Pokies have been popular for over a century now, and with the rapid development of the Internet, they got their online version, or better to say – many versions. Just like in a brick-and-mortar casino, you can play on 3, 5 or 7-reel machines, choose the number of paylines, and even play for real money. In addition to these, you can choose to play not only oldschool pokies (like fruit machines), but also complex games, with a huge number of options and buttons, with hi-res graphics, themed and created as video games. What’s more, you can play pokies for real money, in order to win a jackpot you can later turn into cash. Once you open an account in an online casino, the funds can be placed using your credit card or some money-transferring service such as PayPal or any other, which is usually determined by the casino website’s policy.
If you decide to try your luck in pokies, here are some terms you should get familiar with:
All Ways: a feature that allows you to bet on all ways and paylines.
Credits/Coins: the units you get for money and use to play slots with. For example, 1 dollar buys 100 credits and you place bets in these credits.
Double Up/The Gamble: a feature for doubling or quadrupling your win.
Expanding Wild: a wild that expands to fill the whole reel and substitutes all the symbols on that reel.
Jackpot: the biggest prize you can win in a game
Lines/Paylines: the position that the symbols must take in order to win the jackpot. This can be a straight line, but it can also take various different patterns.
Max Bet: the maximum bet in allowed per spin. It varies from game to game.
Multiplier: a feature for increasing your prize by multiplying it.
Payout Percentage: a percentage which will be paid to the players if they win the jackpot.
Paytable: a machine’s display which shows the information about the game, such as prizes, rules etc.
Progressive Jackpot: a jackpot that progressively grows while the players are playing the game. A small percentage of every bet is added to the final amount of jackpot.
Random Jackpot: a jackpot without any rules, triggered randomly.
Re-Spin: this feature locks some symbols while the other reels still spin
Wilds: special symbols for substituting all the other symbols (a kind of a “Joker”)
Other than the common terms, you should also be aware of a few tips that may improve your game and make it more safe and enjoyable. Probably the most important thing is to set the budget for gambling before even starting, and not to go beyond it. Determine the amount of money you are willing to spend, and do not use any other money for slot games. Also, do not chase your losses by playing more and investing more. If you are on a losing streak, take a break and try again some other time. It is also advisable that you set the time limit, so you do not spend too much time on the game.
Familiarizing with the common terms and rules of the pokies games you choose and good control of yourself are the winning combination for the game that is fun, enjoyable, safe and if you are lucky enough – maybe even profitable!