One of the first major licensed brands by Everi Holdings celebrates the life and music of country legend Willie Nelson. The company has launched two initial games in the series, called “Shotgun Willie” and “Whiskey River,” on its Player Classic traditional mechanical stepper series.
The base games are mechanical three-reel, nine-line steppers, in quarter and dollar denominations. The quarter version carries an 18-credit max bet; the dollar version, nine credits. The games feature a five-level progressive jackpot, with the top prize available in both local-area progressive (LAP) and wide-area progressive (WAP) versions.
The top progressive resets at $10,000 (LAP) and $100,000 (WAP) in the quarter versions. In the dollar version, the top prizes reset at $100,000 (LAP) and $1 million (WAP). The two initial titles are being shipped together as a leased product, and both link to the same progressive jackpot.
The base games feature classic reel-spinning features, with multiplying wild symbols in both. In Shotgun Willie, certain bar and “7” symbols display a 2X, 3X, 4X or 5X multiplier, applied in winning combinations. Two or more multipliers on a payline multiply together, for a potential maximum of 40X on a single win.
Whiskey River features a straight multiplying wild symbol. Whiskey River symbols are wild, and double the pay in a winning combination. Two wild symbols in a win multiply the payout by four. Three title symbols in Whiskey River or Shotgun Willie pay the top line jackpot or, if landing on the ninth payline, return the top progressive jackpot.
The simple, traditional game features are backed by audio of Nelson’s biggest hit songs.
Manufacturer: Everi Holdings
Platform: Player Classic
Format: Three-reel, nine-line stepper slot
Denomination: .25, 1.00
Max Bet: 9, 18
Top Award: Progressive; resets—
$10,000, $100,000 (LAP)
$100,000, $1 million (WAP)
Hit Frequency: 28%-34.27%
Theoretical Hold: 6.55%-14.59%