Why are pokies called pokies?
There are a couple of reasons why Australians refer to slot machines as pokies. First, that was the name reserved for video poker games that first appeared in Australian casinos. The slot machines soon followed and instantly became the most popular casino game among Australian gamblers. Since both of these gambling machines worked on the same principle, Aussies decided to call the slot games pokies as well. This affectionate name remained to this day.