The story behind Pokies
It was the late 1800’s that a gentleman by the name of Charles Fey invented a new type of slots machine that allow a player to insert a coin, pull on a large metal arm and have 3 wheels spin with cards attached to the front in the hopes of winning a small jackpot. That machine (called the Liberty Bell for having a “Liberty Bell” as one of the symbols) for all intents and purposes was the first pokies machine and very quickly became popular among the American population at the time.
It wasn’t however till the early 1900’s that the slot machines made the journey across the seas to New Zealand, and when it arrived it was a smash hit. Seeing this massive boom in popularity, an Australian company called Aristocrat employed a brilliant man by the name of Joe Heywood to design, develop and build their own game which became known as Clubman. In 1953, Clubman became wildly popular, with its sequel Clubmaster coming only 2 years later.
In 1954, the government of New South Wales legalised gaming machines in registered clubs and it was not long after that the industry bloomed. After that, there was a long period where not many new games out, and it wasn’t till the mid 1980’s that the first video slots rolled in. In New Zealand they were still called Poker Machines which was shortened over time to become ‘Pokies’.
Then with the advent of the internet and online casinos in the mid 90’s, casinos became online casinos and pokies became Online Pokies. Today you can download or play directly at an online casino or on your mobile phone no matter where you are. There are literally hundreds of Pokies games and themes to choose from and instant jackpot prizes, bonus mini games and added features. It is incredible to see how far Pokies have come from that first machine in the hands of Charles Fey.
Win at Pokies
Just because Pokies games are on a mobile phone or installed on your PC, does not make the money from your jackpots any less real. You are able to play and win in the same way you would at any pub, club or casino. In fact the pay-out rates are far higher than that of a regular casino, with added free spins, progressive jackpots and mini games, your chances of winning are much bigger.