Like many people who live in Australia or New Zealand, you have probably played the pokies at one time or another.
You may even be a regular player? Or although you only play on special occasions during visits to the casino in your area. No matter what your pokie playing habits are, chances are you have not yet had a chance to look at online pokies as an alternative.
So why would you want to play online pokies?
For starters, playing pokies in the pub or casino can be expensive. Think about how much money you have to spend before you even sit down at a machine. Gas to the casino or pub, parking (if you can not get a free one) and then you need to have that drink too. Before you've even knocked a dollar in a machine, you've already sent some of your bankroll.
Are you a smoker? Bad luck then, because now with the new legislation, you can no longer smoke while gambling in a pub or casino in Australia and New Zealand.
The biggest reason though that you should consider playing online pokies is purely for the payout percentage which has a direct effect on your wins.
You see, most land based machines in Australia and New Zealand are programmed to pay out 87-95% of what they take in. All pokies including Aristocrat and IGT machines in Australasia have to abide by strict governing rules set in place by the government of each country.
As casinos and pubs have high overheads (power, staff, buildings, carparks) you can be sure most of their machines will be set to pay out on the lower end of the scale. They have to pay for that amazing decor somehow! Online casinos on the other hand do not have the same overheads. They do not have the same levels of staff nor do they have buildings to pay rent on, so they pass these savings on to you in the form of higher pay out percentages.
Another benefit of playing online pokies is all the free money that is available to you.
Yes, you read that right. Free money!
You see, as the competition for your patronage is so fierce in the online casino world, they will do whatever they can just to get you in their casino, even giving away free money. When was the last time your local pub or casino did that?
Typical online casino promotions involve offering you a 100% match on your deposit. So if you deposit $ 50 the casino will match your $ 50, giving you $ 100 to play with. Naturally there are conditions on this free money, but you'll never get that kind of offer down at the pub!
So with a higher payout percentage (some up to 98%), the convenience of playing at home with the fridge close by and all the free money online casinos offer, why would you bother going to the pub or casino to play pokies any more?
Obviously it's not as social, but many casinos offer pokie tournaments now too where you can play against other people for prizes and jackpots.