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Clovers & Gold

International Game Technology

Clovers & Gold

This new two-level progressive video slot from IGT employs the classic Australian math model, with a 20-line setup and medium volatility. It is a multi-denomination unit, but the manufacturer suggests that the program works best in the 2-cent and nickel denominations.

The 20-line setup and mixture of clovers, horseshoes and other lucky reel symbols is presented in cartoon animation with over-sized reel spots. Classic Australian poker symbols augment the lucky reel images.

There are two wild symbols, the rainbow and the pot of gold. The rainbow appears on the second and fourth reels only, and the number of pot-of-gold symbols increases as the per-line bet increases. This is communicated to the player under each of the progressive jackpots, which should be an effective means of increasing the average wagers on this game.

The reason the message appears under the progressives is that the pot-of-gold symbols figure into the prizes. The lower, “Mini” jackpot-resetting at around $15 (determined by the casino)-is triggered by five of a kind on any of the poker symbols that is formed with at least one pot-of-gold wild symbol. Five of any of the other lucky symbols on a payline with a pot-of-gold wild wins the “Maxi” jackpot, which starts at around $80.

There is a free-spin round added into the mix, triggered by clover symbols: three clovers trigger 10 free spins; four trigger 15; five trigger 25. All jackpots are tripled on the free spins. Free spins are re-triggered with at least two clovers on a payline, yielding an extra two free games. The rest of the re-trigger amounts are the same as in the primary game.

Manufacturer: International Game Technology

Platform: AVP

Format: Five-reel, 20-line video slot

Denomination: Multi-denomination

Max Bet: 200

Top Award: 38,000

Hit Frequency: Approximately 50%

Theoretical Hold: 4%-9.5%

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.