The Northern Territory is renowned for the big red rock and desert landscapes, but when the temperatures soar a club, pub, or casino for a spin on the pokies offers respite. You can find a venue in cities and towns all over the NT, with the two land-based casinos located in Darwin and Alice Springs.
Online pokies sites alternatives
NT gambling laws
The Gaming Control Act and the Gaming Machine Act govern all electronic gaming machines and other gambling games in the Northern Territory.
Pokies are legal to install and play at pubs, clubs, hotels and casinos in the NT, with venue operators incurring fees for installation. There is also a cap of the number of pokies eligible to operate in the territory, with a maximum of 1852 allowed – this doesn’t include the poker machines at the land-based casinos, though. Hotels and taverns can only have up to 20 gaming machines per venue, while clubs can have up to 55. All venues must hold a relevant liquor licence to be able to offer gaming machines, too.
NT poker machine venues
The Northern Territory consists of two land-based casinos both featuring poker machines, as well as numerous pubs and clubs offering the games.
One of the two casinos is located in the capital city of Darwin, while the other is in Alice Springs. Darwin’s land-based casino is called the SkyCity Darwin and here you will find over 600 poker machines open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Alice Spring’s land-based casino is known as Lasseters and it offers over 300 machines available 24/7.
Both venues do not have a maximum capped limit on the gaming machines, whereas pubs and clubs have a $5 maximum limit per spin. The following venues are just a few of the available pubs and clubs with pokies in them around the territory.
- Adelaide River Inn – 106 Stuart Hwy, Adelaide River NT 0846
- Grove Hill Heritage – Goldfields Rd, Douglas-Daly NT 0822
- Gapview Resort Hotel – 123 Gap Rd, Alice Springs NT 0870
- Heavitree Gap Tavern – 1 Palm Circuit, Alice Springs NT 0870
- The Firkin & Hound – 21 Hartley St, Alice Springs NT 0870
- Todd Tavern – 1 Todd St, Alice Springs NT 0870
- Town & Country Tavern – 75 Todd Ml Alice Springs, NT 0871
- Uncles Tavern – 20 Gregory Terrace, Alice Springs NT 0870
- Barrow Creek Hotel – Davenport NT 0872
- Nguiu Club – Wurrumiyanga NT 0822
- Hidden Valley Tavern – Lot 1058, 644 Stuart Hwy, Berrimah NT 0828
- The Heartbreak Hotel – Cnr of Carpentaria and Tablelands Highways, McArthur NT 0852
- Daley Waters Historic Pub – 16 Stuart St, Daly Waters NT 0852
- Darwin Central Hotel – 21 Knuckey St, Darwin City NT 0800
- Discovery – 89 Mitchell St, Darwin City NT 0800
- Ducks Nuts Bar & Grill – 76 Mitchell St, Darwin City NT 0800
- Monsoons – 46 Mitchell St, Darwin City NT 0800
- Novotel Atrium Darwin – 100 The Esplanade, Darwin City NT 0800
- Precinct Tavern – 7 Kitchener Drive, Darwin City NT 0800
- Quality Hotel Frontier Darwin – 3 Buffalo Ct, Darwin City NT 0801
- Rorkes – 22 Smith St, Darwin City NT 0800
- Saville Park Suites Darwin – 88 The Esplanada, Darwin, Northern Territory 800
- Shenannigans Irish Pub – 69 Mitchell St, Darwin City NT 0800
- Squires Tavern / The Time Nightclub – 3 Edmunds St; Darwin, Northern Territory 0800
- The Cavenagh – 12 Cavenagh St, Darwin City NT 0800
- The Deck Bar – 22 Mitchell St, Darwin City NT 0800
- The Lizard Bar and Restaurant – 105 Mitchell St, Darwin City NT 0800
- The Tap on Mitchell – 58 Mitchell St, Darwin City NT 0800
- The Victoria Hotel – 27 Smith St, Darwin City NT 0800
- Throb – 1/64 Smith St, Darwin City NT 0800
- Wisdom Bar & Café – 48 Mitchell St, Darwin City NT 0800
- Litchfield Pub (Darwin River Tavern) – 365 Darwin River Rd, Darwin River NT 0841
- Elliott Hotel – 1 Stuart Hwy, Elliott NT 0862
- Glen Helen Resort Outback Hotel – 1 Namatjira Dr, Alice Springs NT 0872
- Hotel Darwin – 39 Mitchell Street Darwin NT 0800
- Howard Springs Tavern – 280 Whitewood Rd, Howard Springs NT 0835
- Humpty Doo Hotel Motel – Humpty Doo Hotel, Arnhem Hwy, Humpty Doo NT 0836
- Crossways Hotel – 23 Katherine Terrace, Katherine NT 0850
- Kulgera Roadhouse Hotel – LOT 2869 Stuart Hwy, Ghan NT 0872
- Schooner’s Bar & Grill – 51 Marina Blvd, Larrakeyah NT 0820
- Mandorah Beach Hotel – 11 Pak Pl, Wagait Beach NT 0822
- Corroboree Park Tavern – Marrakai NT 0822
- Threeways Roadhouse – Stuart Highway & Barkly Highway, Tennant Creek NT 0852
- Virginia Tavern – 30 Virginia Rd, Virginia NT 0835
Online pokies sites for NT players
If you can’t get to one of the two land-based casinos, or any of the pubs or clubs for a spin you can head online. We advise to do this anyway as the safe sites we recommend offer pokies with a higher Return to Player (RTP) percentage than their land-based counterparts. The minimum RTP for NT pokies in pubs and clubs is 85% and 88% for the casinos, while online pokies you’ll find with RTPs of 92-98%. Therefore, you are increasing your chances of winning. For hundreds of pokies with great payout rates, head to the online casino sites listed in the table at the top of this page.