When you think of casino games, most people naturally think of the well-known classics: Roulette, Blackjack, Poker, and similar games.
Only then do the colorful and jingling pokie machines follow. However, in this world’s arcades and online casinos, completely different games are particularly in demand: namely the so-called video pokies. Practically every day, developers and online casinos publish new games in this gaming area with which they vie for the players’ favor. But why are online pokies
, of all games, so successful? What makes the games stand out, and which titles are particularly successful in Australia? Time to get to the bottom of it.
Online Pokies: Varied and Good Chances of Winning
There are probably two important reasons why video pokies, of all things, are so popular. On the one hand, there is a vast selection and thus variety for players. Strictly speaking, there should be a video pokie for every conceivable theme in some form or another. Whether for dog and cat lovers, fans of certain bands and film brands, popular pop and rock bands, fairytale, saga, and adventure pokies. In the area of pokie machines, there is nothing that does not exist.
In contrast, roulette, blackjack, and poker games are almost always the same. Admittedly, there are also some different variations here. For example, French/European and American roulette or Russian poker and Texas Hold’em poker. The classic casino games tend to offer their players less of a varied gaming experience. In contrast, modern video pokie machines usually have a whole host of exciting store functions for their players.
Another important reason for the success of video pokies is probably the good winning potential of the games. In the meantime, there are pokies that payout an average of 97 to 98 percent of the bets to the players. Casinos and game providers speak of the so-called RTP rate (return-to-player).
Popular Online Pokies with a (usually) High Winning Potential
When it comes to pokie machines, the most important thing is a good mix of gambling risk and winning potential and, of course, the fun of playing. In this respect, players from Australia have picked out a few worthwhile games for them in recent years, which they like to play and therefore play frequently.
Book of Dead from Play’n Go
– Theme: Egypt
– Game principle: Classic video pokie machine with five reels, three rows and ten pay-lines
– RTP: 94.25 percent
– Maximum possible win: 5,000x stake
– Features: Bonus game with free spins and risk game.
For many years, the video pokie Book of Dead by Play’n Go has held the top spot almost unchallenged. Book of Dead is a thoroughly typical and, therefore, classic video pokie. In direct comparison to other games in this list, it only offers a rather average RTP of just over 94 percent. However, players can win up to 5,000 times their bet here. Besides, Book of Dead provides an exciting gaming experience thanks to its successful bonus game with free spins.
Starburst from NetEnt
– Theme: Gemstone/Space
– Game principle: Video pokie machine with five reels, three rows and ten pay lines valid in both directions
– RTP: 96.09 percent
– Maximum possible win: 50,000x stake
– Features: Stacked Wilds with Re-Spins
NetEnt released Starburst back at the end of 2013. Since then, the video pokie machine has been one of the most popular pokies in online casinos worldwide. Strictly speaking, the game offers only a few unique features, both thematically and in terms of gameplay. On the other hand, it has a successful mix of low gambling risk and excellent winning potential already mentioned above. The average payout rate of the game is over 96 percent. Also, the game pays out up to 50,000 times the stake as winnings in the best case.
Bonanza by Big Time Gaming
– Theme: Western/Adventure
– Gameplay: Megaways pokie with extra reel and up to 117,649 ways to win.
– RTP: 96 percent
– Maximum possible win: 10,000x stake
– Features: Megaways by Big Time Gaming, free spins with unlimited win multiplier
Bonanza differs in a few points from the two pokie machines already presented. The game uses the so-called “Megaways,” which Big Time Gaming developed in-house. Thanks to this feature, all “Megaways” pokies offer a dynamic pokie layout, as all reels of the game reveal a different number of rows and symbols on practically every spin. This is joined, at least in Bonanza, once again by outstanding winning potential. In any case, both the RTP of 96 percent and the maximum possible win of 10,000 times the stake are more than respectable.