According to the stereotypes, if there are two things Australians love, it is sport and pokies. Now both of these terms have special meanings in the Land Down Under. For sport, forget about the football/soccer argument. Aussie Rules leads the way over any other type of football. Other popular sports include rugby, tennis and cricket.
As for pokies – that’s Australia’s own term for what the rest of the world calls slot games. They are popular at casinos, truck stops, cafes, and even online. It should really come as no surprise that some of the best online pokies in Australia are ones that have a sports theme. The following titles have acquired a following among sports-loving slots fans in Australia and the world over – how many of them have you tried?
Microgaming developed a “Star” series of sports themed slots over the past decade. It all started with Football Star, but the sister title Rugby Star attracts plenty of players in Australia. Few sports are as uncompromising and hard-hitting as rugby, and Rugby Star gives you all the adrenaline-filled action of the game itself. With 243 ways to win, you could end up with plenty to celebrate, too!
Australians have always been fascinated by Japanese culture, and sumo wrestling has a dedicated following. One of the nation’s great sporting heroes, cricketer Merv Hughes, was even nicknamed Sumo due to his imposing physique. Super Sumo by Fantasma games is, like Merv, something of a cult classic. The cartoon style graphics have a quirky appeal, and the game itself boasts features like sticky wilds, bonus scatters and an exciting free spins feature in which the rewards can really pile up.
Scudamore’s Super Stakes
Australia hosts some massive horse races throughout the year, including the legendary Melbourne Cup, which will take place at the beginning of November. There are several horse racing themed slot games out there, but this one, endorsed by former jockey and trainer Peter Scudamore, is probably the most popular among Australian casino players. There’s a retro look to the game, but the five reel format means there’s nothing old fashioned about the multiple ways to win. The Peter’s Classic Cup feature is a fun bonus event in which you have to try to pick out a winner.
Rod Laver, Margaret Court, Lleyton Hewitt – some of the best tennis players of all time have been Australian. Centre Court is another offering from Microgaming that combines the drama of sport with the thrills of a real money slot game. There are lots of extras and bonus features on this one, so it’s a good idea to find a site that lets you play it just for fun so you can get to grips with how everything works before you start playing with real money at stake.
These are just a few of the great sport-themed pokies that are popular both in Australia and the wider world. Have fun trying them out, and good luck!