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Online Pokies NZ at LeoVegas New Zealand

If you visit a few casinos and pubs in Australia and New Zealand, surely you'll hear some players and operators talk about pokies.

In Australia, pokies is just another term for the classic slot machines, and you can easily find them in casinos, hotels, and registered clubs.

However, the game's appeal lies mainly in its easy gameplay and exciting features. In pokies, just set the bet, spin the mechanical reels, and land at least three matching symbols to win!

Thanks to its popularity among players, pokies are now available online and in different themes, reels, and payline configurations. In addition, online pokies are packed with lucrative features and bonuses, including Free Spins, multipliers and a progressive jackpot, making these fascinating games to play online!

Why are pokies called pokies?

The word 'pokie' boasts an exciting and colorful history. It takes its name from 'pok', an abbreviation for 'poker machine'. Aussies love to abbreviate some of the words, and it makes sense that the word 'pokie' was an abbreviated version of 'poker machines'.

But you may ask why the game is named after a poker machine even though it looks and works like a slot machine, right? No one can tell the true story, but according to one theory, the poker machine was one of the first games used in Australian casinos. As soon as slot machines became available, it was displayed next to these machines. For convenience, all the gaming machines on the floor were called 'pokies'. The use of this slang stuck and soon found its way to New Zealand casinos.

What are the main types of online pokies?

As mentioned, the primary appeal of online pokies lies in the diversity of its theme, features, and bonuses. In online casinos, you'll find a wide range of online pokies NZ games that cater to all players with different backgrounds and requirements:

  1. Branded Pokies. Online pokies never run out of themes, and it's in full display in branded pokies available in NZ casinos. A branded pokie machine uses a theme inspired by pop culture, and top software providers traditionally offer it. One of the leading suppliers of branded online pokies is Microgaming with its Playboy, Jurassic Park, and Terminator online pokies.

  2. Video Pokies. In terms of volume, video pokies are arguably the most popular casino game. These online pokies boast a 5-reel configuration and are loaded with exciting and lucrative bonuses like Free Spins, multipliers, and bonus rounds.

  3. Jackpot Pokies. Casino players looking for big wins will play jackpot pokies. In addition to instant payouts, jackpot pokies also boast progressive jackpots or rewards that grow in size. Microgaming's Mega Moolah is the industry's most recognizable jackpot slot that has spawned a few follow-ups.

  4. Classic Pokies. These online pokies are directly inspired by the fruit machines you can find in many pubs, hotels, and physical casinos. Classic pokies often come in a 3-reel setup with a standard set of fruits, bells, and Lucky 7s as the paying symbols.

  5. Mobile Pokies. You can also enjoy real money and free online pokies on mobile devices. Some of the most popular game designers of mobile pokies today are Play'n GO, Netent, Red Tiger Gaming, and Microgaming.


Big Time Gaming is the pioneer of MEGAWAYS pokies, implementing a unique mechanic that allows for thousands of different winning combinations across the reels.

LeoVegas Exclusive Pokies

Discover a range of exclusive LeoVegas NZ online pokies in our collection of online pokie games, including titles such as; Octopus Armada, Nemean Lion and Curse of the Mummies.

Octopus Armada

In this sci-fi outer space-themed pokie, players will find extra-terrestrial creatures, free spins and wilds that players can trigger for bonuses throughout Octopus Armada.

The Nemean Lion

From the concept of famous greek mythology, The Nemean Lion features Free Spins that can be triggered to activate multipliers.

Curse of the Mummies

Combining the popular ancient-Egyptian theme with a twist of horror, the Curse of the Mummies pokie includes bonuses such as free spins, with an added multiplier that is applied to all wins throughout the free spins round.

How to play online pokies?

Online pokies are some of the easiest yet most entertaining casino games to play right now. To play, proceed to the casino's Games Lobby and pick the game you want.

For example, at LeoVegas New Zealand, online pokies are available in the free demo, thus helping you decide which is the perfect game to play.

Wait for the game to load; once ready, you'll need to set your bet and the number of paylines if required. Then, click the 'Spin' button to start playing and spin the reels.

You aim to land at least three matching symbols to collect a payout. In online pokies, you'll also find special symbols like Scatters, Wilds, and Bonus, which trigger specific bonus stages.

For example, landing at least three Scatters in online pokies trigger the Free Spins bonus, allowing you to win free games.

Online pokies become more entertaining if you start landing the special symbols, thus unlocking the game's unique features for bigger payouts or even a progressive jackpot!

Are pokies safe to play online?

Licensed and reputable online casinos aim to provide players with fair and transparent gambling experiences. This commitment to fair play extends to the widely popular online pokies available at LeoVegas. Online pokies are safe to play online for the following reasons:

  1. Online pokies are not rigged. Yes, the house ‘always wins’, but online pokies aren’t exactly rigged in favor of the operator.

  2. Online pokies use RNG, and it is not a skill game. Instead, each slot machine runs using a Random Number Generator (RNG) that ensures every spin and combination is at random.

  3. LeoVegas implements responsible gaming policies (LeoSafePlay) to ensure that players safely enjoy online pokies. Did you know that LeoVegas is an award-winning online casino thanks to its commitment to responsible gambling? At LeoVegas, you can access a wide range of responsible gambling tools like session and deposit limits and even Self Exclusion.

Online pokies bonus at LeoVegas New Zealand

At LeoVegas New Zealand, we offer new and existing players bonuses from free spins and deposit offers.Throughout the week, from Monday to Friday, LeoVegas NZ offers players free spins on a selected game during lunchtime.

For new players, we have a welcome bonus offer available that you can use across the wide collection of online pokies.

Can I play online pokies for free?

LeoVegas NZ is a highly recommended gambling destination for all types of players, beginners included. However, if you're a beginner, you can check out the free online pokies. Playing in the free demo allows you to browse new titles, explore their gameplay, or test a betting strategy without risking your bankroll!

What are the most popular online pokies?

LeoVegas maintains one of the most vibrant games portfolios in the industry.

Our Games Lobby features several exciting game categories such as Top Games, Newest Games, Pokies, and Jackpots.

In addition, there are also specialty games from its partner software vendors, including Ready to Drop and Drops and Wins online slots that are loaded with huge jackpots. Some of the most-played online pokies at LeoVegas right now are the following:

What are the top online pokies providers?

As the ‘King of Mobile’, LeoVegas continuously works with some of the top software vendors in the business.

  1. Microgaming. Founded in 1994, Microgaming is one of the top casino software providers in the business. It's the developer of the many hugely successful online pokies like Mega Moolah, Thunderstruck, and Playboy branded slots.

  2. Netent. This Stockholm-based company is home to premium online slots that are playable across devices. Netent is the software behind popular pokies online such as Gonzo's Quest, Starburst and Divine Fortune.

  3. Red Tiger. A part of the Evolution Gaming Group, Red Tiger produces some of the most entertaining online pokies in the market. Its selection of games runs using HTML5 and boasts several exciting jackpot pokies, including the Daily Jackpots.

  4. Playtech. Playtech is one of the market leaders when it comes to casino software, games, and other casino solutions. It also designs some of the best online pokies in the business, including the classic Age of the Gods series.

How do online pokies work?

Pokies are a form of online casino games, where players aim to land matching combinations of symbols. These online pokie machines are created with a random number generator programme, ensuring every outcome is completely random.When you spin the reels, a random number will be selected and the outcome attached to that number will be presented on the reels of the pokie.

How to win at online pokies?

Due to a random number generator program being used to decide the outcome of a pokie game, there is no strategy or method to win. The chances of winning are completely random based on the spin of the random number generator. However, there are some tips and tricks that can help in better understanding online pokies, so go ahead and check out our "How to win on online pokies" guide.

What are the best progressive jackpot pokies?

If you aren't aware of progressive jackpot pokies, these games implement a growing jackpot that increases each time a player places a wager.On LeoVegas New Zealand, we have a range of online games that you can try, including popular titles such as:

Where do I find the newest pokie games?

You can discover the newest pokies games right here on LeoVegas NZ, with an ever-growing library of titles for you to try across our online casino.

Can I play online pokies using the mobile app?

With the LeoVegas NZ mobile app, you can play pokies on all mobile devices, including Android and iOS.

What is online pokies volatility?

Volatility determines the risk of a pokie, based on the chances of the game paying out. High volatility games are less likely to payout but tend to have a higher reward. Games with lower volatility are the opposite, with more frequent wins but lower payout rewards.Due to the random generator program, all pokies have an element of risk when playing.