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Playing Real Money Pokies in Australia
Real money pokies are the most popular form of gambling in Australia. In a country where 3 out of 4 citizens gamble, that’s a tremendous revenue stream for the casinos. It also represents a lot of thrills for the gamblers — over 600,000 gamblers in Australia play poker machines at least once a week. Gambling in Australia is a $20 billion industry.
Slots players get their fix in casinos, sure, but they also have other places they play. Over 5700 pubs and clubs provide opportunities to gamble, too. In fact, gamblers can even find plenty of games to play on the Internet. Online gaming is growing fast, too–it’s estimated that $800 million in revenue can be attributed to Australian gamblers.
The purpose of this site is to provide accurate and reliable information about these online casinos. The content I have plans to include here will focus on the different types of devices on which you can play, which games are the most fun, which offer the biggest jackpots, and which sites are most reputable and trustworthy. Our plan is to offer a complete guide to real money pokies on the Internet.
How to Find the Best Online Casinos
Online casinos are a mixed bag. Since the jurisdictions where these casinos are licensed vary, some casinos are more trustworthy and reliable than others. For example, the Kahnawake Gaming Commission (in Canada) is one of the most affordable gambling licenses a casino company can apply for. They’re also well-known for being one of the less responsible regulatory commissions when it comes to actually regulating these organizations.
On the other hand, a gaming license from the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission is expensive. The commission is also notoriously strict with the companies it regulates. You’ll find fewer Internet casinos licensed by this entity, but the ones that are licensed there are more likely to be on the up and up.
Does that mean you shouldn’t play at an online casino that’s licensed in Kahnawake? Should you only play at casinos licensed by the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission?
No, that’s not our point at all. But you should be aware of issues like licensing. It’s a part of the overall picture of the casino. Several considerations go into the decision about where to play, and licensing is just one of them.
Other factors to consider include:
- Does the casino accept Australian currency?
- How many games does the casino offer?
- Do you like the software that powers the casino?
- What are other players saying about their experiences with the casino?
- What kind of player are you, and does the casino offer the kinds of games you like to play?
Are there casinos that offer pokies in AUD?
Not all online casinos operate in Australian currency. If they don’t, then you have to deal with conversions to and from the currency they do operate in. These exchange rates can vary with time, and dealing with these conversions is a headache you’d probably be better off avoiding. Try to play at casinos which deal in AUD (Australian dollars).
After considering all of the above factors, and based on our combined 25 years of experience in the online gambling industry, here are our top online pokies casinos.
The number of games offered by a casino might or might not be readily apparent, but almost all Internet casinos have some kind of listing of their games available through the navigation on their front page. Most Internet casinos offer dozens of pokies games, from traditional three-reel, single pay line games to 243 ways to win games. A little investigation into this beforehand is time well spent.
Most casinos lease software from one of a dozen or two different casino game software providers on the Internet. You might be familiar with some of these games already. Examples of good online casino software include BetSoft, NetEnt, RealTime Gaming (RTG), Playtech, and Microgaming. Some properties have multiple software providers while others have proprietary games that can’t be found on other sites. Once you’ve played a Microgaming poker machine, you’ll have a good idea whether or not you want to sign up at a Microgaming-powered casino. That applies to all of the software packages available.
Each brand of software has its own feel. RealTime Gaming seems to offer a faster and sleeker interface with their poker machine games, but Microgaming has more cartoonish games with better sound effects. You’ll also find a different variety of progressive jackpots on different software platforms. Getting familiar with which software you like is a good way to start when getting ready to choose an online casino.
Almost all Internet casinos offer you the opportunity to play no download required, play money versions of their games. They do this in the hope that you’ll like their games and sign up to play for real money. This is your opportunity to try it before you buy it. I would encourage you to never sign up for an online casino without trying the games first to see if you think they’re fun.
You can find other players’ comments about various casinos at a variety of sites. I tend to prefer reading accounts in various popular online gambler forums. Since this is such a lucrative industry, finding legitimate casino reviews can be tricky. It doesn’t take a tremendous amount of discernment to tell when a site is written just to garner advertising revenue from the online casinos. Trust your gut.
Some players prefer to play for low stakes while others are high rollers. Some casinos cater to one more than the other. By the same token, some players prefer progressive games to flat top slots. A little bit of investigation beforehand will help you decide whether or not the casino you’re considering caters to your style of play or not.
Pokies by Device
A wider variety of devices are used to access the Internet than ever before. People don’t just play online slots on their desktop computer anymore. Laptops are as popular now as ever, but mobile casinos are still in their infancy. Table players have their own set of preferences, too. One of the considerations you’ll face when choosing where to play on the Internet is what kind of device you’ll be playing on.
Future pages on this site will offer recommendations for casinos which cater to specific players on specific devices. A casino that you love on your desktop might provide a disappointing experience on your iPhone, or vice-versa. Our guides are written to help you navigate through these decisions.
All kinds of slot machine are available for real money on the Internet. You’ll often find that the games which offer the highest payback percentage are the plain-and-simple three reel, single pay line games. If your goal is simply to find the games with the highest payout percentage, start there.
On the other hand, most players find such games a little bit boring. More reels and more pay lines mean more excitement and a better experience, even if you sacrifice a percentage point or two on your payouts to gain those thrills. You’ll find plenty of five reel games with three, five, fifteen, or even twenty-five pay lines on the Internet.
Progressive jackpots probably offer the lowest payout percentages, but some players love the opportunity to play for a life-changing amount of money. The best progressive games offer fair payouts and a huge jackpot if you win the grand prize. Future pages on this site will examine the best progressive games online, too.
243 ways games have done away with the concept of paylines entirely. Any time you get a winning combination of symbols from left to right, then you’re eligible for the win, regardless of where the symbols appear on the screen. These are some of the most popular and exciting games online today.
Poker machines have never been more popular, and playing for real money on the Internet is a prime area of growth for casino companies. Our guide intends to provide advice and suggestions about where and how to find excellent casinos at which to play. I also have plans to provide individual guides customized to individual players’ needs, including considerations about software, currency, and devices.