Since the first introduction of slot machines, or slots, on Australian shores it became clear they have landed on a very fertile ground and that they will be a great success there. Over the years the term “pokies” has kept on, although no one is sure who actually used it first. Presumably it comes from the term “poker machine”, however, nowadays it is used to signal slightly wider range of games (notably, the three reel slots are the most recognizable and traditional form of pokies).
During 1980s and 90s pokies were enjoying the golden age of their history when it comes to land-based casinos, though they do still predominate and are the most popular form of gambling in those facilities. After that period came the age of Internet and in the late 1990s pokies appeared online for the first time (The Gaming Club was one of the first sites to provide online gambling). But the real boom happened in 2004 when Thunderstruck appeared online – a game powered by Microgaming and which was created as a replica of a true Australian pokies game. This marked the opening of the flood gates so now we can find hundreds and hundreds of pokies online.
And nowadays we are witnessing the birth of the next chapter in pokies history – the mobile pokies. With development of mobile phones and upgraded abilities of both hardware and software of those devices the pokies are rapidly moving on greener pastures, i.e. from land-based and online to mobile devices. This industry is rapidly growing and revenues are increasing every year, so it is not surprising to see all the software developers competing for a place under the sun.
Introduction of mobile pokies slowly changes habits of the players, since now they are capable of hitting that slot button while using public transport, waiting for a friend or simply while standing in a queue somewhere. Mobile pokies are quite convenient for a lot of users, and have numbers of advantages and benefits. To turn that time that normally would be wasted into potential jackpot certainly sounds appealing to more and more gamblers.
Mobile pokies these days provide a wide range of options, optimized performances for most operating systems (namely iOS and Android), and they come in all sorts of types and with different themes. Almost any kind of human activity has by now been covered with themes for that subject, so everybody is able to find a type of game for themselves. Also, pokies usually come with provided bonuses and rewards for signing-up or for depositing money, which attracts players even more. They provide options to play for free or for real money, and the most popular mobile pokies these days are Mega Moolah, Tomb Raider, and Pure Platinum.
All of those are powered by software giants – Microgaming and for all of them HTML5 technology provides great gaming experience on mobile devices. With increased investments in mobile phone development we can only dream of what the future brings but pokies will certainly follow them, in terms of improvements in quality and service to potential users. Our only job is to enjoy and entertain ourselves with mobile pokies.