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Thousand Island Pokies are a 3 reel, 1 payline online poker machine from Microgaming.
Because the game is designed by Microgaming, you’ll be able to play it in over 100 online casinos, including all four of the Digimedia Limited casino websites.
I’ll discuss the details for signing up later, but I want to provide information on the game itself first.
Like the Triple Magic Pokies I wrote about the other day, the top posted jackpot on 1000 Island Pokies is 1600 coins (for a two-coin wager). Unlike that game, 1600 is the absolute most you can win on any one spin (not 1800). When you get two wild cards, it won’t increase the jackpot size by more than 4x the original posted pay schedule, the most you could win on the secondary jackpot is 800 coins for a two-coin bet. That’s why people love the multipliers, because the 9x multiplier on Triple Magic Slots turns small pots into huge ones.
Coin options range between $0.25 and $5.00. Players can place 1-coin or 2-coin bets. The minimum bet is therefore 25 cents, while the max bet is $10. That doesn’t leave much range for gamblers, but even low rollers can usually play at a quarter and $5 seems like a natural limit many Aussie gambling reformers want the bets set at, anyway.
The number 1000 inside an oval logo is the wild card icon for the 1000-Islands virtual poker machine. The symbol substitutes for all other reel symbols on the game, since no scatters exist. If you get one of the thousand icons on the machine, you win 2x the normal amount. If two such symbols appear, you receive a multiplier worth 4x the initial amount.
The reel symbols include 7’s, cherries, bars, double bars, and triple bars. The 1000 symbols act as the wilds on the game. The icons you want to appear are the numbered ones, including 7 and 1000, which have the highest two payouts on the game. Anytime a cherry appears on the payline, even if it’s just one, your get a small payout, at least. If only 1 one-thousand symbol appears on the payline, its worth twice that amount. Thousand Island Pokies has a sleek, classy appearance. The colours are earthy tones, but they are crisp, well-designed, and calming. In a way, it’s kind of odd that the designers would choose earth tones, since the game has a nautical theme. Somehow, it works. The imagery is based around old 19th century sailing vessels. Of course, the ship’s destination is the islands, so earth tones make sense in that regard. The point being, while the machine might not be showy, it’s a pretty box design.
Anyone who wants to try out the poker machines at Microgaming casinos can play the free version of their games before spending money on them. The freeplay versions use the same software, so you experience the same look, navigation, and game play you’d get when you played for real money. Platinum Play Casino has a nice Flash casino game version on their game page, which is one of about 180 free games available on the site, including pokies, video poker games, table games, and specialty gaming. You’ll see progressives listed, but none are offered in free play mode, since those are hard to simulate as a free game. (Imagine winning the progressive in free mode and thinking, “Why wasn’t I paying to play?”)
When you want to play for free, click “practice play” and you can see exactly the game you want to play. You’ll need to register first, but this involves no deposit and no obligation. In fact, a no-deposit bonus is offered, so anyone who signs up gets bonus cash in their account before they add one single penny. Platinum Play has one of the best no-deposit bonuses in the business, with 1500 free spins without making one payment. You’ll get an additional 200 spins once you make a deposit, but as you can see, the bonuses favour the people who sign up.
Gamblers also can play on Royal Vegas Casino, which is another Microgaming site from the Digimedia Limited Group. Royal Vegas offers $1,200 in welcome bonus money, which is spread across your first three deposits. In addition, those who some via a search engine receive an additional 75 free spins.
7Sultans Casino offers a $1,000 bonus in three deposits. This offer comes with a special 10% bonus promotion if you make deposits with certain web wallets. Web wallets or e-wallets are the electronic cash transfer companies that many people use to fund their online gambling activities. Participating e-wallets include NETELLER, ECOcard, Click2Pay, UKash, Entropay, Moneybookers (Skrill), ClickandBuy, and Lobanet. The code to trigger each of these bonuses is the name of the service you use and the number 100, with no spaces in-between. Gamblers can make payments use major credit cards and debit cards issued from VISA and Mastercard, too. Bank wire transfer is acceptable for both deposits and withdrawals.
The final casino in the Digimedia Limited network is Vegas Palms. This website often appeals to beginners and low rollers. The initial deposit bonus is much smaller than what you’ll find at the other sites: $50 at a 200% rate. That means you get $2 for every $1 you deposit, up to fifty bucks. Deposit $50 and you’ll have $150. This is good for low stakes players, because they get more bonus cash than they would at any of the other three sites offered. Also, the VegasPalms website is designed for easy navigation, with all the games listed on a drop down menu. The game lists also show which ones are offered in instant play (about 1/3rd) and which ones you’ll have to download (all games come in this format).