Online pokies are a big part of the online casino gaming experience in Canada. More than 70% of the Canadians who choose to play casino games online, either on a desktop or a mobile device, have played at least once a slot machine in the past year.

And it’s not too surprising to be honest.

Why are pokies so popular?

Pokies have changed and grown a lot since the first one was invented back in the 1800s. The mechanical systems that operated them back in the day have been replaced by chipsets holding complex RNG softwares which perform millions of operations every second, making the games a whole lot more exciting and pushing the winnings way beyond what was expected in the past.

Each spin of the reels in an online pokie comes with the possibility of winning up to 20,000 times the value of your bet per spin. This means that depending on the slot machine you’re playing and the size of your wagers, your rewards can turn out to be rather breathtaking.

If we add progressive jackpots to the equation and the life-changing amounts that can be won by triggering them, the huge number of pokies available and the exciting mini-games and bonus features available in each one, it’s quite easy to understand why so many Canadians have come to fall in love with slot machines.

Each online slot has its own appeal and different people respond to it differently. Canadians have a pretty particular taste in terms of online pokies, so we went through the trouble of gathering as much data as possible in order to determine which slot machines are the ultimate Canadians’ favorites.

What are the most popular online pokies in Canada?

Like I said, while the number of available slots in online casinos goes well into the thousands, there are some pokies that stand out from the rest and hold a special place in Canadians’ hearts. Here’s the most beloved online slots in Canada.

1.   Goblin’s Cave – Playtech

Released back in 2012, Goblin’s Cave is a simple, but rather exciting game. It is well known for its extremely high payout ratio (99.32% RTP) and it’s a popular “classic” online casinos simply can’t afford not to have in their game collections.

While it doesn’t have a free spins feature, the bonus mini-game rewards players with more than enough prizes and keeps the game one of the most interesting and profitable ones in the eyes of Canada.

2.   Starburst – NetEnt

It would seem that 2012 was quite a good year for online slots, because the second game on our list was launched the same year as Goblin’s Cave. NetEnt created this simplistic, but exciting online pokie with 5 reels, 3 rows and 10 paylines, with a futuristic design that somehow still doesn’t look aged, even 10 years later.

The RTP stands at 96.09%, which is more than decent and the even more exciting fact about Starburst is that it gives players the option to win up to 5,000 times their wagered amount on a single spin.  Not bad at all.

3.   Private Eye – Microgaming

This classic from Microgaming has caught the “eye”- see what I did there?- of Canadians since it’s been launched. It features the already famous 243 ways to win payout scheme most Microgaming slots are blessed with, and advertises a maximum possible win of 25,000$ on a single spin.

On top of this, the pokie has a decent 96,5% payout ratio, features an exciting bonus game and a retriggerable free spins feature.

4.   Book of Ra – Novomatic

Probably one of the most played and beloved online (and offline) slots in the world, Book of Ra couldn’t have been forgotten on this list. Canadians have been in love with this Novomatic classic for decades now, and whether they play it online or in brick and mortar casinos, players always have great things to say about it.

Book of Ra is a 5-reel pokie with only 9 paylines, but it is capable of providing players with more than enough winnings and excitement.

5.   Sunrise Reels – Realistic Games

While its global success wasn’t as impressive, Canadians seem to have fallen in love with this slot in a particularly special way. It only features 3 reels and 5 paylines, but gives players the chance to win up to 12,000 credits on a single spin.

It clearly embraces the retro style and this could be part of its charm. The developers from Realistic Games clearly hit the jackpot with this slot, even though it has no special features.

6.   Mega Moolah – Microgaming

Responsible for some of the biggest progressive jackpots ever recorded in the history of online gambling, this Microgaming classic is one of the most played online pokies in the world.

The theme does look a bit aged, but considering that the game was launched by Microgaming back in 2006, it’s easily understandable. The 5 reels and 25 paylines make Mega Moolah a game that is really hard to ever get bored of. And even though the payout ratio is quite low (88,12%), the progressive jackpots that go well into the millions make it very attractive.

7.   Gonzo’s Quest – NetEnt

Another amazing game from NetEnt, Gonzo’s Quest has been a favorite for Canadians for many years now. It features pretty amazing graphics and a nice theme, a decent 96% RTP and a top win of 2,500 times the bet size.

As if that wasn’t enough, Gonzo’s Quest comes with an innovative cascading reels (avalanche) feature which makes each spin a thrilling adventure.

8.   Immortal Romance – Microgaming

Launched back in 2011, in the middle of the Twilight/vampire frenzy, Immortal Romance has quickly become a top choice for online casino players from all over the world.

Canadians have been no different in that aspect, quickly becoming fans of this 243 ways to win slot from Microgaming. With enough winning possibilities, bonus features and a pretty awesome design, Immortal Romance has kept Canadians entertained for almost ten years now.


Keeping this list of the Canadians’ favorite online pokies this short has been an immense effort. There are so many amazing pokies out there, with so many fans in Canada, there’s literally not enough time in a day to write about them all.

The fact that names like Avalon II, Thunderstruck, Jack and the Beanstalk, Break da Bank Again or Jurassic Park didn’t make the list is just a testament of Canadians’ dedication for the 8 pokies I described in more detail above.

Each of us has a different favorite, so if your favorite pokie is not on this list, don’t take it personally. Try the games i mentioned with an open mind and you will quickly understand why they are the top choices in Canada.