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Popular Australian Poker Machines And Similar Online Pokies

Best Online Pokies compared to Poker Machines

We list the best Australian Poker Machines and make suggestion for online counterparts to try.

If you are like me you pretty much like the same poker machines when you visit your local hotel, club or casino. I have a few that I like to play often, and each of them for a specific feature or simply because I like the theme.

For example, I really like the Aristocrat "243 Way" format and tend to gravitate towards machines like Wild Ways and 100 Pandas. But then again I like African animals so I'm always curious about any game with a Lion or a Zebra, hence my love for 50 Lions, also from Aristocrat.

But what if you real prefer machine at your local and you'd like to play it online? Well there's good news and bad news. The bad news is that while all the poker machine manufacturers like Aristocrat and Ainsworth have made their games available at online casinos, due to strict licensing conditions they require those internet sites to block us Aussies from playing their games at home with our feet up. That sucks, but here is the good news. You can almost always find an alternative online to your favorite poker machine online and in some cases, an even better one.

Lucky for you, I spend way too much time trying out the online pokies (and there are hundreds).

This article recommends solid online replacements for 20 of the most well known poker machines found here in Australia.

I don't suggest that these game listed below are the most popular based on any real deep scientific study, but I know what I see occupying the good positions in clubs and casinos and have verified this against data that the poker machine manufacturers make public.

Top 21 Pub, Club and Casino Pokies in Australia and Where You can Find Similar Replacements Online

So here we go. The top 20 pokies in our pubs and clubs and similar games that we think you must try online! (In no particular order).

1. Queen of the NileNovomatic

If you like this poker machine: We recommend this online pokie:
Queen of the Nile Slot Isis Slot

What is it with us Aussies and our love affair with this game? Whether you like the original, or Queen of the Nile 2 which has a gamble feature, this game is still going sting almost 15 years in. Walk into any pub or club and you'll find it.

Notable feature: 15 free game bonus, Gamble Feature
Theme: Ancient Egypt
Recommended games with similar features and theme:
Isis from Microgaming. An absolute belter of a game. You get the same Egyptian theme if that's to your liking but the features of this game are at another level. The 30 free spins with a six times multiplier gets a tick from us. You may also what to try Mega Moolah Isis which links the game to Microgaming monster progressive jackpot that has paid out millions.

Play this recommended game at:

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2. Year of the TigerNovomatic

If you like this poker machine: We recommend this online pokie:
Year of the Tiger Slot Tiger's Eye Slot

We love a tiger. This game is especially popular in the casinos (Star City in Sydney and and with an Asian clientele.)

Notable Feature: Free Spins with retrigger
Theme: Chinese Zodiac, Tiger
Recommended: Tiger's Eye (Microgaming, 10 free spins with a 10X multiplier), Tiger Moon (Microgaming)

Play this recommended game at:

$800 Match Bonus Play Now

3. Royal DiamondsAinsworth

If you like this poker machine: We recommend this online pokie:
Royal Diamonds Slot Diamond Valley Slot

Diamonds are everybody's best friends if they line up on the reels. This is one of the most popular Ainsworth pokies at many hotels.
Ainsworth

Notable Feature: Double Hit series with progressives and bonus rounds
Theme: Diamonds, Wealth, Royalty
Recommended with similar theme: Double Da Vinci Diamonds (High 5 Games - features split symbols and the tumbling reels bon sun round), Retro Reels Diamond Glitz (Microgaming)
Recommended with similar features: Diamond Valley (One of Playtech's first progressive slots)

Play this recommended game at:

€350 Match Bonus Play Now

4. Cash AdventuresAristocrat

If you like this poker machine: We recommend this online pokie:
Cash Adventures Slot King Cashalot Slot

Notable Features: 50 lines with linked progressive and 3 local progressives
Theme: Money, Pirates, Adventure
Recommended: Ghost Pirates (Playtech, 50 line)
Recommended: Kings of Cash (Microgaming), King Cashalot (one of Microgaming's mid-tier progressives)

Play this recommended game at:

$800 Match Bonus Play Now

5. JawsAristocrat

If you like this poker machine: We recommend this online pokie:
Jaws Slot Shark Bite Slot

Our fascination with Sharks is well known. The original gem is the one that's popular here in Australia. The "Bounty Hunter" version is big in the US. Jaws runs on the 5 reel 25 line tried and tested format from Aristocrat.

Notable Features: Free spins
Theme: Sharks of course!
Recommended Game: Shark Bite (Amaya) comes with 10 free spins and the "Feeding Frenzy" bonus round.

Play this recommended game at:

$600 Match Bonus Play Now

6. 100 PandasIGT

If you like this poker machine: We recommend this online pokie:
100 Pandas Slot Isis Slot

Notable features: Low to mid stakes, stacked wilds, free spins with 2x multiplier
Theme: Pandas. A hundred of them.
Recommended: Untamed Giant Panda (Microgaming), a massively popular game in the Microgaming "Untamed" Series, which are based on their 243 multi-way format.

Play this recommended game at:

$800 Match Bonus Play Now

7. Dragon MasterIGT

If you like this poker machine: We recommend this online pokie:
Dragon Master Slot Dragon's Island Slot

Notable Features: 10 re-triggered free spins, play for 1c per line
Theme: Dragons, Asian
Recommended: Dragon's Island (Netent) - winnings are paid both ways on the reels. 50 free spins.

Play this recommended game at:

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8. Indian DreamingAristocrat

If you like this poker machine: We recommend this online pokie:
Indian Dreaming Slot Mystic Dreams Slot

This was one of the first games I ever played using Aristocrats "243 Way" configuration (I'm giving away my age as this must have been around 2000). It remains a very popular game and you can win up to 20 free spins with a X5 multiplier during the feature round.

Notable features: Multiway, x5 multiplier
Theme: Native American
Recommended: Mystic Dreams (Microgaming), one of my old favorites.

Play this recommended game at:

$800 Match Bonus Play Now

9. King Of The NileAristocrat

If you like this poker machine: We recommend this online pokie:
King Of The Nile Slot Isis Slot

Well if there was a Queen there had to be a King. King of the Nile hit the clubs and hotels in around 2002. It's a no-nonsense 20-line format. What I love about the game is that you could get a second chance at the end of your free spins round. You can either take the free spins, gamble, or pick the mystery prize.

Notable features: second chance option in free spins
Theme: Egypt
Recommended: Isis (Microgaming). Not even a question here. Cleopatra (Playtech) is a good-looking slot you may want to try as well.

Play this recommended game at:

$800 Match Bonus Play Now

10. DragonsAristocrat

If you like this poker machine: We recommend this online pokie:
Dragons Slot Dragon's Myth Slot

Aristocrats Reel Power series introduced multi-way play and also multiple bon sun rounds.

Notable features: Multiple free games to choose from
Theme: Dragons!
Recommended: Dragon's Myth Slots (Microgaming). Cracking graphics with a fantastic bonus round.

Play this recommended game at:

$800 Match Bonus Play Now

11. More ChilliAristocrat

If you like this poker machine: We recommend this online pokie:
More Chilli Slot Gonzo's Quest Slot

This game was the first to introduce a new concept fro Aristocrat. The "Power Pay bet: allows you to collect Chilli symbols which unlock additional reels where you can win easier with guaranteed wilds.

Notable Feature: Power Play, Guaranteed wilds
Theme: Food, Mexico
Recommended: Gonzo's Quest (Netent) because it's Mexican and we had to fit it in somewhere!

Play this recommended game at:

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12. Lucky 88Aristocrat

If you like this poker machine: We recommend this online pokie:
Lucky 88 Slot 300 Shields Slot

Lucky 88 broke new ground with its possible X88 multiplier during the free spins.

Theme: Asian
Recommended: 300 Shields (Nextgen Gaming) has an up to 300 Multiplier! Also try Harveys (Microgaming), which has a 25x multiplier.

Play this recommended game at:

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13. Show Me The MoneyAristocrat

If you like this poker machine: We recommend this online pokie:
Show Me The Money Slot Loaded Slot

This gem was the first ever to allow you to pick your free spins. You had options of 20 @ X2, 15 @ X3, 10 @ X5, 5 @ X10 and 3 @ X15.

Notable Feature: Choose your multiplier during free spins, up to x15
Theme: Money
Recommended:
Loaded (Microgaming) also let's you pick your free spins and multiplier.

Play this recommended game at:

$800 Match Bonus Play Now

14. Super BucksAristocrat

If you like this poker machine: We recommend this online pokie:
Super Bucks Slot Loaded Slot

Super Bucks is typically available only in denominations of 50c or higher and also allows you to choose between a range of free spin options.

Notable Feature: Pick your free spins
Recommended: We again recommend Loaded (Microgaming) also let's you pick your free spins and multiplier.

Play this recommended game at:

$800 Match Bonus Play Now

15. Wild WaysAristocrat

If you like this poker machine: We recommend this online pokie:
Wild Ways Slot Mega Moolah Progressive

This 243 Ways game with its African theme is very popular in most pubs, clubs and casinos around Australia. Three sunset symbols trigger 15 free spins with a multiplier that goes up to X15.

Notable Feature: multi-way, increasing multiplier
Theme: Jungle
Recommended: Mega Moolah Progressive (Microgaming) which also has a free spins feature.

Play this recommended game at:

$800 Match Bonus Play Now

16. Where's the Gold?Aristocrat

If you like this poker machine: We recommend this online pokie:
Where's the Gold? Slot Gold Factory Slot

This game has a unique twist on free spins. When the free spin found is triggered, random symbols drop into the screen. These become wild during the bonus round.

Notable Feature: Free spins with random wilds
Theme: Gold, Money, Wealth
Recommended: Gold Factory (Microgaming). You pick between two symbols prior to the free spins fro determine how many spins you will receive (between 10 and 35).

Play this recommended game at:

$800 Match Bonus Play Now

17. Big RedAristocrat

If you like this poker machine: We recommend this online pokie:
Big Red Slot No Worries Slot

This Aussie themed game is typically only available on 50c and $1 denominations, the bonus round pays up to $2,500 in extra wins.

Notable Feature: High denomination, free games
Theme: Aussie!
Recommended: No Worries (Microgaming) which has a nice bonus round.

Play this recommended game at:

$800 Match Bonus Play Now

18. Prize FightAristocrat

If you like this poker machine: We recommend this online pokie:
Prize Fight Slot Rocky Slot
Prize Fight with its boxing theme stars off at denominations of $1.

Notable feature: free spins with x3 multiplier
Theme: Boxing
Recommended: Rocky from Playtech

Play this recommended game at:

€350 Match Bonus Play Now

19. Mr CashmanAristocrat

If you like this poker machine: We recommend this online pokie:
Mr Cashman Slot The Finer Reels of Life Slot

Make a side bet in this game and you could activate the bonus round.

Notable Feature: Multiple bonus rounds
Theme: Money, Wealth
Recommended: The Finer Reels of Life (Microgaming)

Play this recommended game at:

$800 Match Bonus Play Now

20. Penguin PaysAristocrat

If you like this poker machine: We recommend this online pokie:
Penguin Pays Slot Penguin Power Slot

This game is great fun. The Penguin wild comes to life during the bound round and plays as a wild. And it's cute :)

Notable Feature: Multiple bonus rounds
Theme: Penguins
Recommended: Penguin Power (Microgaming). It's even cuter!

Play this recommended game at:

$800 Match Bonus Play Now

21. 50 LionsAristocrat

If you like this poker machine: We recommend this online pokie:
50 Lions Slot Mega Moolah Progressive

The first 50 line video slot to be released. 50 Lions instantly looks different from all other games as 20 symbols are displayed on the screen instead of the normal 15. The game also has groups of the top paying lion symbol on each reel so it is possible to get a whole screen of the same symbol.

Notable feature: 50 lines
Theme: Lions
Recommended: Mega Moolah Progressive (Microgaming). Enough said, it has all the bells and whistles.

Play this recommended game at:

$800 Match Bonus Play Now

There are hundreds of different games available in Australia, but I have tried to pick out some of those that I have known well and annoyed for many years. In my next article I will look at some of the lesser know games from IGT and Bally and their alternatives. This article might lean a bit hazily towards Aristocrat's games but IGT and Bally (less known here in Australia until a couple of year ago) have some cracking poker machines out there.

If you would like me to make specific suggestions based on games you like at your local, drop me a line: sharon@casinoshortlist.org.