Bookie of Odds Slots
It’s not often that we come across a slot we really dislike. As reviewers, we always try to find a positive side to everything. And don’t get us wrong, there’s a lot of good stuff to be said about this game! But that won’t stop it from receiving some harsh criticism from us. We have to hand it to Microgaming. Making a clone of a clone is a special brand of awful. Bookie of Odds is played on a 5x3 board with 10 fixed paylines. Wild and Scatter have been combined into a single symbol. There’s a free spins round with expanding icons which grants its prizes using the Scatter pays system. And yes, you can also respin individual reels for a set cost.
How to PlayUnless you’re a big fan of horse racing, we don’t see you enjoying this theme. It doesn’t even look bad: it just looks painfully average. The background image has no animations at all and symbols aren’t doing much better. When we play this release, we get the sense that it was rushed out a little bit before it was completely ready. Bookie of Odds is played on a 5-reel board, where each reel is three symbols tall.There are a total of 10 fixed paylines, all of them paying left to right only. To win, collect three or more identical icons in adjacent positions, starting with the leftmost reel. All wins must follow one of the currently active paylines or the cash prize won’t be awarded.
Betting Options and PayoutPlayers can set their total bet between $0.10 as a minimum or $25 as a maximum. This is a great betting spread, which should please both casual gamblers and high rollers. To change your total bet, click the little arrow next to bet. This lets you individually change coin size and coins per payline. The slot has high volatility and an RTP of 96.31%, which is above the current industry average. The best jackpot you can win in this game is 5,000x your total stake or $125,000 playing at maximum bet. So we can confirm that the special features can be quite lucrative. That was never the issue. Our problem is the lack of originality in this Microgaming release.
Symbols and Extra FeaturesAvailable icons include 5 playing card royals: 10, J, Q, K and A, three horse jockeys and an excited announcer. Apart from the announcer, all these other symbols look as bland and generic as they come. This is what we meant about Bookie of Odds feeling rushed out. It lacks that familiar polish we’ve gotten used to from this developer. Collect 3, 4 or 5 Wild/Scatters to win 10, 12 or 25 free spins. During free spins, one icon is randomly chosen to be the expanding symbol. Not only does this icon expand, but it also has Scatter pays enabled. That means that, so long as enough of that symbol is present on the reel, you get a win no matter the positioning. And if you’ve missed the win by just one or two reels? You can pay money to re-spin that one reel! That said, more often than not, it’s not worth the financial expenditure.
Our VerdictWe’re more than used to seeing developers borrow ideas from other software providers and themselves. But Microgaming takes it a step too far for our tastes. Bookie of Odds is a clone of Book of Oz, which in turn borrowed its ideas from Book of Ra by Novomatic. This, alongside other faults we mentioned, has led to a serious score drop.
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