It’s quite funny, and you could almost say its stereotypical of the Australians! The rest of the world knows them as poker machines, or slot machines. We are basically the only country (except maybe New Zealand) to call them pokies, and if you referred to them as pokies in another country, they would have no idea what you were talking about. It’s much the same as “barbie” being short for barbecue. Pokies is just an abbreviation of poker!
What is the difference between online pokies and local pub pokies?
Interestingly enough, there is quite a difference between the two. Let’s first talk about the welcome bonuses. When you sign up to play pokies online, most sites (all the ones listed on our site do!) give a welcome bonus of some sort to the player. It’s usually extra money based on how much the player first deposits. No local casino or pub do anything like this, as you can’t easily monitor and track it like you can online.
The games are significantly different as well. In the offline world, the same games have been on the floors of Australian pokies rooms for over 10 years. How many times can someone play Indian Dreaming without getting bored?! With the online pokies, there is a much wider range of games to play. Not only is there over 200 at any given site, they also are built on different technology that offer microgaming facilities. This basically means, inside the pokies game, there is mini games you can play as well that also give cash, free spins and jackpot bonuses. There are a couple of these types of games sneaking into casinos but hardly any worth noting, and they are usually more expensive to play.
When playing pokies on the internet, you also get access to some really cool comic and movie inspired games that aren’t available offline. For example, Batman Dark Knight, Iron Man and Lord Of The Rings all have their own pokies games which are co signed and co developed along side the movie companies. The quality of these games are truly beautiful and a joy to play from the comfort of your own home. If you are a fan of these movies, then you will love playing the pokies versions!