Do you consider yourself a risk taker? If you’ve got a smartphone and some extra cash burning a hole in your pocket, you may want to try real money gambling over the internet. Before you do, make sure you’re placing the right bets, in the right places.
There are many ways to gambling online these days. The most common options are online bingo, online casino games, online poker and online sports betting. If you’re not sure which one you’d be most adept at, keep reading.
Before we go any further, remember to always gamble responsibly. Never wager more than you can afford to lose.
Real Money Gambling on Bingo
Bingo is a no-brainer. It’s one of the easiest ways to spend a buck or two in hopes of a nice windfall. You pay a little money to purchase your cards, then you and a group of others mark your cards as the numbers are called. If you get bingo first, you win. It’s that simple.
Bingo could easily be compared to slot machines, except that the games – and therefore your bankroll – last longer. If you’re looking for a game that’s fun, inexpensive and takes no skill to play, bingo might be your best option.
Real Money Gambling at Casinos
Online casinos are good for fast-paced players; movers and shakers; people who may only have a minute or two to play, and want the best bang for their buck. Hundreds of slot machines can be played as quickly as a few seconds per spin, many carrying large, life-altering jackpot prizes.
Casinos are also good for strategy players who want to compete against the lowest possible house edge (i.e. blackjack). Do you have the mental energy to employ proper strategy in all decisions?
More than anything, online casinos are the perfect choice for people who want a variety of games to choose from. Slots, video poker, table games, keno, instant-win scratchies – you name it, they have it all.
Real Money Gambling on Poker
Poker isn’t for everyone. Like blackjack, if you want to win, you need to employ a deep level of strategy. It’s not just a mathematical game, but a psychological one. Managing your chip stack while outwitting your opponents – whether your hand is better or not – can be a real mental strain.
There are many professional poker players who have what it takes to make a decent, if not lucrative, living from poker. Play your cards right, and you could be one of them. If the mental effort is too much, or you hate math in general, try something else.
Real Money Gambling on Sports
Are you a big sports fan? Do you follow a lot of teams, paying attention to sports reports, injuries and player match-ups? Are you familiar with the term ‘handicapping‘, and what it means to sports bettors?
If you answered yes to all of these questions, your best real money gambling option may be online sportsbooks. Simply picking your favorite team and placing a fiver on it won’t get you very far, but if you study the statistics and make smart bets, you could earn a lot of money in this field.
The history of roulette is a fascinating one indeed, especially since its creation was a mere accident. But there are many more interesting facts surrounding the designated ‘Game of Kings‘ than its origins alone can relay.
We’ll take a brief but inquisitive look at roulette history, followed by a collection of fun facts you probably didn’t know about this immensely popular casino game.
History of Roulette
Blaise Pascal (1623-62)
Roulette’s invention is credit to childhood genius Blaise Pascal, a French inventor, mathematician, physicist and philosopher. In 1642, at the age of 16, he built a mechanical calculator; one of the first two in existence. In his efforts to perfect the calculator, he sought to devise a perpetual motion machine. The end result was – much by accident – the invention of the roulette wheel.
Pascal realized he could use his unsuccessful perpetual motion machine for something else – gambling. Thus the first, primitive version of the casino game was born.
But Pascal was not a gambling man. Others took over the game’s evolution into the 18th century. Many historians believe the current form of roulette played today was, eventually, a mass amalgamation of antiquated games known as Ace of Hearts, E.O. (Even-Odds), Reiner and Roly Poly, as well as a few Italian board games, Hoca and Birbi, and possibly an even older French board game by the same name, Roulette.
The word “Roulette” is French, and means “little wheel”. The casino game, as we play it today, is known to have existed in Paris in 1796, at a casino named Palais Royale. Jaques Lable wrote of the game in great detail in his book La Roulette, ou le Jour, published in 1801.
One of the earliest documentations regarding the history of roulette appeared in 1758 when New France (now Quebec, Canada), scripted laws banning the games of “dice, hoca, faro and roulette”.
In 1843, French brothers François and Louis Blanc wanted their casino in Monte Carlo to be more competitive. They enhanced the game by increasing the number of slots on the wheel from 30 (0, 00 and 1-28) to 37 (0, plus 1-36).
Increasing the numbers and eliminating the Double Zero still gave the house an advantage, but it was low enough to attract many more players. Thus, the casino game we know today as European Roulette was born, and Monte Carlo became the gambling mecca of the 19th century.
Roulette History & Fun Facts
The Devil’s Game: Roulette isn’t just called the ‘Game of Kings‘, due to its original popularity with aristocrats and members of nobility. It’s also called ‘The Devil’s Game‘.
Legend has it, François Blanc made a deal with the Devil to devise the perfect roulette wheel. The only evidence to back this up is the fact that the total of all its numbers, 0-36, equals 666.
Beating the System: In 1873, an English engineer named Joseph Jagger visited the casino in Monte Carlo. He spent days there, secretly watching and recording all the numbers that hit on the roulette wheel. He compiled the data into statistics and was able to beat the casino for $400,000.
His uncanny fortune is told in the timeless song, The Man Who Broke The Bank In Monte Carlo, written by Fred Gilbert in the early 1890’s.
Rio Las Vegas, June 18, 2012
photo Jeff Romano/Twitter
3 Billion To 1: In 2012 at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas, the roulette wheel defied all odds, landing on the number 19 seven times in a row. The chances of that happening are about 3,000,000,000 to 1.
The 19 actually hit 8 out of 9 spins. It hit 19 seven consecutive times, followed by a 15, then another 19. It also hit the number 20 on four of six spins immediately before that.
The incident was documented by professional poker player Jeff Romano who took a photograph and posted on his Twitter feed. The picture showed the casino game’s display screen, revealing the last 16 numbers to hit (see photo right).
A group of Richmond gambling seniors have been told to take their games to a private residence, or face the penalty. No more 10-cent Texas Hold’em nights. No more $1 cribbage or bridge games. Gambling, no matter how cheap, is illegal in British Columbia, Canada, and they must abide by the law.
The message seems a bit harsh for a 40-strong group ranging in age from 75 to 95. These are senior members of society – our parents, grandparents, in some cases, great-grandparents. At one time, their lives were just as busy as today’s young and middle-age, working-class citizens, juggling employment and families.
These seniors are retired. Their families are busy. Grandchildren are in school. Truth be told, they don’t have a great deal of entertainment to look forward to. That was the argument of many members of the Richmond gambling group; particularly the Texas Hold’em players who’ve gathered three days a week at Minoru Place Senior Centre for the last decade.
Game-Loving Seniors outside Minoru Place, photo Alan Campbell/Richmond News
70 year old Marilyn Berger, who joined the group five years ago, was livid when the centre’s management shut down their games.
“This group has been going in there for about 10 years, three times a week on a Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, betting 10 flippin’ cents a chip!” Berger seethed.
She said the games last about three hours, and that it only cost her, on average, “$2 for a wonderful afternoon of fun and friendship. They’ve known fine well for years what we and all these other groups of seniors do and nobody ever said anything.”
Berger believes the legality issue arose from a “troublemaking” player who stormed off to the front desk during a game a few months back. That’s when she says the front desk managers started taking notice, despite the fact that they knew, and “didn’t care the ten years before then.”
Not long after, Berger says the group was handed a letter two months ago informing them their activities were illegal. They could continue playing, but could no longer do so for money.
Berger explained just how close the group is, and how important their camaraderie has become, holding “Christmas parties and a summer barbecue” each year. While they can still do these things, Berger asked the Richmond News, “What’s the point of playing poker when there’s no money involved?”
81 year old Charles McLaughlin, another member of the Richmond gambling groups’ regular Texas Hold’em games, agreed. He said their cheap gaming afternoons do way more for the members than move pocket change around.
“People come here to get out of the house,” he said. “By stopping this, they have virtually sent people back to their homes to hibernate.”
Harry Walters, 88, isn’t just a fan of the group’s poker games. He’s also a retired Vancouver police officer and former gaming inspector for BC. After looking into Richmond gambling laws, he claims there’s nothing illegal about their activities.
“The only time it becomes illegal is when the house, for example, makes some money out of the game,” said Walters.
While that’s true, in part, there’s also the issue of conducting the games in a public forum, such as a senior citizens centre. They could easily take their games to a private residence – as some already have – but the group says it’s unquestionably less convenient, and not nearly as much fun.
Kathleen Holmes, President of Minoru Place, said they’re looking into a way to circumvent legal issues. Instead of playing for money directly, they might be able to play for points, with a monetary prize going to the winner at the end.
“We’re looking into that right now,” she said.
Ted Townsend, a spokesman for the City of Richmond, said they’re not trying to stop the senior groups from having fun, “but it can’t be for money.” He supports the center offering a range of life-enhancing activities for seniors, but at the same time, added, “we have a responsibility to abide by the law.”
For now, the Richmond gambling group is forced to take their gaming elsewhere.
Ontario isn’t what you would call the most modernized gambling-centric community; certainly not when it comes to online casino gaming. That title belongs to British Columbia, where the BCLC launched Canada’s first home-regulated, internet-based gambling website, Playnow.com, in 2004. Quebec came next in 2010, with Ontario waiting until January 2015 to officially launch PlayOLG.com.
While we can’t say Ontario was on top of the game, we can commend provincial leaders for their cautious nature. Observing the efficacy of online gambling regulation in other regions, and developing models that mimic the good, while avoiding the bad, is worth a little praise.
The region’s historic attitude may soon flip-flop though, with reports that single-game sports betting could actually become a reality in Ontario; something no Canadian province offers at this time due to existing laws. For the moment, disappointing parlays are the only legal form of sports betting across the nation.
According to Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment, if and when Canada does legalize single-game sports betting, his forward-thinking company is already prepared to roll out the software required to deliver in-house and online sports betting wagers on single events.
Lawson’s company has been in talks with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) recently. Following a recent partnership, both are showing interest in the potential for Woodbine to present online horse race betting via the OLG’s online gambling website.
Ontario Online Horse Race Betting
According to reports, Lawson is ‘cautiously optimistic‘ about integrating horse race betting on PlayOLG. He believes bringing the pari-mutuel betting market to online punters would be a great boost for the sport, bringing in more revenue and reinvigorating the excitement that once revolved around horse racing.
He also noted that, should the partnership be successful, he has high hopes for the future of single-game sports betting in Ontario. Lawson intends to continue the push for iGaming expansion via legislation to remove restrictions on sports betting.
Single-Game Sports Betting Platform Ready
The bulk of that argument could come from the fact that Woodbine Entertainment already has the necessary technology developed to integrate single-game sports betting, via its HPI Betting System.
Lawson, who also happens to be the Chairman of the Canadian Football League, said it would be “a real game-changer” if provided the opportunity. “You don’t have to just project it, you can see the impact in other countries in the world,” expressed Lawson in a recent interview with the Toronto Sun.
“We could run single-game sports betting off the backbone of that,” he said. “Our tote systems, our whole information technology systems are sophisticated enough to do that.
“We’re hoping and thinking that there is a role for single-game sports betting and the importance to horse racing is we be part of it rather than be cannibalized,” he said.
The CEO added that Woodbine has “been engaged in a number of conversations,” with OLG, and has been proactive in delivering the message that its software is fully capable of providing a single-game sports betting platform.
“We’d like racing to even be a part of a pro-line type bet today where the parlay betting is allowed. Is it imminent?” he questioned. To that, he could only say, “I’m not sure.”
Woodbine – and the Canadian horse racing industry as a whole – has struggled in recent years. Attendance is down, revenue is down, and that means less yield for tracks and provincial governments alike.
“I really think it’s the type of thing we need to do to create revenue for horse racing and there is a real push on to integrate our gaming with what the gaming authority is doing,” said Lawson.
With thousands of real money online slots available these days, choosing one to play isn’t so easy. If you enjoy the Sci-Fi fantasy theme, you may want to try some our of top 5 picks for bet fantasy slots online.
Best Fantasy Slots – Dragon’s Myth
This is one of the best fantasy slots games I’ve ever come across. Dragon’s Myth, by Rabcat, targets all the senses with stunning graphics and animations, a fantastic soundtrack and highly immersive story line. With 5 reels and 20 fixed paylines, it features Wilds, Scatters, and Free Spins.
Players spin the reels to capture dragons for big payouts. Dragon’s Myth also includes a very unique Reverse Wins feature, wherein paylines pay left to right, and right to left. When free spins are active, if a Blimp Scatter lands on the reels, the player is transported to the Dragon’s Cave, allowing them to choose where they want to place Wilds – anywhere on the reels – as the free games continue.
Best Fantasy Slots – Avalon 2
Microgaming’s Avalon 2 – sequel to original hit Avalon – continues the epic story of King Arthur and his mythical allies in a gorgeous graphic layout that outshines the original ten-fold. With 5 reels and 243 ways to win, players can look forward to Wilds, Scatters, Free Spins, Expanding Wilds and random Multipliers.
A multitude of RPG-style bonus games can be triggered in Avalon 2, each with immersive interaction that’s made this one of the most popular fantasy slots games of all time. They include the Dusky Moors, Forest Falls, Hall of Shadows, Lake of Legend, Misty Value Bonus and Whispering Woods.
Best Fantasy Slots – So Many Monsters
So Many Monsters, another Microgaming favorite, is as ferociously cute as it is feature-filled. With 5 reels and 25 paylines, those multi-eyed creatures can deliver huge wins with Wilds, Scatters, Free Spins and a special Split Symbols feature.
The Many More Monster feature, occurring in base game and free spins mode, causes monster symbols to split into up to 5 additional symbols, creating up to 25-symbol combinations for massive payouts.
Best Fantasy Slots – Dragonz
One of Microgaming’s more recent releases, Dragonz take the Sci-Fi fantasy theme to the extreme in this wild, vibrantly animated 5 reel, 243 ways to win game. The slot’s features revolve around the four dragon characters, Flint, Switch, Frost and Gobble. Don’t let their quirky attitude and toddler size fool you – they can be ferocious indeed!
Each dragon has its own Free Spins feature, including Flaming Wilds, Frosty Wilds, Stashed Wilds and Winning Wilds. Once a player has triggered free games enough times, they will unlock Player’s Choice, and can select which free game mode they want to play.
Best Fantasy Slots – Immortal Romance
Released in 2011, Immortal Romance remains one of the most popular fantasy slots ever produced for real money online and mobile play. Microgaming took full advantage of the vampire craze created by the Hollywood film adaptation of the Twilight Saga, and it paid off big time – for the company, and for players.
Immortal Romance – much like the more recent Dragonz slot – features 5 reels, 243 ways to win, and 4 main ‘vampire’ characters, each possessing their own free spins bonus game within the Chamber of Spins. Each delivers a different number of spins and associated feature. There’s also a randomly triggered Wild Desire bonus that can add up to 5 wilds on the reels at any time.
Have you ever taken a moment to count, or even estimate, just how many online slots games are available these days? There are thousands upon thousands of them! Over the years, dozens of big-name software developers have each created hundreds of online slots for real money play.
You’d be a fool to think they are all created equally. Some carry immense progressive jackpots. Others are designed with intense 3D graphics. And of course, many have much higher payout ratio’s than others.
So many online slots games – which one should you choose? You could pick the one whose theme appeals to you most. A lot of players do. But there’s more to be considered. Unfortunately for us – not the online casinos that host them – that’s almost always a bad idea.
If you’re going to play online slots for real money, here’s a few tips to get your started in the right direction.
View the Online Slots Game’s Paytable
Understanding how to win, and how much you can win, on a slot machine, is the most important aspect of all. If the game has more than a dozen symbols, and the majority of them pay very low amounts – lower than it costs to spin the reels – you can expect it to have a low variance.
Low variance means it will hit lots of winning combinations, but they will rarely pay above cost. That’s great if you’re in it for entertainment. Your bankroll will usually stretch farther. But the odds of hitting a big win – not so good.
Cost To Play All Coins
It’s always better to play max coins in online slots games. How many coins will it take to activate all paylines, and at what domination will you have to pay for them? Can your bankroll afford to spin at that rate for any length of time?
A 20 payline machine will accept 20 coins. If the minimum stake is $0.01, that’s only $0.20 per play. But the majority of online slots games are designed to hit big pays more often when playing at the highest stakes. So, if the max coin size is $0.50, you’d be paying $10 per spin to get the highest payout ratio.
This is why you find so many seniors at the 3-reel classic slots in land-based casinos. They know they can play these machines pretty cheap, and get the best odds of winning. Take heed of the max coins, and max bet size, when seeking the best online slots games to play.
Play Popular Online Slots for Real Money
Take a few moments to do some research. Online slots players love to talk about their game play in community forums and blogs. See what they are playing. The most popular online slots games have attained that popularity for a reason, and it’s not just entertainment value.
Are Progressive Worth Playing?
Microgaming‘s Mega Moolah, available at site’s like Royal Vegas, is a huge hit with veteran players because its four-tier progressive jackpot hits so frequently. It hits so often because so many people play it. As long as that cycle keeps going, it will continue to make millionaires every few weeks, and decently wealthy player every day.
If you’re going to play a progressive game like this, don’t switch games all the time. It takes time, patience and luck (and strict bankroll responsibility) to hit a life altering win.
I remember as kids, sitting on the merry-go-round with my friends as we chanted to the one or two who were pushing us round, “Faster! Faster! We need a new master!” Those memories came flooding back to me when I tried Evolution’s newest Live Casino game, Speed Roulette.
It is undeniably swift. A new round of betting begins every 25 seconds, making Speed Roulette, by all insider accounts, the absolute fastest live casino roulette game in the world.
It can be played on all platforms, including Linux, Mac and PC desktops, plus Android, iOS and Windows powered smartphones and tablets.
While the standard rules and betting options of the game remain unchanged, a few general rules of etiquette were adjusted to accommodate the more expedient game play. Anyone looking to get in a few quick rounds of play between everything else their daily lives throws their way should really appreciate this new live casino game.
Evolution Chief Product Officer Todd Haushalter explained:
“Speed Roulette is now the world’s fastest Live Roulette game and is a great addition to our extensive suite of Roulette products. There are no changes to the core game that players know and love, we have just made it much quicker.”
Speed Roulette by Evolution Gaming
The wheels for Evolution’s new Speed Roulette tables are custom designed by TCSJOHNHUXLEY, and have been installed in the company’s live casino studio in Riga, Latvia. A number of cutting-edge cameras are strategically positioned in locations around and above the tables to give players an immersive, cinematic experience.
To ensure the fastest possible game play, each of Evolution’s Speed Roulette dealers are specially trained to keep the games moving. Making certain the wheel is spun once every 25 seconds, as advertised, a few common rules of table etiquette had to be altered.
No Dead Time; Instant Number Recognition
This new live casino game eliminates what veteran roulette players refer to as “dead time”; or the amount of time given to players to place their bets before the wheel is spun. In Speed Roulette, instead of calling for ‘No more bets‘ before setting the wheel in motion, all players are allowed to place their bets while the wheel is spinning.
The dealer is also permitted to announce the winning number before the wheel comes to a complete stop. So in fact, the wheel is pretty much always spinning
Early win calls are achieved by Evolution’s integration of a video-based number recognition tool. No cheating here, ether. Through the live-streaming video feed, players can clearly see that the ball has stopped, and which number it’s landed on.
Speed Roulette vs Traditional Live Roulette
Compared to Evolution’s other roulette live casino games – Live Roulette and Immersive Roulette – Speed Roulette is so fast, it gives players the opportunity to play 50 more games per hour. Otherwise, the rules and betting diagram are exactly the same.
Players can wager on the same popular even-pays like black/red, odd/even and high/low, or go for the higher payouts on dozens, rows, streets, quads and the ever-desirable single-number bet. The game follows the rules and house edge of the preferred European-style, single-zero roulette.
As Haushalter noted, this new live casino game – in all its expedient glory – is nothing more than a faster way to play the beloved game of roulette. Evolution’s new tables are available to all desktop and mobile players, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at Royal Vegas and all other Evolution-powered online casinos.
Everyone needs a little luck at the casino, especially when playing slot machines. Those money-hungry devices can be very stingy at times. But be careful how you ask for that luck, or you may find yourself out a $100,000 slot machine jackpot, like one Florida casino patron did last month.
We all make poor decisions in life. Some of them, we recognize immediately as being a bad decision, like answering that “Unknown Caller”, or waking up next to your ex after a few too many drinks.
66 year old Florida gambler Jan Flato knows the sting of a bad decision all too well. More like a hundred-thousand stings. All because he asked his lady friend, 35 year old Marina Navarro, to push his slot machine’s button for good luck.
Mr. Flato was playing at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino just outside of Fort Lauderdale last month when the unimaginable occurred. It wasn’t unimaginable that a slot machine jackpot could actually strike, but that he was not eligible to collect the winnings from it. Here’s what happened…
$100k Slot Machine Jackpot Lost
The man had inserted $50 in a slot machine. His eyes were on the prize – a potential $100,000 jackpot. After spinning the reels for a bit, he decided to ask his friend, Ms. Navarro, if she would press the ‘Spin’ button for him – just once – for luck.
She did, and boy was it a lucky touch! The reels spun their way to absolute perfection, lining up the symbols in heavenly unison. The slot machine jackpot had been struck, delivering the life-changing $100,000 payout he’d so longed for.
But things took a mysterious turn when the slots manager came over to investigate the win. As casinos always do, they went back over the surveillance video to make sure everything was on the up and up. Yes, the machine had struck the jackpot. Yes, the $100k prize was to be paid. But no, Mr. Flato would not be the one receiving it.
As it turns out, casino rules state that it’s not the person who put the money in the machine who wins it, but rather the person who pressed the button. And that was Ms. Navarro.
“The person who pushes a slot machine button or pulls the arm is the person who wins the jackpot,” explained Seminole spokesman Gary Bitner.
His Side of the Story…
As directed, Ms. Navarro headed for the cashier cage to collect the prize. What she didn’t do – what most of you are probably thinking you would have done – was go back to Mr. Flato and hand over the money, or even half of the money. Heck, even a $10k tip would have been nice, right?
Instead, Mr. Flato said she headed right out the door – right after asking the casino’s armed security guards to keep an eye on Mr. Flato until she was off the premises.
“I said, ‘Marina, what are you doing?’ and she gets up and walks out,” Flato told local new media.
He said that, a few weeks later, he received a text message from her asking, “Still hate me?” He responded with, “How could you do that to me?”, to which he says she only replied, “I miss you”.
Those messages were never shown to the media, only alleged by the 66 year old gambler. Mr. Flato then told WSVN News Miami that yes, he is still furious at her for taking the money and walking out.
Her Side of the Story…
When WSVN caught up with Marina Navarro, her version of the story was a little different. She said that Mr. Flato became very upset when casino staff informed him that the slot machine jackpot was not his.
“Jan all of a sudden went ballistic. He started screaming in front of everybody,” she said.
Due to his augmented mood change, she decided it would be best to get away from Mr. Flato, asking security to keep an eye on him while she did so. She also said that she had offered to give Mr. Flato some of the money, but that she changed her mind when he started sending her threatening text messages.
She showed reporters a pair of messages from Mr. Flato that read:
“Having me as an enemy ….not good”
“We’ll [see] who made the Big mistake. It won’t be me.”
Play Your Own Slot Machines
The moral of the story here is pretty obvious. If you’re going to play slot machines, don’t let anyone else touch the machine. Insert your own cash. Press your own buttons. And if Lady Luck graces you with a big win, you’ll be bale to collect your own slot machine jackpot.
Like most avid slots players, I’m always excited to see a new NetEnt slots title on the menu. The creators have an incredible imagination and always make use of the latest, cutting edge graphics. In today’s Joker Pro review, we’ll see if the new game lives up to strong NetEnt’s reputation.
The general description certainly hit the mark. Developers described it as “dynamic,” “fiery,” and “enthralling” when detailing the game’s Re-Spin and Hot Spot Wins features. At first glance, however, I was a bit surprised to find a rather flat backdrop with classic symbology; nothing fancy or 3D about it.
We never judge a book by its cover, so let’s take a closer look…
Joker Pro Review
This new NetEnt slots game comes with 5 reels and just 10 paylines, making it a great option for budget gamers ($0.10 and up). There aren’t a lot of symbols or generic card values clogging up the reels either.
Symbols include the Fiery Wild and Joker Scatter, plus standard paying symbols of Diamonds, 7s, Bars, Bells, Horseshoes and Clovers.
The Joker is the symbol you’ll be looking for here. It can only appear on reels 2, 3 and 4, but it only takes one to trigger its special feature.
Anytime a Joker appears, is activates the Joker Pro Re-Spin. Reels 1 and 5 become stacked with wilds, and all Jokers that activated the feature will also become static wilds. The reels (minus those wilds) then re-spin to deliver potentially high payouts.
During the Re-Spin, if another Joker (now the Wild) lands on reels 2, 3 or 4, it will trigger another Re-Spin, with that joker remaining in place as well. The re-spins will continue until no more new Jokers appear.
Also during Re-Spins, should a Joker wild end up in all three of the Hot Spot Wins section of the reels – the middle spots on reels 2, 3 and 4 – it will trigger a Hot Spot Win of 1000x the total bet. If this occurs, the Re-Spin feature will end.
Joker Pro Review: Good As It Seems?
Unfortunately, this new NetEnt slots game doesn’t seem to be nearly as good as it sounds. It has a very high variance in terms of winning spins, combined with a rather low paytable.
At $.10 a spin, it took me 12 spins just to hit my first payout, and it was only worth $0.12. Another 10 spins later (with no wins), I landed my first Joker. The Re-spin feature paid out just $0.15. My 35th spin was worth $0.05.
I was pretty disappointed by then, but for the purpose of this Joker pro review, I kept going for while. I never hit anything better than a 40x win, and ended up losing almost $40 before I called it quits.
I can see where the Re-Spin could be profitable if you are lucky enough to keep getting jokers, but those symbols are very rare. This game eats through bankrolls like a swarm of moths in a fine linen closet. All in all, I can’t recommend it.
NetEnt needs to get back to its graphically-rich 3D slots games and loosen up the payouts enough to at least make them enjoyable.
There’s a new real money slot game on the internet these days, and it’s calling upon the ‘wild‘ side of interactive slots fans. NetEnt, famous for its graphic-rich 3D iGaming productions, released Jungle Spirit: Call of the Wild at the end of March.
Like all of NetEnt’s recent game releases, Jungle Spirit is imbued with stunning graphics and HD quality animations designed to wow players. It also comes equipped with a new feature the company is calling a Butterfly Boost that’s guaranteed to boost player’s profits when triggered.
Jungle Spirit: Call of the Wild Slot Review
If you read The Jungle Book, this new real money slot may bring back some memories. It’s not officially themed on the book or any of its theatrical adaptions, but the familiarity is uncanny, (minus the human main character).
Jungle Spirit is a 5 reel, 243-bet way slot machine built in Java and HTML5, providing optimization for gameplay on all desktop, mobile and tablet devices. It comes with a realistic sound track that really helps immerse players into the predatory jungle theme.
Standard symbols include a stalking Tiger, Indian Elephant, Grizzly Bear, Crocodile and Cobra, followed by low-paying card values of 10-A, fashioned from ancient engraved stone. Each time a higher-paying wild animal symbol makes up a winning combination, it comes to life with striking animation.
Jungle Spirit Features
Jungle Spirit doesn’t come with any wild symbols in the base game or during special features. The Pink Lotus is the Scatter, and will award free spins when 3 or more appear anywhere on the reels in a single spin. Players will get to choose how many free spins they want – 4, 8, 12, 16 or 20 – but there’s a catch.
The more spins you choose, the lower the risk, and lower the winnings will probably be. Choosing fewer spins comes with higher risk, but higher rewards. Also, during free spins, the music intensifies and the reel set expands to a 5×4 grid, increasing the paylines from 243 to 1024, which also helps create a lot of winning combinations.
NetEnt incorporated a brand new feature into Jungle Spirit: Call of the Wild, called the Butterfly Boost. During the base game, a golden butterfly can appear at random on any of the game’s wild animal symbols.
If such a symbol is involved in a winning combination, a swarm of butterflies will emerge and the entire reel will expand to be covered by that animal, greatly boosting the chances of creating more winning paylines.
Is Jungle Spirit Slot Worth Playing?
This new real money slot definitely succeeds in the entertainment factor, as all NetEnt 3D slots do. After taking a few hundred spins on it myself, I’ve determined it has a medium variance, meaning you won’t hit winning combinations too often. But when you do they should at least payout out the amount you wagered, if not a lot more.
It took about 80 spins to trigger the free games, and I never did hit it a second time, but I quit soon after because it took my bankroll up just over $100 in profit. I chose the Elephant (8 free spins) and lined up 4 elephants twice (pays 2000 credits). Cha-ching!