Low Variance Slots

Low variance means low risk. In general, slots that are low variance will give you smaller, more regular wins at the expense of monster hits and long lean periods. Good for the low roller looking for a decent session time and not expecting to walk away with a fortune, but perhaps a modest profit at best.

Cleopatra Slot – 5 Scatter Win!

Posted By: Dave Letterman


Last week (January 2011) I was up in London and playing the casino slot machines at the Empire casino in Leicester Square and the Palm Beach in Mayfair and I couldn’t hit jack on Cleopatra. It was so bad I ended up playing Book Of Ra and Pharaohs Fortune most of the time. The rubbish session was due in no little part to the fact that the land based version of the Cleopatra slot has a pretty poor payout (no pay on 2 9’s and often on 2 scatters even!).

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Davinci Diamonds – Slot Mining!

Posted By: Dave Letterman

Davinci Diamonds
If you’re a slot player and been to the Meccas of Vegas or Macau, you’ll probably be familar with Davinci Diamonds. I played it first at the Wynn in Vegas and again at the amazing Venetian in Macau and I couldn’t quite make up my mind if I liked it or not but thought I better add a heads up to Online Casinos & Slot Machines [.co.uk] at least as it’s a recognisable game and features “Tumbling Reels”!

Now, Wagerworks – a wholly-owned subsiduary of slot machine manufacturer IGT – have released the anticipated online version and amazingly, on time too! It is now available to play online at Virgin CasinoBlue Square and PaddyPower Games, although unfortunately for Americans you can’t play Wagerworks casinos (it’s the law!. Also available now is the Davinci Diamond freeplay slot – but again, no Americans 🙁

For those that aren’t familiar with Davinci Diamonds, it’s a slightly new concept

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Pub Fruity – Online Slot Review

Posted By: Dave Letterman

Pub Fruit MachineFor those of you who have decided that the pub isn’t quite so appealing post-smoking ban but with a yearning to play the fruity, you may be pleased to hear, or possibly dismayed depending on your take, that the the good old tradtional English pub fruity has arrived in your sitting room, nudges ‘n’ all! And better than that – it’s bought it’s mean, crooked and somewhat streaky personality with it!

When I was younger, I confess that quite often I used to wander up the road with my last tenner and stand there for an hour or two – luck willing – pressing the buttons, stooping to look up the reels, nudging like mad before the time limit ran out and drinking the cheapest drink they served (lime ‘n’ soda in case you were wondering). But the pub fruity had something about it – something that made you think you were gonna be rich one day, when in actual fact a 70% payout meant you were more likely to be scrabbling under the car seats for lost change.

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Mega Moolah Slot Now On Flash Instant Play!

Posted By: Dave Letterman

Mega MoolahMicrogaming‘s most popular “random jackpot” slot, Mega Moolah, is now available on the instant-play Flash casino at 32Red (or King Neptunes for USA players). Mega Moolah combines 4 levels of random jackpot peaking at over £1 million, with a free spins bonus round which features 15 free spins, all wins trebled and since it’s (much delayed) release in 2007 has proved a very popular slot.

The largest of the 4 jackpots starts at £1,000,000 and as I write is currently standing on £2,300,000. In May 2011 a player hit the jackpot on Mega Moolah Summertime for $4.4million! Niiiice! Not bad considering it can be won from as little as £1 a spin. The lowest of the 4 jackpots is a measly £10 and there are two levels inbetween and Mega Moolah is a low/medium variance slot. For the latest jackpot amounts check out the real-time tickers on the front page of my Mega Moolah site.

The jackpot is in itself a bonus round where you get to spin a wheel

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Avalon Slot Review (Microgaming)

Posted By: Dave Letterman

Avalon Slot Machine

The Avalon slot machine from Microgaming is another of my regular stop-offs at [32Red]. Released in early 2006, it’s a 20-payline free spins slot with a variable multiplier, following in the footsteps of the “Kathmandu” slot from 2005. It was one of Microgaming’s first “coin display” slots which I personally hated (everything showed in coins rather than credits) but thankfully they have since  added an option to choose which way it displays (go to “Options” and tick the “Show As Credits” box), although this doesn’t affect the “win counts” as shown in the picture below.

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50,000 Pyramid Slot Review (IGT)

Posted By: Dave Letterman

50,000 Pyramid Slot

The 50,000 Pyramid is a free spins bonus slot from IGT subsiduary, Wagerworks, with a 95.02% expected return and wild symbol from Wagerworks where you can win up to 40 free spins at 6x multiplier – if you’re lucky! Can’t say I’ve ever had that one but I have had over 30 spins with 4x before now and it can be a rewarding slot. The thing I like most about it is that the bonus round occurs fairly regularly and I’d classify it as a low variance slot, meaning the risk of busting out is lower, but that’s countered by the fact that the wins during normal play are generally quite small.

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Game On Fruit Machine Review

Posted By: Dave Letterman

GameOn Pub Fruit Machine

Game On is an online casino fruit machine from Microgaming, an authentic emulation of your traditional UK pub fruitie with nudges, feature board and repeat feature. It is one of a series of online fruit machines developed by this software manufacturer and is good fun, if a bit streaky. Guess that classifies as authentic then!

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Cash ‘N’ Curry Fruit Machine (Microgaming)

Posted By: Dave Letterman

Cash N Curry Pub Fruitie

Cash N Curry is one in a series of authentic online pub-style fruit machines from Microgaming, complete with feature board and many of the quirky characteristics of your normal UK pub fruitie. On the surface, it’s a relatively straightforward 3-reel slot machine with wagers from 10p to £10 per spin and payouts of up to 500x your bet, but as pub-goers will know these fruit machines have some hidden talents.

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What On Earth Slot Review (Microgaming)

Posted By: Dave Letterman

Wot On Earth Slot

What On Earth has been around at Microgaming casinos for a while, but remains among the most popular “bonus” slots, free-spins slots aside. Unusually for a “pick ’em” style bonus slot, the bonus round is very entertaining with rewards up to 400x the bet. What On Earth is a low/medium variance slot with 9-paylines, fewer symbols than most slots and three scatter symbols.

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Tunzamunni Slot Review (Microgaming)

Posted By: Dave Letterman

Tunzamunni Jackpot Slot

Tunzamunni is a progressive jackpot slot available at Microgaming casinos which gives players a chance to win £100,000 (give or take) from a 25 pence bet! It’s a very simple 3-reel 1-payline slot – what you see is what you get – but of all the online jackpot slots, Tunzamunni is among the best slots for offering the chance to win big from such a small wager.

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