equation looks as follows:
W = 100% * 10 / (20*20*20) = 1000%/8000 = 12.5%.
If the number was 10 instead of 20, the probability would have been higher, up to 100%. In practice, pokies may have a differing number of items on their reels, which contribute to fluctuations.
Applying the same formula and same data to 5-reel pokie, we receive a 0.03% chance of winning each combination. For the sake of increase of such a small number, pokie manufacturers often significantly increase the number of paylines, whilst reducing the number of items on some reels or lowering the probability of occurrence of some items. If we put 256 paylines in this equation and lower the variability of items on the reel to 10, we receive a 25.6% chance of winning in each spin, which is very large.
Playing with the numbers in the equation, manufacturers obtain the final numbers in RTPs and can make playing pokies really financially interesting to gamblers.
Another thing that adds to the excitement of the play is a progressive jackpot, which is not mathematically predicted to happen. It may come when it may – this would be the best definition of the probability of its occurrence. But the general rule is such that in order to have a possibility to activate it, a player has to bet larger amounts (no-lesser-than-X). Sometimes, pokies give insane amounts of money – over ten million dollars (which was the case with Mega Moolah more than once).
The principle of its work is as follows: players play in some jackpot slot. Some lose, some win. Some share of the lost money comes to increase the progressive jackpot sum. When it hits anyone, it will be like money rain on this fellow – from tens of thousands to several millions of dollars are given to him or her out of the blue, without connection to any event. The expectation of such a huge victory is a driving factor for many pokie players all over the world, not just in Australia.
Before one starts playing games, it is required to replenish an account. Surely, most pokies allow playing without deposit but in this case, a gambler won’t be able to win real money. So in order to gain chances to win, right after the registration on a website of a casino, a player has to make a deposit to win. What’s good about registration on Aussie casinos – often, there even won’t be a demand to check the entered email, so, it is possible to enter a dumb one, not really disclosing your personal contact details.
To find out available banking options, one has to open a ‘Cashier’ or similarly named section on the website and find a suitable channel. Today, such financial channels are popular in Australia:
In addition to that, it’s possible to have a bank transfer or use an e-wallet (depending on the exact casino).
Opening an account to play online slots starts with registration. Usually, a gambler is asked such data:
After this short procedure is successfully passed, a gambler is redirected to a Cashier section. If not, then he or she has to visit it deliberately to make a deposit. The same section, Cashier, will be used in the future for payouts (after winnings occur).
The casino may give bonuses at this stage or at least, list them so as to make a player informed about them. These are made to improve the gambling experience in the online casino and let a person try pokies or other types of games.
After a payment channel is selected, it is time to replenish the balance. Usually, the money arrives within a short while, just seconds or minutes. In the case of bitcoins, transactions may take longer, up to hours (because of the technological specificities of such transactions).
Bear in mind that some casinos (like OzWinCasino) will not allow a player to start gambling unless he or she deliberately deposits. The depositing window simply won’t close, hovering on top of the rest of the interface, until the financial transaction is completed. We find such aggressiveness in demanding money to be inappropriate and that’s why we cannot recommend playing in such amusement establishments but it is a personal choice of everyone – to play or not to play.
Mobile casinos are a part of every modern gambling venue today. There are two ways of playing those:
If the first option is available, always choose it because it requires lesser Internet traffic to function, gives a smoother gaming experience & is always handy to play because, well, a mobile phone is in a hand.
Below, we are considering the top 3 most popular pokies in Australia.
This is a 5-reel 10-line video pokie available for all modern platforms (but smartwatch) that is based in its visual implementation on water animals and the water element as is. The sound design allows feeling underwater. The scatter symbols are represented by dolphins and pearls. This pokie by Novomatic Company is one of a few to be downloaded from Google Play and AppStore.
The Deluxe version is a continuation of a highly popular 9-line Dolphin’s Pearl representing additional payline and better graphics.
Gonzo’s Quest is one of a few pokies that can brag about their own Wikipedia page. This slot was released in 2011 (2010 according to other data) by NetEnt and it is currently available for all, but smartwatch, platforms. Shortly after release, it has become the first game by this developer to become ‘platinum’.
The theme of the slot is a conquistador who arrives in Peru in search of treasures, being accompanied by a stolen treasure map, having a huge desire to find Eldorado. The idea is based on the 16-century Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire.
The RTP of the pokie is 95%.
This is a vampire-themed slot with predominantly gloomy colors (yet red revives a lot of background). The manufacturing company of this 5-reel 243-payline pokie is Microgaming. The game features wilds, multipliers, and ‘Rolling reels’. The max amount to win is 12,150 times of the bet.
What other online casino games do we cover in addition to online gambling pokies?
The world of online casinos, however, is not just pokies (although the best of them deliver over 1,000 pokies to play). The list often includes these as well:
The most advanced gambling houses we’ve seen embrace over 2,000 games (including pokies).
Many pokies and other types of games, including card ones, offer demo play. That is, without money. But the peculiarity of demo play is that it does not offer to play through an entire game, as it is a time-limited or ‘virtual-money-limited’ offer. Also, it may not provide a gambler the real giving rate in a demo mode, as this mode’s purpose is ‘demonstration’, not ‘full insight’. Last but not least – it is impossible to win real money. So deposit some and things will change.
With a progressive jackpot, it is possible to win from several dozen thousand dollars to millions of dollars. The probable amount of a progressive jackpot is indicated on the game’s icon on the casino’s website. Without it, winnings top at most several thousand dollars.
Go to the Cashier section and create a withdrawal application on one of the allowed financial channels.
The safety is made sure by 256-bit encryption of all financial data, HTTPS root certificate, SSL protocol during banking transactions, and two-factor authentication upon entry.
The random number generator (RNG) is special software that makes sure all possible outcomes in games of luck are generated without purposeful perversion in favor of casino or players, and that all outcomes are really random.