Defining Real Money Pokies
Pokies is the Australian term for video slot games and the nickname is also used in New Zealand too. They were first created decades ago for the land-based casino as actual pokie, that is, slot, machines, but in recent years the move to the online world has transformed the pokie market, with online pokies becoming increasingly popular. This, in turn, has shifted yet again with the move towards mobile technology, and mobile pokies or mobile casino platforms in general have become pretty standard.
When choosing to play online pokies, players will frequently encounter two types of pokie games, those that are available for free and those that exist purely as real money pokies. There are numerous advantages and disadvantages to both.
Drawing the Distinction
Free pokies, as the name might suggest, exist on an online platform as free money games. Very often these are in-browser games that operate on Flash-based technology, and no download is required to play them. Novice players may choose to opt for free pokie games as an introduction to the pokie world, or they might simply choose to play the game for the fun of it, which may be more common in commercial games.
Then, New Zealand players may also encounter real money pokies. These are the pokie games that exist on an online platform as paid-for games, offering players real money opportunities. Players will have to pay to play these games, but they also stand the chance of actually winning money. There are no financial wins to be made in free games.
Finding Real Money Pokies
Real money pokies may exist as in-browser games, but they are much more common within an actual online casino platform, which may exist on the online platform accessed via desktop computers or the internet browser on a mobile device or as a mobile platform that can be downloaded as an app to smart phone or tablet devices.
Either way, New Zealand players will need to find real money blackjack games that are available from a trusted source. Opting to sign up for an online casino or mobile casino platform may often be deemed as the safer option, as the online platforms will have to have various licences in place. This ensures that the platform has been properly verified and offers some sort of protection for the player. This also gives players a first step in finding a good platform, as they can immediately disregard online platforms for real money pokies that do not have the proper licences in place.
Playing the Pokie Game
There are dozens if not hundreds of real money pokies available. Many online casino platforms offer players the chance to try them out as free games before actually signing up to play the game for real money. This is a great option as it allows players to become acquainted with the game and determine whether or not they actually like it before making a monetary investment.
If players do find a free game that they really like and it does exist as a real money game on the same platform, New Zealand players can generally quite easily sign up by creating an account, linking a bank or eWallet account, and continuing to play with and for real money.