Do you want to know that is the average Australian’s favourite casino game? With gambling and casino games in general being so popular in Australia, it shouldn’t be hard to spot the favourites, right?
Gambling throughout the world
Needless to say, people in different countries across the globe have different customs, different cultural values, and different tastes. And those region-specific tastes have a tendency to influence they type of casino game that is played the most in that region.
For instance in the US, Slot machines are preferred by 48% or players. If we combine that with Video Poker, we have more than half the casino crowd leaning towards machine games rather than table games. On the other hand, the Asian market shows a strong inclination towards traditional Asian gambling games, such as Sic Bo, Mahjong or Pai Gow, which are domino or dice-based games. So what will be the preference of Aussies?
Gambling in Australia
There is a whole culture built around gambling in Australia, so many online casino sites have jumped on the bandwagon and are directly targeting Aussies. As a result, the number of online casinos and gambling services that are available for the Australian market is huge.
I’ll name some of the major categories right off the top of my head, to show you what I mean:
- electronic gaming machines (EGMs), also known as pokies
- bets on horse and dog races
- sports betting
- bingo, also known as housie
- lotto and lottery-type games
- scratch cards
- poker tournaments
- table games
Therefore, even though law prohibits Australian gambling services from providing online gambling to Australian residents, Aussies still have plenty of opportunities to gamble legally:
- online casinos with licences in other jurisdictions (i.e. Malta, Gibraltar)
- several Australian-licensed land-based casinos
- pokies found throughout the country in pubs, bars, and clubs
- nearly 3,000 Totalisator Agency Board retail outlets for sports betting
It would seem that younger gamblers prefer pokies, and table games like poker, while the older generation leans more towards lottery-type games. However, regardless of their age the majority still gamble in licensed clubs, although online casinos are catching up fast and will probably become the leading type of gambling in the near future. And overall, the number one type of gambling games seem to be pokies.
The Top 10 Pokies in Australia (online and offline)
With the increase in popularity over the past years, slot machines have been on the rise and providers have come up with hundreds of versions that could satisfy every gambler out there. Nevertheless, only a small number of these become so popular that they are on the lips of pretty much every player. And with that in mind, I made up this list of the most popular poker machines in Australia. So even if you play online or at your local pub, this list might help you find your new favourite slot machine.
-> one of the biggest and most popular online progressive pokies. It has 25 lines, a free spins feature and 4 levels of Jackpots. The Mega Jackpot starts at $1,000,000 and you can trigger a jackpot for as little as 25 cents per spin.
-> a Microgaming online slot game based on the famous movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. It has 243 ways to win during your normal spins, but during free spins, this goes up to a huge 1024 ways.
-> a Microgaming online poker game based on the blockbuster movie. It has 243 ways to win, five unique free spin features, a T-Rex Alert random feature, and a huge 1,900,000 top jackpot.
-> a Microgaming online slot game with 243 ways to win, and a dark theme. It offers four types of free spins, a random wild reels bonus and a huge top jackpot of 3,645,000.
Game of Thrones
-> a Microgaming online pokie based on the hit TV series and novels. It offers two versions with either 15 paylines of 243 ways to win, four types of free spins, a gamble option and jackpots that go as high as 6,050,000.
The Dark Knight
-> a progressive online pokie based on the 2008 blockbuster movie The Dark Knight, starring Heath Ledger and Christian Bale. The game has many special features and is structured on 4 Jackpot levels, like Mega Moolah. The Mega Jackpot starts at $1,000,000 and you can trigger it for as little as 30 cents per spin.
Monty Python's Spamalot
-> a Playtech online poker game with 20 paylines and a comical theme. It has four bonus games, free spins, and the Holy Grail Jackpot can award one of two progressive jackpots.
Queen of the Nile
-> an Aristocrats pokie machine and probably one of the most popular land-based games. It has an Egyptian theme, comes in 3, 9 and 20 line formats and offers a 15 free games bonus.
-> an Aristocrats land-based slot game with 243 Ways to win. It works in a unique way that allows you to win without having to line up symbols and it contains a free spins feature with the added bonus of X3 and X5 multipliers.
King Of The Nile
-> an Aristocrat land-based pokie with 20 paylines and a free spins feature that offers you the option to play again at the end of the spins and take the win you’ve made or choose a mystery prize.
So there you have it – the most popular casino games in Australia. Are they also your favourites?