Fri, Oct 26, 2:16pm by William Brown
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Four Pokies with Hold N Spin + Big Jackpot Prizes
There are fireworks going in the offices of Aristocrat – with a series of 4 similar Las Vegas themed pokies. These are called ‘Welcome to Fantastic Jackpots’, and each features 5 progressives. Depending on your state, you’ll find linked or stand-along progressive pools. These pokies also feature the Hold N Spin feature – made popular by the Lightning Link poker machines.
While they look almost the same, the four Welcome to Fantastic Jackpots pokies each have one of two different bonus games. Here are the titles:
There is more to this series of pokies than just the free spins games. Look out for these features across all the machines:
Scatter symbols look like stars, with a smaller red star and a purple surround. These trigger the free spins on all 4 games. If you are lucky enough to trigger these with 5 scatters, you’ll win 250x your current bet before the free spins begin.
If you are playing the ‘Cash’ or ‘Rewards’ variations, then you have an extra way to win cash awards and jackpots during your free spins bonus. Any chip symbols which land on reel one are instantly awarded. Most of these are cash wins (multiplied by your denomination) though you can win any of the 4 smaller jackpots this way. If you get 6 cash / jackpot awards, then the Hold N Spin will start within the free spins bonus. This can be retriggered with more scatters too.
For the ‘Hits’ and ‘Pays’ versions of Welcome to the Fantastic Jackpots, you go to a screen which gives you a choice of how many spins to take. Here are the options:
The best part is that these multipliers also apply to any Hold N Spin bonuses you trigger during the free spins games. As usual, the longer-term outcomes will be similar – these bonus games do give you a chance to gamble for the bigger hits.
If you have played any of the Lightning Link, Lightning Cash or Dragon Link pokies before – they you may well have enjoyed a Hold N Spin bonus.
When you trigger this game by hitting 6+ cash or jackpot awards on a single spin, fireworks go off! The screen becomes a riot of colour, and when the reels return the regular symbols are blacked out. You have 3 free spins, with the objective of collecting more cash awards or jackpots before you run out. Each time you hit a new award, your free spins reset to 3.
It is possible to get any of the 4 smaller jackpots more than once in this bonus. To get the grand jackpot, you need to fill all the 15 spaces on the reels with different awards.
These games have even more configuration options than the related Lightning Link range. You can choose 50 lines, 25 or even just 5. Denominations are 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c or $1 – giving you plenty of flexibility. You will notice the smaller jackpots jump at 10c+ coin sizes.
The unique symbols are all money themed. These include a pair of expensive-looking cufflinks, a ring with a huge diamond in it, a pile of glistening gold coins and some martini glasses. Logo symbols are the wilds. These come stacked on the reels – giving you the opportunity to hit multiple line wins from a single spin.
If there was any doubt who made this pokie, then one look at the classic bold playing card symbols will assure you these games are 100% Aristocrat.
Design-wise, these games are very similar – there are different coloured backgrounds, with blue and yellow / gold popular. At the top of the cabinet, you will find the iconic ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign has been adapted to say, ‘Welcome to Fantastic Jackpots’ (with the name of the individual game sparkling below this). Under this you will find the 5 progressive jackpots listed. The biggest of these resets at $10,000 and goes up from there.
Symbols are smart, though not too different from those on other pokies. What does make this range stand out are the fireworks. You’ll get colourful explosions when you hit the bonus games, when you have big line hits and at the end of the Hold N Spin games. Add in some jazzy Vegas-style music effects, and these pokies are certainly lively!
Hold N Spin game-play is sweeping Australia at the moment, and these 4 similar pokies are a great way to discover this for yourself. With 5 different progressive jackpots to be won, and plenty of smaller cash awards, this bonus will certainly have you rooting for more. There are 2 variations of the free spins, with my pick the games which let you choose your volatility level. For some real fireworks on the reels, give Welcome to Fantastic Jackpots pokies a spin.