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pokies /'poʊki:z/ 

(plural noun) (informal) Usage note: This is the usual term used by all speakers.

Poker (gambling) machines, often found in pubs and hotels in Australia. If a pub or hotel displays the sign ‘no pokies’ then it does not contain these machines.

Example: With the lure of flashing lights, thrilling sound effects and the promise of ‘striking it lucky’, it’s easy to forget the facts about pokies. (


Pokies at a hotel on Kangaroo Island in South Australia

(photo by Julia Miller)