A Reel McCoy -- when playing slots

Feb 3, 2009 5:04 PM
Slots of Luck by L. Sabin |

When I go into a casino, I always look around for a game I haven’t played yet. I spotted one called Reel Money Progressive at the Club Fortune, a very comfortable casino off the Boulder Highway.

The Bally Technologies’ slot has a progressive that must be played loaded, which means up to $1.50. There are 30 lines with each of the five reels having a bonus. If you hit at least three bonuses you move into the secondary phase of the game.

Reel Money is available as a five-reel, 30-line stepper with a 150-credit minimum bet at the one or two cent denomination level. The game can also be configured as a five-reel, 20-line game with a 60-credit max bat at a five-cent denomination.

The "virtual spinner" secondary progressive bonus offers players the shot of a guaranteed win on each level. Players also have a chance to win all five progressive awards during the same spin, including the top prize which starts at $25,000.

The progressive bonus round occurs in the top-mounted LCD display located above the reels. Each progressive level, from lowest to highest, is named for a specific gemstone: Emerald, Sapphire, Ruby, Topaz and Pearl. I was glad to find out that the progressive starting amount of $25,000 isn’t statewide, but just at the casino carrying the slot.

At the start of the bonus, a pointer randomly stops at up to 10 award values. If the pointer stops on the space that matches the gemstone, the player wins that level’s progressive award.

I began playing the game at 30 cents to start out. I managed to get three bonuses a couple of times and wound up earning $32 from playing the 30 lines.

Then I played the maximum of $1.50 a spin off a $20 investment. I couldn’t get all five bonuses but did hit five of the dollar symbols for a profit of $72.50.

I finally finished play up $120. One of the really neat deals with Reel Money is the ability to win off the five reels in either direction.

You can win by hitting off the first reel to the fifth or by the fifth reel to the first. If you are not in the max play ($1.50 a spin) then the high payout is $1,200 if you get the bonus on the fifth reel. Again, there are 10 different amounts you can win.

Maybe it was a lucky streak, but I would definitely play this game some more.