A Short History of Pokies

The term ‘pokies’ is an Australian slang term for what is more commonly known as the slot machine. Although there is no documentation on when exactly the term was introduced into Australian slang, it seems that the word has been around almost as long as pokies themselves. Charles Fey invented the first mechanical slot machine in the late 1800s, in San Francisco.

Slot machines grew in popularity not only in America but also in other countries around the world. The slot machine was first introduced to Australia in the early 1900s and despite being illegal, were immensely popular. The Australians first called these slot machines poker machines, and it was not long until this was shortened to the term, ‘pokies.’

The mechanical slot machine was continually adapted throughout the years, and as each new technological advance was discovered, they were applied to the slot machines. For example, in the 1960s the first electromechanical slot machines were invented and soon after video slot games became the norm. In the 1990s, with the introduction of the world wide web, pokies games were introduced to the internet. The online slots game industry has since boomed and there are many different categories of pokies games available online now, including a wide selection of free pokies games.

Where to Play Free Pokies Games

The easiest way to play free pokies games is to play them online from the comfort of your own home. The range of free pokies games available online is huge and players will have many different pokies to choose from.  Free pokies are available both for download or to play directly from your browser, no download necessary. Both of these ways of playing free pokies games are safe and it is up to the player to decide which they prefer. Some players do, however, find that it is easier to simply find a website to play the free pokies games from instead of going through the hassle of downloading the software for the games.

The majority of reputable online casinos offer free pokies games to players without requiring them to register an account with them. This makes it possible for players to simply go to the casino website and click on whichever game they wish to play. It also means that if different online casinos offer different free pokies games the player does not need to choose which of the casinos they wish to sign up to in order to play the games but can instead visit all of the casinos for free.

Advantages of Playing Free Pokies Games

There are many advantages to playing free pokies games. Firstly, free pokies may be accessed from any country in the world. All that a player needs, is a computer or device that can connect to the internet. Unlike when playing for real money, when one plays free pokies games, they are not restricted to any laws regarding gambling in the country. Another big advantage is that there is an unlimited amount of plays, or free credits given so players can play for as long as they like, as often as they like. Of course the player will not win any actual money but if all they are looking for is an entertaining game then free pokies games are definitely the place to start.