Kudos to both the Atlantic City casinos and NJ gambling websites for going above and beyond to offer exceptional Halloween weekend entertainment this year.
But for all of you who are online slot players and crave even more scary fun and excitement, don’t let the end of the holiday stop you. Keep on playing some of the scariest online slots on the planet today or any other time you’re in the mood, including my latest Best Bet: The Haunted Horseman.
Actually, the next two days after Halloween are still considered an extension of the holiday in many cultures and religions. Nov. 1 is widely celebrated as All Saints Day or All Hallows’ Day, while the following day is observed as All Souls Day. That would make playing Halloween-related slots on these days still very appropriate.
In my Fri., Oct. 29 article for NJ Gambling Websites entitled “Four Scary Fun Halloween Slots To Play At NJ Online Casinos This Weekend,” I described three of them in detail:
- The Book of Halloween
- Halloween Cashpots
- Halloween Jackpot
Now, as promised, in case you haven’t played it yet, is my description and review of the fourth online slot I mentioned: The Haunted Horseman. I was so blown away by this super-scary slot that I made it Barb’s Best Bet.
The Haunted Horseman basics
The Haunted Horseman is an online video slot by High 5 Games inspired by The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. It consists of five reels, three rows, and 99 paylines. However, it is unlike any online slot you have ever played.
The Haunted Horseman could be the most terrifying character you have ever encountered. Your task is to try to stop this evil decapitated murderer from wreaking more havoc.
The action takes place at night in a spooky village. But hopefully, the creepy symbols, eerie soundtrack, and medium-high volatility won’t scare you away prematurely, before you have a chance to trigger special features like Tumbling Reels, mystery cash, and Free Spins, any of which can send your profits soaring.
The Haunted Horseman bet range
The minimum bet per spin is 60 cents, while the maximum is $180 or higher (depending on where you play). You can also play for free in demo mode, which I highly recommend for new players to acclimate themselves to this scary slot before taking on The Haunted Horseman for real money.
The Haunted Horseman RTP and volatility
One of my requirements for online slot Best Bet status is a return to player (RTP) of at least 96 percent or higher. The Haunted Horseman has a published RTP of 96.0 percent.
However, this slot also has medium-high volatility. In other words, while the slot does pay out frequently, you may also encounter some dry spells when your bankroll can take a substantial hit. Choosing a bet size that you can comfortably afford and exercising good money management at all times will help you survive the negative swings and increase your likelihood of winning.
Which NJ online casinos offer The Haunted Horseman?
Since this is a relatively new online slot, not every NJ online casino currently offers it. However, it is available for both desktop and mobile play (on currently used versions of IOS and Android phones and tablets) at all of the following NJ gambling websites.
The Haunted Horseman symbols
The Haunted Horseman contains nine regular symbols along with a wild symbol and a scatter symbol.
The highest paying regular symbol is the headless horseman. His entire head is depicted as a pumpkin. Five of these monstrous-looking characters across a payline will reward you with 350x your bet. This symbol only appears in the Free Games bonus round.
The other three higher-paying regular symbols in the bonus round, in descending order of value, include a man with a lantern, a lady with brunette hair, and a lady with blonde hair. If you land five of a kind in a row, they pay 325x, 300x, and 275x your bet, respectively.
In the base game, instead of the pumpkin-faced headless horseman and man with a lantern, the two highest paying regular symbols are two other male characters. The highest paying of these has blood splattered all over his face.
The three lower-paying regular symbols in both the base and bonus games are the playing cards A, K, and Q.
Winning combinations including any of the aforementioned symbols are formed in the same manner as on most online slots. Three, four, or five like symbols need to land adjacently on consecutive reels on a payline starting with the reel farthest to the left.
The wild symbol is The Haunted Horseman logo. It can only appear on reels 2-5. However, it can substitute for any of the regular symbols in this game to help form winning combinations.
The scatter symbol is a pumpkin. Three or more landing simultaneously anywhere on the reels in the base game will trigger the Free Games bonus round. Each scatter symbol awards you three Free Spins. Therefore, depending on how many of these symbols show up–three, four, or five–you will receive 9, 12, or 15 Free Spins, respectively.
The Haunted Horseman special features
Last but certainly not least, in true Halloween spirit, this game comes packed with special features designed to scare the daylights out of you. But they also have the potential to be highly rewarding.
Tumbling Reels feature
This innovative feature occurs anytime a winning combination lands on the reels. All of the symbols contributing to the win disappear and new symbols tumble down from above to fill the empty positions. This, of course, can lead to more winning combinations. The Tumbling Reels continue in the same manner until no new winning combinations appear.
However, before the reels start tumbling, sometimes the empty position will display either an additional reward of 10-1,000 credits with a bet multiplier or an extra scatter symbol.
Free Games bonus round
The Free Games are played on a different set of reels, and this is when you are most likely to get the biggest payouts. You will also have your first encounters with The Haunted Horseman. Unfortunately, the Free Games cannot be retriggered.
The bottom line
Even after Halloween, The Haunted Horseman is such a spooktacular slot that many of you will keep coming back for more thrills and chills. So, don’t be a scaredy-cat. Nonstop action and excitement and the chance to win up to 350x your bet await you.
This Halloween, not only the nine Atlantic City casinos but also many NJ online casinos have gone all out to make sure — whatever your tolerance for frightfully over-the-top fun and thrills might be — that you have the time of your life. That includes venturing out of your comfort zone and playing some super-scary Halloween slots.
In other words, this is no time of year to turn into a couch pumpkin doing nothing but watching TV and munching on candy while your friends and kids are out having fun. Even if attending a wild costume party is not your thing, if you enjoy online slots, high up on your list of must things to do this Halloween weekend is to take a break from your usual favorites and try something completely different.
I’m talking about games that many of you wouldn’t have a ghost of a chance touching any other time of year. But this is Halloween, and anything goes.
Barb’s top picks for Halloween online slot play
The NJ gambling websites are filled with scary Halloween slots. Here are four of the best to get you started.
Winning combinations are formed in the usual manner, so nothing is new in that respect. You need three, four, or five matching symbols to line up horizontally or diagonally on consecutive reels across a payline from left to right starting with reel 1.
However, I chose these particular Halloween slots for several reasons. First, the creepy symbols and eerie sound effects truly capture the essence of Halloween, Secondly, the games are highly entertaining. Thirdly, as the icing on the cake, after one look at their RTP (return-to-player), how could you not want to play?
But if you would rather tread slowly and play for free in demo mode first to test the waters, that’s fine. Each of these slots is available on multiple NJ gambling websites, and you can access them either online or on your mobile device.
Scary Halloween slot No. 1: Book of Halloween
This slot by Inspired Gaming consists of five reels, three rows, and 10 fixed paylines. It’s a good choice for small to medium-size players, with a minimum bet of only 10 cents and a maximum bet of $50. The game also includes an optional Gamble Feature offering you a chance to double or triple your winnings.
While $50 might not seem like a big bet to some players, in this game, it is due to the small number of paylines and medium-high volatility.
It has an RTP of 96.21 percent.
Book of Halloween symbols
Book of Halloween contains nine regular symbols plus one additional symbol that does double duty as both a wild symbol and a scatter symbol. The four higher paying symbols (in descending order of value) include a glowing pumpkin, cauldron, tombstone, and zombie’s hand. The playing cards 10-A comprise the five low paying symbols.
The Book of Spells serves as both the wild symbol and the scatter symbol. As the wild symbol, on its own, it has no monetary value. However, it can substitute for any other symbol to help form winning combinations.
Three or more Book of Spells symbols anywhere on the reels will trigger the Free Spins bonus round consisting of 10 Free Spins. Depending on how many scatter symbols show up, the Free Spins will come with a 2x, 20x, or 200x bet win multiplier.
Halloween scary slot #2: Halloween Cashpots
Halloween Cashpots is another Halloween slot by Inspired Gaming consisting of five reels, three rows, and 10 fixed paylines. The minimum bet is only 10 cents, while the maximum is $80.
This game has an exceptionally high RTP of 96.50 percent but like Book of Halloween, has medium-high volatility.
The setting for the action is what looks like a gravestone with a full moon and a bunch of gnarled trees in the background.
Halloween Cashpots symbols
There’s not a playing card in sight to divert your attention from the following macabre symbols in this slot:
- Cashpot logo
- Black cat
- Golden cauldron
Cash Collector Bonus
If six or more golden cauldron symbols land anywhere on reels 1-4 simultaneously, along with the pumpkin bonus symbol on reel 5, that will trigger the potentially highly lucrative Cash Collector Bonus.
Scary Halloween slot No. 3: Halloween Jack
This slot by NetEnt consists of five reels, three rows, and 20 fixed paylines. The setting is a frameless window in front of a cemetery. But that’s nothing compared to some other spooky sightings like skulls on top of the spin button, black crows, flying over the reels, and skeletons rising from their graves. I almost forgot to mention that there’s also thunder and lightning. But you’re safe and snug indoors, so do you really care?
The minimum bet per spin is 20 cents, but the maximum is a hefty $200, making Halloween Jack an excellent choice for any level of player.
Halloween Jack is a medium-volatility game with an RTP of 96.28 percent.
Halloween Jack symbols
The highest paying regular symbol is a female vampire. It is followed, in descending order of value, by a horse, bat, raven, and horseshoe. The five low paying symbols include the playing cards 10-A.
The wild symbol is a pumpkin. But when it does what you’re hoping it will do — create new winning combinations — it turns into a walking jack-o’lantern! It also multiplies any win by 3.
The scatter symbol is a treasure chest. Three or more anywhere on the reels will trigger the Free Spins bonus round.
Special features galore
This super-scary but highly entertaining Halloween slot is packed with enough special features to make your head spin. NetEnt wasn’t content simply to offer stacked wilds and expanding wilds like many other slots.
Instead, it reached deep into its bag of magic to create Walking Wilds, Stacked Hell Hound Wilds (two symbols high), and even ginormous Expanding Death Reaper Wilds that are the height of an entire reel!
You might shudder at the sight of these monstrous-looking symbols, but you will also howl with delight at the sight of the rising win meter!
Scary Halloween Slot #4: The Haunted Horseman
Be sure to include this relatively new online slot on your Halloween slot playlist, too. It’s my latest Best Bet, and because this slot is fun any day of the year, I’ll tell you all about it in an article coming soon.
Lead image via Dreamstime.
In Sept. 2021, DraftKings launched a new game called “Rocket.” It is the 37th game that DraftKings has developed entirely in-house exclusively for its own use.
At this time, only NJ DraftKings Casino players can play Rocket. However, pending regulatory approval, DraftKings Casino players in Pennsylvania and Michigan will also have access.
Jason March, DraftKings Vice President of iGaming, expressed his enthusiasm for the new product as follows:
“By developing DraftKings Rocket, our team continues to innovate our Casino offerings as we set out to create an all-new, one-of-a-kind iGaming experience for customers. We’re thrilled to be providing an exclusive iGaming experience to DraftKings customers. At DraftKings, a customer-first approach is essential to our products, and the addition of DraftKings Rocket is sure to provide a new and exciting way for customers to wager with peer-to-peer interaction.”
How the DraftKings Rocket game works
Rocket is an innovative new game that DraftKings is introducing exclusively for its NJ online and mobile players. In this article, I will do my best to describe the basics. However, the only way to fully appreciate how the highly interactive nature of this game works is to try it yourself for real money. I promise you that every trip you take on the virtual rocket (and like Lay’s potato chips, no one can stop with just one) will be an unforgettable wild ride and different from anything you have ever experienced before.
One of the reasons why Rocket should appeal to a very wide range of players is that DraftKings makes it very easy to customize the game to suit your bankroll and playing style. Everyone from small players to high rollers can enjoy the experience. Likewise, regardless of whether you consider yourself a conservative player or a risk-taker, or somewhere in between, you control what you want your risk to reward ratio to be.
Within seconds of placing your bet, you and other DraftKings players who will be accompanying you for the ride will start your virtual takeoff. As the virtual rocket climbs, so does the game multiplier. Therefore, the higher your rocket rises while you are still aboard before it comes to a screeching halt and explodes, the more you can win. But here’s the catch. Timing is crucial.
In order to win your bet, one of two things must happen:
- The multiplier you automatically set prior to the game as the point where you will “bailout” is reached while the rocket is still in flight, or
- You “bail” on the rocket while it is still in flight to lock in the multiplier at that point.
Bet range and win multiplier options
The minimum bet is $1, and the maximum is $1,000. You also have the option to set your own auto-cashback multiplier. While the default setting is 1,000x your bet, which is the maximum payment possible, you have the option instead to play much more conservatively.
When you’re ready to start a new game, you can check the numerical setting to the right of the screen and adjust the multiplier to where you want it. The starting number is 1, but while the rocket rises, the multiplier will steadily rise as well according to a preset logarithm. Assuming that the following time intervals elapse before the rocket explodes, the multiplier will go to 1.1 in about a second, 2.0 in about 12 seconds, and 5.0 in about 30 seconds. Then it will continue to get higher thereafter for as long as it can.
Keep in mind that the amount you stand to win in each game is your bet x your designated multiplier. Therefore, the higher the multiplier is able to go, the better the outcome. However, here’s the catch. If the rocket explodes before the multiplier has a chance to reach the level you have locked in, you don’t win a lesser amount. You lose your entire bet!
How much of a risk-taker are you?
So, the challenge you face is to decide how much of a risk you are willing to take in the hope of a big win. If having a high probability of winning even though the amounts will be small is preferable to you, then play it relatively safe and choose a small multiplier. If you have more of a “go big or go home mentality,” then choose a big multiplier.
By the way, if you don’t select any multiplier as your bailout before the game starts, you still have the option to do so at any point while the game is in progress. Also, the same option exists if you did select a multiplier ahead of time and you wish to change it.
This is a nice feature because at any point, your gut may tell you that you might have set the multiplier too high (or too low). The only problem is that you must act instantly. Otherwise, you could be off by even a second or two and be too late. If the rocket explodes, which could happen at any moment, you and/or any other players who are still aboard will lose.
On the other hand, if you don’t select any multiplier at all, the game will use the default setting of a 1,000x multiplier (the maximum payment possible).
How much can you win playing Rocket?
The return to player (RTP) for this game is 97 percent. That is substantially better than most slot games, but even so, you need to be careful, limit your bets to what you can comfortably afford, and manage your money wisely. This is especially important with a fast-paced, highly volatile game like Rocket. Yes, the potential to win big exists, but it’s a longshot, and if you’re not careful, rockets won’t be the only things disappearing into thin air–your bankroll could be, too!
Theoretically, Rocket could make some players millionaires. Players who bet the maximum of $1,000 and play with a multiplier of 1,000 will win $1 million if—and it’s a big if–the rocket successfully reaches that level without crashing. It’s possible but highly unlikely.
At the opposite extreme, you could bet as little as $1 and play with a very low multiplier (i.e., 2 or less) to virtually assure yourself of a tiny win. But after a while, the game will become boring, and you’ll feel like you’re wasting your time.
So, as eager as you might be to start playing this thrilling game for real money immediately, here’s what I suggest instead. I strongly recommend watching a few rounds of other people playing before you start participating to get a better feel for the flow of the game.
It may take some experimenting to find the right combination of bet size and bail-out multiplier for your personal taste and bankroll. Once you do, then you might want to utilize another optional feature that this game offers to automatically preset both the bet and multiplier for up to 50 consecutive games.
That way you can simply watch the exciting drama unfold in launch after launch without the added pressure of having to make any impulsive, gut-wrenching split-second decisions.
I have already mentioned two of this game’s special features:
- The option to set the machine to automatically play up to 50 consecutive games.
- The ability to bail out and lock in a certain win multiplier, either automatically before the game starts or manually, while the rocket is in flight.
These two options not only enhance the adrenaline rush but give players a much greater sense of control than is possible in most slot games. Here are some other exciting extras that help to make Rocket the highly entertaining experience it is:
- You can customize the appearance of your rocket to your taste.
- Each virtual rocket launch takes place in real-time. Therefore, while you can’t join a game that is already in progress, you never have to wait more than six seconds to start playing.
- A special chat feature lets you talk to other players, similar to what you’ll find in live dealer games.
- While the rocket is in flight, you can observe the point when other players bailout, which could help you with your own game.
- Even if all of the players aboard the rocket bail out early, the rocket will continue to fly without passengers until it crashes. This will show you how you could have won more by staying aboard longer.
Additional thoughts: Rocket pros and cons
Rocket is not recommended for penny players since the smallest bet is $1. However, with an extremely wide betting range starting at $1 and going all the way up to $1,000, it will appeal to a very wide audience of players.
Regardless of what stakes you play for, the challenge to try to set a high enough multiplier to lock in a decent size win before the rocket explodes and leaves you walking away empty-handed has to intrigue you. Rocket is the type of game that will get your adrenalin pumping from the get-go to the finish. It is a very fast-paced game with never a dull moment.
Some reviewers worry that Rocket could be addictive and that the way it lends itself to being played over and over again could trigger a gambling problem or exacerbate it in those who already have one. I tend to agree. I would have also liked to see the option to play this game in demo mode rather than just for real money.
As with any other casino game, it is important to play responsibly, limit one’s bet size to what one can comfortably afford, and avoid marathon sessions. If the nature of this particular game makes it too tempting to stray from these guidelines, you should probably not play it.
Another problem I have is with the DraftKings video emphasizing the prospect of winning $1 million. The only way you even have a chance to win $1 million is to make $1,000 bets with a $1,000x multiplier, Obviously, this is way outside the overwhelming majority of players’ budgets. Also, it could take many $1,000 bets that come up empty before the player finally succeeds, if ever. Personally, I would consider risking so much money on an extremely improbable outcome foolhardy.
The final verdict: Is Rocket worth your time?
Without minimizing the importance of any of the foregoing reservations, there is no denying that Rocket is a very well-executed game with a lot going for it. Besides being highly entertaining, it includes multiple great innovative features that will keep you coming back for more.
So, if you’re a NJ DraftKings player who’s hankering to try a wildly exciting new game with a high RTP and high variance that’s strikingly different from anything you’ve played before, Rocket could have your name written on it. Climb aboard and see how high it can take you.
As the old saying goes, if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen. But if you’re clamoring for some sizzling excitement in the form of a red-hot new slot game, you’ll want to hurry to one kitchen pronto–Hell’s Kitchen!
Surely you have heard of Gordon Ramsay, the very outspoken British chef and TV personality whose hit TV show Hell’s Kitchen has been running on Fox TV since 2005.
Perhaps you have also had the pleasure of dining at one or both of Gordon Ramsay’s two Atlantic City restaurants. Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Atlantic City is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Gordon Ramsay Steak at Harrah’s Resort serves dinner only Tues.-Sun. There is also a restaurant in Las Vegas that is actually called Hell’s Kitchen. We’ll tell you about that later.
But I bet you didn’t know that Hell’s Kitchen is also the name of an online slot. Although the slot wasn’t even released until March 2021, the good news is it’s now available on almost every NJ gambling website.
So, at long last, for all of you who are big fans of Gordon Ramsay’s savory cuisine and/or can’t get enough of his colorful personality and fiery temper, your lucky day has arrived. You don’t have to wait for the next TV episode or when you can conjure up enough dough to dine at one of his fine restaurants because you can enjoy the excitement and drama of Hell’s Kitchen virtually.
Hell’s Kitchen basics
Hell’s Kitchen is an online video slot that’s a joint collaboration between the world-renowned chef, restauranteur, and TV personality Gordon Ramsay and NetEnt, one of the top manufacturers of online slots for casinos all over the world.
Like many other modern online slot games, Hell’s Kitchen consists of five reels, three rows, and 20 fixed paylines. But what makes this slot unique is its full menu of special features, including Random Wilds and not one bonus round but two, where win multipliers galore make the action even wilder. If you’re truly lucky, you will trigger both the Team Challenge Bonus Round and Gordon’s Bonus Round. And it’s not as hard as you might think due to this game’s extraordinarily high return to player or RTP.
The setting for the game is the kitchen of an upscale restaurant, much like you’ll find in one of the various dining establishments that Gordon Ramsay owns in real life. But this isn’t just any random kitchen. It’s Ramsay’s kitchen, which means it serves up some of his favorite signature dishes like Beef Wellington and Sticky Toffee Pudding.
You will even get to hear some of the chef’s colorful phrases and comments, though not to anywhere near the same extent as on TV. When I was playing in demo mode, I occasionally lamented how I wasn’t hitting winning combinations with the same frequency as I had been earlier. But not for long. All of the sudden, lo and behold, out of nowhere, Ramsay would utter remarks like “That’s enough,” “Let’s spice things up,” or “Let me show you how it’s done.” At that point, knives would go flying all over the screen, turning 5-7 regular symbols into wild symbols and non-winning combinations into winning ones.
Hell’s Kitchen bet range
Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants are not low priced, but the slot game Hell’s Kitchen is surprisingly budget-friendly and accommodates players of all bet sizes. The minimum bet per spin is only 20 cents, while the maximum is $400.
In other words, this game should suit the bankroll and playing preferences of anyone from the smallest bettors to high rollers. Hell’s Kitchen can also be played for free in demo mode.
Hell’s Kitchen RTP and volatility
Before deciding whether or not to play any online slot for real money, two variables that should always enter into your decision are the return to player (RTP) and volatility.
Luck is an important factor in any slot game, so superior slots do not necessarily produce superior results every time. Sometimes you will lose when playing one of the best online slots, and sometimes you will win playing another slot with a lower rating. But in the long run, you can expect to preserve more of your bankroll with slots with a better than average RTP (theoretical rate of return).
Keep in mind that you have no way of knowing ahead of time what kind of luck you will have initially. In case it isn’t good, the high frequency of payouts will probably give you enough leverage, even if most of those payouts are small, to keep you in the game without losing a big chunk of your bankroll prematurely.
That is why slot games with a high RTP are your best bets and also why all of the games I single out as Barb’s Best Bets here on NJ Gambling Websites must have an RTP of 96.0 percent or higher.
Hell’s Kitchen, with an RTP of 96.81% more than qualifies.
Volatility or variance refers to the degree to which, over the course, of your play, the game is capable of producing large fluctuations in your bankroll. All slots tend to have periods where they run either hot or cold but to greatly different degrees.
A slot with high volatility gets the player’s adrenalin pumping, and many players prefer this extra excitement, especially when top wins can be very high, as they frequently are in such games. On the other hand, small players with very limited bankrolls need to be very careful. A single bad session could wipe out most or all of their bankroll.
Given Gordon Ramsay’s fiery temper, I expected Hell’s Kitchen to have high volatility. But that isn’t the case. Instead, the volatility level for this slot is described as “low medium.” In other words, you can expect enough variation in the outcomes of your spins to keep the game from being repetitious and boring but not so much that tapping out becomes a real worry. As long as you don’t overbet your bankroll, it should be sufficient to allow you to play comfortably for a reasonable period of time.
Which NJ online casinos offer Hell’s Kitchen?
NJ online casino players will have no trouble finding a place to play the slot game Hell’s Kitchen. It is available for both desktop and mobile play (on currently used iOS and Android phones and tablets) at all of the following NJ gambling websites:
- Golden Nugget
- Hard Rock
- Mohegan Sun
Hell’s Kitchen symbols
The symbols on the reels include eight regular symbols, a wild symbol, and a scatter symbol. All of these symbols except the four lower paying regular symbols, the playing cards Jack-Ace, clearly relate to Gordon Ramsay and Hell’s Kitchen.
The eight regular symbols, in descending order of payout value, are as follows:
- Beef Wellington
- Spicy Burger
- Fruity Cocktail
- Sticky Toffee Pudding
Winning combinations are formed in the same manner as on most online slots. You need three or more matching symbols to line up on consecutive reels horizontally or diagonally starting with the reel farthest to the left.
The wild symbol turns up a lot in this game, and it is very easy to identify because it simply says “HK WILD.” It can appear anywhere on the reels both in the main game and during the Team Challenge Free Spins feature. On its own, it has no monetary value, but it can substitute for all other symbols except the scatter symbol to help form or add to winning combinations.
The scatter symbol is the face of none other than Gordon Ramsay himself surrounded by flames. Since his appearance is for the purpose of awarding you free spins, a smile would be nice, But instead, he has a stern look that’s somewhat intimidating, as if to say, no matter how well you perform in the kitchen, it’s not good enough.
The scatter symbol only appears in the main game and only on reels 1, 2, 4, and 5. So, four scatter symbols are the most you can get on any given spin. One or two aren’t good enough, though, as you need at least three to show up simultaneously to trigger the Team Challenge Free Spins bonus round. Depending on how many scatter symbols land–three or four–you receive either 10 Free Spins or 15 Free Spins, respectively.
Hell’s Kitchen special features
What makes Hell’s Kitchen such a highly entertaining slot has to be the fact that it’s so loaded with special features, there’s never a dull moment. From the moment you start playing, this kitchen is a buzz of activity.
As mentioned, throughout the course of your play, wild symbols can randomly show up on any of the reels, both during the base game and during the Team Challenge Free Spins bonus round. However, they appear much more frequently in the latter (approximately once every three spins instead of about once every 20 spins).
Of course, the presence of one or more wild symbols doesn’t guarantee a paying combination every time. But because there are eight different symbols they can substitute for, your chances are very good, especially with multiple wild symbols. When the Random Wilds feature is activated, you get from 5 to 7 wild symbols appearing on the reels simultaneously!
Team Challenge Free Spins bonus round
It may take a while before 3 or 4 scatter symbols land on the reels to trigger the Team Challenge Free Spins, or it might not happen at all during your playing session. But the good news is that this game’s very high RTP will ensure that at the very worst, you won’t lose more money than you can manage in the interim. Or, with the help of the potentially highly lucrative Random Wilds feature, you might even get a couple of big enough wins to pull way ahead!
On the other hand, if you have ever watched the TV show, you know that Hell’s Kitchen is all about cooking challenges and which team will impress the tough critic Gordon Ramsay the most. In this slot game version, the Red team is up against the Blue team. Pick whichever team you think will win and hope you make the right choice.
How the Team Challenge Free Spins bonus game works
As soon as you choose your team, this is how the challenge plays out.
As mentioned, if three scatter symbols appear anywhere on reels 1, 2, 4, and 5 simultaneously, you get 10 Free Spins. Or if four scatter symbols appear, you get 15 Free Spins.
These spins take place in two separate play areas, one for the Red team and one for the Blue team. Each play area consists of 5 reels, 3 rows, and 20 fixed paylines. The paylines for the Red team are numbered from 1 to 20, while those for the Blue team are numbered from 21 to 40.
All Team Challenge Free Spins take place with the same bet size as on the spin that triggered them.
During each Free Spin, 1 to 3 of the following Order Up features randomly activate for each team.
- 2x line win multiplier
- 3x line win multiplier
- 3-8 wild symbols
While the challenge is in progress, you can keep tabs on each team’s total winnings so far. The challenge ends when all of the Free Spins are complete. At that time, whichever team is ahead will be declared the challenge winner. The Team Challenge Free Spins cannot be re-triggered.
Regardless of the outcome, you get to keep all winnings accumulated during the challenge by both teams. However, if your team wins the challenge or if the challenge ends in a tie, you receive an extra treat. You get to play Gordon’s Bonus Game, too!
If your team loses, you return immediately to the base game.
Gordon’s Bonus Game
You can only activate Gordon’s Bonus Game after having picked the winning or tying team in the Team Challenge Free Spins bonus round. This gives you the chance to win even more playing a pick-and-click game.
You’ll see 15 menus on the screen, hiding 12 random prizes and 3 X symbols. Click on one menu at a time to reveal what prize, if any, it offers.
You can win any of three different types of prizes:
- Random prizes of 2, 3, or 5 x your bet
- A 2x win multiplier
- A 3x win multiplier
If you unlock both the 2x and 3x multipliers during this bonus game, their values are added. Or if you don’t unlock any multipliers, your total win during the bonus game is multiplied by 1.
Try to avoid the X symbol. Besides not getting any prize, as soon as you unlock three of those symbols, the game is over. Your total win from Gordon’s Bonus Game equals the sum of whatever prizes you have won multiplied by the total multiplier you unlocked during the game.
The bottom line: What makes the slot game Hell’s Kitchen Barb’s Best Bet?
Most slot games based on hit TV shows and/or endorsed by celebrities only have an average RTP at best. In other words, you pay extra for the added entertainment. However, that is not the case at all with Hell’s Kitchen. The combination of a familiar, highly entertaining theme, a great RTP, and a ton of special features caught my attention immediately.
While Gordon Ramsay is much too full of himself for my personal taste, if you can get past that minor annoyance, I think you will find this slot game not only thoroughly enjoyable but potentially highly profitable as well. Hell’s Kitchen doesn’t offer a progressive jackpot. But with so many other great features going for it, you don’t need one.
Also, regardless of what type of player you are, this game will work for you due to the extremely wide bet size range. However, given the ideal combination of an exceptionally high RTP and low-medium volatility, there is less risk than in many other slot games. So, to maximize your win potential, I recommend playing for the highest stakes you can possibly afford. I can’t prove it, but I suspect that playing at higher stakes increases the likelihood of triggering the bonus rounds sooner rather than later.
Can’t get enough of Hell’s Kitchen? Try the restaurant with the same name in Las Vegas!
Lastly, after you raise hell in Hell’s Kitchen, in case you don’t know what to do with your big stash of cash, here’s a suggestion. Go to Vegas and treat yourself to dinner at Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen Restaurant located in front of Caesars Palace overlooking the Strip. The restaurant offers floor-to-ceiling windows, and red and blue kitchens, just like on the TV show serving Hell’s Kitchen signature dishes for lunch and dinner. There’s also a private dining room and a contemporary bar featuring the latest mixology trends.
But even if a getaway to Las Vegas or another irresistible vacation spot you’re longing to visit isn’t in the cards for now, no problem. If you’re looking for a new slot that’s hotter than even the dog days of August, you’ve found it in Hell’s Kitchen!
Now that summer is in full swing, many of you will be as eager to visit the Atlantic City casinos as to play online. Therefore, if you’re a slot player, you have the best of both worlds. Some of the best online casino slots on NJ gambling websites are also available at your favorite Atlantic City brick and mortar casinos, and vice versa.
Best Online Casino Slots in NJ
This article will zero in on five of the best online casino slots in NJ. If slots are your game of choice and you play frequently, you will probably be familiar with at least a couple of these games already. The fact that you can play them anytime you wish virtually anywhere in New Jersey online, on your mobile device, or in your favorite AC casino–adds to the fun.
By the way, all five slots are from one of the biggest and most recognizable names in the business–IGT.
Cleopatra–one of the best online casino slots ever
Cleopatra is a slot that will never grow old on you no matter how often you play it. It is truly one of the best online casino slots in NJ. That’s why virtually every Atlantic City casino offers it as does virtually every NJ online casino. It is also why the original slot has spawned multiple sequels. The sequels are similar to the original game but come with extra features and the opportunity for bigger wins.
IGT first released Cleopatra for use in brick and mortar casinos back in 2005, while the online version did not appear until 2017. Don’t let these relatively early dates dissuade you from playing though. The graphics and animations might pale compared to what you will find in some of the newest slots. But Cleopatra will grab and hold your attention nonetheless.
Cleopatra is a classic video slot consisting of five reels, three rows, and 20 paylines. The theme, as you can readily surmise from the title, even if you have never played this game, is ancient Egypt. So, if ancient history is a subject that holds a particular fascination for you, this slot is right up your alley.
But even players with the most rudimentary familiarity with this topic will have no trouble immersing themselves in and trying their luck with Cleopatra. After all, this is a figure who has been immortalized in books, plays, movies, video games, and comic books. Besides, if you would like an easy-to-play slot that lets you temporarily escape to a world nothing like the present, can there be any better way to start than with a virtual trip way back in time?
Cleopatra bet range
Another thing you will appreciate about Cleopatra is the very wide range of bet sizes. For starters, the number of active paylines is not fixed. if you wish to reduce the cost by playing with fewer than all 20 paylines, you can although we don’t recommend it. Simply choose the number of paylines, from 1 to 20, that you wish to have working for you. Then choose your coin size or line bet, which can range from as little as 1 cent to as much as $10.
Then multiply the two numbers to get the cost of each spin. Thus, the minimum bet per spin is only 1 cent, and the maximum if you play with all 20 paylines and $10 coins, is $200. Clearly, this is a game that should appeal to anyone from penny players to high rollers.
Cleopatra RTP and volatility
The online version of Cleopatra has a published return to player (RTP) of 95.02 percent, which is about average for NJ online slots. While your long-term expectations are better with slots with a 96 percent or higher RTP, as long as you are careful and avoid marathon sessions and don’t overbet your bankroll, Cleopatra shouldn’t give you a problem.
There is no progressive jackpot, but big wins are still possible. However, your best chances for a decent size win occur in the bonus round rather than the base game. Since the bonus round is hard to trigger, your bankroll must be sufficient to withstand the possible earlier negative swings.
Cleopatra also has medium to high-medium volatility. This means that you can expect more than enough variation in results for the game to remain interesting, but you should be prepared for some ups and downs in your bankroll, too. The reason why it is best to play with all paylines, even if your bankroll is limited, is that when you play with fewer paylines, you increase the volatility. A less risky way to reduce your bet size is to play with all 20 paylines and a smaller line bet.
Which NJ online casinos offer Cleopatra?
Cleopatra is available for both online and mobile play at all of the following NJ online casinos:
- Bet America
- Golden Nugget
- Hard Rock
- Mohegan Sun
- Ocean Online
- Stardust (formerly Betfair)
The colorful array of symbols on the reels includes any of nine possible regular symbols plus a wild symbol and a scatter symbol. Of course, Cleopatra, which is both the game’s highest valued symbol and the wild symbol, is the star of the show. But if you’re looking for her well-known cohorts Mark Anthony and Julius Caesars, they are nowhere to be found.
Only the five higher paying regular symbols reflect the ancient Egyptian history theme. The six remaining regular symbols are the playing cards 9 through A.
These are the five higher paying regular symbols, listed in descending order of value:
- Scarab beetle (an ancient Egyptian symbol representing immortality) shown with a green background)
- Lotus: three flowers with a purple background
- Cartouche (a gold tablet that the ancient Egyptians used for hieroglyphics) shown with a blue background
- Crook & Flail (two tools used in ancient times) depicted crossing each other with a gold background
- Eye of Horus (a single open eye that to the ancient Egyptians represented protection, health, and regeneration) displayed with a red background)
Winning combinations for all but the two highest paying symbols (the scarab and lotus) and the lowest paying symbol (the 9) are formed in the usual manner. They require three or more of a kind to line up adjacently on a payline on consecutive reels starting with the reel farthest to the left. For the scarab, lotus, and 9, two like symbols lining up in this manner will suffice.
As you would expect, the payouts for only two of a kind are very small. On the other hand, if you’re lucky enough to have five scarab or lotus symbols land consecutively across a payline, you win 37.5x your stake.
Cleopatra is the wild symbol. It performs double duty since it is capable of producing payouts both on its own, as the game’s highest paying symbol, and in conjunction with other symbols, as the wild symbol.
Two, three, four, or five Cleopatras across a payline will return half of your bet, 10x, 100x, or 500x your bet, respectively.
Or, as the wild symbol, it can substitute for any of the other regular symbols to help form or add to winning combinations. Also, whenever Cleopatra contributes to a winning combination, you will hear the phrase “twice is nice” and you receive double the payout you would receive otherwise. These double payouts occur quite often, but unfortunately, many of them are so tiny that you don’t actually win anything. But the “twice is nice” feature is still a nice touch.
The Sphinx is the scatter symbol, and like the wild symbol, it can appear on any reel. One won’t help you, but in the online version, as long as at least two scatter symbols land simultaneously anywhere on the reels, your spin is an immediate winner. Depending on how many you get–two, three, four, or five–you will be paid 2x, 5x, 20x, or 100x your stake, respectively.
It is important to note that in the land-based version of Cleopatra, you get the same immediate payout for three, four, or five Cleopatras but no payout when only two appear. This difference contributes to the RTP being slightly lower than it is for the online game.
However, regardless of where you play, you need to have three or more scatter symbols land simultaneously to trigger the Free Spins bonus round
Free Spins bonus feature
Cleopatra comes with only one special bonus feature–15 Free Spins. You can only trigger it by having three or more scatter symbols land on the reels simultaneously. It is hard to do but worth the wait because this is the part of the game that is likely to be the most lucrative.
The reason why you can win a lot during the free spins is the new win multiplier. Each time you get a winning combination that doesn’t include Cleopatra, your win is tripled. Each time you get a winning combination that does include Cleopatra, your win is multiplied by six!
In addition, the Free Spins bonus round can be retriggered–up to 12x in a row–simply by having three or more Sphinx scatter symbols land again while the bonus round is in progress.
The bottom line
Cleopatra is a relatively simple slot without some of the extra bells and whistles you will find in some of the more modern online and land-based slots. But there are some compelling reasons why this easy-to-play and highly entertaining game has stood the test of time as well as it has and continues to be one of the best online casino slots. The colorful symbols, intriguing theme, and prospect of winning big in the bonus round will not only draw you in but have you keep coming back for more.
Cleopatra is a game that both novices and experienced players should enjoy. High rollers with their sights set on potentially bigger payouts who don’t mind taking bigger risks might also want to try their luck with one of the sequels such as Cleopatra Plus.
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Treasures of Troy: one of the best online casino slots based on Greek mythology
Continuing on the imaginary trip way back in time but this time focusing on a different time and place, one of the other best online casino slots you will welcome the opportunity to discover is Treasures of Troy.
Watch one of the most famous tales of Greek mythology unfold right before your eyes as you come face to face with Helen of Troy, Paris, King Menelaus, and, of course, the Trojan Horse. As you go to battle, hoping to walk away with your own treasure trove of riches, you have a wild symbol, 20 independent reels, 1,024 ways to win, and a thrilling free spins bonus round all waiting for you. Will you emerge victoriously? There’s only one way to find out.
A brief recap of what this slot is about
You don’t have to be a Greek mythology buff to enjoy playing this game. But it does help to have a basic knowledge of the story that this slot is based upon and its principal characters. So, with that goal in mind, here is a brief synopsis.
According to the legend, the beautiful Helen of Troy was married to King Menelaus of Sparta. But because she was so beautiful and desirable, her many previous suitors agreed to defend the king from any potential new rivals for her affection.
Paris, a Prince of Troy, subsequently seduced Helen while on a diplomatic mission to Sparta and returned with her to his homeland, whereupon Menelaus, with help from Helen’s former suitors, waged war. The so-called Trojan War lasted for years, during which not only Paris died but other great warriors like Hector, Achilles, and Ajax.
Eventually, one of Helen’s former suitors, Odysseus, put a plan into motion. The Greek army, pretending to concede defeat, left behind a huge wooden horse as a gift for their opponents. The Trojans celebrated their “victory” by getting drunk, unaware that Greek warriors were hiding inside the wooden horse. Then, while the Trojans were sleeping, the Greek warriors emerged, rounded up their army, and proceeded to loot and burn Troy. Helen and Menelaus eventually returned home to Sparta together to continue living as husband and wife.
Different versions of the famous story exist, and whether any of it actually happened is debatable. However, the tale was first told back in the 8th century B.C. by Homer in his epic poems entitled “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey.” It has also been the subject of many other literary works, and several TV shows and movies, including the 2004 movie called Troy starring Brad Pitt.
Play Treasures of Troy in either of two ways
Treasures of Troy existed first as a land-based slot before IGT released the online version in 2018. Now it is one of the best online casino slots in NJ. Treasures of Troy contains five reels, four rows, and 40 flexible paylines, with the additional option–only if you choose to play with all 40 paylines working–to also activate the MultiWay feature. This will keep all of the standard payout possibilities intact but offer in addition 1,024 ways to win.
If you don’t want to spring for the extra money for 1,024 ways to win, the cost per spin will vary depending on both the number of paylines you select and your line bet. Each payline you put into play costs 1 coin, so playing with all 40 lines will cost you 40 coins. However, the best way to keep the cost down is not to reduce the number of paylines, which will increase the variance, but to simply make your coin size or line bet smaller.
If you play this way without activating the 1,024 ways to win, winning combinations are formed in the usual manner, That is, three, four, or five matching symbols must line up adjacently on consecutive reels on a payline, starting with reel 1.
How the Treasures of Troy MultiWay feature works
Alternatively, but only if you choose to play with all 40 paylines working, you can take advantage of the MultiWay feature, too. This will give you 1,024 additional ways to win on top of the standard payouts. However, the downside is that the cost of every spin doubles. In other words, instead of being required to bet 40 coins per spin, you will need to bet 80.
You have to be careful because if you run into a losing streak, the cost of these double bets can add up in a hurry. That’s why keeping your coin size at an affordable level is so important in this game. But playing with all of your options open, including the 1,024 ways to win, is still the best strategy in this game. You not only get many extra ways to win but also the chance for some huge payouts.
The basic difference between the MultiWay feature payouts in this game and the standard payouts is that the position on the reel of a contributing symbol no longer matters. As long as the requisite number of symbols (in this case four or five) line up on consecutive reels starting with reel 1, it doesn’t necessarily have to be adjacent to the same symbol on the next reel. In addition, if the same symbol appears on a given reel more than once, your win gets multiplied.
More specifically, since the game has four visible rows, each of the 20 visible spaces on those rows is considered a separate reel. As a result, the possibilities for winning combinations multiply dramatically. Big wins are possible not just in the Free Spins bonus round but also in the base game.
Treasures of Troy RTP and volatility
According to the Golden Nugget website, the online version of Treasures of Troy has an RTP of 95.03 percent. However, players should keep in mind that that this figure probably represents the long-term RTP rather than how a player is likely to fare in the short run. In other words, a somewhat lower RTP is likely initially. In fact, the published range for this slot’s bottom level rate of return is only 92.90 percent, which is below average for NJ online slots.
The lackluster RTP does not mean that you should avoid playing Treasures of Troy. You can still win this game, and many players do. But you do need to be careful and limit the length of your playing sessions and not overbet your bankroll.
Treasures of Troy has medium volatility, which is also conducive to the probability that this game won’t be all smooth sailing. But as long as you are properly prepared to weather the downswings, you should be able to stay afloat and you might even hit paydirt.
Which NJ online casinos offer Treasures of Troy?
Treasures of Troy is available for both online and mobile play at all of the following NJ online casinos:
- Bet America
- Golden Nugget
- Hard Rock
- Ocean Online
- Stardust (formerly Betfair)
Treasures of Troy symbols
This game contains nine regular symbols plus a wild symbol and a scatter symbol.
Only the five higher paying regular symbols, listed below in descending order of value, relate to the slot’s actual theme.
- Helen of Troy
- Achilles’ helmet
- Achilles’ sword
The remaining regular symbols are the playing cards J, Q, K., and A.
The wild symbol is the Treasures of Troy logo. This symbol only appears on reels 2-5. On its own, it has no monetary value, but it can substitute for any other symbol except the scatter symbol to help form winning combinations.
The scatter symbol is the famous Trojan Horse. This symbol can only appear on reel 3. But if two or more scatter symbols land simultaneously, that activates the Free Spins bonus round.
Free Spins bonus feature
The Free Spins bonus round is this game’s only special bonus feature. Depending on whether 2, 3, or 4 scatter symbols show up to trigger it, you will be awarded 10, 15, or 20 free spins, respectively.
The bonus round can be retriggered multiple times–awarding you a maximum of 130 free spins–when two or more scatter symbols land again while the feature is in progress.
Not every free spin will be a winner, and completing all of them could take a while. But the overall results should make you very pleased.
The bottom line
Because of the mediocre RTP, Treasures of Troy is a game that I would recommend for occasional play rather than as one of the top go-to games that you play frequently. However, the MultiWay feature giving you up to 1,024 ways to win on every spin adds greatly to the thrill and excitement of playing. Who needs to be chasing a progressive jackpot when on any spin, and not just in the bonus round, but in the base game, too, you could unlock a treasure trove and win big?
Siberian Storm: One of the best online casino slots featuring animals
Now that you have had the opportunity to hang out with ancient Egypt and Greek royalty, how about going on a thrilling animal adventure? Siberian Storm, the first of two animal-themed slots featured in this article, is one of the best online casino slots in this category. It is available at virtually all Atlantic City and NJ online casinos.
Siberian Storm basics
Like most other slots at NJ online casinos, Siberian Storm contains five reels. But instead of having a designated number of paylines, it offers 720 ways to win!
Siberian Storm was first released as a land-based slot in 2010, but the online version did not appear until 2017.
Not your usual, everyday slot, by any means
As soon as you start playing, you will notice the unusual shape of the reels. Instead of each of the five reels displaying the same number of rows, the game is shaped like a hexagon. Reels 1 and 5 have three visible rows, reels 2 and 4 have four visible rows, and reel 3 in the middle has five visible rows.
But more importantly, Siberian Storm also offers another innovative feature called MultiWay Xtra that gives you many more ways to win. This is how MultiWay Xtra works.
- Winning combinations of matching symbols can be formed not just in the usual way, from left to right, starting with reel 1, but also from right to left, starting with reel 5.
- The position of the matching symbol on each reel doesn’t matter as long as three or more of the same symbol appear consecutively starting with either the first reel or the last reel.
Of course, you can also get multiple winning combinations simultaneously. Also, while three is the minimum number of matching symbols in each instance, you can also get four or five, which creates a bigger payout.
The combined result is 720 ways to win on every spin! That’s what makes Siberian Storm super exciting.
But can you handle the challenge?
On the other hand, Siberian Storm isn’t for everyone. Some players might prefer a calmer, less volatile game. Much like Siberia would hardly be the destination of choice for a relaxing vacation in idyllic surroundings, forget Siberian Storm if your main goal is simply to relax and unwind after a long, difficult day.
The eerie setting of Siberian Storm and the knowledge that any moment you might come face to face not only with ferocious looking tigers but even creepier looking tiger’s eyes might scare some players away.
Or, if you especially love the happy, lighthearted feeling you get from slots that are filled with bright, vibrant colors, brace yourself. Siberian Storm won’t give you that. Instead, you will be visiting the scene of one of the harshest winters on earth, with icy reels, snow all around, and only Siberian tigers to keep you company.
Hopefully, the stark white scene won’t give you the chills, too, as the experience that awaits you still has the potential to be richly rewarding. But first, you will need to brave unknown territory, so there are no promises. Are you up for the challenge?
Siberian Storm bet range, RTP, and volatility
The minimum coin size for this game is only a penny, while the maximum varies, depending on where you are playing. In any case, the default multiplier to determine the cost per spin is always 50. In other words, the minimum bet per spin is not .01 but 50 cents, and if the maximum coin size is $3 (as it often is), the maximum bet per spin is $300.
Siberian Storm has an RTP of 95 percent and is described by the manufacturer as having medium volatility. After playing several sessions in demo mode, however, I think a designation of high medium volatility is more accurate.
Big payouts can occur both during the base game and the Free Spins bonus round. However, in between, you may think you’re winning but you’re really not because the amount of the payouts doesn’t even cover the bet size. There can also be long stretches where this slot temporarily turns ice cold before it gets red hot and your playing bankroll could dwindle appreciably if you’re not careful.
The combination of a relatively high minimum bet size, only an average RTP, and high medium volatility makes Siberian Storm a more suitable game for mid-range players and high rollers than for very small players. In any case, having an adequate bankroll to handle the negative swings you might encounter early on is essential.
Which NJ online casinos offer Siberian Storm?
Siberian Storm is available for both online and mobile play at all of the following NJ online casinos:
- Bet America
- Hard Rock
- Mohegan Sun
- Stardust (formerly Betfair)
Siberian Storm symbols
Siberian Storm contains nine regular symbols, a wild symbol, a scatter symbol, and a bonus symbol.
The Siberian Storm logo is the highest paying regular symbol. Three, four, or five of them across the reels pay 50, 150, or 1,000 coins, respectively. The other regular symbols include an orange tiger and a white tiger and various jewels and relics.
The wild symbol is a white Siberian tiger with the word WILD. Unlike the regular symbols, it has no monetary value on its own and it can only appear on reels 2, 3, and 4. However, it can appear either singly or stacked and substitute for any other symbol except the scatter symbol and bonus symbol to help form winning combinations.
If three, four, or five symbols with the word SCATTER land simultaneously anywhere on the reels, you immediately win 2x, 10x, or 50x your bet, respectively.
The bonus symbol is the tiger’s eye.
However, it’s only a winner when five or more land across all five reels simultaneously. Besides an instant win of 50x your bet, that will trigger the Free Spins bonus round described below.
Free Spins bonus feature
This is the only special bonus feature that Siberian Storm offers. The number of free spins you’re awarded depends on how many bonus symbols show up on the triggering spin. The minimum number is eight, but you could get up to 96. And that’s just for starters because the Free Spins bonus feature can be retriggered multiple times.
Retriggering the free spins is probably a longshot, but you should have no trouble triggering the bonus at least once. During this round, big wins are possible.
The bottom line
It’s easy to see why Siberian Storm is consistently rated one of the best online casino slots–both online and offline.
We can’t guarantee that Siberian Storm will live up to its manufacturer’s claim to be a “payoff beast.” But if you crave an innovative, action-packed game and your bankroll can withstand what could be a wild roller coaster ride, by all means, give it a try. There’s no progressive jackpot to shoot for, but with stacked wilds, free spins galore, and 720 ways to win, you can still make a killing. But you probably have to bet big to win big.
Players who like this game and want to take their play to the next level to try for an even bigger win can try their luck with Siberian Storm Mega Jackpots.
Wolf Run: One of the best online casino slots with animal themes
Continuing with the wild animal theme, another IGT game that has proven to be one of the best online casino slots of all time both at land-based casinos and online is Wolf Run. The online version has existed since 2012, but there is no sign that players find “running with the wolves” any less exhilarating today than they did back then.
Wolf Run basics
Wolf Run is a relatively simple game consisting of five reels, four rows (instead of the usual three), and 40 paylines. The action takes place at night in a dense forest where howling wolves could appear at any moment, and what they’ll do next is anybody’s guess.
Wolf Run bet range, RTP, and volatility
Since the number of paylines is not fixed, if you want to save money by playing with fewer than all 40 paylines, you can. Also, the minimum coin size or line bet is only 1 cent, so the option to play this game for only a penny per spin exists. But you would only be playing with one active payline, which is not a good idea. The variance would be extremely high, and winning combinations would be few and far apart. If you keep all 40 paylines in play, as you should, the minimum bet per spin increases from one cent to 40 cents.
The maximum bet varies depending on where you are playing. But this game offers a wide enough choice of coin sizes to suit most players’ preferences.
The published RTP for the Wolf Run online slot is 94.98%, which is only average or slightly below average for NJ online slots. This does not mean that you shouldn’t play this slot, just that you should be careful and not overbet your bankroll. You should also keep the length of your playing sessions reasonable. If you’re winning, don’t keep pressing your luck, and if you’re losing, don’t keep chasing your losses.
Wolf Run also has medium volatility, which is to most players’ liking. The game offers enough variation to maintain your interest but not so much that you might be realistically worried about depleting your stake.
Which NJ online casinos offer Wolf Run?
Wolf Run is available for both online and mobile play at all of the following NJ online casinos:
- Bet America
- Golden Nugget
- Hard Rock
- Mohegan Sun
- Ocean Online
- Stardust (formerly Betfair)
Wolf Run symbols
Wolf Run contains 10 regular symbols plus a wild symbol and a bonus symbol.
Winning combinations are formed in the usual manner. You need three or more matching symbols to line up adjacently on consecutive reels starting with the reel farthest to the left.
The four higher paying symbols are a black wolf, a white wolf, and two different Native American totem pole symbols.
The six lower paying regular symbols are the playing cards 9-Ace.
Be on the lookout for the wild symbol, too. The wild symbol is a wolf howling at the moon (not at you). This can be a very welcome sight because the howling wolf can substitute for any other symbol except the bonus symbol to help form winning combinations.
The wild symbol often appears stacked (up to four of them one under the other) on one or more reels, with the potential to add to your winnings big time.
In addition, the wild symbol on its own is the game’s highest valued symbol. Three, four, or five wild symbols across a payline return 5ox, 200x, or 1,000x your line bet, respectively.
The symbol with the word “Bonus” can only appear on reels 2, 3, and 4. If and only if the bonus symbol shows up simultaneously on all three reels, you not only get paid 2x your total bet immediately, but you also trigger the Free Spins bonus round (described below).
Free Spins bonus feature
Even though the bonus symbol can only appear on the three middle reels and it needs to land on all three, triggering the bonus is not that difficult. As soon as you do, you receive 2x your bet. But that’s just the start because you also receive 5 free spins where extra stacked wilds are added to the reels, improving your chances for some huge payouts.
You can also retrigger the bonus many times, which is a longshot but not impossible.
The bottom line
Like many other online slots, there are various ways that this game could be better. The wolves could be scarier looking, and other symbols would make much more sense in a forest than totem poles and playing cards. Boosting the RTP either by increasing some of the payout values or adding a new special feature would also help.
That said, stacked wilds, howling wolves, and free spins keep the entertainment at a high level, and if luck is on your side, you can be a big winner, too.
Wheel of Fortune Triple Extreme Spin
Last but certainly not least, no mention of five of the best online casino slots & land-based slots of all time can omit a game that is based on one of the best online casino slots with a TV show theme – Wheel of Fortune. This show has been on the air since 1975–before many of you were even born–and it is still going strong.
Of course, that was also long before online gambling existed. It wasn’t until 2018 and later that you could play Wheel of Fortune Triple Extreme and its many offshoots (such as Wheel of Fortune On Tour, Wheel of Fortune Hawaiian Getaway, and Wheel of Fortune Megaways) in NJ online casinos.
Why you’ll want to play this game
Given the enormous popularity of the TV show, it is no surprise that any slot game bearing the same name would be one of the best online casino slots from the get-go, too. But in order to hold your attention once you have satisfied your initial curiosity, the Wheel of Fortune slot needs to have other things going for it, and in that respect, it doesn’t disappoint.
720 ways to win
Like most modern slots, Wheel of Fortune Triple Extreme consists of five reels. But that’s where the similarity ends because instead of having either a fixed or adjustable (by the player) number of paylines, Wheel of Fortune Triple Extreme gives you 720 ways to win!
We already introduced you to Siberian Storm, another 720 ways to win game, and this game is designed the same way. The same exact special features that allow this many possible winning combinations in Siberian Storm have also been built into Wheel of Fortune Triple Extreme Spin:
- Hexagonal shape: Reels 1 and 5 have three rows of symbols displayed, reels 2 and 4 have four, and reel 3 (the middle reel) has five.
- MultiWay Xtra feature
Here’s what the Multi-Way Xtra feature includes.
For starters, winning combinations can be formed in either direction–not just from left to right starting with reel 1 but also from right to left starting with reel 5!
In addition, the position of the matching symbols on each reel can be anywhere on the reel! They don’t have to line up adjacently with the matching symbol on the next reel.
Moreover, if the same matching symbol appears more than once on the same reel, each instance counts as an additional win.
Fantastic cash prizes
Contestants on the TV show can win all sorts of fabulous prizes such as vacations, expensive jewelry, fancy cars and, of course, cash. Wheel of Fortune slot players can only win cash, but the three high paying regular symbols–a boat, an emerald ring, and a sports car–remind you of the TV show prizes. Besides, if you win enough cash, you can buy all of those items or any other luxury item of your choosing.
No Bankrupt symbol in the slot game to wipe out all of your winnings
On most TV shows, the worst-case scenario is that a contestant walks away empty-handed. However, on Wheel of Fortune, some contestants experience an even worse fate. They spin the wheel and the dreaded Bankrupt symbol shows up, and everything they have won up to that point disappears.
In the Wheel of Fortune slot game, there is no Bankrupt symbol on the reels, so that won’t happen. The only way you can possibly go bankrupt is you have a terrible losing streak and mismanage your money so badly that you lose your entire stake. But it’s highly unlikely because you know better than that.
A colorful game with first-rate graphics and sound effects
Many of the slot games which are not brand new don’t measure up when it comes to graphics and sound effects. But that is not the case with Wheel of Fortune Triple Extreme Spin. Even if you’re not a big winner, the colorful symbols and upbeat soundtrack are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
Wheel of Fortune Triple Xtreme Spin bet range, RTP, and volatility
As with Siberian Storm, the cost per spin is whatever coin size you have chosen multiplied by 50. Therefore, since the minimum coin size is a penny, the minimum bet per spin is 50 cents. However, the maximum depends on the maximum coin size at the casino where you are playing. For example, if the maximum coin size is $5.00, the maximum bet per spin will be $250.
The online version of Wheel of Fortune Triple Extreme Spin has a published theoretical RTP of only 94.22 percent. This is a little below average for NJ online slots, so keep that in mind.
It is always preferable to play games with a higher RTP because they pay out more frequently. In case you run into a losing streak early on, your bankroll is better protected because frequent small payouts will still keep you in the game for a longer period of time.
On the other hand, if you’re lucky, in any given session, you could fare much better than the RTP suggests, and that is certainly possible in Wheel of Fortune Triple Extreme Spin.
Wheel of Fortune Triple Extreme Spin has medium volatility. This is what most players want because it keeps the game from being so repetitive that it becomes boring while still, in all probability, keeping whatever bankroll swings you encounter within reason.
The bottom line is that we recommend Wheel of Fortune Triple Xtreme Spin mainly for medium stakes players and high rollers rather than very small players with limited bankrolls. But whatever your level of play, sensible money management is the key.
Which NJ online casinos offer Wheel of Fortune Triple Extreme Spin?
Wheel of Fortune Triple Extreme Spin is available for both online and mobile play at all of the following NJ online casinos:
- Bet America
- Golden Nugget
- Hard Rock
- Mohegan Sun
- Ocean Online
- Stardust (formerly Betfair)
Wheel of Fortune Triple Extreme Spin symbols
The symbols on the reels include eight regular symbols and four special symbols, and that’s only in the base game. That’s a lot of symbols, so pull up a comfortable chair and let’s get started.
Only the three highest paying regular symbols relate in any way to the Wheel of Fortune TV show. The five lower paying symbols are all fruit. The eight regular symbols, listed below in descending order of value, are:
- Emerald Ring
- Red Sports Car
As mentioned, winning combinations are formed whenever 3, 4, or 5 like symbols appear anywhere on consecutive reels in either direction starting with the outermost reel.
The four special symbols include the Wheel of Fortune symbol, wild symbol, scatter symbol, and bonus symbol.
Wheel of Fortune symbol
This is the highest paying symbol in the game by far. A winning combination of 3, 4, or 5 Wheel of Fortune Symbols pays 2,000 coins, 5,000 coins, or 10,000 coins, respectively.
Unlike the previously mentioned symbols, the symbol with the word “WILD” can only appear on reels 2, 3, and 4. On its own, the wild symbol has no monetary value, but it can substitute for any of the eight regular symbols to form or add to winning combinations.
This multi-colored symbol appears with a wheel and the word “SCATTER.” Three or more anywhere on the reels must show up simultaneously to trigger the Mini-Wheel bonus.
The bonus symbol consists of three different size wheels. Unlike the scatter symbol, the bonus symbol can only appear on reels 2, 3, and 4. It needs to land on all three reels to trigger the Triple Extreme Spin bonus.
Triggering the Triple Extreme Spin bonus is a lot harder than triggering the Mini-Wheel bonus. But it’s worth the wait because what happens next is that you finally get the golden opportunity you’ve been waiting for—to spin the Wheel of Fortune!
Wheel of Fortune Triple Extreme Spin special bonus features
If you’re lucky, you will trigger both bonuses. While the Mini-Wheel bonus, despite the name, can occasionally produce a big payout, it’s the Triple Extreme Bonus where you have the best chance to walk away with a fortune. The two features combined are a big reason why players consider this game one of the best online casino slots in NJ.
As mentioned, you trigger this bonus when three or more scatter symbols land anywhere on the reels simultaneously.
Each scatter symbol then turns into a spinning wheel. When all of the wheels stop spinning, the values that they land on are added. Then the grand total is multiplied by the triggering coin bet to determine how much you win. This can be any amount from 50 to 3,850 coins.
Triple Extreme Spin Bonus
If three or more bonus symbols show up simultaneously on reels 2, 3, and 4, you trigger the Triple Extreme Spin Bonus.
At that point, the screen will display 12 envelopes. The number that you get to pick corresponds to the number of bonus symbols that landed on the triggering spin, Each envelope includes a red, blue, or yellow pointer.
There are also three wheels—a large red one, a medium size blue one, and a small yellow one–each with three pointers in the same color. Therefore, the number of pointers that you pick of each color will determine which wheels you spin and how many pointers (1, 2, or 3) light up and add to your winnings.
If any color is completely missing from the pointers you pick, you don’t get to spin that wheel, with one exception. If you only have yellow pointers, you still get to spin the red wheel with one lit pointer.
The red and blue wheel segments indicate coin wins while the yellow wheel segments indicate multipliers. Players who pick more than three red or blue points win extra.
The Triple Extreme Spin Bonus is hard to trigger, so more often than not, it will elude you. But if it’s your lucky day, you couldn’t care less that this game doesn’t offer a progressive jackpot because just like the name of the game implies, you could be just three spins away from a mind-boggling win.
The bottom line – best online casino slots in NJ
It’s easy to see why Wheel of Fortune Triple Extreme Spin has become and still is one of the best online casino slots of all time. How could you not want to play a game with 720 ways to win and the chance to trigger two exciting bonuses and send your winnings soaring to the stratosphere?
But the downside is that, like Siberian Storm, this is probably the type of game where in order to win big, you need to bet big. Whatever your bet size, the mediocre RTP can cut into your bankroll substantially during the base game if you’re not careful. To minimize the likelihood of that happening, good money management is essential. And if you’re lucky enough to trigger either or both bonus rounds, don’t press your luck. Quit with your winnings intact.
Imagine winning $3 million in a casino only to find out that they’re not going to pay you out. That’s the story for one woman as the casino is currently refusing to give her the winnings.
There’s more to the story, though, so read below for all of the details as we start this gambling websites news.
MGM Grand Detroit Sued By Michigan Woman After $3 Million Glitch
It’s been a rollercoaster of a week for Detroit native Jacqueline Davis. She entered the MGM Grand Detroit with $50 and after playing the Luck O’Roulette for five consecutive days, Lady Luck was on her side. She was up nearly $11 million dollars but kept going, and eventually tumbled down to $3 million in winnings. That’s still not bad, though, as she still ended up being a multimillionaire…or so she thought.
Davis picked up $100,000 to start collecting on her winnings, but when she went to pick up the rest the next day, she was told that a glitch caused all of her winnings and that she wouldn’t get anything. She claims that she kept winning and had no idea the machine was malfunctioning because she was there to do exactly that: to win.
Typically, casinos win these cases as there are loopholes for software glitches but there is a catch here. According to the license, the casino has the opportunity to check the machine every 24 hours to make sure there are no problems and in some cases, the license even requires a check. Davis played for five days straight, so the casino had ample time to make changes if they thought something was wrong.
We’ll see if anything comes of it but for now, Davis has done well to flip her $50 bet into $100,000.
Gaming Payments Processor Paysafe Reaches Several Partnerships
Paysafe, a payment processor for sportsbooks, has made a number of strategic partnerships that should allow making a deposit even easier for potential bettors. Not only have they partnered with FOX to make things smoother for their customers, they have also reached a deal with Microsoft, which will allow anyone using an Xbox in 22 different countries to make a deposit. On top of that, the payments processing company is planning to offer a digital wallet for sports bettors in the state of Michigan as well.
Paysafe makes these moves at a tremendous time, given how the sports betting market alongside the esports market is hitting new highs. It was reported that $58.7 billion in bets have been made since 2018 while video game spending is up to $56.9 billion according to 2020 numbers.
Paysafecard vouchers will be coming sooner rather than later to a state near you (that has legal and licensed sportsbooks) and will provide gamblers the option to transfer funds. Bettors will be able to find these vouchers at a few places, including CVS, Fred Meyers and even Krogers.
At the end of the day, more onboarding methods for consumers is great both for bettors who want to play and for the companies that are running the operations. The more the merrier.
Connecticut Law Causes A Few Fantasy Sports Sites To Freeze Operations
There have been quite a few smaller fantasy sports sites choosing to stop their operations on account of the brand new Connecticut laws. However, the two biggest sports gaming companies, DraftKings and FanDuel, have decided to go in a different direction and continue to keep going for the time being.
The new law requires all real-money operators to have a license, which is why DraftKings and FanDuel are still operational because they were given provisional licenses. Although the law also allows the Connecticut lottery, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe and the Mohegan Tribe to offer both retail and online sports gambling, these provisional licenses are set to expire on September 30th, so they will need to battle through the licensing process to operate in the state full time.
This type of issue has happened before with the most recent coming in the state of Florida. Though their laws ended up being pushed back, meaning the situation is likely to pick back up sometime in 2022.
It’s every slot player’s dream to find their “road to riches.” Will a new game by SG Digital called Road to Riches Race Day live up to its title and win you a fortune?
Probably not. But with a return to player (RTP) of over 96 percent, this thrilling online slot that’s as much fun as a day at the races is this month’s Barb’s Best Bet to put you in the winner’s circle.
Feeling lucky? Bet on and watch the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 1!
If you’re not already a horse racing fan, playing Road to Riches Race Day will make you one. But if you’re already a fan, be sure to highlight Sat., May 1, 2021 on your calendar. That is when the first leg of the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby will take place.
2020 was an unfortunate exception when the Kentucky Derby had to be postponed to a later date. However, this year the Derby is back on schedule to take place as usual on the first Saturday of May. It’s the biggest horse racing day of the year.
The current betting favorite is Essential Quality. The horse’s name alone sounds like he has what it takes to win the Derby. But the same can be said about many of the other competitors–A Known Agenda, Dynamic One, Highly Motivated, and Rock the World, just to name a few. Likewise, based purely on the horse’s name, although logical handicapping might tell you otherwise, you might want to take a second look at the 50-1 shot, Keep Me in Mind!
This year’s Derby field includes 19 horses. So, all of them have their work cut out for them trying to reach the finish line first in the mile and one-quarter race. And so will you in trying to pick the winner!
You may like your chances better in the slot game Road to Riches Race Day, where there are only five horses to choose from. You can also try your luck as often as you want any day of the year!
Road to Riches Race Day basics
Road to Riches Race Day is an online video slot by SG Digital consisting of six reels, four rows, and 4,096 ways to win!
The reason there are so many different ways to win is that winning combinations occur whenever three or more matching symbols occur in any position on consecutive reels starting with the reel farthest to the left. The symbols do not need to be adjacent.
The setting for the game is a racetrack on a beautiful, sunny day, with the stands filled with fans.
Above the reels, you will see pictures of the five horses and the pot that each one will pay you if it wins the race. These amounts will vary considerably depending on your bet size. However, the favorite is always the horse with the red saddle, followed in order of increasing odds by the horse with the yellow, green, blue, and purple saddle. The longest shot on the board is always the horse with the purple saddle.
Nonstop action, just like a day at the racetrack should be
Each time you spin the reels, any horses that land will move forward on the track. This will also cause a cascade, where another symbol falls down from above to take its place. Likewise, whenever you get a winning combination, all of the symbols contributing to the win explode and new symbols cascade downward to replace them. The sequence continues, at no additional cost to you, until no new winning combinations or horses fall on the reels.
Meanwhile, the race continues until a horse reaches the finish line, at which time you will be awarded the prize indicated for that horse. If more than one horse reaches the finish line at the same time, you win the prize for each of those horses. Then, if you wish to continue playing, all of the horses return to the starting position for a new race.
Road to Riches Race Day bet size
At the racetrack, the minimum bet is usually $1. However, in this game, the minimum bet can be as little as 20 cents. High rollers might be disappointed that the maximum bet is only $30. However, one $30 bet after another can add up quickly. Also, keep in mind that Road to Riches Race Day is a high-volatility slot. So, it is probably a good thing that the maximum bet isn’t higher.
In any case, this is a game where you can keep your bet size very low if you’re so inclined. Or, if you’re not sure what would be a good bet size for you, another option is to play for free in demo mode.
Road to Riches Race Day RTP and Volatility
Contrary to what you may think, all online slot games are not the same in these respects. Both factors are important considerations in deciding whether or not a particular slot is a good fit for you.
The return to player or RTP of a game matters because it tells you how well you are likely to fare over the long run. Even though the RTP is not designed to predict individual session results, your best bet, particularly if you need to watch your bankroll closely, is to steer clear of games with a below average RTP. Instead, play the highest RTP games in that game category exclusively.
The reason for this advice is that you never know ahead of time what your initial luck will be. No one has an unlimited bankroll to risk, and it would be a shame to deplete most or all of it without ever having an opportunity to recoup. A high RTP doesn’t assure you of winning. But it keeps you in the game longer, and even if you don’t win, you are more likely to still have the bulk of your bankroll intact.
My minimum requirement for considering any slot game a Best Bet is an RTP of 96 percent or higher. Road to Riches Race Day has an RTP of 96.25 percent.
Volatility refers to the extent to which a particular game can potentially produce huge swings in your bankroll. A game can have both a high RTP and high volatility, and Road to Riches Race Day is one example.
High volatility isn’t necessarily bad. In fact, many players like this feature because along with the high variance, the top payout tends to be higher than on many other slots. The high volatility also makes the game much more exciting.
The downside is that you need to be very careful not to bet more than you can afford. In fact, the top bet of $30 for Road to Riches Race Day is plenty, and most players should bet a lot less.
Limiting your playing time and avoiding marathon sessions is also highly recommended. If you’re ahead, don’t give the machine a chance to take all of your winnings back and more.
Which NJ online casinos offer Road to Riches Race Day?
Road to Riches Race Day can be played either on your computer or on mobile devices. It is available at the following NJ online casinos.
- Golden Nugget
- Hard Rock
- Mohegan Sun
- Stardust (formerly Betfair)
Road to Riches symbols
Besides the five horses, this game contains nine regular symbols plus a wild symbol and a scatter symbol.
The higher paying lucky regular symbols include the Road to Riches logo, a harp, Derby hat, four-leaf clover, and horseshoe. The playing cards J-A constitute the lower paying regular symbols.
The wild symbol is a gold coin with the word WILD. It can land on any reel other than reel 1 or 6, where it can substitute for any other symbol except the scatter symbol or horse symbols to help form winning combinations.
You need four or more symbols labeled Grand Derby FREE SPINS to land simultaneously anywhere on the reels to trigger the Free Spins feature (described below).
Road to Riches Race Day Special Features
Unlike some slot games where nothing much happens until you trigger the bonus round, Road to Riches Day at the Races is packed with action and excitement from the get-go. This is exactly what you would expect from a day at the races, The featured race may be the highlight of the day. But it may not come for a while, so you’re counting on having a good time and, hopefully, winning earlier, too. Road to Riches Day at the Races delivers on all of these counts.
During the base game, every time the five horses line up at the starting gate for a new race, regardless of which horse wins, you win, too!
As described above, every time you get a winning combination or a horse advances in a race, a cascade occurs. The contributing symbols explode and get replaced by new symbols cascading down from above. The sequence continues until no more horses or winning combinations appear on the reels.
Free Spins feature
This is the big race where you are given a large stake to bet on any way you wish based on which of the five horses you think will win. You can play it safe and divide the money among all five horses. Or you can load up on a particular horse. The Free Spins continue until one horse reaches the finish line and is declared the winner.
The bottom line
Road to Riches Race Day is an exciting new slot game that I think any slot player will enjoy. My advice is to put some money on each horse during the Free Spins. You won’t win as much as if you put all of your money on just one or two horses. However, there is no way you will come away from the race empty-handed.
If you wish to bet on the Kentucky Derby and can’t make the trip to Monmouth Park or the Meadowlands, your only option in Atlantic City is the Race & Sportsbook at the Borgata. However, Road to Riches Race Day can be played on many NJ gambling websites, and you don’t have to travel anywhere!
Road to Riches Race Day is a game you can play over and over again. You can make any day of the year a day at the races!
Another great online slot with a horseracing theme is the previous Barb’s Best Bet Scudamore’s Super Stakes.
After the long holiday weekend starting last Friday with the Chinese New Year and continuing with Valentine’s Day and President’s Day, this week might seem like a bit of a downer. But if you have the time and you’re in the mood for one more day of festivities, go for it!
Tues., Feb. 16 was Fat Tuesday, better known as Mardi Gras Day!
Traditionally, Mardi Gras is one of the best days of the year to put all worries aside, let loose, and let the good times roll. But unfortunately, this year, Mardi Gras in New Orleans could not be the same wild street party it usually is due to social distancing mandates.
Since this a year when any excuse to celebrate any way we can is a good one, even if it’s only online, ideally, this article should have been published a couple of days earlier, in time for Mardi Gras Day itself. However, don’t let its late appearance deter you in the least. You can party the 2021 way with an online slot that will transfer the screen on your desktop, mobile phone, or tablet on any day of your choosing into your own private celebration of nonstop fun.
Are you ready to get the party started? Come to the one and only virtual Bourbon Street Bash and let the fun and winnings begin!
This Bourbon Street Bash slots game has a Mardi Gras party feel
Bourbon Street Bash is an online video slot by High Five Games consisting of five reels, three rows, and 40 fixed paylines.
Eye-catching graphics, lively jazz music, and sound effects that make you feel like you’re right in the heart of Bourbon Street will get you in a celebratory mood from the get-go. But special features like Super Stacks and the Bourbon Street Collection NJ online casino bonus will give you even more reasons to celebrate as you build your bankroll big time.
The predominant colors on the screen are green, gold, and purple, They are also the official colors of the Mardi Gras Carnival.
As soon as you open the game, the game logo will appear in big bright purple and gold letters, And to the left of the screen, there’s a beautiful woman with a painted face decked out in a colorful costume and a large purple ruff.
Once the game starts, the vivid images on the screen really stand against the dark purple background adorned with masquerade masks.
Bourbon Street Bash Bet Range
Much like the Mardi Gras parties in New Orleans are open to and enjoyed by folks from all walks of life, any party-loving gambler, no matter what your preferred bet size is, will enjoy the online slot game Bourbon Street Bash.
In fact, you can choose from 17 different betting options with coin sizes ranging from as little as .01 to as much $5 or even $10, depending on where you play.
However, you must play with all 40 paylines in effect. So once you have selected your coin size or line bet, simply multiply that number by 40 to get the cost of each spin. The minimum bet per spin is therefore .40, while the maximum could be as high as $400.
Or, if you prefer, you can enjoy the same party vibe risk-free playing for any of the same stakes in demo mode.
Bourbon Street Bash slot RTP and Volatility
The return to player or RTP of a game is indicated as the percentage of your starting bankroll that you can theoretically expect to be returned to you in winnings over the course of extended play. Because every casino game has a built-in house edge, and the RTP is the reciprocal of that figure, no slot has an RTP of 100 percent or higher.
Also, your results after any given playing session can deviate markedly from the published RTP in either direction. However, after many, many sessions, you should achieve better results with slots with an above-average RTP than with slots with only an average or below-average RTP.
Moreover, in case you don’t have good luck early on, high RTP slots do a better job of protecting your bankroll. Frequent payouts, even when they are small, will keep you in the game and greatly reduce the likelihood of tapping out prematurely.
Bourbon Street Bash has a very impressive RTP of 96 percent. That makes it an excellent choice for players of any bankroll and bet size.
Bourbon Street Bash also has medium volatility. You’ll find enough variation in the results of your spins to keep the excitement level high and maintain interest but not much that you run the risk of prolonged negative swings that could deplete your bankroll.
Which NJ online casinos offer Bourbon Street Bash Slots?
If you would like to play Bourbon Street Bash, and I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t, it is available at the following NJ online casinos:
Bourbon Street Bash Symbols
This game contains 10 regular symbols and a wild symbol and a scatter symbol.
All of the higher paying regular symbols reflect this slot’s Mardi Gras theme. They are also very eye-catching.
The highest paying symbols of the bunch are the male and female partygoers with painted faces dressed up as jesters. Five of them across a payline return 250x your line bet.
The second highest paying regular symbols are the green, gold, and purple coins.
The five lower paying regular symbols are the playing cards A, K, Q, J, and 5. They are surrounded by colored beads to fit in with the theme.
Winning combinations are formed in the usual manner, requiring three or more matching symbols (which can include the wild symbol) lining up adjacently on consecutive reels, starting with reel 1. The only exceptions are the male and female jesters which also pay, though very minimally, for a sequence of two.
The wild symbol is a costumed character marked “Wild.” It can only appear on reels 1, 3, and 5. However, it is capable of substituting for all other symbols except the scatter symbols to help form winning combinations.
The scatter symbol is a gold mask. If three of them land simultaneously anywhere on reels 2, 3, and 4, you trigger the Bourbon Street Collection Bonus consisting of seven free spins.
Bourbon Street Bash Special Features
Bourbon Street Bash is a highly entertaining slot game, thanks in part to the following special features.
The reels contain stacks of mystery symbols with the capability to transform into any designated symbol except the scatter symbol at the start of a spin. All stacked mystery symbol positions on a reel become transformed into the same symbol.
Bourbon Street Collection Bonus
The seven free spins that you earn if you trigger the Bourbon Street Collection bonus take place on different reels than the main game. If a 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 Collection symbol appears on any reel, you collect that symbol, and you might earn an additional reward called the Pick Bonus.
The Pick Bonus lets you choose from 15 bonus options. You can either select a credit award of 1x, 2x, 3x, or 5x your total bet or a multiplier award, where a 1 or 2x multiplier is applied to the multiplier award counter. At the end of the Pick Bonus, all of your winnings in the Bourbon Street Collection Bonus and Pick Bonus get multiplied by the amount in the multiplier award counter.
The next best thing to attending a Mardi Gras party in the French Quarter in New Orleans is to hold the party in your own home or wherever in New Jersey you happen to be. The online slot aptly called Bourbon Street Bash lets you do just that.
Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 was not only day 1 of the first long holiday weekend of the year but also the start of the Chinese New Year. It’s a celebration that continues for two weeks. That makes February an especially lucky month for NJ Gambling Website readers and the perfect time to celebrate with two fantastic NJ online slots–88 Fortunes and 88 Fortunes Megaways.
Either one or both of these action-packed games would be a fitting choice to bid farewell to the Year of the Pig and see what the Year of the Ox has in store.
This article describes both games. But the one I think most of you will prefer is the original 88 Fortunes. The main reason why is that besides being great fun to play and having a very high return to player, you have a chance to win any of four jackpots. It’s Barb’s Best Bet for the holiday weekend.
8 is a lucky number in Chinese culture. Is it yours?
The title of this slot is apropos. First and foremost, there are four jackpots up for grabs, so if you’re lucky, you can indeed win a fortune.
Secondly, the number 8 plays a prominent role in this slot game, as the minimum amount you can bet is not one coin but eight coins, and the maximum is 88 coins.
In fact, the optimal way to play this game is to bet 88 coins on every spin because that’s what you need to do to have a chance to win any of the four jackpots, including the mega jackpot.
88 Fortunes Basics
88 Fortunes is an online video slot created by SG Interactive and Shuffle Master. It consists of 5 reels, 3 rows, and rather than a fixed number of paylines like most slots, 243 ways to win.
But for avid, action-loving slot players, the more ways to win the better, so the same manufacturers now also offer the sequel 88 Fortune Megaways with 7 reels, a Cascading Reels feature, and a mind-boggling 117,649 ways to win! I’ll tell you more about that game and its special features later.
In both games, all you need to form a winning combination is for three or more matching symbols to line up on adjacent reels from left to right, starting with reel 1. It doesn’t matter which payline the symbols are on.
It’s nice to see that the Chinese theme is well represented in these slots in both the choice of symbols and the upbeat Oriental music. There’s even a gong sound to accompany your bigger wins. But you certainly don’t have to be Chinese to enjoy playing.
These brightly colored slots with red and gold the two predominant colors have been carefully designed to make you feel good with every spin you take. But especially when the screen lights up with a big win and gold coins are flying all over the place, the effect is magical.
Will you hit the jackpot?
The ultimate dream of any slot player is to hit the jackpot, Lots of slot games offer that possibility, but for players who are concerned about their bankroll, they can be an expensive proposition.
Much more often than not, in exchange for the potential for a mega-size payout that’s an extreme longshot, the game will reduce the frequency of other payouts, and/or the overwhelming majority of “winning” combinations won’t even pay enough to cover your bet size. So, the bottom line is that even when you think you’re winning, your bankroll keeps going down.
88 Fortunes Megaways does not offer any jackpots. But the original 88 Fortunes does, and with much better odds than most jackpot slots. Its return to player (RTP), instead of being below average for NJ online slots is well above average. There’s no progressive jackpot, but instead, you can win any of four fixed jackpots—a Mini, Minor, Major, and Grand Jackpot.
Regardless of how long you play, the amount of each jackpot does not increase. It is based solely on your bet size. Therefore, your best shot at winning a really big jackpot is to bet big—but only if you can afford it.
If you win the Grand Jackpot while only playing with 1 cent coins, you will win $2,000. If you win the Grand Jackpot while playing with $1 coins, you will win $200,000!
However, no matter what coin size you have selected, to maximize your chances, you must bet 88 coins on every spin. If you bet less than 88 coins per spin, while you can win a lesser jackpot, you have no shot at winning the Grand Jackpot. You can check the display in the upper right part of the screen to see exactly what each jackpot will pay.
88 Fortunes bet range
You don’t have to be a high roller to play these games. In fact, you can select a coin size starting with as little as .01. Or, if you prefer, you can choose any of the following larger coin sizes: .02. .03, .06, .10, .20, .30, .60, or $1.00.
But here’s the catch. The cost of each spin must be a minimum of eight coins. In other words, the actual minimum bet is not 1 cent but 8 cents
Moreover, in order to be eligible for each jackpot, including the Grand Jackpot, you must multiply whatever coin size you decide upon by 88. This makes the minimum bet per spin .88 and the maximum bet per spin $88.
Although you can bet less than 88 coins, (by choosing to play at level 1, 2, 3, or 4 rather than level 5), it is not a good strategy. You will forfeit any chance you might have otherwise to win the top jackpot. If you need to reduce your bet size, the best way to do it is to select a smaller coin size so you can still bet 88 units.
Alternatively, if you’re not sure what would be a good bet size for you, or if you simply want to get a better feel for the game before you risk real money, you can play for free in demo mode.
88 Fortunes RTP and volatility
As mentioned, many slots that offer a jackpot have a mediocre RTP. That is the price you have to pay in return for the opportunity to chase what could be a ginormous windfall.
However, 88 Fortunes, with an RTP of 96.00 percent, is the exception.
Therefore, as long as you play within your means and don’t overbet your bankroll, you shouldn’t have a problem. You should be able to stay in the game and be sufficiently capitalized to play again even if you’re not a big winner.
This slot also has medium volatility. That means there is enough variation in the results from one spin to the next to keep the game interesting but not so much that the risk of huge negative bankroll swings becomes a major concern.
By the way, 88 Fortunes Megaways, which doesn’t offer any jackpots but instead offers many thousands of ways to win, has an even higher RTP of 96.36 percent. It also has medium volatility.
Which NJ online casinos offer 88 Fortunes and 88 Fortunes Megaways?
You can play both games on your computer or currently used iOS or Android mobile devices. They are available on the following NJ gambling websites:
- DraftKings (88 Fortunes only)
- 888 (88 Fortunes Megaways only)
- Golden Nugget
- Hard Rock
- Harrah’s (88 Fortunes only)
- Mohegan Sun
- PlaySugarHouse (88 Fortunes only)
88 Fortunes Symbols
This game includes 11 regular symbols, a wild symbol, and a bonus symbol.
The five higher paying regular symbols are easy to recognize because all of them are gold. They are listed below in descending order of value.
- Pile of gold ingots
- Chinese dollar
We already mentioned that in order to be eligible to win any of the four jackpots, you must select bet level 5 and bet 88 coins at a time. Another important reason to bet in this manner is that you need to do so to have all five of the higher paying regular symbols in play.
The remaining six lower paying regular symbols are the playing cards 9-A.
A Fu Bat icon (a Chinese character) is the wild symbol for this game. It is a gold symbol with an intricate red background.
It can only appear on reels 2, 3, and 4. But it is capable of substituting for any other symbol, including the bonus symbol, to help form winning combinations or trigger the Free Games feature. It can even randomly trigger the Fu Bat Jackpot Game.
The bonus symbol is a gong. When three or more of these symbols land simultaneously on adjacent reels starting with reel 1, you will trigger the Free Games feature.
88 Fortunes Special Features
88 Fortunes includes two special features, which not only make the game a lot more exciting, but open the door for some potentially spectacular wins.
Free Games Feature
In order to trigger the Free Games feature, three or more bonus symbols (or wild symbols) need to line up on consecutive reels starting with reel 1.
Getting four or five bonus symbols won’t award you with extra spins. You get the same 10 free spins that you get for three bonus symbols. However, during the free spins, all of the low paying playing card symbols are removed, so you have a better chance for high payouts.
The Free Games feature can be retriggered.
Fu Bat Jackpot Feature
If you’re very lucky, like I was when I played in demo mode betting the $88 max, one or more wild symbols will trigger the Fu Bat Jackpot Game.
This game is played on a different screen displaying 12 gold coins. Each coin hides a certain mystery symbol, Your task is to keep picking one coin at a time until you get three matching symbols.
The type of symbol you match will determine your prize–a Mini, Minor, Major, or Grand Jackpot.
Unless you have been making big bets, the mini and minor jackpots won’t pay much. But one great thing about the Fu Bat Jackpot feature that you can take to the bank is that everybody who triggers this feature is guaranteed to win something. No one walks away empty-handed.
88 Fortunes Megaways: An exciting new way to play online slots
This game might not be every player’s cup of tea, and keep in mind that while the original 88 Fortunes has four fixed jackpots up for grabs, this slot game doesn’t have any. But the more adventurous players among you who would welcome an exciting change from the traditional might want to give 88 Fortunes Megaways a try.
The theme is the same, and so are most of the symbols. But having taken away the added lure of the Fu Bat Jackpot feature, what does 88 Fortune Megaways offer you instead? 117,649 ways to win, made possible by adding two extra reels a Cascading Reels feature, and multipliers to your Free Spins!
88 Fortunes Megaways basics
Instead of the far more traditional five reels and three rows, this slow has six main reels and four rows. On any given spin, reels 1 and 6 can each reveal 2-7 different symbols while reels 2-5 can each reveal 2-6 different symbols per spin.
The 4th row in this slot is actually a bottom reel that spins horizontally rather than vertically. As if you don’t already have enough potential for lots of winning combinations on the main reels, the extra reel gives you even more by acting as an extra row for reels 2-5.
Winning combinations are formed in the same way as in 88 Fortunes. You need three or more matching symbols (which can include a wild symbol substitute) to appear anywhere on consecutive reels starting with reel 1.
88 Fortunes Megaways bet size
This game uses the same range of coin sizes as 88 Fortunes. Also, as in 88 Fortunes, the optimal way to play is to make each bet 88 coins. You need to bet this much to have all five of the high paying gold regular symbols in play. If you use the minimum coin size of 1 cent, your cost per spin is 88 cents. If you use the maximum coin size of $1, your cost per spin is $88.
88 Fortunes Megaways symbols
Whereas 88 Fortunes gives you a total of 13 symbols, this game adds four more, for a grand total of 17.
Just like in 88 Fortunes, the five highest paying regular symbols, all of which are gold. In descending order of value, they are as follows:
- Pile of gold ingots
- Chinese dollar
However, each of these symbols except the Chinese dollar can also appear in a different color. These non-gold symbols are worth considerably less than their gold counterparts. In fact, they pay no more than the playing cards 9-A.
That’s a bummer. But there’s an easy way to get rid of all of those low paying non-gold symbols, and that’s to bet the maximum number of 88 coins per spin.
The wild symbol is–you guessed it–the Fu Bat. In this game, it can only appear on reels 2, 3, 4, and 5.
The Fu Bat is capable of substituting for any other symbol except the scatter symbol
In addition, it can randomly trigger the Picker feature (described below).
The scatter symbol is a gong. This symbol can appear on any of the six main reels but not the extra reel at the bottom of the screen. However, one, two, or even three of them won’t do anything for you. You need four or more gong scatter symbols to appear simultaneously anywhere on consecutive reels starting with reel 1 to trigger the potentially highly lucrative Free Spins feature.
88 Fortunes Megaways special features
We can’t guarantee that you’ll win a fortune playing 88 Fortunes Megaways. But one thing we can guarantee is that the action is nonstop. There’s never a dull moment because this game comes loaded with special features, including all of the following:
Cascading Reels feature
Each time you form a paying combination, it could be the start of a long string of wins. That’s because each symbol contributing to the win explodes, leaving an empty space for a new symbol to cascade down from above. This exciting feature continues until no new winning combinations can be formed.
Whenever one or more Fu Bat wild symbols appear on the reels, coins are added to the Coin Pot. Also, at that point, the Picker Feature can be randomly activated.
At the start of the Picker feature, you will be taken to a new screen displaying 15 coins. You will be asked to keep picking coins until you get three of a kind, which will reveal your reward.
The possible rewards include 10, 12, or 15 Free Spins with a 6x, 4x, or 2x multiplier, respectively.
Free Spins feature
If you trigger this feature during the base game, depending on whether 4, 5, or 6 gong scatter symbols land on the reels, you will receive 8, 10, or 12 Free Spins, respectively.
If you trigger the Free Spins this way rather than via the Picker feature, you always start with just a 1x multiplier. However, with every win, the multiplier will go up by one.
While the Free Spins are in progress, you can retrigger the feature by getting 3 or more scatter symbols to land properly on the reels. Depending on the total number of scatter symbols—3, 4, 5, or 6–you will trigger 8, 10, 12, or 15 Free Spins, respectively.
The bottom line
There you have it—two exciting online slots that can elevate your Chinese New Year celebration (and your bankroll) to a whole new level.
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