Learn All About Pokies

The main types of pokies include 3 Reel Classic Pokies, 5 Reel Video Pokies and Progressive Jackpot Pokies. You can find these games at hundreds of perfectly secure online casinos or you can find the real-life mechanical versions at numerous land based gaming venues such as arcades and casinos.

Online vs. Offline Pokies

When you think of a land based pokie, many people think about the ones with mechanical leavers and huge buttons, but many modern land based pokies (or offline pokes) are played out over video screens with touchscreen technology. Therefore you can now find a growing number of online pokies at land based gaming venues as well.

One of the main advantages to playing online pokies is the massive collection of games that are now available. Most Microgaming casinos are packed with more than 280 different online pokies for you to browse through and it takes just a few clicks of the mouse to go from one pokie to the next in a matter of seconds.

One of the great things about online pokies is that you don’t need to keep feeding money manually into the machine, something which you always have to do when playing offline pokies. You can also play online pokies from the comfort of your own home without ever having to travel miles just to have a few spins.

The other advantage to playing online pokies is that you can play on them at any time of the day. Online casinos never close, whereas most land based casinos will close at certain times of the day.

3 Reel Classic Online Pokies

The oldest online pokies are the classic pokies, which are also often called Fruit Machines or Pub Fruity’s. These games usually only have 3 reels and 1 winning payline. However, they can have up to 9 winning paylines, but most have between 1 and 3 winning paylines. To win a prize on one of these games, three matching symbols usually need to land on one of the paylines.

Some classic 3 reel pokies do have Wild Symbols, but very few have Scatter Symbols or Bonus Symbols and therefore very few Classic Pokies have bonus rounds. Some of Microgaming’s most famous classic pokies include Cash Splash, Fruit Fiesta, Major Millions, Cash Crazy, Break da Bank, Couch Potato, Jurassic Jackpot, LotsaLoot, Tunzamunni and Wow Pot.

You can generally play with 1, 2 or 3 coins per spin and once you have set your stake, you just hit spin and hope for a win. These games are really easy to play and they can quickly become addictive which is what makes them so popular. Microgaming has produced more than 100 Classic Pokies and they are all now widely available and most of them are available in the real money mode and in the free play mode.

5 Reel Video Pokies with Bonuses and Free Spins

Microgaming has produced more than 280 video pokies which all have 5 reels and anywhere from 5 winning paylines up to 20+ paylines. A growing number of pokies also now have 243 ways to win per spin. These games are all widely available, most of them are available in the real money mode and in the free play mode and they all have some really big prizes to play for.

Many of Microgaming’s Video Pokies have Scatter Symbols and Bonus Symbols and many of them have one or more Wild Symbol. These Wild Symbols may include Stacked Wilds, Running Wilds, Winning Wilds, Split Wilds or Multiplying Wilds, plus several other variations can also now be found. Wild Symbols can usually substitute all other symbols on the reels apart from the Scatter Symbols or Bonus Symbols.

Three or more Scatter Symbols showing up anywhere in view can usually trigger a Free Spins Bonus Round and three or more Bonus Symbols showing up can usually trigger a second screen bonus round. The Bonus Rounds on many of the newer video pokies have multiple levels where prizes can be won at each level.

Jackpot Pokies / Progressive Prizes

The pokies with accumulating prizes pools are actually called Progressive Jackpot Pokies. Each prize pool is connected to more than one casino, in some cases more than 100 casinos, which means that the jackpots can quickly climb to huge amounts. A small percentage of each wager that you spend on a progressive jackpot pokie will automatically be added to the prize pool and you can watch as this prize grows in real time. The jackpots are usually always visible somewhere in the game window.

To be in with a chance of winning a progressive jackpot, you generally need to be betting max and you generally need to be playing with the full amount of paylines active. To see how you can qualify for winning one of the jackpots, take a few minutes to read through the paytable when you play on any progressive jackpot pokie.

The most famous progressive jackpot pokies from Microgaming which you can find in any AU & NZ online casino include games such as Mega Moolah, The Dark Knight, Cash Splash, Fruit Fiesta, King Cashalot, Wow Pot, Treasure Nile and Major Millions Megaspin. Unfortunately, these games are NOT always available in the free play mode.

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