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N.Y. Gold

Bally Technologies

This is one of the newest games in Bally’s Alpha Elite series. It is available in either the “V20” thin cabinet, which incorporates a 20-inch screen, or in the wide-screen “CineVision” format.

The base game is a 30-line video slot with a 90-credit max bet. The theme is the New York Police Department, with all the appropriate icons. The top jackpot of 10,000 credits times the line bet is won with five scattered “N.Y. Gold” police badges.

The unique part of this game is a special feature called “Red and Blue Siren Bonus” that is designed to increase time on device. There are red and blue emergency siren light symbols, and a special pay table for each displayed on the top box. The pay tables multiply as the player spins. Every six spins, the multiplier on each pay table increments, and the pay schedule amounts rise.

Beginning at 1X, each six spins the multipliers rise through 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X and 10X, until one of the light symbol combinations hits. It then returns to 1X. For instance, the red siren symbol starts at a range of 15 credits for three on a payline, 30 for four, and 90 for five. After six spins, the range goes up to 30-180 credits and so forth, until either three or more of the symbols land or until it reaches 10X and a 900-credit top jackpot. If that happens, it stays at the 10X level until one of the combinations is hit.

The feature is a good incentive to keep players at the machine, particularly as the multiplier approaches 10X.

The game is available in denominations ranging from pennies all the way to $5, with bets ranging from one to three credits per line. It is available as a progressive as well, with the top jackpot resetting at 10,000 credits times the line bet.

Manufacturer: Bally Technologies

Platform: Alpha Elite

Format: Five-reel, 30-line video slot

Denominations: .01 through $5

Max Bet: 90

Top Award: 10,000 credits times line bet

Hit Frequency: Approximately 50%

Theoretical Hold: 3.98%-14.33%

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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