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Players can now find a huge selection of more than 280 online pokies in most Microgaming powered casinos and approximately half as many when visiting a Playtech powered casino and these numbers continue to climb all the time. Both of these leading online casino software providers release at least one or two new online pokies every single month of the year.
Online pokies are available in the real money mode and in the free play mode which means that you can play for real cash prizes or you can just play for fun using practice chips. Playing in the fun play mode is a great way to learn how to play on a new pokie for the very first time and then as soon as you are confident with the mechanics of the game, you can easily switch to the real money mode.
The main two types of online pokies are Classic Pokies and Video Pokies. The former usually have just 3 reels and 1 winning payline (but can have up to as many as 9 winning paylines) and the latter usually have 5 reels and 9+ winning paylines. In fact you can find video pokies with 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50 or even 100 winning paylines, and some Microgaming pokies have a new payline structure where they actually have up to 243 ‘ways to win’ per spin.
Classic pokies are also often referred to as fruit machines and they are really easy to play. For a line win to occur, you generally need three matching symbols to appear across one of the wining paylines and you also normally need a minimum of three matching symbols to appear across an active payline to win a prize on a 5 reeled video pokie. You can view the paytable to see who much each individual symbol is worth and you can also view the paytable to view what special action certain symbols will perform.
These special symbols generally include Wild Symbols, Scatter Symbols and Bonus Symbols. The Wild Symbols generally act as a substitute symbols and they can basically ‘mirror’ most other symbols on the reels to generate a line win that otherwise wasn’t there. Scatter Symbols usually trigger a Free Spins Bonus Round and they will also award a guaranteed Scatter Win (a coin prize will be awarded when at least two or more Scatter Symbols show up anywhere in view). The Bonus Symbols usually trigger either an ‘on-reels’ bonus or a second screen bonus round.
These bonus rounds pretty much always guarantee some kind of prize when they are triggered and some of these bonus rounds have more than one level for you to win prizes from. These entertaining side games can either be simple picking rounds where you must click on certain objects to reveal coins prizes & multipliers, or they can be bonus rounds which require a little bit of skill on the player’s part. Today’s best online pokies have a variety of different game themes to appeal to a wide audience. They also have wide betting ranges and really big prizes to play for.