Tue, May 14, 2:55am by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:24pm
Las Vegas is not just the home of gambling; it has provided plenty of material for themed pokies too. Vegas Hits from Bally is a smart, upbeat example. There are roulette wheels, dice and blackjack cards as symbols – and plenty of action with two bonus wheels to spin.
On the live version of this pokie, there are progressive jackpots to be won. These are replaced with big regular wins for the online version. One of the bonus wheels awards jackpots and cash prizes, while the other one gives you free spins with different ways to get extra wilds. Look out for the poker chip multipliers on reel 5. Here are the reasons this Las Vegas themed pokie could be a big hit with you:
When you see the live version of this pokie, you’ll see two colourful bonus wheels, one on top of the other above the reels. If you are playing online, these will make an appearance after you trigger the features.
Two types of bonus symbol appear on the middle 3 reels. These bounce when they land. One says, ‘Bonus Wheel’, and the other says ‘Money Wheel’. You need 3 of the same type to spin – 3 mixed does nothing.
The money wheel is the most straightforward. This simply pays cash amounts, which include some jackpot sized prizes if you are playing live.
If you get the bonus wheel, then one of the segments will let you spin the money wheel. The others involve different free spins. Examples include 8 free spins with reels 4 and 5 completely wild, or 3 free spins with reels 1 and 5 wild. Other segments have variations, for example you might end up with 5 free spins with all the cherry symbols on the reels turned into extra wilds.
Special symbols on reels 5 can multiply any 5 of a kind wins they become a part of. One is simply an extra wild. This is the green chip with a 1x multiplier. The red chip will give you a 5x win multiplier, the blue one 10x and the yellow chip a 25x boost to your wins. This would be the perfect opportunity to see one of the higher paying symbols drop in!
Regular (logo) wild symbols are in play on all the reels. These will often connect wins, either with the wild reels in the bonus games or the poker chips.
This game uses 40 win-lines (these are not adjustable) over a regular 5×3 grid. You can spin from 1c per line and up from there. If you are playing the Vegas Hits pokies online, then you will have access to an auto-play option in the shape of a poker chip.
The Vegas hits logo symbol is the highest paying symbol – this is worth 50x your bet for 5 of a kind, and like the other higher paying symbols only needs 2 of a kind from the left to trigger a win. Next comes the reels of a mini-slot, the roulette table and 2 playing cards showing a blackjack. There are no filler symbols on this pokie. The lower paying symbols show red 7’s. spade logos, cherries and a dice.
Bally have made the Vegas Hits pokie as bright as the Strip, with plenty of neon, flashing animations and electronic music to keep the game fresh. There are a lot of animations when the gambling symbols are involved in winning combinations. The mini-slot will spin (stopping on the word ‘w-i-n’), and the roulette wheel will spin around. The bonus symbols have a lot more bounce than anything similar I have ever seen!
The bonus wheels use ‘u-spin’ technology. This means that the direction and intensity with which you swipe the screen directs how fast the wheel spins around.
While there is nothing unique or compelling about this game, it is a professionally put together pokie that uses a popular theme. There are a lot of variations of the free spins. Each of these involves wild reels or symbols. While there is plenty of big win potential, this bonus game is nothing new. I liked the animations, and the use of poker chips, which can randomly multiply wins up to 25x.