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Press Your Luck

WMS Gaming

Press Your Luck

Manufacturer: WMS Gaming
Platform: CPU-NXT2
Format: Five-reel, 20-line or 40-line video slot
Denominations: .01—100.00
Max Bet: 100
Top Award: 50,000
Hit Frequency: 36.43%, 59.44%
Theoretical Hold: 4%—13%

This is WMS Gaming’s take on the classic TV game show Press Your Luck, a license the slot-maker acquired after rights expired for its former owner, Shuffle Master.

The slot has a tall top box that is a replica of the board used on the game show, with award levels ranging from 25 credits all the way up to 4,000 credits surrounding a vertical video screen.

The base game is either a 20-line or 40-line video slot. The manufacturer makes it available in any denomination, but recommends a penny or 2-cent setup. When bonus symbols appear on the first, third and fifth reels, the player either receives a straight credit award or one of two bonus events:

The free-spin bonus carries unique aspects drawn from the TV game show. For instance, the “Whammy”—the devilish character that ends award rounds for contestants on the TV show, is a wild symbol in the free spins, appearing on the second or fourth reels. Once they appear, they stay in position for subsequent free spins—unless they randomly “backfire,” which removes a previously collected Whammy.

The free-spin round continues until four Whammy symbols are collected.

In the “Big Board Bonus,” a player is awarded from one to three turns. The video screen displays 30 “hot spots,” from which the player selects. The spots reveal either accumulating credit amounts, additional turns, multiplier numbers, or a Whammy. Players select until a Whammy is revealed, which starts the bonus awards flashing around the Big Board. A stop button appears on the video screen, and the player hits it to stop the flashing on an award. The player receives that bonus, plus any accumulated awards, and multiplied by any multiplier numbers gathered during the first phase of the bonus. If the player has been awarded more than one turn on the Big Board, it all starts over again after that.

(More information is available at the WMS Twitter URL,

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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