Drinks and meals
Land-based casinos usually have their own restaurants and bars so their players wouldn’t want for nothing. Most of the times they have really great dishes and drinks, we must give them that. It also brings additional comfort level to the customers: if you get hungry playing pokies you don’t have to bother yourself thinking where you could go eat or drink something at 3 AM. But there is other side of the coin: drinks and meals in most of the venues are overpriced. It’s much cheaper to cook yourself or even call a pizza guy to deliver you some Margarita rather than going to eat in some land-based casino. But, in fairness, we must admit that bartenders at some casino venues can make great cocktails with really fancy delivery.
Withdrawals at the online casinos
As it was discussed above getting winnings out of the casino is much easier in land-based venues. All you have to do there is just bring your chips to the cashier. Of course, there will be times when you will have to stand in line before your chips or slot ticket will be cashed out (especially if you are playing during some holidays or the weekend) but that is nothing compared to how much time online casinos usually take in order to withdraw some player’s wagers. But then again: by playing pokies online in some of the online casinos in Australia you can save some money on buying drinks and food in venues. Therefore, “long” cash-out procedure can be viewed as some kind of payment for the convenience that you can get from playing in the Internet.
If you are a social type of player then it’s easy to understand why you might like the land-based casinos so much. On the other hand, most of the online casinos in Australia nowadays have their own Live section where one can easily chat with the dealers and other players while playing one of his favorite table games.
Unfortunately, online casinos don’t have a technology that would allow one feel the weight of chips or having cards in your hand. On the bright side, there are mobile casino games. While they won’t give you the same tactile feelings as you would have holding real cards or stack of chips in your hands they still will allow you to have a deeper connection with the game rather than if you would’ve played it from the desktop.
Although most of the live dealer gaming providers like Evolution offer players to chat with the dealer and other punters, people are limited by text chat capabilities. For some players it may be a disaster since not everyone loves typing (not even talking about how uncomfortable it can be to type someone a message when you are playing from a phone with relatively small screen size).
Tipping on online casinos
This applies only to the table games that involve live dealers. While tipping someone is not your primary goal when you walk inside some of the land-based casinos it’s always nice to thank some dealer that made your day. Unfortunately, that’s not the thing when we are talking about the live casinos (not all though) because some of the major live casino suppliers like Evolution do not have the tip option.
If you have a weak or unstable Internet connection then it might be a real pain in the head to play some of the live casino games since you will drop out constantly. You also may lose the precious moment when you need to make a decision (especially if we are talking about games like BlackJack where players can actually affect an outcome of the game) and eventually lose the round because you wasn’t there when it was needed to Hit / Split or Double.
But then again: if you have a good Internet connection and convenience is more important for you than fancy cocktails from some venue’s bar then online casinos in Australia will definitely work for you.
Real Money Online Casino
In real money online casino you can find all games that you can expect to see in any land-based venue. In this sense Internet casino players aren’t lacking anything. The choice in online casino can be really HUGE. Of course, the majority of games are slot machines (or, how Aussies love to call them, pokies). As we mentioned before, online casinos aren’t physically limited by square meters of the building like land-based venues. Therefore, they can store as many slot machines as they want. It also eliminates the problem when one wants to play certain pokie but the seat there is already reserved by someone. With the modern technology help hundreds of players can play the same game simultaneously. Since one website can offer hundreds of pokies to their clients there is a Search feature so one could easily find the game he needs.
Some real money online casino sites allow to bookmark slot machines to get a quicker access to them in the future. It works the same way as book marking your favorite shows on Netflix or liking tracks on Spotify. Also real money online casino have various filters and sorting tools to save you from drowning in the ocean of slots that they have. For example, you can easily sort games by software provider, presence of jackpot, their rating and many other things. Besides that real money online casino have one unique feature: you can actually try out different games without even having to spend any money on them! That’s kind of thing that you won’t find in land-based casinos. The only downside here is that this works only with slot machines and doesn’t apply to table games like BlackJack and Roulette (though you still can get an idea of these games and how they work since practically every table game that is out there has been used as a theme by different software providers for their pokies).
Trying out pokies can be useful if you want to get an idea of the game or check out how payouts work. Only advice would be not to stick there for too long because after you get used to the game it becomes simply a waste of time – time that you spend playing pokies for fun could actually be used to get some nice winnings in real money games. When we are talking about the pokies there are many games and providers to choose from. It all depends completely on your preference. For example, NetEnt delivers high quality slots in all kind of aspects: feature-wise, graphics-wise, sound-wise, gameplay-wise. One of their most known games is: Dead or Alive 2, Gonzo’s Quest and Starburst. But that’s just the tip of an iceberg – if you dive into their extremely rich slot catalogue you will find plenty of other equally outstanding games.
Same goes for Microgaming as well: being one of the oldest software providers in the world of online casinos these guys have hundreds of products to offer their customers. Although having such a game-rich catalogue can have the other side of the coin. The more pokies are being released by certain game provider the harder it gets to keep a track on all of them. As a result some pokies aren’t updated for years. If we take a Microgaming, for example, then most of the games that you will find in their product list will have dated visuals and sound effects. But if you are retro game lover then you can see it as a highlight. Speaking of retro: players who love classic pokies with simple and straightforward gameplay won’t be disappointed by Novomatic slots. Originally developed for land-based casinos these games became extremely popular and now you can play them online as well.
One of the most memorable titles would be well-known Book of Ra that has at least nine (!) versions at the moment of writing this article, Sizzling Hot that is simply a fruit-pokie, Lord of the Ocean (pokie about the kingdom of the lost Atlantis) and Lucky Lady’s Charm with fantasy theme coming to you from the reels. All of the mentioned pokies (except the Sizzling Hot) have free spin bonuses with expanding symbols (except the Lucky Lady’s Charm). You also may increase your winnings in these pokies by participating in risky and exciting mini-game called Gamble: there you will have to guess the color of hidden card. If you will be right your winnings will be doubled; if not – you will lose what you’ve won before you entered the mini-game. So think twice before trying out your luck!
But if retro is not for you then you can try some of the Betsoft games – all of them have modern 3D visuals flavored with great setting. When you get tired of spinning the reels you can switch to some table games. In order to do that you have to move to Live casino part of the website. Playing live tables is a great choice when one wants to get away: you can flirt with pretty dealers there and have some chit-chat with other players. Besides the socialization part, table games are great in terms of odds: they have the lowest house edge among all the casino games and it can be lowered even more in some games if one uses the right strategy (we are talking about BlackJack right now). Playing live games in real money online casino has one perk: you can take several seats and play even on various tables simultaneously!
Although it is not a thing if you decide to play from your phone since their screen size are way too small to fit several tables. Are there any downsides of playing table games? Well, one of the greatest drawbacks of live casino games is that in most of the cases you won’t be able to complete the wagering requirements of different casino promotions (including welcome bonuses) by playing some Roulette or Baccarat. Reason for that is their low house edge. But once you’ve finished grinding for bonuses and all of the wagering requirements are completed you can come back to the Live section of the casino and have some splendid rounds of BlackJack or Roulette sessions.
Types of casinos in Australia
Depending on what you like there are different types of places where one can play his favorite casino games in Australia.
The most common place where one can enjoy one of his favorite pokies along with some foamy drink. Latest years statistics say that there are at least 200 000 of pokie machines across the whole continent and 6 000 pubs and bars. More than that, Australia contains around 18% of all slot machines in the world. Main reason why Aussies go to the pubs is due to their availability: considering that there are thousands of them spread across the whole country it won’t take you much time to find one. Chances are that there will be at least one or even two pubs just right around the corner of your accommodation. Since there are at least 6.8 (!) millions of Aussies who love to gamble from time to time, pubs are always full of people thus making them a great place where one can socialize, meet new people and discuss the latest news. On the other hand, it can also be a downside if you are more like of introvert person who doesn’t like crowded places. Let alone the fact that in such places it’s much easier to catch some illness (especially sticky ones like COVID). You also won’t be able to play any of the table games like Roulette or BlackJack in the pub. Your only option will be to try your luck in some of video poker machines (one of the most popular video poker games in Australia are Mega Jack HD and Jacks or Better).
You can see why pubs are so popular in Australia: there are more than 6 000 of them while only twenty casinos are spread across eight states and working hard to supply the demand of almost 6.8 millions of gamblers living on this continent! Downsides of land-based casinos are obvious here: one has to spend some of his time and income only to arrive at the place of destination. In some cases it might be time and money consuming (for example, if player is living far from the venue). But if you are going to the casino not only to play some pokies (although casino area is many times bigger than casual pub thus allowing to have much more pokie machines than some of the local pubs out there) but to have a great night in general then visiting some of the venues can really be worth the effort.
First of all, the main difference between casinos and pubs is that casinos have lots of side entertainments. Most of the casinos have their own hotels where ones can enjoy their stay if they came from different city or even country. Living in a hotel near the casino allows you to have a quick access to all of your favorite games at any time of the day since casinos are working round the clock. Also you can enjoy some SPA-services along with splashing in the swimming pool.
In case if you are a bodybuilding enthusiast you can always attend hotel’s gym and do some squats there after some long night of playing. Casinos have their restaurants and bars where visitors can try out various cuisines and delicious dishes along with some fancy drinks. But if this is not enough for you and you want more you can go move to the rhythms of the music: casinos in Australia can offer you some great nightclubs where people are drowning in neon lights and dancing until the early morning.
Bars and clubs are great choice to shake off the stress that player have built up while sitting in front of some Poker tables. You won’t get bored in casino since they constantly do different kind of live entertainment events like concerts and other stuff. Thus, even if you won’t get too lucky playing some Baccarat or pokies you can always have a great time in this kind of place. Some venues offer even completely exotic and nonstandard ways how one can spend his time there: for example, how do you like the idea of going to play pokies and right after that warm yourself up with a session of… mini-golf? Finally, location: many casinos are resort type of venues located two feet away from the stunning beaches.
Thus casinos, unlike the pubs, aren’t only about playing pokies and drinking liquors – they are huge entertainment complexes with award winning restaurants, luxury hotels, spa and clubs. Secondly, casinos offer way higher freedom of choice comparing to pubs: due to the size of the venues players can choose between hundreds of pokie machines. Finally, casinos are the only place where one can enjoy the session of Roulette or spend some time playing Baccarat.
Online casinos is one of the most convenient ways how Aussie can play his favorite games. Not only they have more games than all Australian casinos put together but they also offer much safer environment. You don’t have to worry about losing your ID card (or trying to remember to take it with yourself to the venue) either having potential problems with other customers. Now, when most of the venues got closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic thousands of Aussies choose to play online casinos. If you’ve never played an online casino before, now is a great time to start because every new customer gets special welcome bonus from the casino online.
Online mobile casinos
As the name suggests, mobile casinos are the casinos that one can play from his mobile device. They offer great flexibility since one now can play at any time and any place he wants. The only thing that mobile casinos require is an Internet connection (like any other online casino though). You don’t even need a high-end phone in order to play some Roulette or one of your favorite pokies – any of those games can be easily run even on a budget devices. And since now everyone has a phone in his pocket you can see why mobile casinos became so popular.