Learn how to play pokies

How to Play Pokies

Charles Fey developed the first slot machine in the USA during the late 1800’s.  The first slot game, Liberty Bell, became extremely popular.  The slot machine found its way to Australia in the early 1900’s and even though they were illegal at the time, they became very popular and were legalised in the 1950’s.

Pokies is the Australian and New Zealand slang word for a slot machine.  Pokies became a very popular pastime even though the games were very basic to begin with.  The pokies machines had 1, 3 or 5 reels and the jackpots were small.  During the middle of the 1980’s the video slot was released and the later games offered many new features.  It was during the early 1990’s that many Australian states allowed poker machines in the pubs and today pokies can be found in every casino and is one of the most popular types of gaming.

Online Pokies

The first online casinos started in the early 1990’s and changed the face of playing pokies.  In 2004 Microgaming released the first online pokies game, Thunderstruck and Australian pokies became available to online players.  Since then thousands of online pokies games have been developed and released and players can now access their favourite pokies game from their smart phone or tablet.

How to Play Pokies in a Casino or Pub

Players who have never played pokies before will find it easy to learn how to play pokies.  With land based pokies all players need to do is put some money in the slot or note acceptor and select various option using the buttons just under the game screen.  The buttons are easy to use and are clearly marked.  The top row will have a collect button which players use to take money out. There are various credit buttons, which players use to select how many credits to bet with.

The bottom row has a win button and this is used to take a win from the gamble option or stop the win amount from accumulating and displaying the final total.  The reserve button is only used in pubs.  The lines button will select how many lines to activate and once these buttons are clicked the reels will start spinning.  Pokies does not have a separate spin button.  The gamble button will activate the gamble feature.

How to Play Pokies Online

Playing Australian pokies online is different to playing in a land based casino or pub.  The buttons are different and the games will also vary depending on the online casino or the game being played.  It is basically the same in that players will choose a bet level and spin the reels.  The following buttons are used when playing online.  The credit size will change the size of the credit for example from 1 cent to 2 cents.

The credits per line button add or subtracts a credit for each line. The spin button will begin the game at the selected bet level and credit or coin size.  The max bet button allows players to play using the maximum amount of credits and lines and begins the game.  Some of the buttons will only appear at certain times, for example the gamble button which will appear when there is a win and allows players to activate the gamble feature or the start feature button which will only appear until that particular feature is won.

Learning how to play pokies will enable all players to enjoy this entertaining pastime with the chance of winning some extra cash.