What are pokies?

To most of the world, a pokie is referred to as a slot machine. For the most part, the word “pokie” is used by Australians to refer to gambling machines. Although there is no proof, the term pokie is widely believed to have originated years ago due to the fact that clubs and pubs in Australia with machines had slots and poker machines side by side. Players referred to all machines as poker machines, even though all machines did not have poker games on them.

At some point, the word “pokies” became the shortened term for poker machines. Since all machines, whether they were poker machines or slot machines, were referred to as poker machines, pokies became the term for slots when people started using the shortened name. Even though this name has stuck in Australia, the rest of the world still refers to the games as slots, slot machines or video slots.

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