Getting Started with Online Pokies
Players should follow several simple steps to help them get started with online pokies. First of all you should try to find an online casino (or similar gambling portal) which has a variety of different pokies available. Online casinos tend to have the widest collection of pokies. You should then make sure that the casino is fully licensed.
Almost every online casino today should be licensed either in Alderney, the Isle of Man, the UK, Gibraltar, Malta, The Netherlands Antilles (Curaçao) or Kahnawake. These are the most reliable licensing jurisdictions, but you may also find that an online casino is licensed in Costa Rica or Panama, which are reputable jurisdictions, but they are slightly more lax when it comes to enforcing regulation over their licensees.
Once you have found a suitable and reliable online casino which is owned by a trusted operator, you can then sign up and proceed to check out their collection of online pokies. You should also find that most of today’s online casinos will give you the option to download the casino software or play in your browser in the instant flash mode. Where possible, we always recommend installing the casino download client. Installing the software will normally give you access to two, or even three times as many pokies.
The pokies will then be real easy to find. They are often categorised by how many reels they have, but also by how many lines they have and whether they have bonus rounds or not. Most Microgaming powered online casinos for example will categorise their pokies into Classic Slots or Video Slots.
Once you have clicked on either of these options, you will then be able to view a selection of pokies. You could click ‘All’ and this will bring up their entire collection of video slots, but if you look towards the top of the window, you should be able to see the other individual categories that were just mentioned, such as 5 – 15 line, 20+ line, Free Spins, Bonus and Mega Spin. We recommend clicking the ‘All’ button. As you hover over each pokie, a description and a screenshot of the pokie should then appear towards the right hand side of the lobby, which will give you a rough idea of what to expect.
When you click on a pokie that you would like to try out, it should take just a few seconds (a minute at most) to load. It would also be a good idea to start off by playing in the free play demo mode where possible. This will allow you to get used to the game without losing any of your real cash and you can use this practice mode to find out whether you actually like the game or not. Once you have built up some confidence and learned how to play the game, only then should you switch to the real cash mode.
When the pokie has finished loading, it would be a good idea to head straight to the paytable. This paytable button might read ‘view pays’ or ‘info’, or words to that effect. When you click on this button, it will reveal the value of each symbol, what special action each symbol performs (if any), plus it will also reveal how the bonus round is played (if the pokie has a bonus round). Once you have familiarised yourself with the paytable you can then go back to the reels and start spinning. Just remember to set your stake and perhaps keep it low to begin with just to get a feel for the slot in the real cash mode. All you have to do now is wait for a win.