Online pokie games have the unique ability to deliver games in various themes and bonuses which make the game even more interesting and more rewarding. The good ol’ triple 7 pokie machines with the lemons and cherries are still available along with slot games with batman theme or Egyptian, Chinese, Western and many more. These games have symbols that match these themes with fun animations and music added to the fun of the game.

There is more to an online slot game than what meets the eye. It might come as a surprise to some players on how interactive slot games have become with numerous bonuses and unlimited features.


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Australian-Online-Casino takes this opportunity to welcome you to our Pokies beginner’s guide page which consists of and what features the modern slot games have.

Pokies: History

Known as slot machines in the United States, fruit machines in the United Kingdom and a pokie machine in Australia; these machines have a long and colourful history behind them. In 1887 Charles Fey invented a machine with 3 spinning reels and this first slot machine had 5 symbols which were diamonds, hearts, horseshoes, spades and the Liberty Bell, which is where the slot got its name. After becoming an instant hit it land-based casinos worldwide, it did not take long for online slots to take off.

The fully functional casino software was developed by Microgaming along with the launch of the first online slot machine in 1994. The first online slot machine had 3 reels and one payline, but it was the big step to begin creating history of online pokie machines.

Pokie Rules: General Gameplay

Playing slot is relatively simple in comparison to playing other casino games such as blackjack or video poker. If you understand the terms and buttons shown on the gameplay screen and the procedure to start a spin, you have already mastered playing online slots.

Pokies: Glossary

The terms below are all the components of a typical pokie game.

Reels: Reels are columns on the screen in which all the symbols appear and when you hit ‘Spin’ you are actually spinning the reels.

Symbols: Symbols are icons shown on the reels and aligning these icons across the payline earns you prizes.

Paylines: Paylines are lines that pass through symbols from left to right. The combinations of symbols that go through these paylines evaluate your winnings. Paylines are generally indicated by the numbers on the right and left sides of the reels.

243/1024 ways: Some pokies do not have payline but instead have a fixed pattern known as 243 or 1024 ways to win. In order to create a combination, the symbols have to occur in adjacent reels form left to right. When a game has 5 reels and 3 rows, 3 X 3 X 3 X 3 X 3 = 243, which is where the name comes from. The same goes for 5 reels and 4 rows, 4 X 4 X 4 X 4 X 4 = 1024.

Pay table/View Pays: This button allows you to access the payouts, where you’ll find information on the prizes on offer, paylines and rules.

Coins: The number of coins of a specific denomination you want to insert.

Coin denomination: Select a denomination of a single coin.

Bet: The total bet after calculating the no. of active paylines, the coin denomination and the o. of coins inserted.

Bet Max: The option allows you to bet the maximum amount on the slot machine with the selected coin denomination.

Spin: This button slows you to spin the reels once with the selected bet amount.

Credits: This box which indicates your total account balance.


Old King Cole – 5 reel 20 payline video pokie at EmuCasino

Pokies: Gameplay

  • Start by looking at the Paytable and have a good understanding of all the symbols and their payouts, paylines and bonuses.
  • Select the coin denomination you are comfortable with. The game gives you a range of coin denomination for you to choose from. In the above example it’s $0.01 to $0.50.
  • Select the no. of paylines you want active. We recommend you to activate all paylines available for the best result.
  • Choose the no. of coins you want to insert.
  • Check the total bet amount. Total Bet amount = No. of paylines active X Coin denomination X No. of Coins inserted.
  • If you are satisfied with the Total bet amount, click “Spin”.

What determines a Win?

After clicking spin, the reels spin and stop with series of random symbols. You generally need to align 2 or more symbols on an active payline to win. The payout depends on the symbol you receive. The classic card suit symbols of J, Q, K and A give a lower payout whereas picture symbols have a higher payout.


Old King Cole Video Pokie – 4 CD symbol combination along an active payline

In the image above, you can see 3 identical CD symbols plus a Wild in one payline and 2 Q’s plus a Wild in another payline. This will be treated as 4 CD symbols and prize for 4 CD symbols is 200 coins with the win of 1000 credits (200 coins X 0.50[the coin denomination]X10 coins inserted) plus 3 Q symbols which is 50 credits makingthe win total of a whooping 1050 credits. If you manage to receive winning combinations on multiple paylines, the payouts for each payline combination will be added to determine the total win.

Types of Online Pokies

  • Classic pokie

Fruit Slot – 3 reel 1 payline Classic Pokie at EmuCasino

Also known as reel slots, there are virtual imitations of your traditional pokie machines that normally comprise of just 3 reels and 9 or less pay lines. Their buttons are filled with the classic spin, bet line and bet max and symbols like 7’s, cherries, lemons, bells, diamonds and card suits from 9s to As are normally found in their reels. You can find very limited bonus features in these games but these pokies are a haven for anyone who’s still into those machines that started it all. Diamond Dreams, Captain Cash and Lucky 7 are few of the many popular classic pokie games that you can find online.

  • Video pokie

Video pokie have more advanced elements such as 5 reels, 9 or more pay lines, a wide variety of pay lines (some even up to a 100), extensive range of bonus features and your favourite themes. The symbols depend on the theme. Most of them also include the classic suits from 9’s to A’s. Some of the trendy and well-admired video pokies include The Dark Knight, Cashapillar, Thunderstruck, Old King Cole and Aztec Treasure.

  • 3D pokie

A Night in Paris – 5 reel 30 payline 3D pokie at EmuCasino

These are the ultimate pokie games delivering excellent 3D graphics and flawless animations. This software is hi-tech and designed to deliver a smooth and fast game play. So you get to play incredibly fast games with fantastic 3D animation. Playing 3D slots becomes more of a real experience than a virtual one. These games are more interactive and there is no doubt about the amazing payouts that they deliver. Try out some of the best 3D games like Rook’s Revenge, After Night Falls, A Night in Paris and Aztec Treasures.

  • Progressive pokies

Cash Splash – 3 reel 1 payline Progressive Jackpot at EmuCasino

Progressive pokies are usually a part of a massive jackpot network that gradually grows as players along that network play on. They offers jackpots that are larger than usual and players who hit that pot are sure to flip out as some of them even top the 1,000,000 mark. You can imagine the thrill of hitting one of those jackpot combinations and getting seriously cashed up. Design wise progressive pokies normally reflect either a video or a 3D style. Mega Moolah, Major Millions, Lots a loot are some of the biggest progressive jackpots available.

Pokies: Bonuses explained

Nearly all online pokies nowadays have bonuses. These are one of the joys of choosing to play online pokies instead of the traditional slot machines. The bonus features offered by an online slot game can be viewed through the Paytable.

Below we describe all the common online pokie bonuses features.

Wild Symbols: Wild Symbols work by transforming themselves into whatever symbol you need to create a winning combination along an active payline. So, identical symbols and a wild symbol along an active payline give you the payout of 3 identical symbols.

Scatter Symbol: These symbols pay regardless of their position on the reels meaning they do not have to lie on an active payline to pay. Normally, 3 or more scatter symbols lead to another bonus feature.

Free Spins: The bonus more where you receive a number of spin without having to risk any money. Everything you win during these free spins are added to your total balance.

Multipliers: These are bonuses in which the win amount is multiplied by a certain number of times. Multipliers are normally attached to some other bonus such as wild or free spins.

Expanding Wilds: An individual wild symbol that when appears on the reels, expands and converts the whole reel into wild.

Sticky Wilds: This feature may appear like a regular or an expanding wild but sticks to its position for a certain number of spins.

Stacked Wilds: As stacked wilds appear on the screen, the wild symbol takes several spaces on that reel.

Bonus Games: When a bonus game is triggered, you are taken to a second screen where you will be gives series of tasks to complete and win great bonus prizes. Bonus Games are normally triggered by scatter or special bonus symbols.

Gamble Feature: This is a kind of bonus game where you need to guess either the colour or the suit of the unknown card to double or quadruple your winnings. A gamble feature is only activated after a winning spin and is optional.

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