What are online slots or pokies?
Whenever you play at an online casino you’re bound to come across a range of online pokies as these are the most common games to be found. From classic 3-reel games to pokies with massive progressive jackpots, there’s something for everyone. Read on to find out more.
- 3-reel classic pokies
- 5-reel pokies
- Progressive pokies
- Mega spin pokies
- Multi-payline pokies
Pokies come in a whole range of different varieties, all of which are hugely exciting. Three-reel or classic pokies are based on the original land-based pokie machines. They are the simplest of the pokies offering just 3×3 reel grids, one to five paylines and no bonuses. Five-reel and multi-payline video slots are the more exciting versions when it comes to additional bonus games and extra spins. These have multiple ways to win so that you can score more winning combinations. There are also jackpot slots and pokies that can pay out some seriously big prizes especially if you can score that mega jackpot on a mega spin. Jackpot pokies come in two types – progressive and fixed – with the former offering a jackpot that grows as more people play.
How do online pokies work?
- Reels and Symbols
- Pokie Themes
All slots and pokies have symbols on the reels. The most commonly found pokie casino games have 5×5 grids with the symbols all reflecting the theme of the game. These symbols must be matched up, with at least three on a payline, in order for you to get a win. The more matching symbols you can land, the bigger your win will be. It’s important to check out the paytable for each pokie, as each symbol has a different monetary value. In this way you can quickly identify the low-paying icons and focus on those that are higher paying. As we mentioned, the more of each symbol you can land, the better. Your prizes will also be bigger when you wager a higher amount.
Paylines are one of the most important parts of pokies as they are how you will score a win. Unlike blackjack, you don’t have control over the different things that will happen when you play a pokie, so the more you know about the game, the better. The various paylines in a pokie usually run across the reels from left to right. These can be horizontal, diagonal or zig-zag. Each pokie offers different ones so when you play pokies at a casino online, you need to know what paylines you are looking out for. In some games, paylines can run both ways across the reels, which gives you the chance to score more wins, so you need to check that too so that you don’t miss out.
Unlike roulette where the theme is generally the same, video slots or pokies have a whole range of different themes to choose from. Which theme you choose is entirely down to you and your preference, but it’s worth knowing what options are out there. Some pokies follow comedy themes, or horror themes. Others pick a subject such as beaches, cats or fantasy and follow that. Greek and Roman gods, vikings and dragons are all popular themes that are prevalent in online pokies. There are also branded games that follow on from well-known TV or movie franchises. Superhero slots are very popular with a number made in direct conjunction with DC and Marvel. Other movies that have also received the pokie treatment include Planet of the Apes, Jurassic Park and Terminator 2.
How do you pick the best online slots or pokie games?
When it comes to picking the best online pokie game, it’s very similar to when you pick online scratch cards. First you will need to check out the betting limits on the pokie to see if it matches your budget. The next step is to look at the RTP of the game. This is the return to player percentage and reflects the theoretical possible return you can expect to get when playing the game. As a general rule we recommend that you choose pokies with an RTP of 95% or higher if you want a good chance at some wins. It’s also a good idea to check out what bonuses are available such as extra spins, multipliers, wheels of fortune, wilds, respins and the like.
- Mega Moolah
- Thunderstruck 2
- Twin Spin
There are a number of hugely popular pokies in NZ but a few stand out from the rest. The globally popular Mega Moolah is a huge progressive jackpot pokie that has paid out in the multi-millions numerous times. Vivid and fun, this pokie is definitely worth spinning. Thunderstruck 2 is another popular video pokie that offers big wins and multiple bonuses when played online. Twin Spin is often offered as an eligible game for a casino bonus. It gives extra wins through the linking of two reels, making them match so that you can score more winning combinations. Finally we have Monty Python’s Spamalot pokie, another progressive game that has four additional bonus features perfect for helping you on to reach those big wins. Sadly you can’t play pokies on casino live sites yet.
Different bonuses in online slots or pokies games
Pokies have a range of different bonuses all designed to help the game flow and to give you chances at grabbing some extra wins. Some of the simplest extra features are found within the symbols themselves, including the wild (replacing symbols to create winning combos) and the scatter (usually offering up free spins). Pokies also have an array of extra bonus features that vary depending on the game you are playing. These extra features include things like multipliers, which can be anything from 1x to 7000x your initial bet; bonus wheels where you can score additional jackpots; fun games where you can win bonus cash or extra free spins by picking the right offer; cascading reels where matching symbols disappear to be replaced by new ones, all on the same spin. The list is endless.
Casino Offers and Bonuses at Betiton
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Deposits and Withdrawals
Transaction methods are very important for both us and our players from New Zealand. Many players are hesitant to make a deposit as they don’t know whether their transactions are secure. At Betiton we only use top payment providers, all of whom have good reputations and are known for their secure transactions. We have a number of card and eWallet payments suited to NZ players that include Skrill, PayPal, Neteller and Visa. Both deposits and withdrawals have a minimum limit of $10 and a maximum of $5000 per transaction and $7000 per month, respectively. Deposits also happen instantly but withdrawals are subject to a pending and processing time that can take up to 3 days. Make sure you’ve verified your account prior to withdrawing as this will speed up the process.
Play online pokies on your mobile
In this day and age everyone is using a mobile device. Most people tend to head online via mobile to access a wide range of different sites and doing so for online casinos is also popular. At Betiton Casino we have optimised our site so that players from New Zealand can easily access all of our games and features whenever they want. Our mobile browser site matches our desktop version, with small drop-down menus to ensure an uncluttered interface. For playing any of our online pokies, never fear, for we use only the top game providers, all of whom have created their pokie games with HTML5 software enabling smooth and fully scalable mobile use. You won’t lose any of the pokie features either.
Customer Support and Loyalty Club
Although we offer an exciting and intuitive gaming platform, there are times when things may not work well, or you just have a question. Catering to that need, we offer our players in NZ a wide range of different support options with which to get in touch with us. Our support is also available in eight different languages and open from 8 am through to 1 am CET. We also have a Loyalty Club at Betiton to help you get even more advantages when playing with us. This is a seven-tier programme where you will need to bet and play real money in order to gain valuable loyalty points. The number of loyalty points determines your Loyalty level. Prizes awarded include monthly cashback, higher withdrawal limits and more.
At Betiton we make sure that all our New Zealand players are able to enjoy an exciting, yet safe, gaming environment. In order to do that we are fully licensed with the UK Gambling Commission as well as the Malta Gaming Authority. Both of these jurisdictions are known for their strict requirements in terms of security, safety and fairness, leading us to provide a secure place for you to play. Part of this security comes in the form of responsible gambling. While gaming online can be fun, there are times when it can all become too much. In cases such as these we have links to helplines, self exclusion policies and the ability to set a loss limit, so that you can keep track of your spending.
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