Vegas Joker Pokie Review
Gameplay: beautiful simplicity
The interface is self-explanatory and user-friendly. The first thing to do is suggested immediately: a moving purple arrow points at the Choose Coin control. Set a coin value between $0.01 and $1.00. The second and last step is to set a bet: it can be 1 coin per 1 line or 2 coins per each of 5 lines (a total of $10 at the maximum bet). Praise the fact that a bet as prudent as $10 gives a chance to score $2000 and this is awesome, no need to bet $150 or so.
A bet is displayed in two ways: first, it is shown on a red Credits, Bet and Win indicator. Second, a bet is manifested on the paytable: it is on the right side of the bottom reels. The paytable consists of two columns that show payouts depending on a bet level. The active column is lit and it shows a current bet and available wins. There is also a Joker paytable under the main reels, it comprises two parts and the active part is lit as well as an effective bet. You can start a spin by clicking the Spin control if you want to make a 1-coin bet or clicking the Max Bet button if you would like to place the maximum 10-coin bet.
On the reels, there are cherries, three kinds of Bar icons, single, double and triple, and lucky Sevens (in the ascending order of wins). It is a 3-reel pokie so symbols pay when there are 3 of kind on an active payline. Here is a tip: betting only 1 coin you engage a single line that runs across the center. This reduces your winning opportunities drastically; to improve chances always engage 10 lines. Payouts depend on a bet size: a 1-coin bet earns x10, x40 x100 or x200 (or $200 at the maximum $1 bet).
A 10-coin bet improves the paytable which offers from x20 through x2000 (up to $2000 at the maximum bet of $10). There is also a Joker, also a payable icon but it features random payouts. At a 1-coin bet, a Joker earns from x10 up to x200, same as any regular icon. At a 10-coin bet, it earns x20 up to x400 or up to $400 at the maximum bet of $10. Winning on the bottom reels opens up a new bright shining opportunity – to earn higher payouts on the upper set of reels.
Upper set of reels: better than the bottom reels
There is the second, upper set of reels that has a dedicated paytable with extra icons and bigger payouts. Winning in a base round on the main, bottom set of reels entitles a gambler to proceed to the upper set of reels and try to win bigger wins. A win is displayed on the Supermeter indicator and this is a fork in the road: you may collect your win and add it to your credit balance by clicking the Collect button or continue playing on the upper reels for the chance of higher wins. On either side of the second set of reels there are paytables featuring icons and payouts.
The icons include Cherries, single, double and triple Bars, Diamonds, Bells, Horseshoes and a Joker. Bets as well as payouts are higher on the upper reels: betting 20 or 40 coins entitles you to wins ranging from x100 to x2000 ($2000 at the maximum bet). The top win of x2000 is the same as on the bottom reels but the difference is huge and obvious because the upper reels are way more generous. The paytable offers x100 to x1000 at a 20-coin bet, and x200 to x2000 at a 40-coin bet.
A Joker again has its own agenda: at a 100-coin wager, three Jokers occupying the central reel pay x100 up to x2000 or up to $2000 at the maximum bet. At a 200-coin bet, it pays the same random prize from x100 up to x2000 but it will count in any position, not necessarily on the central reel.
All controls perform the same function when you play on the upper reels: the Bet button selects a bet (20, 40, 100 or 200) and the Spin button starts the game. A win in this round may be added to your total coin balance with the Collect button.
Bottom line on Vegas Joker
The 3-reel 5-payline video slot by Betsoft is a replica of a vintage fruit machine resembling it in the slightest details of design and gameplay, including flashing lights and alerting sounds. Not much in terms of features and next to nothing in terms of animation, the pokie deserves gamblers’ attention and a good deal of betting: it has two reel sets and offers up to $2000 wins at a bet as low as $10. This is a very good trade-off for missing fancy features and bonus rounds and definitely a strong argument in favor of the pokie. Compatible with major mobile devices, this gambling relic feels absolutely confident in the modern world and it will be praised by true pokie connoisseurs.