Online Pokies

New Zealand players can now enjoy playing on a wide range of online pokies at all of our reviewed online casinos and most of our casinos are packed with anywhere from 100 to more than 400 individual online pokies. These games are based on traditional land based pokies (aka mechanical pokies) and they are now widely available online on desktop and on mobile.

There are classic pokies and video pokies and most online pokies are available in the real money mode and in the free play demo mode. Online pokies have wide betting ranges and they either have Fixed Coin Jackpots or Progressive Jackpots to play for.

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Online Pokies FAQ

Q Is playing online pokies at online casinos as good as playing at land based casinos?

If you enjoy cranking a lever on a mechanical pokie in a room filled with those familiar sounds and smells then you might not enjoy playing online pokies at online casinos. However, many of us don’t live anywhere near a land based casino and so online casinos are generally the only place that we can enjoy playing on a wide range of pokies.

We have played in both land based and online casinos and we can say that they are both equally as enjoyable. We love occasionally going down to to the casino to play on the pokies that you can’t find online, but we also love playing at online casinos on the pokies that you can’t find down at the casino. We also love just being able to view the action on a huge flat screen TV all from the comfort of our own home.

Q Can I play 3 reel, 5 reel and progressive pokies at online casinos?

Yes. Today’s online casinos tend to have a wide selection of 3 reel classic pokies, 5 reel video pokies and progressive pokies. The vast majority of today’s online pokies are available in the real money mode and in the free play demo mode, with the exception of just a few progressive jackpot pokies which are occasionally only ever available in the real money mode.

The classic 3 reel pokies are also often referred to an online fruit machines and the 5 reel pokies are also often referred to as bonus round pokies, multilined pokies or free spins pokies and there are generally hundreds of these games for you to choose from.

Q Will I be able to play online pokies on my mobile phone and tablet?

Yes. You can play online pokies on your mobile and tablet device and the good news for mobile users is that you can now find a wide range of online pokies (classic pokies and video pokies). Before you can play on these games in the real money mode you need to register an account the casino and you can sign up directly from your handset.

Although you can generally only find around half as many pokies on mobile (compared to the desktop version of the same casino), you won’t find any rubbish games. The pokies that have been developed for mobile casinos are only ever the proven-performing pokies.

Q How much variety and online pokie options can I expect to find when playing at an online casino?

You can expect a great deal of variety of online pokies when you play at any of our online casinos and most pokies can be categorised by the type of theme(s) that each game has. For example some of the more common online pokie themes the Luck & Irish theme, Ancient Egypt, Sports, Crime, Wildlife & Animals, Horror, Fishing/Ocean, Christmas/Holidays, Vampire/Werewolves, Winter/Summer and Science Fiction.

One of the other ways to experience online pokies would be to filter the games. You could start with the progressive jackpot pokies or you could try the free spins pokies or bonus round pokies, or you could even filter them by how many paylines or win ways each game has, or you could start with the branded titles and then move on to the non-branded titles, and so on.

About Online Pokies

The most basic type of online pokie is the classic pokie and these ones tend to have just 3 reels and 1 to 5 paylines and the more complex type of online pokie is the video pokie. These ones have 5 reels and usually anywhere from 10 to 100 paylines. There are also lots of modern video pokies that now have anywhere from 243 ways to win per spin (aka Win Ways) up to 1,024 ways to win per spin. On most online pokies you need just three matching symbols to show up in consecutive order across the reels to receive some kind of payout.

All of the symbols on the reels have different values and the video pokies with 5 reels and multiple paylines/win ways tend to have special symbols such as Wild Symbols, Scatter Symbols and/or Bonus Symbols. The Wild Symbols generally substitute all other symbols on the reels to help form new line wins and they can either be the highest valued symbols on the reels or they will have zero value.

The Scatter Symbols can often trigger a Free Spins Bonus Round and you generally need at least three of these symbols to land in any position across any of the reels to enter the Free Spins Bonus Round. The Bonus Symbols may need to land in a certain position across the reels to trigger either an on-reels bonus or a second screen bonus and the jackpots can usually be won in one of two different ways.

A fixed coin jackpot will generally be awarded when five of the highest valued symbols land across any of the paylines (or across a specific payline) and the progressive jackpots can usually only ever be won from within a randomly triggered progressive jackpot bonus round. The best thing to do when you play on any online pokie for the very first time would be to head straight to the payable to find out exactly what you need to keep an eye out for.

The bonus games are generally simple picking bonuses where you need to click on the symbols/icons to reveal hidden prizes and the wins during the Free Spins Bonus round are often multiplied by a fixed, random or increasing multiplier. Also keep an eye out for numerous Wild Symbol variations that are now available such as Stacked Wilds, Shifting Wilds, Expanding Wilds, Wild Reels, Multiplying Wilds and numerous other varieties.

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