Online Pokies for Australian Players
If you enjoy playing pokies, then we probably don't need to tell you that you are one of the luckiest people in the world if you have an account at an online casino. There is no place on earth, including any land-based casino environment, where you are going to get the number of possibilities for different and interesting poker machines than you are right there on your computer screen or mobile device from an online casino.
Should there be any mystery as to why pokies are the most popular games in any casino? They are so simple to play, don't have any complicated rules for the player to learn, and don't involve interaction with other people. They simply involve sitting down putting a coin in, virtual or otherwise, and clicking the "Spin" button. No one needs to have any special skill, or learn any complicated strategy, to have as much of a chance of winning on a poker machine is anyone else.
That having been said, there are a few things you will need to know. One is that you aren't going to get paid on any winning combination unless it comes across a "payline" that you have enabled ahead of time. And in order to do that, you have to put that much more money into the game. In other words, for every payline you enable, it is an additional bet.
And that is one of the three components that comprise a pokie bet. The other two are the coin denomination you choose, which can go from a penny all the way up to five dollars, and the number of coins you wish to play. The multiple of all of these things constitutes your total bet on any given spin.
In all cases, the "pay table" for poker machine is going to be right in front of your eyes. This will tell you what every winning combination pays, and it is in accordance to which icons are most valuable in the game. What you will also see on the pay table is what the wild symbol is. You have probably already guessed that any symbol that is "wild" can be used to complete winning combinations. This makes them probably the most valuable thing you can come across in a pokie. There is also something else called a "scatter" symbol, which is generally used to bring you to another phase of the game, like a free spins phase or a bonus game. You will usually have to get three scatters anywhere on the screen in order to take you to the next step.
Money management is always important when playing the pokies. You always want to have enough money to last, so make sure you are careful in calculating your bets, as far as those three components we have talked about. Obviously along the way you are going to hit some payouts, but that is not the thing you should be depending upon, because you don't have to be a genius to understand that you are not at a long-term advantage when playing poker machines.