Want to know more about the pokies in Australia?
Slot machines, one-armed-bandits, electronic gaming machines (EGMs), ‘slots’, fruit machines or pokies’, these automated gambling devices are something of a national pastime and account for an annual turnover of around $142 billion each year. A fun and easy way to gamble, pokies have been around for decades and can offer some big wins.
In this guide, we take a look at the stats behind the pokies, where you can play them (state-by-state) and some alternative ways to playing with online slots.
- 1 The Pokies Phenomenon: Australia’s Love Affair with the Slot Machine
- 2 Playing the Pokies
- 3 Where to Find Pokies
- 3.1 Australian Capital Territory
- 3.2 New South Wales
- 3.3 Northern Territory
- 3.4 Queensland
- 3.5 South Australia
- 3.6 Tasmania
- 3.7 Victoria
- 3.8 Western Australia
- 4 Best Online Pokies Sites for Aussies
The Pokies Phenomenon: Australia’s Love Affair with the Slot Machine
Introduced to Australia in 1956, Queensland was the first state to license electronic gaming machines. Over the last sixty years, the number of EGMS has increased to an estimated 200,000 making Australia the country with the 4th highest density in the world. In fact, Australia’s proportion of gaming machines accounts for almost 20% of the world’s total.
Of course, the highest number of machines are located in the United States. However, on a per capita basis Oz has five times the amount of pokies per person than America.
This huge density is a concern for opponents of gambling in Australia and many believe that the proliferation and ease of access to these machines is the basis for the country’s problem gambling phenomenon.
It’s a chicken and egg situation for most observers and the issue of which came first is sure to be debated for years to come. What is true is that the average Australian spends $650 a year on pokies with an estimated 600,000 players regularly feeding the pokies on a weekly basis. With machines capable of taking up to $10,000 a time, there is certainly cause for concern in the minority.
There is no doubt that, for some, gambling can be an addiction and the pokies are not immune when it comes to the need for responsible gambling.
With 80% of the population engaging in some form of gambling, Australia has the highest rate in the world. It is estimated that the average Australian spends a total of $1,272 each year.
Serious problem gambling has been identified in at least 0.5% – 1% of the population with up to 2.1% experiencing moderate risk from the habit.
In an effort to tackle problem gambling, the Australian Government has introduced a range of legislation including restrictions on the advertising of gambling and a clampdown on illegal online wagering through offshore sites. The pokies aren’t exempt from the spotlight and, along with strict licensing policies governed by each state, some states are looking at restricting access to pokies to state licensed casinos only (see Tasmania, below).
Bans on machines that take $100 notes was brought into force in 2007 and also covered ‘auto play’ features. There is one exception to this piece of law which is in place at the Crown Casino in Melbourne where VIP players can still use an auto play feature.
At present, most venues are restricted in terms of their license numbers and have to prepare a local impact assessment report on their community before being granted a license.
Stats by State
Gaming machines are licensed and controlled by each individual state with some (like Western Australia and, soon to follow, Tasmania) restricting their licensing to the casinos.
Here’s how the states measure up when it comes to the key pokies stats:
|State||Annual Turnover (Billions)||Per Capita Annual Spend||Total EGMs|
Playing the Pokies
Pokies are one of the easiest and most accessible forms of gambling in Australia however you must be 18 years or over in order to take part.
The machines take many forms but principally offer the same way to play; three or more reels are spun by paying the minimum gaming stake with a combination of matching symbols offering prizes or the chance to play another game of luck (such as dice rolling).
Most machines in Australia are now digital and the games come in a huge variety of artwork and formats. Some are tied in to other forms of casino games such as poker whilst others are branded with tie-ins to sports, movies and popular culture.
The pay-out rates of machines vary state by state with Queensland operating a minimum of 85% whilst casinos must return 90%. The range of pay-out rates is in the region of 85% to 95% depending on where you play.
Cash wins also vary by venue; some EGMs have progressive jackpots with a club in Coffs Harbour netting one punter a take home of $350,000!
The biggest win in the world was taken home online by a UK ex-veteran when he won a progressive jackpot worth £13.2 million (AU $23 million). Certainly, online pokies can offer bigger jackpots due to the sheer volume of players (see Best Online Pokies Sites for Aussies, below).
Where to Find Pokies
Each state issues licenses for pokies for venues in its jurisdiction, these can be held by pubs, clubs, hotels and bars as well as (in some states) casinos. The number of licenses held by any establishment doesn’t always mean they run a full quota of machines but we have pulled together our lists of those venues in each major Australian city with a good selection of licenses.
Australian Capital Territory
There are more than 4500 pokies in the ACT making this Australian state one of the highest per capita home of the slots with one machine per 88 residents.
Most of the slots in the ACT are situated in the state capital of Canberra but, unusually, there is no license for any pokies in the city’s casino. The decision by the authorities to protect the gaming interests of smaller clubs and bars is one that is welcomed by the communities who benefit from them. This includes social clubs where money generated from the slots are re-injected into their own projects.
The best places to play the pokies in the city are no doubt the Belconnen Labour Club which currently has a license for 282 machines and also has a schedule of good bingo nights plus a sports bar with TAB services.
The Tradies has slightly more pokies with 309 machines.
Bars and clubs across the city and its surrounding suburbs have a varying number of licensed pokies but those that have more than 50 are listed below:
|Canberra Tradesmen’s Union Club||2 Badham St, Dickson ACT 2602||309|
|Canberra Labor Club||Chandler St, Belconnen ACT 2617||282|
|Southern Cross Club||Pitman St & Holwell Street, Greenway ACT 2900||280|
|Raiders Gungahlin||23 Hibberson St, Gungahlin ACT 2912||232|
|Erindale Vikings Club||6 Ricardo St, Wanniassa ACT 2903||229|
|Gungahlin Lakes Golf Club||110 Gundaroo Dr, Nicholls ACT 2913||225|
|Hellenic Club of Canberra||Matilda St, Phillip ACT 2606||205|
|Ainslie Football & Social Club||52 Wakefield Ave, Ainslie ACT 2602||198|
|Vikings, Town Centre Sports Club||80 Athllon Dr, Greenway ACT 2900||183|
|Southern Cross Club Tuggeranong||92-96 Corinna Street, Phillip ACT 2606||174|
|Raiders Belconnen||Hardwick Cres, Holt ACT 2615||168|
|Mawson Club||10 Heard St, Mawson ACT 2607||165|
|Viking, Chisholm Sports Club||Benham St, Chisholm ACT 2905||150|
|Southern Cross Club Jamison||Bowman St, Macquarie ACT 2614||140|
|Lanyon Valley Rugby Union||Heidelberg St, Conder, ACT 2906||132|
|Burns Club||8 Kett St, Kambah, ACT 2902||130|
|Woden Tradesmen’s Union Club||Launceston Street, Woden, Phillip ACT 2606||120|
|Calwell Club||1 Were St, Calwell, ACT 2905||114|
|Raiders Weston||1 Liardet St, Weston ACT 2611||102|
|Ginninderra Labor Club||40 Lhotsky St, Charnwood ACT 2615||95|
|Eastlake Football Club||3 Oxley St, Canberra ACT 2603||88|
|Magpies Sports Club||76-80 Hardwick Crescent, Holt ACT 2615||85|
|Sports Club Kaleen||16 Georgina Cres, Kaleen ACT 2617||84|
|Belconnen Soccer Club McKellar||Cnr William Slim & Owen Dixon Drives, McKellar||77|
|Belconnen Soccer Club Hawker||Cnr Belconnen Way & Springvale Drive, Hawker||67|
|City Labor Club||16 Petrie Plaza, Canberra ACT 2601||62|
|Weston Creek Labor Club||Teesdale Cl, Stirling ACT 2611||50|
|The RUC at Turner||54 McCaughey St, Turner ACT 2612||50|
New South Wales
There are around 100,000 pokies in New South Wales making it the state with the highest number of slots in all of Oz (or one for every 77 residents). In fact, the only place in the world with more EGMs is in Las Vegas.
The states casinos have a good deal of these licenses but there are also several thousand pokies situated in smaller pubs, clubs and hotels.
However, regulations in the state mean that hotels can only have a maximum of 30 machines with those having more than ten required to have a separate gaming room. Clubs are not restricted by total number but those who wish to have more than 450 must demonstrate that the presence of these pokies will not have a negative impact.
The Star Casino has a license to operate up to 1500 EGMs and the gaming floor has plenty of variety to keep pokie fans happy. Situated in the heart of Pyrmont, the casino is a popular place to game.
The top 25 pubs in New South Wales with the highest profits from the pokies are all based in Sydney. Together they make a total profit of $253 million. The top five of these being the El Cortzez, Railway, Markets, Eastwood and Cross Roads Hotels.
However, there are plenty of smaller venues around the Harbour City where you can play the Pokies. Here is out list of the best venues in Sydney (note: unlike other state governments, the New South Wales Department of Industry doesn’t publish a list of the numbers of pokie licenses):
|Belmore Hotel||383 Burwood Rd, Belmore||–|
|Burwood Hotel||121 Burwood Rd, Burwood||–|
|Cambridge Tavern||11 Alan St, Fairfield||–|
|Campsie Hotel||372 Beamish St, Sydney||–|
|Canley Heights Hotel||274 Canley Vale Rd, Canley Heights||–|
|Chuchill’s Sports Bar||532 Anzac Pde, Kingford||–|
|Club Hillsdale||49 Rhodes St, Hillsdale||–|
|Club Totem||195 Condamine St, Balgowlah||–|
|Cross Roads Hotel||Corner of Hume Hwy & Camden Valley Way, Casula||–|
|Dove & Olive||156 Devonshire St, Surry Hills||–|
|Eastwood Hotel||115 Rowe St, Eastwood||–|
|El Cortez Hotel||Corner of Avoca Rd & Canley Vale Rd, Canley Heights||–|
|Ermington Club Hotel||1 River Rd, Ermington||–|
|Greenfield Tavern Hotel||Corner of Mimosa & Greenfield Rd, Greenfield Park||–|
|Hurstville Ritz Hotel||350 Forest Rd, Hurstville||–|
|Kinselas Hotel||383 Bourke St, Darlinghurst||–|
|Markets Hotel||286 Parramatta Rd, Flemington||–|
|Meridian Hotel||220 Forest Road, Hurstville||–|
|Oasis On Beamish||165 Beamish St, Campsie||–|
|Pritchard’s Hotel||360 Elizabeth Dr, Mt Pritchard||–|
|Pyrmont Bridge Hotel||96 Union St, Pyrmont||–|
|Railway Hotel||2 Joseph St, Lidcombe||–|
|Scruffy Murphy’s||43-49 Goulburn St, Sydney||–|
|Sir John Young Hotel||Corner George St & Liverpool St, Sydney||–|
|The Bank Tavern||1-3 Belgrave St, Kogarah||–|
|The Light Brigade Hotel||Corner of Oxford St & Jersey Rd, Woollahra||–|
|The Sly Fox Hotel||199 Enmore Rd, Enmore||–|
|Three Swallows Hotel||342 Hume Hwy, Bankstown||–|
|Twin Willows Hotel||739 Hume Hwy, Bass Hill||–|
A total number of licenses for pokies of around 2,000 is permitted in the Northern Territory with caps on hotels and bars of just 20 machines and a maximum of 55 allowed in clubs. Only venues that hold a liquor license can hold an EGM license.
The two casinos, Sky City Darwin and Alice Spring’s Lasseter’s Casino, hold the majority of licensed pokies with almost 1000 between them.
With a population of just 244,000, this means NT has the highest density of pokies in the country at a rate of one machine per 131 residents.
The majority of the NT’s pokie licenses are held by the casino at Sky City with around 600 machines on the premises. You can find the rest in pubs, hotels and clubs with our pick being as follows:
|Sky City Casino||Mindil Beach, Gilruth Avenue, Darwin NT 0820||600|
|Adelaide River Inn||106 Stuart Hwy, Adelaide River NT 0846||>20|
|Barrow Creek Hotel||Davenport NT 0872||>20|
|Beachfront Hotel||342 Casuarina Dr, Rapid Creek||>20|
|Buff Club||57 Stuart Hwy, Stuart Park||>55|
|Casuarina All Sports Club||269 Trower Rd, Casuarina Square||>55|
|Corroboree Park Tavern||Marrakai NT 0822||>20|
|Crossways Hotel||23 Katherine Terrace, Katherine NT 0850||>20|
|Daley Waters Historic Pub||16 Stuart St, Daly Waters NT 0852||>20|
|Darwin Central Hotel||21 Knuckey St, Darwin City NT 0800||>20|
|Discovery||89 Mitchell St, Darwin City NT 0800||>20|
|Ducks Nuts Bar & Grill||76 Mitchell St, Darwin City NT 0800||>20|
|Elliott Hotel||1 Stuart Hwy, Elliott NT 0862||>20|
|Gapview Resort Hotel||123 Gap Rd, Alice Springs NT 0870||>20|
|Glen Helen Resort Outback Hotel||1 Namatjira Dr, Alice Springs NT 0872||>20|
|Grove Hill Heritage||Goldfields Rd, Douglas-Daly NT 0822||>20|
|Heavitree Gap Tavern||1 Palm Circuit, Alice Springs NT 0870||>20|
|Hidden Valley Tavern||Lot 1058, 644 Stuart Hwy, Berrimah NT 0828||>20|
|Hotel Darwin||39 Mitchell St, Darwin City||>20|
|Howard Springs Tavern||280 Whitewood Rd, Howard Springs NT 0835||>20|
|Humpty Doo Hotel Motel||Arnhem Hwy, Humpty Doo NT 0836||>20|
|Karama Plaza Tavern||Kalyminos Dr, Karama||>20|
|Kulgera Roadhouse Hotel||Lot 2869 Stuart Hwy, Ghan NT 0872||>20|
|Litchfield Pub||365 Darwin River Rd, Darwin River NT 0841||>20|
|Mandorah Beach Hotel||11 Pak Pl, Wagait Beach NT 0822||>20|
|Monsoons||46 Mitchell St, Darwin City NT 0800||>20|
|Nguiu Club||Wurrumiyanga NT 0822||>20|
|Nightcliff Sports Club||11 Camphor St, Nightcliff||>55|
|Novotel Atrium Darwin||100 The Esplanade, Darwin City NT 0800||>20|
|Parap Tavern||15 Parap Rd, Parap||>20|
|Pint Club||165 Abala Rd, Marrara||>20|
|Precinct Tavern||7 Kitchener Drive, Darwin City NT 0800||>20|
|Quality Hotel Frontier Darwin||3 Buffalo Ct, Darwin City NT 0801||>20|
|Rorkes||22 Smith St, Darwin City NT 0800||>20|
|Saville Park Suites Darwin||88 The Esplanada, Darwin, NT 0800||>20|
|Schooner’s Bar & Grill||51 Marina Blvd, Larrakeyah NT 0820||>20|
|Shenanigans Hotel||69 Mitchell St, Darwin City||>20|
|Squires Tavern||3 Edmunds St; Darwin, NT 0800||>20|
|The Cavenagh||12 Cavenagh St, Darwin City NT 0800||>20|
|The Deck Bar||22 Mitchell St, Darwin City NT 0800||>20|
|The Firkin & Hound||21 Hartley St, Alice Springs NT 0870||>20|
|The Heartbreak Hotel||Cnr of Carpentaria and Tablelands Highways, McArthur NT 0852||>20|
|The Lizard Bar and Restaurant||105 Mitchell St, Darwin City NT 0800||>20|
|The Tap on Mitchell||58 Mitchell St, Darwin City NT 0800||>20|
|The Victoria Hotel||27 Smith St, Darwin City NT 0800||>20|
|Threeways Roadhouse||Stuart & Barkly Highways, Tennant Creek NT 0852||>20|
|Throb||1/64 Smith St, Darwin City NT 0800||>20|
|Todd Tavern||1 Todd St, Alice Springs NT 0870||>20|
|Town & Country Tavern||75 Todd Ml Alice Springs, NT 0871||>20|
|Tracy Village Sports & Social Club||28 Tambline Terrace, Lyons||>55|
|Uncles Tavern||20 Gregory Terrace, Alice Springs NT 0870||>20|
|Virginia Tavern||30 Virginia Rd, Virginia NT 0835||>20|
|Winnellie Hotel||34 Winnellie Rd, Winnellie||>20|
|Wisdom Bar & Café||48 Mitchell St, Darwin City NT 0800||>20|
There are more than 46,000 licensed pokies in Queensland. With a population of just under 5,000,000 that equates to one pokie per 110 residents.
Spread across 1,188 venues, you can find EGMs in a wide variety of venues including hotels, bars, clubs and the casinos.
The Treasury Casino has the majority of Brisbane’s pokie machines with a total of 1300 licenses. Situated in the heart of the city, there are plans to replace the current site with a purpose-built multi-purpose leisure complex. Due to be constructed by 2022, it is likely that the new casino will have larger gaming facilities with many more pokie machines.
There are 8,200 other licensed machines in the city itself with those having 45 pokies or more being listed below:
|Arana Leagues Club||247 Dawson Parade, Keperra QLD 4054||300|
|Bronco Leagues Club||98 Fulcher Rd, Red Hill QLD 4059||300|
|Carina Leagues Club||1390 Creek Rd, Carina QLD 4152||300|
|Easts Leagues Club||40 Main Ave, Coorparoo QLD 4151||300|
|Kedron-Wavell Services Club||21 Kittyhawk Dr, Chermside QLD 403||300|
|Sunnybank Rugby Union Club||470 McCullough St, Sunnybank QLD 4109||300|
|Wynum Manly Leagues Club||92 Wondall Rd, Manly West QLD 4179||300|
|Club Southside||76 Mount Gravatt Capalaba Rd, Upper Mt Gravatt QLD 4122||210|
|Sherwood Services Club||1 Clewley St, Corinda QLD 4075||184|
|Apsley Hornets Football Club||50 Graham Rd, Carseldine QLD 4034||167|
|Apsley Leagues Club||29 Kirby Rd, Aspley QLD 4034||146|
|Gaythorne RSL||534 Samford Rd, Mitchelton QLD 4053||136|
|Geebung RSL||323 Newman Rd, Geebung QLD 4034||122|
|Wynnum RSL||174 Tingal Rd, Wynnum QLD 4178||105|
|Yeronga Services Club||391 Fairfield Rd, Yeronga QLD 4104||95|
|North Devils Leagues Club||Franklin St, Nundah QLD 4012||93|
|Gallopers Sports Club||Nudgee Rd & Lancaster Road, Hamilton QLD 4007||91|
|Moreton Bay Sports Club||175 Boundary St, Tingalpa QLD 4173||80|
|Club Sandgate||50 Keogh St, Sandgate QLD 4017||80|
|Bros. Grange Community Sports Club||41 Agincourt St, Grange QLD 4051||76|
|Wynum Manly Workers Club||35 Bognor St, Tingalpa QLD 4173||75|
|Zillmere Sports Bar||340 Zillmere Rd, Zillmere QLD 4034||74|
|Southern Cross Sports Club||51 Klumpp Road, Upper Mt Gravatt QLD 412||70|
|Algester Sports Club||41 Endiandra St, Algester QLD 4115||60|
|South Acacia Bowls Club||Brandon Park Reserve, Mortimer Rd, Acacia Ridge QLD 4110||56|
|Coorparoo RSL Club||45 Holdsworth St, Coorparoo QLD 4151||50|
|Acacia Ridge Hotel||1386 Beaudesert Rd, Acacia Ridge QLD 4110||45|
|Albion Hotel||300 Sandgate Rd, Albion QLD 4010||45|
|Alderley Arms Hotel||2 Samford Rd, Alderley QLD 4051||45|
|Bracken Ridge Tavern||154 Barrett St, Bracken Ridge QLD 4017||45|
|Calamvale Hotel||678 Compton Rd, Calamvale QLD 4116||45|
|Camp Hill Hotel||724 Old Cleveland Rd, Camp Hill QLD 4152||45|
|Everton Park Hotel||101 Flockton St, Everton Park QLD 4053||45|
|The Glen Hotel||24 Gaskell St, Eight Mile Plains QLD 4113||45|
|Gumdale Tavern||277 Tilley Rd, Gumdale QLD 4154||45|
|Hamilton Hotel||442 Kingsford Smith Dr, Hamilton QLD 4007||45|
|Holland Park Hotel||945 Logan Rd, Holland Park QLD 4121||45|
|Homestead Tavern||114 Zillmere Rd, Boondall QLD 4034||45|
|The Colmslie Hotel||Wynnum Rd & Junction Rd, Morningside QLD 4170||45|
|The Jindalee Hotel||Sinnamon Rd, Jindalee QLD 4074||45|
|Nudgee Beach Hotel||Nudgee Rd & Approach Road, Nudgee QLD 4014||45|
|Pacific Golf Club||430 Pine Mountain Rd, Carindale QLD 4152||45|
|Prince of Wales Hotel||1154 Sandgate Rd, Nundah QLD 4012||45|
|Royal Exchange Hotel||10 High St, Toowong QLD 4066||45|
|Royal George Hotel||327 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006||45|
|Runcorn Tavern||124 Gowan Rd, Sunnybank Hills QLD 4109||45|
|Salisbury Hotel Motel||668 Toohey Rd, Salisbury QLD 4107||45|
|Stafford Tavern||51 Webster Rd, Stafford QLD 4053||45|
|Sunnybank Hotel||275 McCullough St, Sunnybank QLD 4109||45|
|Taigum Tavern||217 Beams Rd, Taigum QLD 4018||45|
|Brook Hotel||167 Osborne Rd, Mitchelton QLD 4053||45|
|The Junction @ Annerley||Ipswich Rd & Annerley Rd, Annerley QLD 4103||45|
|Waterloo Bay Hotel||75 Berrima St, Wynnum QLD 4178||45|
|The Elephant Hotel||230 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006||42|
Long known as the playground of Queensland, the Gold Coast is home to almost 6,000 pokies in addition to the 1,600 located at the Star Gold Coast Casino.
You can find those venues with more than 45 pokies here:
|Southport Sharks Football Club||Olsen Ave & Musgrave Ave, Southport QLD 4215||300|
|Club Southport||154A Scarborough St, Southport QLD 4215||265|
|Burleigh Heads Bears Leagues Club||80 Pacific Ave, Miami QLD 4220||220|
|Club Helensvale||20-28 Discovery Dr, Helensvale QLD 4212||220|
|Currumbin RSL||165 Duringan St, Currumbin QLD 4223||199|
|Nerang RSL||69 Nerang St, Nerang QLD 4211||188|
|RSL Club Southport||36 Scarborough St, Southport QLD 4215||180|
|Club Burleigh||1640 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220||110|
|Musgrave Hills Bowls Club||Musgrave Ave & Kumbari Ave, Gold Coast QLD 4215||100|
|Kurrawa Surf Club||‘Beachside’ Old Burleigh Rd, Broadbeach QLD 4218||80|
|Paradise Point Bowls Club||22 Thrush Ave, Paradise Point QLD 4216||72|
|Runaway Bay Junior Leagues Club||225 Morala Ave, Runaway Bay QLD 4216||70|
|Surfers Paradise RSL Club||1/9 Beach Rd, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217||70|
|Burleigh Sports Club||111 Christine Ave, Burleigh Waters QLD 4220||60|
|Club Talle||1505 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach North QLD 4221||59|
|BMD Northcliffe Surf Club||51 Garfield Terrace, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217||58|
|The Surf Club Cooangatta||Marine Parade & Dutton Street, Coolangatta QLD 4225||57|
|Labrador Tigers AFL Sports Club||28 Ashton St, Labrador QLD 4215||50|
|Palm Beach Surf Club||117 Jefferson Ln, Palm Beach QLD 4221||50|
|Broadbeach Bowls Club||Surf Parade, Broadbeach QLD 4218||49|
|Arundel Tavern||226 Napper Rd, Arundel QLD 4214||45|
|Ashmore Tavern||161 Cotlew St, Ashmore QLD 4214||45|
|Benowa Tavern||117 Ashmore Rd, Benowa QLD 4216||45|
|Burleigh Heads Hotel||4 The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220||45|
|Burleigh Town Tavern||Tsipura Dr & Township Drive, Burleigh Heads QLD 4222||45|
|Coolangatta Sands Hotel||1 Griffith St, Coolangatta QLD 4225||45|
|Coomera Tavern||Coomera City Centre, 2 City Centre Dr, Upper Coomera QLD 4209||45|
|Diamonds Tavern||Christine Ave, Varsity Lakes QLD 4227||45|
|Dog and Parrot Tavern||2 Scottsdale Dr, Robina QLD 4226||45|
|Dublin Docks Tavern||Harbour Town Dr, Biggera Waters QLD 4216||45|
|Ferry Road Tavern||Cnr Ferry Road & Cotlew Street East, Southport QLD 4215||45|
|Helensvale Tavern||8 Sir John Overall Dr, Helensvale QLD 4212||45|
|Hinterland Hotel||53 Station St, Nerang QLD 4211||45|
|Miami Tavern||2043 Gold Coast Hwy, Miami QLD 4220||45|
|Oxenford Tavern||179 Old Pacific Hwy, Oxenford QLD 4210||45|
|Pacific Pines Tavern||8 Hotham Dr, Pacific Pines QLD 4211||45|
|Palm Beach Hotel||1118 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach QLD 4221||45|
|Parkwood Tavern||Olsen Ave & Wintergreen Dr, Parkwood QLD 4214||45|
|RQ’S Tavern||361 State Route 7, Robina QLD 4226||45|
|Runaway Bay Tavern||516 Lae Dr, Runaway Bay QLD 4216||45|
|Shearers ArmsTavern||23 Peachey Rd, Ormeau QLD 4208||45|
|Southport Surf Club||MacArthur Parade, Main Beach QLD 4217||45|
|Surfers Paradise Tavern||Cavill Avenue, Orchid Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217||45|
|Broadbeach Tavern||Victoria Ave, Broadbeach QLD 4218||45|
|Lone Star Tavern||Markeri St, Mermaid Waters QLD 4218||45|
|Treetops Tavern||7 Executive Dr, Burleigh Waters QLD 4220||45|
|Wallaby Hotel||45 Railway St, Mudgeeraba QLD 4213||45|
Another popular location for pokies is across the Sunshine Coast where you can find more than 3,500 EGM’s. Licensed venues range from clubs to taverns, hotels and bars.
Our selection of the largest venues with 45 or more licenses are as follows:
|Caloundra RSL||19 West Terrace, Caloundra QLD 4551||300|
|Maroochy RSL||Memorial Ave, Maroochydore QLD 4558||300|
|Nambour RSL||14 Matthew St, Nambour QLD 4560||240|
|Tewantin Noosa RSL||1 Memorial Ave, Tewantin QLD 4565||195|
|Alex Surf Supporters Club||167 Alexandra Parade, Alexandra Headland QLD 4572||131|
|Club Kawana Bowls Club||476 Nicklin Way, Wurtulla QLD 4575||120|
|Caloundra Power Boat Club||2 Lamerough Parade, Golden Beach QLD 4551||80|
|Maroochy Surf Club||34/36 Alexandra Parade, Maroochydore QLD 4558||70|
|Caloundra Bowls Club||Cnr Arthur St & Bingera Terrace, Caloundra QLD 4551||69|
|Dicky Beach Surf Club||1A Coochin St, Dicky Beach QLD 4551||62|
|Coolum Surf Club||1775-1779 David Low Way, Coolum Beach QLD 4573||48|
|Bli Bli Tavern||Cnr 2-6 Bli Bli Rd & David Low Wy, Bli Bli QLD 4560||45|
|Buderim Tavern||81 Burnett St, Buderim QLD 4556||45|
|Caloundra Hotel||12 Bulcock St, Caloundra QLD 4551||45|
|Coolum Beach Hotel||David Low Way, Coolum Beach QLD 4573||45|
|Golden Beach Tavern||32 Bowman Rd, Caloundra QLD 4551||45|
|The Alex Hotel||98-110 Alexandra Parade, Alexandra Headland QLD 4572||45|
|Kawana Hotel||Nicklin Way, Buddina QLD 4575||45|
|Villa Noosa Hotel||19 Mary St, Noosaville QLD 4566||45|
South Australia has a total of around 13,000 licenses for electronic gaming machines with 1000 of these being licensed to the casino in Adelaide, Sky City.
With a population of 1.7 million people, the density of one pokie per 131 residents in the state is low at 0.007.
Adelaide has a good mix of venues to play the pokies, other than the Sky City Casino. Most are hotels or bars with a couple of clubs thrown in to the mix.
|Sky City Casino||North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000||1000|
|Ambassadors Hotel||107 King William St, Adelaide SA 5000||40|
|West End Tavern||255 Hindley St, Adelaide SA 5000||34|
|Pulteney Pokies/Jackpot||471 Pulteney St, Adelaide SA 5000||33|
|The London Tavern||175 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000||32|
|Talbot Hotel||104 Gouger St, Adelaide SA 5000||32|
|Woolshed On Hindley||94-100 Hindley Street, Adelaide SA 5000||32|
|Black Bull Hotel||58 Hindley St, Adelaide SA 5000||32|
|Rosemont Hotel And Pokies||160 Hindley St, Adelaide SA 5000||32|
|Hotel Richmond||128 Rundle Mall, Adelaide SA 5000||32|
|Aces Bar & Bistro||61-63 Grote St, Adelaide SA 5000||30|
|Strathmore Hotel||129 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000||29|
|James Place Hotel||21 James Pl, Adelaide SA 5000||28|
|Metropolitan Hotel||46 Grote St, Adelaide SA 5000||25|
|Mansions Tavern||21 Pulteney St, Adelaide SA 5000||20|
|Wakefield Hotel||76 Wakefield St, Adelaide SA 5000||20|
|The Office on Pirie||110 Pirie St, Adelaide SA 5000||20|
|Silks On Grenfell Hotel||12-14 Grenfell St, Adelaide SA 5000||20|
|Arab Steed Hotel||241 Hutt St, Adelaide SA 5000||20|
|Benjamin On Franklin Hotel||233 Franklin St, Adelaide SA 5000||20|
|Saracen’s Head||82 Carrington St, Adelaide SA 5000||20|
|Griffins Head||38 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide SA 5000||20|
|Rob Roy Hotel||106 Halifax St, Adelaide SA 5000||20|
|The A Club||109- 111 Waymouth St, Adelaide SA 5000||18|
|Union Hotel||70 Waymouth St, Adelaide SA 5000||15|
|Seven Stars Hotel||187 Angas St, Adelaide SA 5000||12|
|Gilbert Street Hotel||88 Gilbert St, Adelaide SA 5000||11|
|Duke Of York Hotel||82 Currie St, Adelaide SA 5000||10|
|Earl Of Aberdeen Hotel||316 Pulteney St, Adelaide SA 5000||10|
|General Havelock Hotel||162 Hutt St, Adelaide SA 5000||8|
|Elephant & Castle Hotel||179 West Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000||7|
|Cumberland Arms Hotel||205 Waymouth St, Adelaide SA 5000||5|
The island state of Tasmania has a total of 3,550 pokies with 1,185 of these being licensed to the two casinos; Wrest Point in Hobart and the Country Club Casino, Meander Valley. At a rate of one pokie per 59 citizens, the island does alright with the per capita number of licenses.
However, a bold and controversial move by the current Labor government has proposed that the state is to follow the example set by Western Australia and become pokie-free by 2023 (with the exception of a monopoly license held by the casinos).
For the time being, you can still enjoy pokies at a couple of locations across Hobart, including:
|Wrest Point Hotel Casino||410 Sandy Bay Rd, Sandy Bay||650|
|Black Buffalo Hotel||14 Federal St, North Hobart||30|
|Central Hotel Hobart||73 Collins St, Hobart||30|
|Queens Head Hotel||400 Elizabeth St, North Hobart||25|
|Welcome Stranger Hotel||58 Harrington St, Hobart||24|
|Hobart Midcity Hotel||96 Bathurst St, Hobart||20|
|Marquis Of Hastings Hotel||209 Brisbane St, West Hobart||15|
|Waratah Hotel||272 Murray St, Hobart||15|
With a population that exceeds 6 million people and only 29,000 pokies, the density of EGMs in the state is just 1 pokie per 207 residents. Most are situated in and around the state capital with almost 10% of the total licenses being assigned to the state casino.
All licenses issued are currently valid until 16 August 2022 when the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation is due to review its pokies policies.
At present, licenses are issued to different regions with caps in place for both Melbourne and Geelong.
The Crown Casino, Melbourne located at 8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC 3006 holds 2500 pokies licenses and is by far one of the more popular venues to play on the slots in the city.
There are various hotels, bars and clubs that also hold pokies licenses with the pick of these being listed below:
|Bourke Hill’s Welcome Stranger||128 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000||100|
|Clocks @ Flinder St. Station||17 Flinders Street Railway Station, Melbourne||100|
|Mercure Grand Hotel||195 Swanson Street, Melbourne VIC 3000||90|
|Mail Exchange Hotel||688 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000||80|
|Flemington Race Course HQ Tavern||448 Epsom Rd, Flemington VIC 3031||80|
|Player’s on Lygon||186-200 Lygon Street, Melbourne VIC 3053||75|
|Golden Nugget Hotel||117 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000||60|
|The Meeting Place||315 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne VIC 3000||56|
|Shanghai Club||242-244 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000||48|
|Celtic Club||316-320 Queen Street, Melbourne VIC 3000||46|
|Batman’s Hill on Collins||623 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000||22|
Just an hour outside of Melbourne in the state’s second largest city you can find another 1400+ pokies around town. Split across a mix of hotels and clubs, the following licenses have been issued:
|Combined Leagues Club||54 Fellmongers Road, Breakwater VIC 3219||105|
|Norlane Hotel||2-8 Princes Hwy, Norlane VIC 3214||84|
|Grovedale Hotel||236-258 Torquay Road, Grovedale VIC 3216||80|
|The Shell Club||76 Purnell Rd, Corio VIC 3214||77|
|Waurn Ponds Hotel||1154 Princes Hwy, Waurn Ponds VIC 3216||70|
|Sphinx Hotel||2 Thompson Rd, North Geelong VIC 3215||67|
|Portarlington Golf Club||130 Hood Rd, Portarlington VIC 3223||65|
|Ocean Grove Bowling Club||18 The Terrace, Ocean Grove VIC 3226||60|
|Geelong Football Club||370 Moorabool Street, South Geelong VIC 3220||60|
|Lord of the Isles Tavern||3 W Fyans St, Newtown VIC 3220||60|
|Peninsula Hotel||195 Bellarine Hwy, Newcomb VIC 3219||55|
|Lara Sporting Club||Mill Rd & Alkara Ave, Lara VIC 3212||50|
|Gateway Hotel||218-230 Princes Hwy, Corio VIC 3214||50|
|Jokers on Ryrie||211 Ryrie St, Geelong VIC 3220||47|
|Geelong RSL||50 Barwon Heads Rd, Belmont VIC 3216||42|
|Lara Hotel||10 Hicks St, Lara VIC 3212||40|
|Clifton Springs Golf Club||92-94 Clear Water Dr, Clifton Springs VIC 3222||40|
|Great Western Hotel||177 Aberdeen St, Newtown VIC 3220||36|
|Polish Club, White Eagle Club||46/48 Fellmongers Road Breakwater 3219||35|
|St George Workers Club||212 Pakington St, Geelong West VIC 3218||35|
|Leopold Sportsman’s Club||135 Kensington Rd, Leopold VIC 3224||35|
|Queenscliff Bowling Club||118 Hesse St, Queenscliff VIC 3225||30|
|AHD Croatian Club||93 Separation St, Bell Park VIC 3215||30|
|Valley Inn Hotel||120 Fyans St, South Geelong VIC 3220||29|
|Phoenix Hotel||59 Moorabool St, Geelong VIC 3220||28|
|Bell Park Sports Club||34-70 Calvert St, Hamlyn Heights VIC 3215||28|
|Fyansford Hotel||67 Hyland St, Fyansford VIC 3221||27|
In a reverse situation to that of the ACT, there are no licensed venues operating pokies outside of the state’s only casino.
You can find the Crown Casino at Great Eastern Highway, Burswood, WA 6100.
Best Online Pokies Sites for Aussies
Of course, if you don’t fancy leaving the house then you can always play the pokies online and, whilst the physical feel of dropping coins in the slot might not be for the purists, the odds are still good and the potential wins just as big.
The Interactive Gambling Act makes it illegal for online casinos not licensed in Australia to offer gambling service over the internet. However it isn’t an offence for players to access sites that are prepared to accept players from Oz.
A lot of the casinos host microgaming pokies which are operated across a network. This means that progressive prize pools can grow more quickly and allow the sites to offer huge jackpots. One such game is Mega Moolah, one of the biggest cash pokies prizes online.
These sites are all Aussie-friendly and have a good range of pokies, jackpots and payout rates:
Launched in 2012, Emu Casino has a range of 800+ games including almost 500 pokies titles. The site has recently been relaunched (2017) and now features a more responsive game play which is compatible with mobile devices.
Welcome bonuses are pretty normal and won’t set the world on fire but the payouts will keep you coming back. Jackpots range from some standard cash prizes to some pretty big progressive jackpots. If that wasn’t enough to make you bookmark Emu Casino, they offer a loyalty program which lets you earn points every time you play; build up the points to bonuses like free spins, higher percentage wins and cash drops.
VIP members can also earn reductions in transaction fees, exclusive bonuses and offers as well as invitations to hospitality events.
Games range from traditional 3-reel slots and retro style play to bang-up-to-date 3D titles.Favorites like Tomb Raider, Hitman and Dark Knight prove just as popular online as they do in land based venues.
AUD is accepted and setting up an account is very straightforward so you can start playing quickly.
Overall, a good site with excellent support to service a great site.
There are no prizes for guessing that this is an Aussie friendly site and one that accepts deposits and withdrawals in AUD.
Licensed in the UK, the site was established in 2013 and also hosts players from a lot of international countries.
It’s a casino site with the usual table and card games as well as some sports betting. The slots are just one side of the offering and the sites staple diet when it comes to gameplay. There are three main varieties which include some good progressive jackpot games (Tiki Wonders, Mega Fortune etc).
Most self-respecting Aussies will bridle a little over the stereotyping of the sites appeal and see through the crocs and roos but that’s the Brits for you.
G’Day is a site that may be trying to do too many things and there are definitely some elements (sports betting, layout and graphics) which could do with improvement. However, payout rates are good and the mobile version of the site works well with the pokies (seems to be all it works with).
One of the oldest online casinos in the world, Gaming Club was founded in 1994. Far from being too long in the tooth for the game, the site has advanced technology in operation and the site is slick, secure and easy to use.
Despite being a popular casino the Gaming Club offers some good sign up incentives particularly for the slots.
Some games are hosted with Flash for instant play but the majority of the site works best if you download the Gaming Club software to your PC. The site is also optimised for mobile play.
Reel games are varied and offer some great jackpots and most have stunning graphics and sound to really crank up the virtual reality.
As well as the pokies, you can also play almost every casino game going and there are even scratchies you can play.
Gaming Club has a high payout rate and accepts players from Australia along with AUD.
Launched in 2012 and licensed in Curacao, Guts accepts AUD and won the Best New Casino 2013.
The site has a good style and has become one of the go-to sites for many Australian players for a number of casino games including scratchies.
They run regular promotions for deposit bonuses and the initial sign up incentives are also pretty good.
Their range of pokies isn’t the largest but the site does cater for most tastes when it comes to game play styles and jackpots. A good payout rate is also a benefit.
|House of Jack
This gaming site has some big welcomes bonuses to encourage online sign-up and a good loyalty program.
House of Jack is licensed in Curaco but makes deposit and withdrawal available in AUD (nice and easy for residents but expect to have to prove you ID).
There is a big range of slots available, some with sizable progressive jackpots which can pay out big. And pay-out rates are pretty good with most reports suggesting percentages of 96-98% which is higher than land-based slots.
As well as pokies, there is also a good range of casino games to keep the site ‘sticky;.
There isn’t an app but the site is mobile friendly, responsive and well-designed for playing on the go.
Launched first in the USA in 2016, Ignition is new to the Australian market.
The site has some good sign-up offers but limited deposit and withdrawal options when compared to others.
The range of pokies is quite diverse and takes advantage of several developers meaning that gameplay is broader than some more traditional offerings. There are a few hundred titles to play with more in the offing.
Prize and stakes vary and some jackpots are progressive with wins in excess of $1 million reported on the site.
As well as slots, Ignition provides a good range of table games, video poker and other popular Australian games like Keno and Bingo.
The mobile site is quite good but needs some work to make it 100% compatible as some games either don’t work or are not quite as responsive.
With payouts reaching almost 98%, Jackpot City has a solid reputation for pokie play online.
Launched in 1998 and licensed in Malta, the site is both trusted and secure and many Australians call it the home of the jackpot.
One of several sites that hosts the Mega Moolah progressive jackpot game, Jackpot City has many huge wins under its belt. Players can opt for traditional or classic slots or try some new titles across the big range of games.
The site is a solid one for main gameplay and certainly one that should be considered as a back-up.
Launched in 2016, Mucho Vegas was an instant success in Australia offering a big slots collection including 3-reel, 5-reel and video games. Their stock offering of pokies are developed by some of the biggest names in 3D gaming and the quality shows.
There are plenty of sign-up perks and ongoing promotions to keep punters happy as well and is certainly one of the sites biggest draws.
The site is well-designed, very responsive and works well on mobile.
Deposits and withdrawals can be made in AUD and there are some good payout rates as well as big prizes. The only drawback to the site is its high wagering conditions on those bonuses. Get that fixed and Mucho Vegas could become one of the top go-to pokies sites in Oz.
Licensed in Malta and providing a full range of casino games since 2004, Platinum Play markets itself to casino players who like interacting with real dealers.
Their pokies offering is definitely the main show here with table and card games now more of a side-show along with scratchies, Keno and video poker.
Payouts range from 94%-96% and games can be played via mobile or on instant play technology. The site is another that belongs to a network of microgaming which means that progressive jackpots can get pretty big.
Though they have a good range of pokies and prizes are good and regular, the overall design of Platinum Play is, for some, a little tired. For others this just means the games themselves take center-stage.
Operating since 2003, Ruby Fortune has been operating a tight ship since it won the Best New Online Casino award more than a decade ago.
Licensed in Malta and providing a good range of deposit and withdrawal options, the site offers more than 300 pokie games to play.
Payout rates are around 95-97% with some big jackpots available across all of their casino games including the slots.
The design of the site is good and features instant game play which is compatible with most mobile devices.
Overall, the site is slick, simple and quick to get going with some nice classic, plus some unfamiliar, titles.
Offering one of the biggest selections of over 1800 slot games, this site is one to bookmark for regular players.
Hosting games developed by almost 25 different games providers, the titles available on Slots Millions offer one of the best selections of pokies available online.
All games are launched with Flash technology so you don’t need to download any special software for play on a PC. However, you can download their app to access games on your portable device (iOS and Android). The app doesn’t have the same range of games available as the website but still more than most with 500+ titles (Game of Thrones, South Park: Reel Chaos and The Invisible Man).
Some of the jackpots are progressive and there is a Mega Moolah game which regularly pays out prizes in excess of $5 million.
Accounts are available in AUD and there are usually some great sign up bonuses for new users.
Slots Millions is a pokies online site so don’t expect any table or card games here.
With a reported AU $5 million being paid out daily and deposits taken in AUD, the Spin Palace site ticks two boxes; big cash prizes and Aussie friendly.
The payout ratios across its 650+ games is high and is generally around 97-98% range.
Not only that but you can access your winnings within 48 hours via instant withdrawal via your preferred payment method.
The tech of the site gives the games good graphics and responsive play with the mobile version working well.
You can also access a range of other casino games including roulette, keno, blackjack and poker.
The site has been running since 2001 and has established a solid reputation for itself in the online pokie world. Spin Palace is licensed in Malta and offers 24/7 support for all players.
So, there you have it; a complete guide to the pokies in Australia. Just remember that however and wherever you play the slots in Oz, always gamble responsibly.
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