Australia has one of the highest rates of tablet and smartphone ownerships in the world. Nearly 4 out of ten Australians own a tablet, and iPads are often their first choice. Although not as high, the ownership rates in New Zealand are also significant, and are actually higher than the United States and China.
That’s a lot of tablets, and when you combine the fact that Australians gamble more than anyone else, it should come as no surprise to learn that online casinos and pokies in general (due to the country’s fascination with these colourful games) lead the way in the iPad App Store.
In this article we will take a look at the best pokies available to iPad users, concentrating on what is available to Australian customers whist also considering those in other countries.
Real Money Pokies
Although Australians and New Zealanders are not allowed to join, SkyBet, and in particular SkyVegas, has some of the best pokies around. SkyBet are backed by BSKYB, one of the richest corporations in the world, and they have some of the best customer service we have ever seen or heard of. On their SkyVegas site, which can be played through an iPad and an iPhone, players can take advantage of pokies such as Chain Reactors Super Trails, a fun and addictive little game with two small progressive jackpots, one huge jackpot and a free spin round; Sky Sports’ Slot, which is based on their sporting channel of the same name; and Sky Millions, which offers a colossal jackpot, even though it doesn’t have the best graphics or layout.
SkyBet also have some of the best bonuses and promotions in the business, and they were one of the only companies to offer a free £10 bet with no deposit required, an offer that didn’t come with any catches and was taken up by tens of thousands of players. SkyBet is only available to players in the United Kingdom and Channel Islands, but there are plans to change that, and this is definitely one worth keeping an eye on.
Royal Vegas Casino, which has always been on of our favourites, also has an iPad app. This works on both iPhones and iPads, and has a very impressive rating, offering the same features as the full software. Other favourites of ours that also have iPad compatibility are Platinum Play and Euro Palace, and all of these websites have significant bonuses and plenty of banking options, not to mention faultless apps that give mobile users all the benefits that desktop users have.
These sites use the Microgaming software, and if you can find any other site that uses it, then you’re good to go. Microgaming have many iPad specific apps, including Beach Babes, Treasure Palace and Slots of Gold. Created with the tablet in mind, these are very smooth and have a great feel to them. Some of them lack the features of full pokies that you would expect to find on the main Microgaming software, but that doesn’t apply to all of them and there are several very impressive pokies here. For something a little different, try Pharaoh’s Way or Major Millions.
Fun and Free Pokies
If you don’t have much (or any) money to bet, but still want to enjoy the thrill of pokies, then there are plenty of games available through iTunes and the App Store. Pokies — Slot Machine, developed by Ice Apps, is one of our favourites and was created with the iPad in mind, which means it isn’t just an blown-up version of an iPhone app. Some users have reported issues with this free game, but we didn’t have any and overall the ratings are very good. The in-app purchases are a little extortionate, but the game itself is very enjoyable.
Jackpot Joy also has a free pokies app. This is an online casino that focuses on the European market but is open to much of the world. We don’t recommend the real-money side of this site as it lacks some of the features of other online casinos, but it has plenty of good games and if you just want to mess around, without staking any real money, then you should definitely consider downloading this free app.