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Play Top Rated Online Pokies Australia

Play online slots, or Online Pokies as they’re known by Aussies, on the Internet for real money at Casino-Mate Australia. With such a wide variety of pokies available, online pokies have become increasingly popular in Australia.

Online pokies were traditionally referred to as fruit machines or one-armed bandits as they were originally operated by one lever found on the side of the machine. These machines contained a long narrow slit for coins to be inserted. That’s where the coin bets in modern pokies come from, though they have moved on.

Australian Online Pokies History

Pokie games were originally developed in the early 1900s in the USA. Even though they were illegal at the time, the popularity of these casino games took the world by storm. Luckily for Aussies, these ace games are perfectly legal to play.

Online pokies stayed pretty much the same until the 1980s. Las Vegas casinos transformed pokies on a whole new level by turning fruit machines into video pokies. This technology was quickly adopted by the leaders in casino software developments and featured the first bonus rounds, nudges, and free spins. This was the biggest development of the game since the original form of play was developed by Charles Fey.

Introduction of Online Pokies

The second biggest transformation pokie games went under was in the 1990s with the start of the Internet. Eventually, this paved the way for online casinos later on, and online pokies were some of the first online casino games. This would eventually lead to the better graphics, more bonuses and progressive jackpots of today.

Latest Pokie Transformation

Today, pokie games are inspired by popular films, such as Jurassic Park, as well as TV series, movie characters, and celebrities. The newest online pokies are mobile pokies, and they are some of the best games around. Most smartphone devices from Apple and Android support mobile gaming.

Top-Ranked Pokies

Casino-Mate Australia doesn't just have one type of online pokies. We have a selection of different types of online pokies where you can find a host of themes and styles. With such a collection of online pokies, the avid online gambler couldn't possibly experience boredom or monotony. At Casino-Mate Australia, you can add to the thrill of playing online pokies for real money; because, at Casino-Mate Australia, when you play for real money, you can win real money. So begin your online pokie journey with Australia's favourite online casino and see your winnings grow.

Three Reel Pokies

Online pokies have evolved into spectacular masterpiece creations with beautiful designs, cutting-edge graphics, detailed animation, and high-quality sound-effects. Some of the top online three reel pokies at Casino-Mate include:

  • High 5 Pokies: The vintage three reel, 5 line payout pokies which allows you to reach a maximum 15,000 coins when reaching the 5 x 25 wild multiplier. This bright and colourful game offers a wide range of winning combinations.
  • Snakes & Ladders Pokies: This pokie awards wins for three consecutive symbols. It offers a bonus round when three dice symbols appear on a winning line, it also offers a jackpot repeat chance which occurs once a jackpot is won, this gives you a double chance to win even more.
  • Fantastic 7 3-Reel Pokies: There are 10 chances to win and offers a fast and classic experience. It includes loose reels and various bonus features which allow you more chances to win.

Five Reel Pokies

Five reel online pokies are an evolved and more advanced version of the three reel pokie. Five reel pokies offer a greater chance of winning and are probably the most popular type of online pokie in Australia. Casino-Mate offers an assortment of five reel pokies that have a diverse range of themes. Some of the top pokie games at Casino-Mate include:

  • Jurassic Park Online Pokie: This is a five reel pokie that is based on Steven Spielberg's 1993 hit film of the same name. This is a Microgaming innovation that's exclusively offered at Casino-Mate Australia.
  • Game of Thrones Online Pokie: This five reel pokie is based on the popular HBO series. If you are a fan of the series, then you'll love this online slot game. Play this epically themed online pokie for real money at Casino-Mate.
  • Agent Jane Blonde: A premium five reel Microgaming pokie which allows you to win up to 10,000 coins in a single jackpot. The style of the game includes comic-strip-style graphics which creates a fun and youthful feel.
  • Immortal Romance: From the creators of Thunderstruck II, Immortal Romance offers a deadly but romantic feel to your online pokie experience. Bonus features include: Amber, Troy, Michael and Sarah Bonuses.
  • Thunderstruck II: This is the sequel to the original Thunderstruck casino game. This game has reached even higher heights than its predecessor and really excels in graphics and theme.

Progressive Jackpot

Jackpot pokies gave all our online players a chance to hit the jackpot and win big. Whether you're in Australia, Las Vegas or Macau, you can participate in Casino-Mate's progressive jackpot pokie games. Progressive pokies have an accumulative jackpot that will continue to grow until the jackpot is hit. If you're looking for sizeable winnings, then progressive pokies at Casino-Mate are for you. We also offer bonuses and special promotions to sweeten the progressive pokie deal. Some of Casino-Mate's most popular progressive pokies include: Mega Moolah and Treasure Nile.

MegaSpin Pokies

With megaspin slots you can play more than one slot game at the same time, increasing your winning potential dramatically! Casino-Mate makes this possible with a fast paced selection of slot games at your disposal.

Strategy and Game Tips

Pokies are casino games that are won at random. No past spins will have an impact on future spins. For this reason, there is no strategy that a player can adopt to increase their chances. However, there are some playing tips to take into consideration when you play.

Playing Tips

Set limits

Budget should be your key priority. This means setting a limit on the amount you can spend on your favourite gambling games without any successful combinations. You should also try to limit how much time you spend playing. This will help you to avoid losing streaks.

Choosing your favourite game

There are many aspects to take into consideration when it comes to choosing a pokie to play. For example; Aussies would need to choose what type of pokie they would like to play. This means deciding whether to play classic, video pokies or progressive pokies. It would then be required to choose a machine that fits within your budget. It is wiser to select a machine that will stretch your budget longer, then selecting one that will only give you a few spins.

Be aware of the game features available

When you’ve chosen an online pokie, look at the pay table so you know which symbols to look out for. These features are there to help you reap in some impressive rewards, so we recommend you read before you start playing.

Progressive Jackpots

To win the full jackpot in these online pokies, we recommend that you bet the max limit. If you bet a smaller amount, you’ll only get a small part of the jackpot.


Some pokies make use of numerous betting systems. These different betting systems are not aimed to improve your chances; they are more targeted at looking after your budget.

How Game Buttons Work in Online Pokies

Every online pokie at Casino-Mate follows the same basic modes.

Auto/ Start: Select this button to automatically start spinning the drums for a pre-set number of consecutive times. Select the button again to end the auto-spin mode.

+ and -: This button will increase or decrease the selected number of spins for auto mode.

Lines: This button will perform two tasks: either activate or re-set paylines.

Bet Per Line: Select this button to add more coins to the bet line.

Bet Max: Select this button to bet the maximum coins per line and activate all the paylines.

Spin/ Stop: Select this button to start spinning the reels and to stop the reels to display the game results.

Gamble: Select this button to place a wager and gamble your winnings from the previous spin to attempt to double or quadruple your money.

Collect: Select this button to claim your payouts. These payouts will be added to your real account, and require you to make a withdrawal from Casino-Mate.

Online Pokies Glossary

Bet: This is the amount players wish to wager per spin.

Bonus Feature: These are added features to specific pokies. They are usually played separately to the main game and provide more opportunities for players to win extra prizes.

Coin Denomination: This is the value of each coin being played per payline.

Fixed Jackpot: This is a jackpot associated to specific stand-alone pokies. These pokies are non-progressive and the amount of money up for grabs cannot be changed.

Free Spins: these are commonly associated with 5-reel and video poker slots. This feature is usually activated by landing a specific amount of Scatter icons. Then number of free spins up for grabs varies from pokie to pokie, but they are very handy especially when they come with added multipliers.

Max Bet: This is the highest possible amount a player can wager on a single payline. Some pokie games, will come with a max bet button which sets the maximum betting amount automatically.

Multipliers: These are associated with bonus and free spin features. They are often triggered by landing a certain number of Wild logos on an active payline. Multipliers when rewarded will multiply your winnings by a specified amount.

Odds: This is the player’s chances of winning the game.

Paylines: This is the number of lines that players can land icons on to form a successful combination. These are different for each pokie, and the lines need to be active in order to form part of a successful combination.

Payout: This is the amount a gambler will receive for landing a combination of specific icons.

Progressive Jackpot: This jackpot is not fixed and will increase as more and more participants wager on the pokie. These can be stand-alone where it is linked to only one pokie, or they can be networked with other online casinos that use the same software provider such as MicrogamingTM.

Reels: Reels are the vertical columns, also known as drums on the pokie, where the logos are found. Pokies usually contain either 3 or 5 reels.

Scatter: Scatter icons can appear anywhere to help form a winning combination. Scatters can activate free spins and bonuses or even act as multipliers.

Wilds: Wild logos are able to replace the majority of other symbols on the reels to help form a winning combination. They often act as multipliers and can increase your winnings. Wild logos are generally required to trigger bonus features.

Online Pokie FAQs

Where did the name 'Slot' come from?

The term 'slot' refers to the coin slot that money is placed into. In Australia, slots are commonly known as pokies. One theory behind this Aussie slang term is that it was derived as an abbreviation for “poker machines”.

How do progressive jackpots work?

Progressive jackpots are online pokies connected across a few online casinos powered by a software provider. This connection is what makes the jackpots so big and so sought after. A small part of each bet made gets added to the jackpot until someone wins. Then it resets and players can start over to win mega bucks.

Can you play pokies for free?

Many online pokies are available to play for free. Casino-Mate offers most of our pokies in free play mode, as long as you create a temporary account. Free play mode will allow you to get a feel for the game and online casino environment, before playing for real money.

What is the average payout for pokies?

For Australian pokie machines, the lowest legal payout percentage can be 87%. However, the reality of the percentage payouts sits a little higher at approximately 90%.