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Top Dollar

Top Dollar

With this new series of Top Dollar games, IGT reprises the most popular game in the history of its U.K.-based Barcrest subsidiary.

The game, a three-reel, five-line stepper base with an arcade-style, mechanical bonus game in the top box, introduced Barcrest to this country, and has gone through several incarnations over the years. This version is on the manufacturer’s new S-AVP platform, which is the powerful Advanced Video Platform operating system adapted to steppers.

In the classic Top Dollar game, three bonus symbols on the payline trigger flashing lights behind the light-box display in the top box. The new S-AVP versions replace the light box with a huge LCD video display, surrounded by a color-sequencing LED light ring that choreographs the display. Also, IGT has added an integrated small LCD screen for promotional messages.

Other than that, the four S-AVP versions of Top Dollar provide the same game players have loved for years, with the notable exception of five paylines instead of one. When the bonus is triggered, the stacks of bills displayed on the top box illuminate in sequence, until stopping on one stack for a bonus ranging from 5 credits to 1,000 credits.

The initial themes being released include Top Dollar Deluxe, Top Dollar Sizzling 7, Double Top Dollar and Hot Top Dollar. All are available in single or multiple-denomination setups, with theoretical holds and top jackpots varying by game.

Manufacturer: International Game Technology
Platform: S-AVP
Format: Three-reel, five-line stepper slot
Denomination: .01, .02. .05, .10, .25, 1.00
Max Bet: 5
Top Award: Various
Hit Frequency: Various
Theoretical Hold: Various

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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