Thu, Nov 1, 2:42am by William Brown
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:35pm
A Day at the Races Features in this Lightning Link Pokie
While it might not have the excitement of the home straight of the Melbourne Cup – Best Bet will appeal to the horse racing fans out there. This game can be found in both Lightning Link and Lightning Cash format – with either linked or stand-alone jackpots. If you are playing it in New South Wales, you’ll find the game pokie under a different name. Here it is called ‘Punters Choice’.
There is a lot more to this pokie than just racing related symbols. You’ll find some features in common with the other Lightning Link pokies, and a unique free spins game. Here are the key features:
Lucky horseshoes are hard to miss on the reels of Best Bet. These are glittering gold – and feature a dollar symbol in the middle. Free spins require a minimum of 3. Awards are 8 spins for 3, 15 for 4 and 25 for the maximum 5 anywhere on the reels.
When your free spins start you’ll hear brass instruments, and notice something missing from the reels. The playing card symbols – which pay out smaller prizes in the base game – are removed. With only the high paying symbols showing, you have a better chance of lining up those big wins. The horseshoes are in play – so you can trigger this bonus too.
Best Bet has a feature in common with the other Lightning Link and Lightning Cash pokies. This is called the ‘Hold N Spin’ bonus – and it can lead to some big prizes.
This can be triggered directly from the base game, or from the free spins bonus. To start it, you need a minimum of 6 gold cup symbols.
Each of the gold cups has a number on it. This is a cash award, which you multiply by your coin size to work out the value. Some cups have bonus symbols, these are mini, minor or major and relate to the jackpots you will see at the top of the cabinet.
You now have 3 free spins, and only the gold cup symbols are in play. Each time you hit an additional cup, your free spins reset to the maximum 3. The Hold N Spin game only ends when you spin 3 times without getting more cups, or you fill the reels completely. If you do get all 15 of the cups, you won the big one – the grand progressive jackpot.
Lightning link pokies are designed for a wide range of bankrolls. You can spin for 1c per line – right up to 10c by using the ‘choose denomination’ option. You can also switch between 25 win-lines and 50 – and add an optional coin multiplier.
Symbols are all related to a day out at the races. These is a smiling woman holding a winning betting slip, a horse and jockey, classic horses head picture, bag of cash and even a pair of binoculars. The horse and jockey symbol is wild. This substitutes for the regular symbols, though not for the gold cup or the horseshoe scatters.
You can play the Lightning Link version of Best Bet in; NSW / ACT / VIC / QLD. The Lightning Cash version can be found in those states, plus; SA, NT and NZ.
Just above the reels you will see a lot of horses, with only the top of their heads visible – along with jockeys. There are many more small touches which make Best Bet a quality design. I like the way that regular symbols are backed in green. This makes the horse head, cups and golden horseshoes jump out at you from the reels.
Music includes fanfares for the features, just like those you would hear to start a horse race. Many of the symbols have small animations – look out for the winning punter in particular. You will also see the lightning strike animations during the Hold and Spin bonus games.
This pokie will appeal to anyone who enjoys a day at the races. The engaging bonus features will grow the appeal wider still. The free spins bonus is straightforward compared to many of the Lightning Link pokies. Instead of giant symbols or special ‘reveal’ symbols – you simply have the low paying ones removed from the reels. Hold N Spin is always worth hitting, and making the gold cup the winning symbols is an excellent touch.