Why are pokies called pokies in Australia

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When it comes to a really interesting question many of us look for the most out there request, something with intrigue and excitement, but it is the most basic questions that capture the imagination sometimes.

Today we received a question that seems basic to the untrained eye, but it is one we feel utterly excited to answer, the question being “Why are pokies called pokies in Australia?”

So lets answer the question!

Why are pokies called pokies in Australia?

Well there is no clear and defined reason as to why we use the term pokies for slots, but we have a few well researched theories, well one well researched theory!

Firstly you have to understand the term slot is one used outside of Australia and within Australia it is a slang word for something rude on the females anatomy. This means that the companies advertising pokies needed a term other than the word slot.

Now we understand this, lets talk about the undocumented series of events that resulted in the term pokie.

Well, when pokies first came out they were called poker machines along with actual poker machines and this reference was because of the comment made earlier about slang usage of the alternative word from overseas.

Now we all know us Aussies love a good bit of slang and this meant over time the name poker machine got changed. This change saw the word pokie come about. It is said that people would say they were going for a beer and a game on the pokies as plural for poker machines. Over time the pokie developers caught on and decided to call their games pokies as a way of giving a different name between poker machines and pokies.

It doesn’t sound like a super interesting story, but it is huge when you think about the impact pokies have had on our lives!


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