Sat, Jun 29, 1:13am by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:19pm
Most casino pokies are have bets measured in 1c increments these days. You’ll often get 50 win-lines – and can bet between 1 to 5 coins per line. Ainsworth do cater for some higher stakes pokies fans. Slot games with 2c, 5c or 10c denominations can be found. This group, called ‘High Denom’ cater for players at many different bankroll levels. They let players choose bets of up to $1 per line – giving a lot more action than regular poker machines.
There are 5 titles in this group. Each has a different design, though they share many classic Ainsworth game play elements. The games are:
I have taken The Enforcer as an example to show you how the High Denom pokies range works. This has a Wild West theme, with a tough guy as the wild symbol having an important role in the free spins bonus.
You need to hit 3 of the special bonus symbols anywhere in view to trigger the free spins in all titles in this range. For ‘The Enforcer’ those are logos which show a steer head design. That will trigger 10 free spins. If you get 2 or more heads during play, you’ll add 3 more spins to your total.
Two extras happen during this bonus. First, the logo symbols become wilds with win multipliers. They work with the regular wilds (the tough guy) and boost your wins by up to 3x. These appear on all 5 reels.
Second, the regular wilds, showing the cowboy, become sticky. These appear on the middle 3 reels only. They replace all the other symbols. You’ll have many opportunities to trigger multiple line hits – especially towards the end of this bonus game. It is possible to have all 3 middle reels completely covered in these wild symbols.
The other High Denomination pokies from Ainsworth have their own takes on free spins. For example, Black bear has paw print wilds that become stacked on reels 1 and 5 throughout your spins – and Ming Warrior gives you randomly multiplied wins of up to 8x.
All titles in this range share two jackpots bonuses. The progressive jackpot amounts change, depending on what denomination you select for your play. The jackpots are triggered at random, and don’t interfere with the game play of the titles.
Taking The Enforcer as an example, you’ll the High Denom setup the same as most Ainsworth penny pokies. The reels are in a 5×3 grid, and the number of win-lines is selectable. If you are playing for the smaller denominations, 50 lines are available – at higher stakes you can play for 10 or under.
Wilds only appear on the middle 3 reels, and so don’t have pay outs of their own. The higher paying symbols include a sheriff badge, guy on a horse and a gun in a holster. A train completes the unique symbols – with the usual playing cards making up the smaller wins.
Each of the other games in this range have their own set of images. These range from the Asian / Samurai look of Ming Warrior to the wildlife effects of Black Bear.
Ainsworth have chosen their regular / smaller cabinets for this range. The emphasis is on the gambling – not fancy graphics. On the upper part of the cabinet, you’ll find the two progressive jackpots. When you win these a sequence involving orange flames and a spinning golden dollar sign kicks in.
On the reels, the Enforcer has a dark and gritty feel. The guy on the horse is my pick of the symbols. This is an action shot, showing the sheriff shooting as the horse rears. Music does play when you trigger the free spins, giving this game a Wild West atmosphere. There are plenty of sounds which will be familiar to Ainsworth pokies fans. They include the distinctive clicks of the reels, and the double bell which happens when you retrigger the free spins.
For players that like to play for higher stakes than most – the High Denomination pokies make a great starting point. The 5 titles in this range are varied enough to have wide appeal. They are smart and enjoyable, without the graphics being too fancy or fussy. Each game has a variation on the free spins bonus. With the Enforcer you get both multipliers and sticky wilds. Add to this a progressive jackpot and you’ll find that these games have a lot of bang for your High Denomination bucks!