Jul 02

Is there a trick to playing online slots? What you need to know.

Online casinos aren’t the shady, unreliable, slow-loading operations of decades past. At the turn of the century, internet gamblers didn’t really know what they were getting into. Now days, iGaming is a global industry, embraced by the tech-savvy, secured by government regulation. The games that were once questionably partisan are now certified fair by respected watch-dog services. Slot machine jackpots aren’t just for show. Multi-million dollar payouts really do happen. With the clandestine smoke of yesteryear cleared, and player apprehensions faded, there’s really only one question left. Are there any real tricks to beating online slot machines?

Is there a trick to playing online slots

Is There a Trick to Playing Online Slots?

I’ve been asked this more times than I can count. The answer is, “Yes and no”. It really depends on what you mean by “trick”. If you’re asking if there’s a way to swindle, deceive, or conspire against the online casinos to win money – to somehow cheat the system or trick a digital machine into paying more prizes – then the answer is a steadfast, “No”.

Not only would that be fraud, which is rightly illegal (and the very thing people were so upset with rogue online casinos for doing in the late 1990s), it would be impossible to succeed without getting caught. Technology is far more advanced these days. There are security systems monitoring everything that goes on at online casinos. If a game’s software malfunctions, by chance or by tampering, the payout is void. Leave any trace of evidence, and you’ll be in deep trouble before you know it.

Then there’s the noble variety of winning slot tricks…

Honorable Tricks to Beating Online Slot Machines

These aren’t deceptive tricks at all. They are the kind that come with great knowledge of the way iGaming software works. These tricks will increase your chances of winning, but will not break any laws or breach any moral codes in the process.

With that in mind, it’s important to understand that you cannot increase a slot machine’s payout percentage above 100%. The payout percentage is the theoretical return to player (RTP), a figure that represents how much a machine will return in winnings, compared to how much players bet on that machine. For example, a 97% RTP slot would pay back 97% of it’s intake (i.e. $97 for every $100 wagered).

That’s a theoretical figure, of course, and only holds true in the long-term, over the course of millions of spins. In the short term, a machine could pay more or less than its intended RTP – in some cases, a lot more or less. This is how players are able to beat casinos.

The other thing you need to understand is what “fair” means in the casino industry. Players like to think that “fair” means they have a 50/50 chance of winning or losing. That’s not the case. Fair simply means the casino isn’t cheating. Remember, casinos are businesses, and businesses have to make money. Thus, a 97% RTP slot machine guarantees, over time, that the casino will earn a 3% profit on all bets made on that game. And if the casino wins, then the players must collectively lose. Some will win, sure, but more will lose than win. And that is what is considered “fair”.

With this knowledge in tow, let’s take a look at 3 valid tricks for playing online slot machines.

#1 Know the RTP Before Playing Online Slots

This is one of the greatest advantages of playing slot machines online. Land-based casinos rarely reveal the RTP of their slot machines. They might say they have 98% RTP slots, but they won’t say which slots pay that high. It could just be a single slot, mixed in a sea of low-paying games. Online casinos, on the other hand, will almost always reveal the RTP of each game. If you find one that doesn’t, don’t play there. You can always find a better casino that does.

It should be your right as the customer to examine a game’s payout percentage, so that you can make an informed decision as to whether you should play or not. The best slot machines are always going to be the ones with the highest RTP. A game that pays out at 97.2% is more likely to be profitable than a game with a 94.3% RTP. Knowing what we know about the “fairness” of casino games, at the very least, you should be able to play a higher RTP slot machine longer than a low RTP slot, before your bankroll runs low.

Average Slot RTP and Where to Find It

The industry’s more reputable iGaming software labs will list each game’s RTP within its pay table info. If you don’t see it there, try going to the manufacturer’s website (Microgaming, NetEnt, Playtech, etc.) and look up the game title. Again, if it’s not easy enough to find, don’t play. It’s their loss, not yours.

The average RTP for online slots these days is about 96.15%. Anything above that is good – the higher the better. The only exception is progressive slots. Microgaming’s Mega Moolah, for example, is networked across a wide selection of games with RTPs ranging from 88.12% to 93.45%. Having a million dollar jackpot seed and an average hit rate of $6m every 8 weeks, it’s understandable that the RTP would be lower.

#2 Play High Volatility Slots, Carefully

Today’s slot machines have what we call “volatility”, or “variance”. A high-volatility slot machine does not hit winning combinations very often. However, when it does, the payout for those wins tends to be a lot better. A low-volatility game, on the other hand, will pay out very frequently, but in very small amounts – most often smaller than the amount you’re betting per spin.

The reason you should stick to slot machines with a high variance (or at least a medium variance) is because low-volatility slots are more likely to drain your bankroll dry. The wins you do hit won’t be very significant, which (purposely) convinces most players that they should just keep going. As they do, their bankroll slowly bleeds out. They get a good deal of entertainment for their wagering dollars, as the game tends to last longer, but the chance of profitability is slim to none.

If entertainment value is your goal, by all means play the low-volatility slots. But if you really are hoping to strike a big win, it’s the high-volatility slots you should be playing.

Remember, I said to play these games “carefully”. That’s because your bankroll is going to drop faster between winning spins. Make sure you have enough money to play with that you can spin the reels at least 100 times (i.e. minimum $100 bankroll at $1 per spin). Anything less, and the probabilities are stacked against you.

#3 Don’t Get Greedy, a Small Profit is Better than None

You have to go into your online casino experience with realistic expectations. Set a reasonable profit goal, maybe 15-20%. That might sound low, but when you consider the casino is happy to earn just 1-3%, not only is 15-20% more than reasonable, it’s actually rather high. Even blackjack players, who play games with average 0.5% RTP or better, rarely expect to make more than 10% in a session. Fortunately, slot variance makes it more reasonable to shoot for up to 20% profit.

If you hit your win margin, cash out and walk away. This is the most neglected trick to playing online slots. Most people get caught up in the excitement of the win, and lose sight of the real goal – to actually win something. If you keep going, you’re only helping the casino to reach its inevitable long-term goal of beating you.

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May 10

Microgaming’s Absolootly Mad Mega Moolah pays ‘absolutely huge’ world record online slot jackpot worth €19.43 million

Enormous jackpots are nothing new to Microgaming, its software-licensed casinos, or the countless players who access them. Microgaming is especially famous for its online slot machine jackpots; in particular, the Mega Moolah. That progressive network has paid out so much money, on so many occasions, it’s earned the rightful nickname, the “Millionaire Maker”. Now, it’s becoming just as well known for breaking online progressive jackpot records. Before long, we’ll be calling it the ‘World Record Setter’.

Another World Record Online Slot Jackpot

In a press release issued last week, Microgaming confirmed that one of its Mega Moolah networked online slots was responsible for paying out a new world record jackpot. The game that unleashed the massive prize was Absolootly Mad, a game released hardly a year ago. The “absolutely huge” jackpot it paid was worth a mind-blowing €19,430,723.60.

That life-altering sum of money was paid to one very lucky Belgian member of the Napoleon Sports & Casino online and mobile gaming operation. While the numerical value may not seem as high as the January 2019 payout of $20,057,734 to a Canadian player at Zodiac Casino, the currency conversion rate (Euro versus CAD) makes this latest strike more valuable.

As is often the case with virtual gambling prizes of such size, the winner has chosen to remain anonymous. However, he did provide a few juicy details worth passing on. The lucky Belgian chose to make a small deposit at Napoleon Casino after hearing of another player who’d won two million on the site. His intuition was definitely on point.

On April 27, he was spinning the reels of the Absolootly Mad Mega Moolah Slot when fate rained down upon him with ultimate favour. The randomly triggered bonus wheel game activated, and spun to a stop on the Mega sized prize of €19.43 million.

The fortunate winner found it hard to describe his feelings at that exact moment, saying only that he felt utterly overwhelmed by the experience. Never did he even dare to dream of winning a jackpot of world record-breaking magnitude.

Microgaming / Napoleon “Abbsolootly” Delighted

Both Microgaming and Belgium’s Napoleon Group were quick to acknowledge and congratulate their monumental winner. In last week’s press release, Microgaming CEO John Coleman was up first.

“We’re absolootly (sic) delighted to see Mega Moolah make history once again with its latest record-breaking win, and what an incredible win it is – €19.4 million!”, Coleman enthused. “That’s the largest jackpot payout in an online slot of all time. Congrats to the player, and well done to Napoleon Sports & Casino on their second Mega jackpot win on our network in as many weeks.”

Tim De Borle, CEO of Napoleon Sports & Casino, commented on the new record online slot jackpot as well.

“This is a historic day for Napoleon Sports & Casino. We are completely over the moon. The winner of the Mega Moolah jackpot read about our player winning €2 million+ with the WowPot and pursued his own dreams and luck on the other Microgaming jackpot-giant Mega Moolah,” he said. “It almost feels like our site has become “the home of the jackpot“. This record breaking jackpot is the absolute highlight of the amazing partnership we have with Microgaming.”

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Apr 23

Canadians go wild for new wildlife slot machines at online casinos.

Of all the different genres of casino games, there’s nothing that quite compares to slot machines. They are the most popular of all games in the world, occupying vastly more floor-space than all other gambling amusements combined, despite the fact that a slot cabinet takes up far less space than any single blackjack, baccarat, craps or roulette table ever could. More importantly, slots are so unique that they are capable of being developed with limitless styles, themes and payout schedules. They are the only casino games available that can pay out millions of dollars for a single play, for a cost of nothing more than pocket change.

New Wildlife Slot Machines at Canada Online Casinos

Slot machines with a wilderness motif have long captured the hearts of Canadian gamblers. Not only do we love the outdoors, we have access to an abundant variety of nature’s finest; for many of us, right outside our doorstep. IGaming studios like IGT, the world’s largest creator of physical and digital slot machines, are catering to that distinct love with more new wildlife themed slots than ever.

Kodiak’s Roar Slot by WMS / IGT

Kodiak's Roar Slot

Kodiak’s Roar is a new 5×4 reel, 1024 ways video slot from the creative minds of WMS, subsidiary of IGT. It’s loaded with features, has a max payout potential of x2,500, and offers a medium-high volatility that any true slots fan can appreciate. Its 96.2% RTP is on point with today’s average for online slots.

Aesthetically speaking, Kodiak’s Roar has a lot to offer wildlife fans. It’s main symbol is, of course, the roaring Kodiak bear. A calmer, watchful Kodiak is the wild. Other nature-themed symbols include a moose, owl, red fox, and the bear’s favorite afternoon snack, salmon.

Safari Sam 2 by Betsoft

Safari Sam 2 Slot

If you prefer something a little more off the beaten path – or at least, farther from home – Betsoft’s new Safari Sam 2 might do the trick. Launched in April 2021, it’s a suped-up sequel to the original 2012 release. This 5×3-reel video slot takes players on an adventure into the wild plains of Africa. It comes with a medium volatility, max payout of x505, and an average RTP of 96.3%. All this can be yours for a bet range of $0.20 to $100 per spin.

The game’s 3D animated graphics are a big selling point, following the adventures of Safari Sam and his trusty female sidekick. It comes with two main features – Call of the Wild and Free Spins. Call of the Wild is random, filling up to 4 reels with all wilds. 3, 4 or 5 Acacia Tree Scatters award 7, 12 or 20 free games, during which Call of the Wild triggers on every spin.

Shimmering Woods Slot by Play’n Go

Shimmering Woods Slot

Step into the Shimmering Woods, where magical crystals grow, delighting the enchanted creatures of the forest. Released in March 2021 by Play’n Go, this traditional 5×3 reel slot comes with 243 ways to win, a medium-high variance, and a profit-potential of x25,000 the bet size. Unfortunately, the RTP comes in on the low side at just 94.2%.

The base game is all about the beauty of the forest and the radiant crystals that grow from its foliage. During free spins, the reels have the potential to split from 5×3 to 5×6, boosting the paylines to as high as 7,776 ways to win, multiplied by a Cascading Wins feature.

Buffalo Hold and Win by Booming Games

Buffalo Hold and Win Slot

Netxt up on our wily wildlife-themed slots list is Buffalo Hold and Win, an adventurous 5×3 reel, 25 payline video slot with the ability to pay up to x1,000 coins in a single play. This is a high volatility slot, so the wins don’t come often, but when they do, they tend to pay in large amounts. However, it does have a slightly below average RTP of 95.91%.

The buffalo theme is one the online slots industry has put through the ringer more times than just about any other theme. It’s a simple matter of supply and demand – players demand it, so developers keep on supplying it. This one’s packed with free spins, a hold and win bonus game, and a quick hit feature.

Jaguar Super Ways by Bad Dingo

Jaguar Super Ways Slot

Bad Dingo is a small, independent studio that teamed up with Yggdrasil to build interactive slot with the latter’s patented SuperWays slots feature. Jaguar Super Ways draws players deep into the jungle, where wild cats and exotic creatures rule the land. It’s default 5×3 reels can expand up to 9×9, increasing to as many as 387,420,489 ways to win. A relatively generous 96.25% RTP combines with a medium volatility to award a massive max win of x22,457 on a single spin, costing anywhere from $0.40 to $10 per play.

Jaguar Super Ways runs on the Cacading Wins mechanic, exploding all winning symbols to fill the reels with new ones, creating up to 15 simultaneous wins on a single spin. While that’s enjoyable to watch when luck befalls, this game really falls back on its Super Ways feature – by far the most prominent aspect of the game. Jaguar paws randomly appear across the reels to trigger the feature, highlighted by a 3×3 Mega Paw symbol and the ability to open up all 9×9 reels and max pay ways.

Jaguars Super Ways was launched exclusively at Unibet Casino on April 1, 2021, and makes its way to all Yggdrasil powered online casinos on May 21.

Mega Moolah (Safari) by Microgaming

Mega Moolah Jackpot Poised to Pay at least $12.7 Million

This last one’s not new. In fact, it’s one of the oldest surviving slots on the iGaming market today, released by Microgaming circa 2006. It’s the industry’s most celebrated, highest-paying, millionaire-making progressive. The Mega Moolah is the harbinger of safari-style wildlife slot machines at online casinos, responsible for paying more than $1 billion in progressive prizes to date.

You can learn more about Microgaming’s famous Mega Moolah and other progressive online slots here.

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Feb 06

NetEnt unveils communal rewards system with its revolutionary new Starburst PowerPots jackpot network.

NetEnt Unveils Communal Rewards with Starburst PowerPots Jackpot

Imagine playing a slot machine with a progressive jackpot for hours, days, weeks, maybe even months, only to discover some other player has come along and unleashed that massive, life-altering jackpot prize. For many of us, this isn’t hard to imagine at all. It happens all the time. Countless players contribute to a progressive jackpot in hopes of claiming its bounty, but only one can be the lucky winner.

What if there were a way to guarantee that you would at least share in a slice of that oh-so-sweet jackpot pie? That’s the exact question the visionaries at NetEnt asked themselves before coming up with the revolutionary concept of Starburst PowerPots. It is a jackpot network that rewards every single one of its contributors – not just one lucky person who pressed the right button at the right time.

NetEnt Unveils Starbusrt PowerPots Jackpot Network

Don’t get too excited, now. This is not a sequel to NetEnt’s astronomically popular Starburst Online Slot. It is, however, a shameless exploitation of that immensely famous title. If you want to plug a new product, what’s the harm in naming it after your most celebrated product? It got your attention, didn’t it?

But alas, no, this is not a new game. It is a jackpot network that can be attached to a game. Not just the Starburst slot, either, but any jackpot-worthy game in the NetEnt portfolio. I’ve no doubt it will grace the facade of the namesake slot at many of the software brand’s partner casinos. But the fact is, this jackpot can be attached to pretty much any game those casinos want to slap it on. In fact, NetEnt is lauding this as one of their most customizable creations to date.

The Starbusrt PowerPots network allows licensing operators to tamper with the volatility of its release trigger, thereby catering to different types of players. NetEnt designed the platform with maximum customization in mind, allowing operators to choose from “multiple RTP configurations, contributions and prize set ups”. The network’s interface can also be molded to suit any casino’s brand.

As NetEnt Director of Games, Bryan Upton, explains it:

This product can fit into any operator’s portfolio and deliver any experience, from large life changing prizes to super-fast hitting jackpots.”

Starburst PowerPots Games w/ Community Jackpot

The PowerPots jackpot comes with a unique progress bar. As players collectively spin the reels of any games that feature the jackpot network, that progress bar fills up. Once it reaches capacity, the community jackpot is paid out, and everyone who contributed to that progress will earn their fair share of the prize. Players don’t have to be online to win, either. All contributors will receive their winnings directly into the casino account they used to play Starburst PowerPots games.

Upton went on to explain how they came up with the idea, and why NetEnt’s executives ran with it. “Starburst PowerPots was developed in line with our customers’ and players’ expectations,” he said. Their crew infused everything from popular art assets (the Starburst brand), to proven mechanics (everyone’s a winner), to create the revolutionary new Starbusrt PowerPots Jackpot. The end result was a “simple” yet “compelling” feature that’s sure to impress casino operators and players alike.

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Jan 21

iGaming Gold: Remarkable Casino Software Providers of 2020

iGaming Gold: Remarkable Casino Software Providers of 2020

For more than twenty-five years now, internet gambling has been growing, shifting, evolving into one of the world’s largest eCommerce industries. In that time, we’ve seen a massive explosion of casino games, the software companies that build them, and – of course – the number of players that log on to enjoy them.

Hundreds of digital games creators have entered this market in that time. Most of them didn’t survive, but more than enough have. Some thrive on quantity; others on quality. Then there are those who make a name for themselves by producing unique content – something outside the box – something that makes players stop and think, “Whoa… that’s different!”

Remarkable Casino Software Providers of 2020

Today’s write up is dedicated to the online casino software developers that have changed the way we gamble online; not just ten or twenty years ago, but those that continue to do so in 2020. I’m talking about the ones that make iGaming the mega-sized entertainment industry that it is today. So without further ado, here are the top five digital game changers operating in the global online casino business.

#1 Microgaming

Microgaming Online Casino Games

I know what you’re thinking. Microgaming is old. Microgaming represents what the iGaming industry used to be. You’re not wrong, but there’s so much more to it than that. Yes, Microgaming laid the foundation for online casinos, with roots dating all the way back to 1994. This company had a hand in the development of the world’s very first genuine online casino in 1996. But Microgaming is no has-been. To this day, the Isle of Man-based company is producing – or at least commissioning the production of – world class gaming content.

Most of all, I have to commend them for their foray into exclusivity contracts. Microgaming has commissioned a throng of small companies (ones that could never thrive on their own) to develop games just for their Quickfire platform. Not only has it increased the production rate of Microgaming’s vast portfolio, it’s bringing fresh ideas and features to the iGaming community. And let’s not forget Microgaming’s ever-rewarding Mega Moolah online slot; the only online progressive to seed at $1,000,000.

#2 Evolution Gaming

Evolution Gaming Best Live Casino for Mobile

Evolution Gaming has brought about a true evolution in iGaming. After launching their first “live casino” product in 2006, this company has managed to produce live dealer games in beast-mode. They have the best software, the best hardware, the best game variety, and by far the most impressive trophy case of any casino software brand in the world. Evolution has been named the eGR Live Casino Supplier of the Year for 10 years running, and I have no doubt they’ll claim yet another this year.

#3 NetEnt

Gonzos Quest by NetEnt

For the last twenty years, NetEnt (formerly Net Entertainment) has delivered the full iGaming package, and then some. That extra effort has gone towards the fabrication of some of the most immersive 3D slot machines ever to hit the virtual shelves. They wowed us with Gonzo’s Quest in 2011, and teased us with Gonzo’s Quest VR, slated for release in 2020. They are responsible for the Starburst slot, which has, for seven years, popped in and out of the ‘most popular slot machine game’ position. At time of writing, it’s back at #1. Long story short their focus on 3D graphics and immersive game play is unparalleled.

#4 Habanero Systems

Habanero Systems Slot Machines

It was only a few years ago that Habanero Systems erupted onto the market. They were looking for a niche, and they found it in a unique concept – storytelling. Every slot machine they create comes with a complete backstory. Players who don’t skip the intro are drawn into the plot of each game, giving them more reason to play than winning or losing money. They combine this skill with HTML5 programming, impressive 3D visuals, and proven features.

#5 Playtech

Playtech has been making games almost as long as any of their competitors. Most of their games are on par with the industry standard, but there is one thing that sets them apart from all other casino software providers. Playtech has built some of the world’s most interesting license-branded slot machines. Sure, Microgaming has the Jurassic Park and Playboy Slots series, and NetEnt has Vikings and Guns N’ Roses, but I believe Playtech has the more impressive portfolio overall (and those other companies are already on this list, anyway).

DC Comics Slots from Playtech

Playtech brought us The Matrix, Rocky, Kong, Gladiator, Top Gun, American Dad, and a multitude of super-hero branded games, inlcuding a complete series of Superman titles, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern, just to name a few.

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Nov 02

What kind of live and/or online slot machine player are you?

Categorical Cacophony of Live and Online Slot Machine Player Types

There are all types of slots players out there. I don’t mean the types who play in land-based casinos, versus those who play online. I’m referring to categorizations based on game types, spending limits, and what exactly draws a person to the machines they play.

Below are the five main categories I’ve come across. Every player seems to fit into one of these groups. Some of you may fit into more than one, but if you don’t think you fit into any of them, odds are you either don’t play the slots much, or you’re in denial about the reality of your gambling situation.

Live & Online Slot Machine Player Types

#1 The Vulture

The vulture is an all-too-common type of player who stalks a machine, waits for it to become available, and dives on it the moment it does. This player lurks around the casino floor, watching and waiting patiently. They will find a machine that has been played for an extended period of time without delivering any substantial payout, then wait however long it takes for it to become available. This is a dangerous way to play for several reasons.

The vulture can become very annoyed if a machine they’re waiting on suddenly pays out before they get their hands on it – as if they’ve been robbed after investing so much time, and an angry gambler is never a good gambler. If convinced enough that their method is effective, once this player does get their hands on that machine, they are likely to revert to the next player type – The Over Achiever.

#2 The Over Achiever

This player is so thoroughly entranced in their game that they will continue playing and playing, refusing to walk away until they finally win a good amount of money, or (more often) go broke trying. They are under the (false) impression that the machine must be ready to strike, simply because it hasn’t paid out in a while, and of course if they walk away the machine will be intercepted by a Vulture who will win their big payout.

Be careful, over achievers! You lose more money than any other slots player, except maybe The Believer

#3 The Believer

This is similar to the type who above, who believe they are “due” for a win, except that the Believer is convinced that they can “manifest” a win, simply by believing it will happen. There are a lot of “new age” people out there that fall into this category, and I assure you, they are not all millionaires. Just as they believe they will win, they come up with other beliefs as for why they didn’t – at least, not this time.

Hope and faith are the foundation of so many people’s lives. But if your hope and faith lie in the belief that you’re going to strike it rich on a live or online slot machine, it may be time to reevaluate your priorities.

#4 The Strategist

This player is out to beat the system. They read every pay table, only choosing games with an above average return to player (RTP) and/or a massive progressive jackpot so high that it actually pushes the RTP scales northward. A strategist knows how many coins to bet to qualify for features and jackpots, and bets exactly the required amount. They tend to choose high volatility slots, starting with a large enough bankroll to play for an extended period of time.

Being a strategist isn’t a bad thing, so long as you carry some recognizable traits of The Realist.

#5 The Realist

Having a realistic perception of slot machines is the best way to play. This live and/or online slot machine player knows that the games are more entertaining than profitable. They know that they are more likely to lose than win. They are prepared for this reality, only spending what they can afford, and stopping when they are ahead. These players are more likely to enjoy games with interesting features and/or relatable themes to maximize entertainment value.

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Aug 30

Take to the high seas with the Dread Pirate Oakley in Kalamba’s new Caribbean Anne Slot.

Sail with the Dread Pirate Oakley in Kalamba's new Caribbean Anne Slot

Okay all you history buffs, I have a question for you. Did you ever wonder, “What if Annie Oakley were a pirate?” She was one heck of a sharpshooter, and gained national fame as such while traveling with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show in the late 1800s, but she was no criminal. I have to assume, based on the title and imagery of their online slots creation, the developers at Kalamba Games pondered this very question.

Kalamba Games is a small, independent digital games studio based out of Malta and Krakow. Founded in late 2016, the company has a low-key portfolio of just over two dozen slot machine titles. With a focus on player engagement and retention, they’ve produced some interesting games over the years, but none caught my eye as quickly as this one.

It’s called Caribbean Anne, and features a long, brown-haired female pirate as the lead character, expertly wielding a pair of ornate revolvers. Shes no merchant ship’s captain, as clearly defined by the jolly roger on her hat, and her crew of scalawags do not appear ill-equipped to take on an enemy ship, should their treasure-hunting adventures be so rudely interrupted.

The resemblance is uncanny, is it not? Aye, to me it be obvious this ship is captained by none other than the Dread Pirate Oakley!

New Caribbean Ann Slot from Kalamba Games

Caribbean Ann is a 5×4 video slot with 40 bet lines, a high volatility, and to Kalamba’s valuable credit, an above average RTP of 97.83%. That alone is reason to draw educated online slots fans to the table. Throw in a treasure trove of features, and this game has enormous potential.

Caribbean Anne Online Slot Machine

The highest paying symbols are the Wild wheel and Anne’s trusted 4-man crew, featuring her hook-handed first mate, dagger wielding defenseman, compass toting navigator, and cleaver bearing chef. Playing card values of A, K, Q, J, 10 and 9 make up the lower paying symbols. Now on to the good stuff – features.

Caribbean Ann Features

Kalamba Games productions are known for their Hyper Bonus, Hyper Bet and Bonus Jackpot features. You’ll find them all in the Caribbean Anne Online Slot, along with Free Spins, Locking Multiplier Wilds and a 4-tier progressive jackpot.

HyperBet: The HyperBet feature is as in-game elective. Players can increase their bet size, thereby increasing the HyperBet multiplier to as high as 5x, and the number of free spins to 14. Increasing the HyperBet Level from 1 to 2, 3, or 4 progressively increases the game’s volatility and RTP.

HyperBonus: This feature allows players to pay a large wager in exchange for triggering the free spins bonus. It’s not cheap, but if the stars align beyond the navigator’s sextant, it could result in a huge win.

Free Spins: Aside from paying to activate the HyperBonus, free games are triggered by landing 3 or more pirate ship bonus scatters. During free games, all wins pay at 2x. Special cannon ball symbols can appear, awarding +1 free spin for each. Collection Wilds and Locking Multiplier Wilds are active throughout the feature.

Collection/Accumulation Wilds: Caribbean Anne is a special wild symbol known as an Accumulation Wild. Whenever she appears, the frame around the position locks. This reel position continues to spin like all others until the 10th spin, when Locking Multiplier Wilds trigger.

Locking Multiplier Wilds: The value of these wilds depends on the player’s bet size (HyperBet Level), scaling up to 5x. When Accumulation Wilds appear, their frame locks in place. After every 10 spins in the base game, all locked frames transform into Multiplier Wilds.

Bonus Jackpot: There are four jackpots; the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. During free spins, Jackpot symbols can appear. The number of Jackpot symbols that land in a single spin will determine the jackpot paid, if any. It takes 7-8 jackpot symbols to unleash the bronze jackpot, 9-13 for the silver, 14 for the gold, and 15+ for the platinum.

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Jul 26

Prince George couple wins largest Powerbucks progressive jackpot.

Powerbucks Progressive Slot Pays Record $2.1M Jackpot

The Powerbucks™ slot machine network packs one heck of a punch! Carrying a progressive jackpot that’s linked across gaming machines in four provinces of Canada, the prize pool grows at an impressive rate. And then, one day, without warning, some lucky player spins the reels, aligning the symbols just right to unleash all that pent up wealth.

That’s exactly the situation one very lucky slots player from British Columbia found themselves in earlier this month. Two Saturdays ago, she and her husband spent the evening at their local casino playing one of the regions most popular slot machine series, the Powerbucks™ progressive. She wasn’t just one more lucky player who hit a life-altering jackpot. This player won the…

Largest Powerbucks Progressive Jackpot Ever!

Who is this fortunate slots-spinning casino enthusiast? Her name is Marlyne Dumoulin, and she won’t be soon forgotten in her home town of Prince George. That name is going to be engraved in the BC Lottery Corp’s record books for some time after she won a record-breaking $2,152,860.

Prince George Slots Player Wins Largest Powerbucks Progressive Jackpot

“I was just in shock,” said Mrs. Dumoulin, who was playing the Powerbucks slot machine at Treasure Cove Casino on Saturday, July 13,after an afternoon golfing with her husband, Andy, when the unimaginable occurred. It was so unimaginable, in fact, that in Marlyne’s mind, there were a few less digits on display when the prize flashed across the screen.

“I thought I had won $2,100,” explained the fortunate winner, “but my husband who was sitting beside me said he thought it was a lot more than that.”

She went on to describe the night as being “so surreal … I wasn’t able to sleep or eat for the first two days. I actually have bandages on my fingers from chewing my fingernails.”

More than a week after the big strike, Marlyne and Andy sat down with Treasure Cove’s Amanda Chandler for a quick chat about that memorable Saturday night.

Marlyne and Andy Dumoulin of Prince George win Largest Powerbucks Progressive Slot Jackpot

Marlyne told Amanada, thinking back on that fateful evening, “My heart was racing, we were sweating, we both cried. It was unreal.” Still in shock, they decided to spend the night in the hotel next door, giving them time to calm down and figure out what to do next.

By the next day, they had a plan. The happy and soon-to-be very wealthy couple drove to Kamloops where they purchased a motor home, then waited for the imminent phone call from the BC Lottery Corp. When the phone rang, they were told to head to the BCLC Prize Claim Centre the next morning, where they picked up their cheque for more than $2.1 million and celebrated the record-setting payout.

“Everyone treated us so well,” recalled Marlyne. “From the staff here at the Treasure Cove to lotteries in Kamloops.” Now days, she and Andy are retired and taking it easy; enjoying their new-found financial freedom as Canada’s latest millionaires.

As for Amanda, she was pleased beyond measure to have been a part of their experience. “They truly are the nicest, very deserving people and we couldn’t be happier to celebrate this history making win with them,” she said.

Powerbucks Jackpots Available in Four Provinces

Powerbucks progressive jackpot slot machines, developed by IGT, are available in four Canadian provinces, including British Columbia, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and Quebec. Each of those areas hosts the games in their local casinos, as well as the provincially run online casinos of BC and Manitoba.

The Powerbucks jackpot reseeds at $1,000,000 each time it’s struck, and continues to grow with each spin of the reels until it is won. Our deepest congratulations go out to the Dumoulins on their fantastic fortune!

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Jun 14

Saskatoon man wins $1.14M Vault Breaker Jackpot.

What’s it like to go from week-to-week pay cheques to instant millionaire? That’s a question every slot machine fan from Nunavut to New Guinea has asked themselves. We dream about it all the time. But for one very lucky Saskatoon man, it’s not longer a dream. It’s a heart pounding, life altering reality.

Saskatoon Man Celebrates $1.14M Vault Breaker Jackpot Win

That man is Kevin Olsen, an average working Joe from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. His life is anything but average now after collecting a little more than one million dollars on the push of a button. That button just happened to be connected to the Western Canadian Lottery Corporation‘s (WCLC) immensely popular VLT jackpot game, Vault Breaker.

Olsen Scoops $1.14M Vault Breaker Jackpot

The Saskatoon man’s epic windfall is a story for the ages. Mr. Olsen was winding down at the Coachman Beverage Room in Market Mall on the evening of Sunday, June 9. He was seated in front of one of the province’s relatively new Vault Breaker video lottery terminals, spinning the reels for small increments when the most incredible thing happened.

Kevin Olsen unleashed the game’s 7-figure grand jackpot! In the blink of an eye, he was $1,149,131.61 richer.

“I was in total disbelief!” Olsen told WCLC media reps when he arrived to collect his winnings and take his obligatory photo with the cardboard cheque.

“I called my sister and told her I won $1.14 million,” Olsen recanted the story of that memorable evening. “She couldn’t believe it. I guess the good news travelled fast because soon the rest of my family was at the Coachman celebrating with me.”

No doubt it was a night the Olsen family and everyone at the Coachman that night will remember for a long, long time to come.

When asked what he planned to do with his new found wealth, Kevin had a few ideas. “I’m going to pay some bills and try to invest the majority of it”, he said. Mr. Olsen won’t be quitting his day job just yet, but he does believe “retirement might actually be in sight” thanks to his fortuitous win.

“I’ll keep working for now, but maybe not quite as hard,” he quipped.

Vault Breaker VLT Pays $7.1M in 2 Years

The Vault Breaker video lottery terminal has become quite popular since the WCLC introduced it in 2017. It is limited to Saskatchewan, with approximately 4,200 networked machines dotting the provincial map. The game’s jackpot seeds at $500,000 each time it’s won, and grows from there each time it’s played, until another lucky winner strikes the big prize.

The Vault Breaker Jackpot comes in three levels – Mini, Major and Grand. Each is guaranteed to strike by the time it reaches its maximum level. The Mini pays anywhere from $100 to a max of $500. The Major will pay $1,000 to a max of $5,000. The Grand starts at $500k and is guaranteed to strike before exceeding its maximum payout of $1,500,000.

To date, 8 players have triggered the Grand Jackpot, with cumulative prizes totaling more than $7.1 million to date. Vault Breaker’s largest payout was its first grand release of $1,224,014.81, awarded to Judith Kaprinka in December 2017. Olsen’s win last weekend resets the jackpot back to $500k.

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May 28

Gambling Money Matters: Exploring all the different types of slot machines online.

There are many more types of online slot machines than you may realize. For instance, did you know that 5 reel slots and video slots are not the same thing? I didn’t know this for years, until I came to understand what sets them apart. It’s not just about graphics and back stories, but the amount of money you can expect one to pay out versus another.

Gambling Money Matters: Exploring the Different Types of Slot Machines Online

Today we’ll be exploring the four main groups of slots found online. Your choice of game type will effect the two most important aspects of your gambling experience – entertainment value and profit potential. If your gambling money matters, this is one lesson you need to learn.

Different Types of Slot Machines

The four basic types of slot machines include:

  • Classic 3-reel slot machines
  • Modern 5-reel slot machines
  • Progressive jackpot slot machines
  • Video slot machines

Let’s take a closer look…

Classic 3 Reel Slots

Classic 3 Reel Slot Machine

The obvious distinguished in these games is the presence of 3 reels, as opposed to the more common 5-reel variety found today. In the early- to mid-1900s, 3 reel slots were all the rage. They were extremely easy to understand, and their reels took up little space, allowing manufacturers to easily import a clear pay table directly on the main screen.

This was supremely important in those days since multi-screen technology wasn’t nearly so advanced as it is today. Simplicity was the key to driving player participation, and it worked like a charm! Even today, 3 reel slots rely on simplicity, they have fewer symbols, and with a maximum of 9 pay lines, they are cheaper to play. For nostalgic players on a budget, you can’t beat a good 3-reel slots game.

Modern 5 Reel Slots

5 Reel Slot Machines

It didn’t take long for slots manufacturers and casinos to realize they could make a lot more money off 5-reel slot machines. More pay lines meant more coins going in. Even with the same average return to player (RTP) as 3-reel games, higher bets produce higher yield for the casinos, so it’s no wonder 98% of all modern games depict 5 spinning reels.

Having so many symbols, they come in a much wider variety of themes. Some depict traditional fruits with bells, bars and 7s. Others may revolve around popular activities like sports, tropical vacations, or high society material goods, like jewelry, cars and yachts. Either way, the payouts on these machines are pretty decent compared to our next two categories.

Video Slots

Game of Thrones Video Slot

If you think 5-reel slots and video slots are the same thing, think again. It’s a common misconception brought on by the frequent use of the term “5 reel video slot”, so I’m going to set the record straight for you now. A video slot is a game that relies on an analogous mixture of HD graphics, cinematic cut-scenes and powerful music/sound effects to draw players in. Most of these immersive games are built around a theme that’s highly popular in the outside world, such as hit television shows, major motion pictures, musical bands, etc.

Integrating theatrical footage into a game has been one of the most successful marketing tactics for manufacturers. Think about it. Anyone casino goer who loves Ellen DeGeneres is going to have a hard time strolling past an Ellen DeGeneres slot machine without playing it. And who doesn’t love Ellen? She’s awesome. Her slot machine is awesome. And the casinos/manufacturers are all the richer for it. Not just because these games get so much attention, but because they know they can set the RTPs lower, and players will still pay to enjoy the games for the higher entertainment value.

Progressive Jackpot Slots

Mega Fortune Dreams Progressive Jackpot Slots

Last but most certainly not least are slot machines that carry a progressive jackpot. We all dream of winning a life-changing amount of money one day. We know it happens to other people all the time. Why can’t it be us? And for that reason, we play these games, injecting coin after coin in hopes that our ship will finally come in.

Once again, these are big money makers for casinos and slot manufacturers. They set the RTPs low on these games, not just because they know players will pay for them, but because they have to make up all that cash somewhere. If a game pays out $1,000,000+, you can rest assured it’s past players that are footing the bill. Your odds of being struck by lightning twice are far better than your odds of winning a progressive jackpot.

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