One of the most popular and exciting experiences to take part in for many who live in Australia are the pokies and this is proved by millions of people playing the pokies each and every day. What is interesting is that many do not realise how the pokie came to be. In 1885 the very first slot machine was created by Charles Fey. The Liberty Bell was the first variation of the modern mechanical machine that we know today, and it was originally called either a fruit machine or a one armed bandit (for obvious reasons.)
Charles Fey (1862-1944) was a car mechanic who originated from San Francisco and the Liberty Bell’s massive popularity set the mark for the modern pokie, in fact its three reel model is still used today despite the advances made in pokie technology and within the online industry. The original Liberty Bell pokie machine is on display at the Liberty Belle saloon in Reno, Nevada.
The popularity of this first pokie machine led to Charles Fey forming a factory in 1896 and it is thanks to him that the gambling world was changed forever.
Within Australia the first online pokies came in the early 1900’s, but it was not until the 1950’s that Aristocrat created the very first pokie machine in Australia called ‘The Clubman.’
All of these events lead to today, a time where online pokes are played in all of their exciting variations throughout the world 24 hours of the day. Players have dreams of hitting a big win (especially when playing those great progressive games,) whilst others simply want to play for the fun of it. Within Australia the average payout on the pokes is around 91% and it is also very interesting to note that in Australia there is a law which requires the machines to payout a minimum of 87%.
Yet over the past decades there has been some amount of frustration within the pokie community as some insist that these games are actually rigged making a win virtually impossible. This is not true as the payout percentage, or even how much it pays out, and the jackpot frequencies cannot be altered by any casino, or by any other establishment that has the pokies. In land based machines the only way this could be done would be to order a new chip from the manufacturer of the machine and of course there are forms that have to be filled out and any changes have to be approved by the governing body. Taking all this into consideration you soon begin to realise that any concerns you may have are completely unfounded.
Its always great to see a new pokie game on offer when you log into your favourite site, and some of the very best are similar to those bricks and mortar games (although in recent years the tables have turned somewhat with the online sites leading the way.) Most of the pokies online are however created just for that purpose, especially for the Internet, but there are still some great pokies that have stood the test of time and have crossed over from the land based casinos to the online sites. These games might behave a little differently, but most of the time you will find that the symbols are the same, which offers people that feeling of similarity.
Of course now with the advancement in technology and the expectations of those who play online we have some superbly sophisticated, modern games right beside the simplicity of the older pokie games, and it really doesn’t matter where technology takes us, we all enjoy that feeling of comfort, especially when we are trying out a new game. So whether you are a lover of the classic 3 reel pokie or one of those players that love the excitement and entertainment of the multi-reel progressive pokie game where life-changing cash jackpots can be won, the choice is yours!