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What Are Online Pokies?

If you honestly need me to provide an answer to that then I have a question for you: How on earth did you end up here without wondering earlier what they were?!

How Do Pokies Work?

Now you’re asking the right questions! – Understanding how pokies work provides an indirect answer to about 99% of the questions and myths people have around pokies and gambling.

Here’s the super fast straight up explanation of how pokies work – complete with a diagram and everything!

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The Random Number Generator is the algorithm or program within the slot machine that determines where the reels will stop each time. The Random Number Generator works independently of any progressive or linked jackpots and is unaware of the overall odds of each ‘stop position’ All the Random Number Generator does is wait until someone presses the button or pull the handle – at which point the computer algorithm runs and generates the requisite amount of numbers (3 or 5 depending on how many reels you are playing) and determines where this is on the ‘reel’. This happens in a microsecond and the results are fed to the machine which stops the reel at the corresponding spots. The Slot machine then pays whatever is displayed on the resulting lines.

Find out the full story and see EXACTLY HOW POKIES WORK here

What is the Return to Player (RTP) Rate?

This is the rate of return that the algorithm inside the computer has been programmed at. The lowest legal RTP rate is 86% meaning a pokie with this rate would need to return $86 for every $100 spent on it. The average Return rate for pokies in Australia is around 90% – although you will find a consistently higher rate of return and more generous payrates at the online casinos and mobile pokies games since these casinos do not pay overheads and can pass the addition return on to the players.

What is the Difference Between Online Pokies and the ones You Find in the Pub?

The RTP Rate is about the only real difference between them – other than the obvious physical differences of a real casino or pub pokie… cause they kinda need the big box and the buttons and stuff to entice players and sucker them in…. I mean get them to enjoy the full gaming experience :p
Return to Player Rate refers to the minimum percentage of return that the Pokie / slot machine will return to the player overall. The industry minimum is legally 86% although most offline casinos will try to aim for around 90% return so they stay above the legal minimum AND the extra return keeps players coming back. The RTP Rate for online pokies is usually around 95% – and more reason why playing pokies online – whether for fun or for real money – is always the better option.


Are the Online Casinos Equal and Fair?

Online casinos are required by the law to have all their pokies & slot machines programmed with an up to date Random Number Generator. The RNG randomly generates numbers corresponding to the free pokies games, making the results completely random and impossible to predict. To ensure that the RNGs are up to date, the online casinos are audited by independent casino auditing bodies such as eCOGRA. The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) and G4 – the Global Gambling Guidance Group provide certification of compliance – and no this is not something that can be ‘faked’ – in fact the security surrounding these groups and online casino gambling in general is up there with that of Fort Knox and Military bases!

Learn more about the various regulatory organisations and Licensing Jurisdictions that govern online casino websites and gambling over the internet by visiting our Online Gambling Resource Page

What Assurances Do I Have When Joining an Online Casino?

As mentioned above, there are 4 main groups that govern online gambling and police the online casinos to maintain fair game play and unbias results. These groups all provide badges of accreditation to the online casinos that have met all their needs, and obviously those that pass display it with pride – usually on the home page in the footer or towards the bottom of the page. The Groups are:

  • eCOGRA (eCommerce and Online Gaming Regulation & Assurance)
  • EGBA (European Gaming & Betting Association)
  • IBAS (Independent Betting Adjudication Services)
  • G4 (Global Gambling Guidance Group)

How Do I Download The Free Pokies?

See our DOWNLOAD FAQ Page for this and every other question you could possibly have surrounding download vs. no download and how/where to access the casino games and free pokies.

Can I Withdraw My Welcome Bonus Now?

Generally no, not straight away anyway. Most online casinos offer the bonus and signup incentives with the condition that this money is put through their online slots, pokies, poker or blackjack tables at least once. Check the fine print before signing anything and make sure it is just once. Basically the Casino wants you to at least ‘Use’ the free cash they gave you so the Casino at least has a (5%) chance of winning the money back. Of course once you have put it through once you can simply cash out what is left – which was all free in the first place I might add!
Check the fine print from your chosen Casino as some require this initial bonus to be gambled up to 3 times!?! *Spin Palace – Our #1 Recommended Online Casino only requires their signup bonus to be put through their online pokies or blackjack table once only so if you bet smart (see this guide on maximizing your pokie time and ultimately your winnings –> HOW TO WIN ON SLOT MACHINES)

Is Online Gambling Legal for Aussies?

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“When it comes to gambling online, Australians are perfectly within their legal rights to punt away – so long as the site is not located within Australia itself.”
First off –  It is illegal for operators to offer online gambling services from within the jurisdiction of Australia. This means that online casinos cannot operate legally from within Australian territory.

However, it is not illegal for Australian players to place wagers at online casinos that are situated outside Australia. If an online casino is situated in a foreign country Australians can access the casino through the Internet and enjoy playing online pokies and slots (free or otherwise) to their hearts content. Also there are no laws that prevent them from making a deposit or withdrawing funds.

What Online Casino Do You Rate The Highest?

That’s an easy one! Spin Palace have the highest RTP rate of any Casino available to Aussies (public monthly audits to eCOGRA will confirm this) and furthermore have the best support and customer service – because I personally feel that the best Casino in the world is nothing if I can’t guarantee to speak to someone should something suddenly happen!?!
Spin Palace also provide allowances for the deposit and withdrawal of Australian dollars meaning you are not paying exchange rates and other pointless fees every time.

Read the Spin Palace Reviews and see for yourself what all the fuss is about:

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Can I Play My Favourite Aristocrat Pokies Online?

For some of the most popular Aristocrat games, including Queen of the Nile, Big Red, Where’s the Gold, Big Ben, 5 Dragons, Double Happiness, Lucky 88 and Choy Sun Doa. There are also a range of free pokies for you to play from Ainsworth Gaming as well as some of the latest slots from Amaya including Superman and The Flash (Velocity)
Visit our home of Australian Pokies and online slots at – the website for reviews, ratings and free play of Australia’s favourite pokies and online slots to learn more about where and how to access all the latest and greatest Aristocrat Pokies and Online Slot games

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Can I Play These Online Aristocrat Pokies for Real Money?

Unfortunately no, but that’s fine when you realise how much better the alternatives are…..or just play Mega Moolah for a chance to become the next instant Millionaire!

Aristocrat have not licensed their popular pokies for online play at real money casinos and mobile betting sites – go figure hey. But that doesnt mean you can’t play the best Aristocrat Pokies for real money… well OK maybe you can’t play the exact game you want if you would like to enjoy real money pokies but the online casinos and software companies like Microgaming have been busy creating the most awesome range of alternatives to favourites like Queen of the Nile, Big Red, 5 Dragons and Where’s The Gold. If you would like to see what other alternative online pokies are available then follow THIS LINK HERE to either stream or direct download the software for instant access to all the alternatives – which you can play for free for as long as you like until you decide you would like to play for real money.

If you are on your mobile device then you can enjoy the best free and real money pokies on your mobile through our recommended casinos Mobile App.

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Do Free Online Pokies Offer the Same Free Spins and Features/Bonuses?

Generally the Free versions of the real money pokies are exactly the same and offer the same features, bonuses and extras. Keep in mind though that in many instances the additional bonuses and free wild game bonuses are often connected to the Casino network itself and only those registered and paying are in with a chance to take home these bonuses

Can I Win Real Money Playing Free Pokies?

I think you already know the answer to this and just asked in the hope that for some freak reason the answer would be the other one… Well I’m sorry to say that you were right all along. NO of course you cannot win real money playing free pokies.

Playing free pokies usually means you are just an IP address and a timestamp to them so even if you win something there is no way of knowing exactly who you are.
I personally recommend registering with your online casino of choice and then when you play the free games offered you will still be in the running to win any and all random bonuses they happen to be offering.

Can I Withdraw My Pay Outs and Bonus Pokie Wins Immediately?

Yes and no. Even I am getting tired of giving you convoluted answers but in each case there is always fine print that needs to be discussed – and in the interest of full transparency and providing an online gambling and pokies related page that ACTUALLY PROVIDES TRUTHFUL INFORMATION I need to explain everything.
Yes you can withdraw your winnings and you can do it each and every month (with a limit of $4000 or so usually set by most online casinos) but when you first join up there are usually requirements set that need to be met before you can start withdrawing funds. These requirements are generally set around time and amount – meaning once you have been playing for X amount of time and/or once you have gambled Y through their online games you can withdraw your winnings

Can I Become an Instant Millionaire?

Yes thanks to Mega Moolah and the progressive jackpot you could win millions from as little as a 25c bet!

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See the biggest online and offline jackpot wins here –> World Records and Pokie Wins

Further to this are the presence of the Progressive Jackpot slots which link networks of Pokies and pool the Jackpot.> To give you an idea what this potentially means, the Guinness World Record for the most won on an online progressive slots game was over $20millionUSD!  (See Original Article here)

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