by Renee Smithson

If you are on the hunt for a fun new hobby to tide you over in downtimes, you should consider playing pokies. These online games offer you the chance to test your skills in a variety of different ways and even potentially win a prize with a little luck on your side. Want to know more? Let’s take a look at how you can get started playing pokies online.

Find the Right Site for You

One of the most important decisions you are first going to have to make is which site you want to play online pokies on. There are many fantastic options out there, but you ultimately need to find the one which is right for you.

The first thing you should look at is the range of games the site has and the list of developers who have made the games. Is there a wide selection? Very few sites have purely their own games and instead head to game development companies to find brilliant titles to enthral you. Some of the biggest developers include NetEnt, Play’n Go, and Microgaming. If the casino you are considering has any of these developers’ games in their library then you know that they are always going to have great games to play for you.

Check the Payment Methods

You should also keep a close eye on the deposit and withdrawal methods the site uses. Most sites nowadays have a variety of options available. Many offer you the chance to deposit through an e-wallet like PayPal or Neteller plus standard options with a credit card. Some even offer options for you to deposit using SMS so the cost of the deposit is tacked onto your phone bill for the month. Withdrawal methods are often the same.

The key thing you have to look out for here is the transaction times plus any processing fees. You might have to pay a small percentage of the withdrawal amount as a processing fee and then wait potentially up to a week to receive your money depending on the site you use.

Who Doesn’t Love a Bonus?

The next thing you should look at is the bonus and promotional sections of the site. Most pokies sites have some sort of sign-up or first deposit bonus you can claim early into your membership in the site. These deals can include free spins on some of the most popular games on the site or a match deposit. Match deposits are usually a percentage of what you put into the site. So, if you deposit £10, the casino will give you another £10 to play with. Such a deal will usually come with wagering requirements you will have to meet so make sure you read any small print carefully.

What You Can Get Out of a Game

You wouldn’t believe how many different types of pokies there are out there. Some are as simple as a 3×3 reel set-up with classic fruit symbols and the lucky red 7. Others can have crazy custom symbols and the most unbelievable bonus features you could ever imagine.

The most common you will see is free spins. These are exactly what they say on the tin. You get to spin the reels of the pokies without having to place a wager with your credit! They are often counted among player’s favourite bonus features so you should keep your eyes peeled for games which feature them.

Another of the favourite features involve the Wild symbols. These symbols can be substituted for nearly any other symbol in their games (the rules of the particular game you are playing will let you know of any exceptions) which makes it a very powerful symbol. On top of this, they can often have a secondary feature to make them that bit more special. They could become sticky, meaning that they stay put over several spins, or they could expand to cover an entire reel. They could even possibly have a win multiplier attached to them which means that any win you earn could be doubled, tripled, or more depending on the game.

A Theme for Everyone

Another reason why people enjoy pokies so much is because of the many themes out there which people can choose from. No matter your interests, there will be a pokie which suits you. From the Luck of the Irish to the Californian gold rush, from Aztec splendour to the treasures of fantasy realms, there are themes to suit everyone.

Even articles of pop culture frequently make their way to the world of the pokies. Hit TV shows like Game of Thrones and Vikings have been translated into this format, as have the works of Ozzy Osbourne and Guns N’ Roses.

With the developers bringing out new games every month, it is clear to see that we are not going to run out of games any time soon. If you find a particular niche you like, you will be able to explore it to your heart’s content.

Stay Within Your Limits

No matter why you decide to get into playing pokies, you must approach each and every gaming session with a healthy mindset. Remember that a win might not be around the corner and you should never wager more than you can afford. If you get into a losing streak, it will be better to take a step away instead of trying to work out how you are going to win the losses back. If you ever feel like your pokies habits are slipping, stop playing and reach out for some help.

Pokies are supposed to be fun and, if you don’t find them fun any longer, you should stop playing.

Try Your First Pokie Today!

The time is absolutely right for you to dive in and try your first pokie! What will you choose? No matter which game you end up picking, it will most likely be great fun and could provide plenty of entertainment for anyone who is looking for something to occupy their time with.

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  • Michael
    17 July 2019 at 12:20 am

    What on earth is this post doing on this site!?

  • Hannah
    17 July 2019 at 6:10 pm

    I thought this was satirical but lo and behold it is not. What on Earth is this??? It is appalling you are encoraging people to gamble away their money.

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