According to recent studies held by experts at the Gaming Authority Group Australia, land based pokie machines may soon be a thing of the past with new technologies overtaking the old platform. With the emergence of online pokies on both desktop computers and mobile phones the threat to traditional playing methods is growing. Whether it be pokies apps on iPhone or android, the ability for users to play free pokies or real money pokies online the options and technologies are rapidly evolving.
During recent university studies it was found that over 70% of people with access to mobile phones and the internet preferred to play pokies online. The reason being that payouts at major casinos (Crown and Star City) around Australia are extremely low and getting lower. Players surveyed acknowledged that both payouts and range of games was higher online and that the cost of playing ie. not having to drive and eat out when playing if proving attractive. The average player can also claim more bonuses when playing online pokies compared to major Australian casinos.
The study also found that there needs to be immediate review of the Interactive Gaming Act 2001 to allow Australian providers to offer services online. Currently they are prohibited, whilst Australian players are free to enjoy playing pokies at offshore casino sites. It is estimated that over $1billion is spent online and this figure is growing rapidly every year. Whilst the current Australian government is quibbling over maximum limits on pokie machines of $1 per spin, it is being argued that more attention needs to be made to online laws.
With the growing social landscape changing in Australia, more time is being spent online through facebook and twitter giving access to word of mouth regarding the benefits of playing pokies games from home on iphone or computer.Are Pokie Machines Australia a thing of the past?,