How to wrestle the one-armed bandit online
The one-armed bandit is a slot machine, often called ‘pokie’ in Australia, short for poker machine. In the US it’s referred to as a slot machine, in Britain sometimes a ‘fruit machine’, in Scotland a ‘puggy’ and almost everywhere it can be called the one-armed bandit – harkening back to when there was a lever on the side. You can find a great History of Slot Machines in an earlier article published on Great Bridge Links by clicking here.
A slot machine is a gambling machine with three or more reels that spin when a button is pushed (or a lever pulled). The ‘poker hands’ that are created when the reels finish spinning are what determines the prize payouts.
Slot machines are extremely popular in bricks and mortar casinos, but they’re also popular online.
Playing online slots could not be simpler. You need to find an online casino to play at and there are many sites that list top pokies casinos to help you make that decision. You can choose to play in the fun mode of the casino, in which case you will not win any real money or you can play in the real money mode of the casino. You then need to choose a game to play. There are a ton of different games to choose from with themes ranging from ancient Egypt to days on the beach. If you are playing for money, you will need to choose the size of your bet, including the number of coins and the coin denomination you are going to play with. If you are playing a progressive game, you will need to bet with the maximum number of coins to be eligible for the progressive jackpot.
The website with the best Australian pokie selection is Pokiespedia and you can find tips on how to play online slots if you scroll down their home page.
How it works
To begin the game, simply spin the reels. If you bet with the max, the reels will spin automatically; otherwise you can click on the ‘spin’ button. Then, just sit back and wait for the reels to come to a stop to see if they have landed on a winning combination. If you enter the bonus round, you may need to make some choices; otherwise, simply start the reels rolling again.
Play for Free
Playing pokies online gives you the chance to play for free. There are many advantages to this. Firstly, you can trial the games and the software at no risk to your bankroll. Play for as long as you like until you are satisfied and then you can switch over to real money play and start winning. If you are looking for a new game, you can try a bunch of different games without using up your bankroll before you really get started. It will also give you a chance to work out how to play the bonus games if you are playing bonus games. These bonus games are ways to win extra cash so it is worthwhile being familiar with how to play them before you start. Of course, playing for free can also be heaps of fun.
Play for Money
Last year on Great Bridge Links we researched an article on how to play the slots. It is called All you need to know about playing the slots and can be found by clicking here.