Sun, Feb 16, 12:28pm by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Wed, Jan 8, 4:35am
Looking for the best real money mobile pokie games available to Australian players? Australian Gambling advises the following casinos (tap the app images to start playing):
Tap the image to the right to go directly to either the App Store or Google Play (depending on your device) to install the official Royal Vegas Casino App, now legally available to all Aussie smartphone and tablet owners.
Note: For branding purposes, the app is called ‘Regal Vegas’ in free play, and ‘Royal Vegas’ when you play for real money. Nothing changes except the name, and no additional app downloads are required.
Our top Instant Play, no download mobile casinos can be accessed via your device’s Web browser by tapping any icon below:
The word “pokies” is a nickname used in Australia and New Zealand for games known colloquially as “slot machines” or “online slots“. When you see the words “mobile pokies,” you’re probably looking at a site based in or aimed at the Australian / New Zealand mobile gambling market, but don’t get confused if they alternate between using slots or fruit machines, either. Most of these sites offer a free download of their games, so you can try them before playing for real money.
Thanks to the booming Asian mobile market, Australians and other people in Oceania have greater access to mobile casino offerings. Because smartphone and mobile gadget tech is so far advanced in Asia, Australians and New Zealanders can pick from a big variety of pokie machine sites, all featuring top-notch graphics.
While the mobile catalogue of Australian real money pokies games is less in quantity than what the standard online casino offers, all of the best and highest-quality slots titles have been ported over and made available. Progressive pokies such as Mega Moolah and Major Millions highlight all of the major mobile casinos with live tickers underneath their app icons, while the most popular 3-reel, 5-reel, 243 Ways and 1024 Ways games like Avalon II, Thunderstruck II and Tomb Raider are also always available.
The biggest benefit to playing mobile pokies is the fact that your typical pokie (also called a poker machine) is an easy fit for the display abilities of mobile devices. If you have an iPad or other supported tablet, the larger display (compared to Android phones or BlackBerry devices) means your version of mobile pokies will be vastly superior to the appearance of other mobile games of chance.
The smaller screens found on Android phones and iPhones mean that game designers are tasked with fitting full-size slot machine displays within smaller spaces – see our page about pokies apps for more insights into that subject.
In the world of mobile gadgets, the best platform for mobile pokies is easily the tablet. Whether it’s Apple’s iPad, Google’s Nexus or Amazon’s Kindle Fire, the higher-resolution and larger-scale screen should be the idea fit for Internet slots play. Each developer can fit more graphics (with slicker visuals) on such devices, and the fact is they have higher on-board memory and more powerful chipsets – this means pokies with more intense or interactive audio or graphics can run smoother and with less concessions.
However, Android smartphones and devices that run other non-Apple operating systems still earn the highest marks when it comes to displaying mobile poker machine games. The world’s most popular gambling sites that host poker machines have already released Android apps that are nearly identical to the quality of the games you can play on your laptop or other computer.
Whatever device you own to choose to play on, you’ll be happy to know a huge amount of smartphones and tablets are supported by mobile casinos. These include some of the most popular and recommended devices, such as:
A large part of the appeal of pokies is their outward appearance; a slot’s theme, use of graphics and sound effects, and the patter made by the game as you play are all designed to draw customers in. Mobile pokies casinos do an okay job of displaying slots games, though again it all depends on what kind of device you use to play a given poker machine.
Sometimes the logic is difficult to follow. For example, playing these games on a device like the iPad should mean that the iPad’s larger and more graphically-intense display leads to a better quality of pokies, but since Apple has no clear international position on whether or not gambling software downloads are legal, most iPad users are restricted to browser-based poker machines, which are limited by bandwidth and the Internet animation software they’re built on.
The best pokies, in terms of graphics, sound, features, and variety, can be played on Android-enabled phones and tablets, as of this writing. If iPad and iPhone users want better graphic displays for their pokie machines, they’ll have to wait for Apple to change their policy toward allowing download apps for real cash gambling.
If you’re looking for another way to play your favourite mobile pokies titles, a new and relatively underused option is the Web app. Web apps are unique from no-download native apps as they’re playable across all mobile operating systems and device types. This is because they’re not limited to app markets such as Apple’s App Store, Google Play on Android devices or Windows Phone Store; they’re created directly by the phone user.
The option to create a Web app is available through most mobile Web browsers (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple’s Safari) under browser settings, and involves creating your own app of a particular mobile slot and condensing the ‘Instant Play’ version of the game into its own app. If you opt to create a Web app of your favourite pokie or pokie-related page, an icon will appear on your smartphone or tablet’s home-screen – the same process as when you download a native app from an app market.
Essentially, instead of accessing your chosen game through an official casino app or no-download, you can tap the Web app icon on your device and load up the title in its own specialised app, which is both faster in loading times and often more convenient than playing through Instant Play. While the game-play is exactly the same across all ways of playing – through an official native app, through no download ‘Instant Play’ directly in your Web browser or through a Web app – this option makes loading up your favourite game relatively fast and simple.
The early boom of mobile technology — and, subsequently, rise of Web and mobile casinos — went largely unregulated in Australia until 2001, when the Interactive Gambling Act (IGA) was passed by the Howard Government.
However, this law does not prohibit individuals from placing bets via the Internet with foreign casino operators who cater for the Australian player and AUD. As of 2014, it’s perfectly legal to find international casino sites and play real money mobile pokies on your mobile.
As you read this, the governments of Australia and New Zealand are debating legislation related directly to the legality of mobile gambling apps and online games of chance and skill. Some of this legislation would allow regulated online and mobile gaming, some of the laws being considered would outright ban it – the point is that customers in this part of the world that like playing pokies on mobile devices need to pay attention to the shifting legal landscape. The more open these governments become to online gambling, the more options customers will have. More options leads to competition, which will lead directly to better-quality pokie games.
Learn more in this question and answer section related to mobile gambling.
As with all online and mobile casino games, Apple device owners’ access to pokies in the future depends on how Apple decides to handle Internet gambling apps. Pokie fans are hoping that Apple will ease up on their ban against customer access to Web gaming software downloads, since iPhones and iPads are a huge success, and owners of these devices want the same access to poker machines and other casino games that Android and other tablet or smartphone customers have.