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Cash Spin

Bally Technologies

Cash Spin

Manufacturer: Bally Technologies
Platform: Alpha Elite
Format: Five-reel, 25-line stepper slot
Denomination: .01, .02, .03, .05, .10, .15, .20, .25
Max Bet: 200
Top Award: Progressive; $5,000 reset
Hit Frequency: 33.79%
Theoretical Hold: 11.62%-14.28%


With this game, Bally offers a novel new use of its V32 video platform, which features a vertical 32-inch video screen. (It is the format popularized by Bally’s video roulette game and Fireball video slot.) A three-reel, 25-line base game sits underneath a video display dominated by the upper-right side of a standard bonus fortune wheel.

What makes this application of the wheel bonus unique is a feature called “U-Spin.” When a bonus symbol appears in any position on the third reel, the player gets one spin of the wheel, which contains spaces for various bonus amounts, a free-game bonus, or one of two progressive jackpots-a “Minor” resetting at $100 or a “Major” resetting at $5,000. With the U-Spin feature, the player physically touches the wheel and gives it a spin. The wheel “reacts” to the force of the player’s spin. Audio replicates the sound of a fortune wheel as it slows down. It is an innovative effect.

The base games use Bally’s “Interactive Reels” technology, in which a video overlay on the reels causes animation to float  across the mechanical reel set during bonus rounds. The player must wager a minimum of one credit per line plus a 15-credit “U-Spin Bonus Bet” to activate the bonus feature.

In addition to the free-spin bonus activated through the wheel-12 free spins with all pays doubled, except for the progressives, with the ability to re-trigger the free games up to 60 total-there is a second-screen event triggered by three scattered bonus symbols. In the “Money Bag Bonus,” the player selects one of three money bag symbols on the reels to reveal a hidden credit value ranging from three to 50 times the total bet. This bonus also can be triggered during a free spin.

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.  

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