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Carousel Cash

AC Coin & Slot

Carousel Cash

This is the latest entry in AC Coin’s “Big Roller Series,” the group of slots that grew out of the blockbuster hit “Bankroll.”

Bankroll, of course, was the first game with the scroll-style bonus event, a mechanical scrolling top-box device resembling a sheet of banknotes that would roll and stop on a bonus amount. The Big Roller Series places the concept into a community-play bank, with six five-reel steppers arranged in a carousel under a giant version of the scrolling bonus device.

A “carousel,” in fact-the kind with horses at a carnival-is the theme of this latest entry in the series. Carousel Cash positions six five-reel steppers under a giant scroll depicting 14 different award values, including 10 amounts ranging from 40 coins to 200 coins, and four multiplier values, from 2X to 5X.

The base games are the five-reel, 20-line version of IGT’s Double Diamond, or of Triple Stars (pictured).

The math and timing are worked out so more often than not, more than one player is entering the bonus at once. When the first game triggers a bonus, there is a 15-second window in which others can join in before the bonus apparatus starts spinning. The bonus frequency is around 40 spins on average for any individual slot.

When the bonus is triggered, the carousel starts turning, and the player receives the bonus landing at his or her spot. If it is a credit amount, the player receives that amount and the bonus is over. If it is a multiplier, the device scrolls again to achieve a credit amount, and the amount is multiplied from two to five times for the award.

If the second scroll lands on a second multiplier amount, the one number is multiplied by the second number, and then multiplied by the top bonus on the scroll, which is 200 credits. For example, 5X and 2X would result in 10 times 200, or a 2,000-credit bonus.


Manufacturer: AC Coin & Slot

Platform: IGT S2000 or S AVP

Format: Five-reel, 20-line stepper slot

Denomination: .01, .02, .05

Max Bet: Configurable; 30-600

Top Award: 90,000

Hit Frequency: Approximately 50%

Theoretical Hold: 6.98%-10.98%

Frank Legato is editor of Global Gaming Business magazine. He has been writing on gaming topics since 1984, when he launched and served as editor of Casino Gaming magazine. Legato, a nationally recognized expert on slot machines, has served as editor and reporter for a variety of gaming publications, including Public Gaming, IGWB, Casino Journal, Casino Player, Strictly Slots and Atlantic City Insider. He has an B.A. in journalism and an M.A. in communications from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. He is the author of the books, How To Win Millions Playing Slot Machines... Or Lose Trying, and Atlantic City: In Living Color.