History of mobile pokies

megamoolahSince 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 appearedthunderstruck-slot-logo 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.

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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.

Myths And Truths About Online Pokies

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With pokies machines being popular more than a century, it is normal and expected that there are a lot of myths related to them. People tend to make up and believe many misconceptions, many of them being related to luck and to the games of fortune. These seem to have become even more numerous with the appearance of online pokies. Here are some of the most common myths about this game:

The payout percentage can be changed every day

This is not true either for land-based or for online pokies. Reputable online casinos have their terms, conditions and policy, and their operating license is based on them. If the online casino changed the payout percentage on daily basis, not much time would pass before it became closed for business and proclaimed illegal.

montezuma-slot-gsThe odds are better if there was no jackpot winner for a while

The odds with pokies are always the same. It has nothing to do with the number of games or the frequency of playing, but it is actually pure math and statistics. Each spin is independent of the previous and the next one, no matter how many times they spin.

The odds are better if your bet is higher

This is another common misconception. As previously mentioned, every spin is completely independent of all the others before and after it. Therefore, no matter if you bet 1 dollar or 100 dollars, keep in mind that your chance of winning will always be exactly the same. However, the way to actually increase your chances is playing more than one payline, so rather than investing higher bets, try playing different paylines simultaneously.

how-to-play-slots-onlineThere are tricks to win the jackpot

If there really were tricks to cheat the pokies machine and win the jackpot, the casino owners would have to be crazy to still offer this kind of game. There are people selling systems for cheating online pokies, but be sure that these are all scams that only serve to cheat you and take your money for nothing. If you have to rely on something when playing pokies, it is better to rely on pure luck than on these systems.

There is a better and worse time of day to win

Absolutely not. Online pokies don’t know what time of day it is, and they offer you the same chance of winning (or losing) no matter when you decide to play and no matter how many players are online at the moment.

You can tell whether the symbols will take the payline depending on their current position

imagesThis is quite a common myth. Once again, the spins are completely random and separate from one another, so there is nothing to help you predict whether there is going to be the jackpot or not. The combination of symbols is determined by a random number generating device the moment you click the button, and the spinning of reels is there just for the show.

If you want to play online pokies wisely and cold-headed, make sure not to trust any myths and misconceptions. Do not let the emotions and common beliefs lead you through the game, but trust your knowledge, common sense and of course – your luck.