G'Day Mate I’ve never been to Australia but I wouldn’t precisely be able to tell you why that is. The distance obviously factors in, but I have been to Japan which isn’t a world away  so that’s no excuse.  I’d also have an interest in visiting New Zealand so that would be an opportunity to ‘kill two birds with one stone’ should I have put plans in place. Plenty of friends have had  their own Aussie experience and loved it.  Weirdly Australian soaps (Neighbours and Home & Away) were massively popular here when I was growing up too, and so I intrinsically do feel at least some kind of connection to the country.

One thing I do know about Australians from my Aussie friends here though is that they love a good gamble. Whenever there’s a card game on the go with a bit of financial interest they are first in line!  And they are often telling me their casino stories of real money pokies and the like. Maybe there is a bit more of an upfront, daredevil attitude with Australians compared to more reserved nations . There is always good humour with it too, and so a healthy approach to fun!

All of that sunshine certainly can’t do our Aussie mates any harm either. None of those dull and rainy days and instead an almost perpetual Vitamin D dream of sun, sea and sand. It brings about a more positive outlook which certainly can’t hurt in life. There is no need to escape to sunnier climbs in winter months for Aussies considering that they experience good weather more than most anyway.

But of course life can’t always be lived outdoors, and as such especially in these tricky covid times indoor hobbies certainly have their place to. And as I said having a healthy ‘flutter’ can be a good option. Having a few spins of the roulette wheel or on the slots at online casino Australia can sometimes be the order of the day! We all need a break from the day today and our Aussie mates are no different in that regard!

 

 

 

2021: Groundhog Day I think many of us imagined that we’d wake up on January 1st 2021 and the world would have turned a corner on the more nightmarish components of 2020. No such luck though, as we’re stuck in the same mad mix of lockdowns and new variants with a springing of Stateside insanity thrown in for good measure of late. So, we’ve woken up to more of the same essentially. Let us hope that we can vaccinate our way out of this Groundhog Day experience.

For those not in the know, Groundhog Day is a fantastic Harold Ramis movie from the early 90s starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. The premise is that the character played by Murray wakes up to the exact same day again and again. Many came to see it as an apt metaphor for  reincarnation and the idea that we are reincarnated again and again until we find enlightenment. Within the movie the central character came to approach each day fearlessly.

Perhaps we should  all be adopting a similar attitude to an extent, as for many of us we’re living the same day, again and again, to the point that its much of a muchness. The central problem of course is that communities are essentially in lockdown. The local Casino that I used to enjoy frequenting has ‘shut up shop’ and so unless I’m going to get handy with a monkey wrench that’s a non starter. Much of life has moved online though, from shopping to education, and casinos are no different. More than ever playing online pokies real money is a welcome distraction from the trying times we’re in.

So as the early months of 2021 tick by, instead of focusing on the’ South African variant’, I’d be less inclined to dwell and more likely to play online slots South Africa. Most of us have a lot of time on our hands right now and so taking up a hobby or pastime (again online options like gaming perhaps, or going for walks locally) to distract from some of the more concerning realities is your best bet for having a good time right now!

 

 

Some of the most popular online games these days are themed slots, with movie and TV franchises getting involved with new slots to help their brand while oriental and adventure slots themes have been popular for a long time. Online Casinos like Mount Gold Casino offer a wide selection of themed slots that are worth checking out.

Most Popular Slot Themes

Themed Slots in the casino world

Players can enjoy a variety of themes in online slot games. It is up to you whether you prefer an adventure in the Wild West or taking part in your favourite movie scene. However, there are some themes that are in high demand and appeal to wide audience. Here follow some of the most popular slot themes.

The Orient

Chinese themed slots and those based on other parts of Asia have been among the most popular slots themes of recent times. It’s not difficult to see why: martial arts, dragons, geishas and beautiful nature make for attractive visual display and fascinating storylines.

The number 8 is considered a lucky number in Oriental culture, therefore you will see this number appear in such themed slot machines, for example 108 Heroes or 888 Dragons.

Ancient Egypt

In slot games set in Ancient Egypt you will find pyramids, pharaohs and sphinxes. In addition, games with this theme often contain hidden treasures, for example treasure chests on the reel or secret doors which you can only open in the bonus game. If you are looking for mystical and adventurous games, then try Book of Dead where you follow the adventures of Rich Wild, or Legend of the Nile with three separate bonus tracks.

Movies

Instead of watching a movie, you can transport yourself into an action-packed adventure or a funny comedy by choosing one of many movie themed slots. Thanks to licensing agreements with movie producers, game developers can produce slots with authentic images, music and video clips from featured films.

Themed Slots in the casino world

In Planet of the Apes, NetEnt collaborated with 20th Century Fox to create a slot game with 2 play areas (Rise and Dawn) based on the two movies Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Double the fun, with an abundance of bonus features. For something a little less intense, try Jumanji, based on the classic with Robin Williams.

The Classic Fruit Machine Theme

Classic fruit machines and Vegas casino slots remain incredibly popular with a lot of players, especially with those who value nostalgia and remember the good old days of these more basic games provided in bricks and mortar casinos. Fruit machines got their name thanks to the use of fruit symbols on the reels. On modern-day online fruit slots you will still see lemons, plums and cherries rolling past, along with perhaps some new additions such as bananas and pineapples.

Regardless of the brilliant character-based adventure games full of wonder, sometimes you just want to go with more traditional themed games such as Fruit Spin or Neon Fruit. It’s fun to mix things up, so maybe if you’ve got into slots in more recent times, go back in time and try some of the old school games.

Last but not least: the point of a themed game though, is that they offer for the player an interesting story, great entertainment and a much more rounded experience than simply spinning away in the hope of a win.Some of the most popular online games these days are themed slots, with movie and TV franchises getting involved with new slots to help their brand while oriental and adventure slots themes have been popular for a long time. Online Casinos like Mount Gold Casino offer a wide selection of themed slots that are worth checking out.

Most Popular Slot Themes

Players can enjoy a variety of themes in online slot games. It is up to you whether you prefer an adventure in the Wild West or taking part in your favourite movie scene. However, there are some themes that are in high demand and appeal to wide audience. Here follow some of the most popular slot themes.

The Orient

Chinese themed slots and those based on other parts of Asia have been among the most popular slots themes of recent times. It’s not difficult to see why: martial arts, dragons, geishas and beautiful nature make for attractive visual display and fascinating storylines.

The number 8 is considered a lucky number in Oriental culture, therefore you will see this number appear in such themed slot machines, for example 108 Heroes or 888 Dragons.

Ancient Egypt

In slot games set in Ancient Egypt you will find pyramids, pharaohs and sphinxes. In addition, games with this theme often contain hidden treasures, for example treasure chests on the reel or secret doors which you can only open in the bonus game. If you are looking for mystical and adventurous games, then try Book of Dead where you follow the adventures of Rich Wild, or Legend of the Nile with three separate bonus tracks.

Movies

Instead of watching a movie, you can transport yourself into an action-packed adventure or a funny comedy by choosing one of many movie themed slots. Thanks to licensing agreements with movie producers, game developers can produce slots with authentic images, music and video clips from featured films.

In Planet of the Apes, NetEnt collaborated with 20th Century Fox to create a slot game with 2 play areas (Rise and Dawn) based on the two movies Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Double the fun, with an abundance of bonus features. For something a little less intense, try Jumanji, based on the classic with Robin Williams.

The Classic Fruit Machine Theme

Classic fruit machines and Vegas casino slots remain incredibly popular with a lot of players, especially with those who value nostalgia and remember the good old days of these more basic games provided in bricks and mortar casinos. Fruit machines got their name thanks to the use of fruit symbols on the reels. On modern-day online fruit slots you will still see lemons, plums and cherries rolling past, along with perhaps some new additions such as bananas and pineapples.

Regardless of the brilliant character-based adventure games full of wonder, sometimes you just want to go with more traditional themed games such as Fruit Spin or Neon Fruit. It’s fun to mix things up, so maybe if you’ve got into slots in more recent times, go back in time and try some of the old school games.

Last but not least: the point of a themed game though, is that they offer for the player an interesting story, great entertainment and a much more rounded experience than simply spinning away in the hope of a win.

Your Game of Choice? It’s funny how we all have our own specific approach to the casino. With so many casino games on offer (roulette, blackjack, craps, baccarat, keno, the list goes on) and even tonnes of variants of certain popular games like Poker, you’d never know to look at someone which table they will make  a beeline for when they burst through the door. I have to confess for that the most part I’m a roulette man. It’s ths simplicity of it combined with the biding your time aspect to things. When your luck is in on the roulette wheel you simple feel like they can’t go wrong. When on the other hand its a slog, it’s a case of be patient and hang on in there.

My specific approach is to stick with maybe 2 or 3 numbers come what may. Sometimes this pays dividends, sometimes not but that’s how I play. On occasions I go the red or black route but its not my go-to method of play. To some of course this approach would bore them half to death. You know the types, those who lunge in at a roulette wheel scattering chips here, there and everywhere like their life depends on it, then has no reaction whatever ever regardless of the result. And let’s not forget the types who suddenly appear with a stack of clicks on one number of colour, then seem to almost disappear before the result has even come in.

We often head to the casino with our cousins, and they wouldn’t be seen dead on a roulette wheel. For them it’s all about three card poker and they’d had some pretty wild winning and losing runs over the years. Of course in today’s world there isn’t even any necessity to even heading to the casino to begin with as it can all be done online from the comfort of your own home. Even so, its definitely worth ever now and again heading to a bricks and mortar establishment if only to see the variety of approaches and funny characters that are all around you while you’re in such a place.