Table of Content
- Brief Playtech History
- Introducing Playtech Slots
- Playtech Classic Slots
- Playtech Video Slots
- Playtech Progressive Jackpot Slots
A group of entrepreneurs from the casino and multimedia industries founded PlayTech back in 1999, but it would still be a few years before the company had gathered enough momentum to challenge the competition in the online casino industry.
By 2002, PlayTech had developed 45 new casino games that featured shorter loading times and advanced 3D graphics.
One year later, PlayTech introduced "Live Internet Gaming," where players could play roulette and other games against a human dealer. With the help of streaming technology, you could see and chat with the dealer in real time.
Since the start, Playtech has been pushing the boundaries of what you can do in online gambling. The software and the games have become industry standard in the online-casino business.
In this presentation, we will focus on PlayTech's large assortment of slot machines.
At the moment, there are 50 different slots available with a mixed bag of themes and features.
PlayTech's slots can be divided into three different categories, and the primary category is video slots, characterized by a large number of pay lines, advanced graphics, and possible bonus features like free spins.
The number of pay lines on the slots varies between 5 and 50, which of course makes for a lot of diversity. Most video slots have a special theme that could be everything from alien-hunting, pirate's treasures, or the life of a football pro – everything to enhance the experience and add to the excitement.
If you prefer fast, simple games without lots of added functionality, you should go with classic slots – the second slot category at PlayTech. These games are much less complicated and offers completely comprehensible pay table.
Classic slots usually have just one pay line and a three-coin maximum wager.
Just like the wagers, the largest payouts also tend to be smaller here compared to video slots, but there are exceptions, and some machines may even pay out thousands of dollars.
The third category is progressive jackpot slots. These slot machines build up huge jackpots over time to be paid out to one lucky winner. Oftentimes you need five identical symbols on a certain pay line in order to win the jackpot.
In the "Beach Life,” for example, you need five Suns on the 20th pay line to win the jackpot.
PlayTech offers about ten different slots with progressive jackpots. Both video slots and classic slots may have a progressive jackpot, but the majority is video slots.
It’s not unusual that the jackpots exceed $1million, so If you want to win a life-changing jackpot, you should try the progressive machines.
If you prefer the old fashioned kind of slot machine, with simple rules and comprehensible pay tables, you should try PlayTech's classic slots.
Most of the classic slots have one pay line, but some machines may have three or five. The number of winning combinations is very limited, sometimes as few as four.
Generally speaking, however, you'll typically have about a dozen winning combinations. In most cases, there are no additional bonus games, although Alchemist's Lab is a noted exception.
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The highest possible payouts on classic slots are in the range of 400 up to 10,000 times the wager, without counting progressive jackpots. You can bet between $0.05 and $25 on each pay line, and if you hit the jackpot, the rewards can be massive.
PlayTech offers about 15 different classic slots, all quite varied and with pleasant graphics. I picked three of my personal favorites that I recommend. The first two are single pay line slots – the most classic of all – and the third has five pay lines.
Jungle Boogie offers everything you could possibly want from a classic slot machine – a single pay line and a huge jackpot.
If you just want to play with a small amount, you can play for as little as $0.05, and if you want a chance to win big, you can wager up to $15 per spin.
The jackpot is 4,000 times the wager, meaning that the big wins could be a fact if you play with the full wager. The second largest jackpot on Jungle Boogie is not bad either, paying 2,000 times the money.
There are eight winning combinations on this machine.
The best classic slot with a single pay line and the largest possible payout is Sultan's Fortune.
As is usually the case with PlayTech's classic slots, the minimum wager is $0.05, but you can play for up to $10 a game.
The largest payout is as high as 10,000 times the wager, which has to be considered extremely high for such a simple slot machine. The second largest payout which pays 4,000 times the wager is also possible.
Sultan's Fortune has an added feature that lets you win more often. It's the Wilds that can be used to make any winning combination.
Gemstone Slots is a very different slot compared to the other two, if you look at the number of reels and pay lines. Instead of a single pay line, this machine has five, and instead of three reels, this one has five.
This makes for a lot more winning combinations and opportunities. There are 15 winning combinations that pay between 5 and 2,000 times the wager.
The small-stakes gambler can opt to wager only $0.05, while high rollers may choose to play with the highest stake, which is $25 on Gemstone Slots.
Video slots are the most popular slots at PlayTech. At the moment there are 30 video-slot machines available with a wide variety of themes. The majority of the video slots have about 20 or 25 pay lines, but you can find others with anything between 5 and 50 pay lines.
A unique PlayTech feature is a side game that comes with the slots; at a cost of $1 per wager you choose five numbers out of 49, then the slot machine picks five winning numbers. If you get one or more numbers right you win. And the more numbers – the more you win.
Should you be so lucky as to get all of the numbers right, you win a jackpot that usually exceeds $100,000.
So, which video slots are the best?
There’s no given answer to this question; it depends on what kind of slots you prefer.
However, I have picked three video slots as examples, and they pretty much summarize what you'll find at PlayTech.
Wanted is a video slot with a Wild West backdrop; you are the sheriff and you have to catch the bandits in order to win big. It has 25 pay lines and a maximum wager of $5 a line, meaning that the maximum wager is $125. The minimum is $0.01.
Besides winning in the usual way, you have the chance to activate not only one bonus game, but two!
The first one is a simple matter of selecting a sack of gold and wait for the big payout. In the second bonus game, your mission is to catch a wanted criminal.
If you hit him with one of your first shots, you could win a large bonus, all the way up to 10,000 times your wager.
Ultimate Fighters is undeniably a different kind of slot. Not only because it only has eight pay lines, but also because it's built on a Manga theme. The most eye-catching part is how the pay lines are arranged - you can play them horizontally, diagonally, and even vertically!
It also has nice-looking graphics and cool sound effects, so it's a unique slot machine in many aspects.
Another cool feature of Ultimate Fighters is a bonus game where you can win up to 5,000 times your wager – the maximum wager is $120. In that case you play all eight lines times $15.
Ultimate Fighters is an unusual experience, but recommended to all slot enthusiasts.
Ever considered playing 50 pay lines on a slot machine? If so, try one of PlayTech's most popular video slots, Thrill Seekers.
It's one of a limited few slots in the industry with this many pay lines.
There are 34 winning combinations in total and you can win up to 10,000 times your wager. To win that much, however, you need five Wilds on the same line, but considering the sheer number of pay lines it doesn't seem that unlikely.
Thrill Seekers also offers a bonus game and free spins. If you activate the free spins, you get 10 spins for free and all winnings are doubled.
You can wager anything from $0.01 up to $20 on each pay line, and if you play all of the pay lines with the highest wager, you'll be wagering $1,000.
In other words, you could lose a massive amount of money if you play the max!
Have you ever dreamt of winning a massive amount of money? Do you also enjoy playing slots? If the answer to both of these questions is yes, you should try progressive jackpot slots.
PlayTech offers a wide variety of progressive slots – more specifically nine of them at the moment.
Consequently, almost one out of five slots at PlayTech features a progressive jackpot. There are both classic slots and video slots available with progressive jackpots, but the largest jackpots can be found in the latter category.
That's why we'll concentrate on three of the progressive video slots.
If you don't know how a slot machine with a progressive jackpot works, here is a short explanation:
Each time you play, the slot machine takes a small percentage of your wager and puts it in the progressive jackpot. If you play for $5, for instance, the machine will remove about 5 cents from the wager and put it in the jackpot.
The progressive jackpot grows little by little each day until someone eventually wins it. Some jackpots pay out more frequently, but usually it takes months before someone hits the jackpot.
Slot games are random, and therefore the winnings from a progressive jackpot may vary a great deal. Some could contain a few thousand dollars, whereas others could reach into the millions.
Since a large portion of the game's value is placed in the jackpot, the smaller, regular payouts will occur less frequently than in slots without a progressive jackpot. The maximum wager on these machines varies between $0.25 up to $50 depending on which game you play.
The Cinerama video slot has only five pay lines, but it offers a lot of other interesting features that might please the choosy slot player.
For starters, Cinerama boasts an impressive progressive jackpot – currently worth more than $100,000. It also offers two bonus games: one is activated when you catch a camera on the first pay line, the other one when you catch three directors on any pay line.
These bonus games provide plenty of added value if you pick the right alternatives. The best part is that the wagers are really low at Cinerama compared to most other progressive jackpot slots. The maximum wager is only $0.25 – a record low for a shot at such a jackpot of this magnitude.
So, if you want to play with small wagers and still have a chance to win big, Cinerama is a crystal-clear choice!
Gold Rally is a somewhat different slot machine. It has eight pay lines and a progressive jackpot. The eight pay lines are not only just horizontal in the usual fashion, but also vertical.
With its high stakes, it's not for the casual slot player. The minimum bet is $2 and the maximum is as high as $48! But when the stakes are high, so are the potential payouts. Gold Rally is no exception. Right now the jackpot is worth $585,000.
As is usually the case with progressive slots, the regular payouts are relatively low, so you have to go for the jackpot if you want to win big.
Beach Life is undoubtedly the most exciting slot machine at PlayTech right now. Much due to the massive progressive jackpot – it's worth almost $2 million at the time of writing.
To win the jackpot you have to catch three Suns on the 20th pay line. Beach Life has 20 pay lines in total, and each pay line has a fixed $0.5 wager.
To be eligible for the progressive jackpot, you have to play all of the lines, so you'll need to bet $10 on each game.
Besides the jackpot, this excellent slot machine also offers bonus games and Wilds that produce big payouts.
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