Casino software behemoth Microgaming has teamed up with its exclusive partner Gameburger for yet another new slot release in the face of 9 Pots of Gold. If the name of the slot sounds familiar to you, this is probably because it is an almost exact clone of a previous release of Gameburger’s, 9 Masks of Fire.
Unsurprisingly, 9 Pots of Gold uses the same gameplay mechanics and replicates the features of 9 Masks almost exactly to a tee, the chief difference being in the slot’s theme. The game builders have opted for the tried and trusted Irish theme that remains hugely popular among reel spinners and developers alike.
The biggest claim to fame of this leprechaun-inspired slot is its enormous fixed jackpot that goes as high as 2,000x your bet. The appeal of this release is further solidified by its free spins feature that awards up to 30 rounds at no cost with a 3x max multiplier on the wins.
|9 Pots of Gold Slot Summary|
|Software Provider||Microgaming, in partnership with Gameburger Studios|
|Paylines||20 fixed win lines|
|Wild Symbol||Toadstool mushroom|
|Scatter Symbol||Pot scatter; Free spins symbol is also scattered and pays even money for 3 matches.|
|Bonus Features||Up to 30 free spins with multipliers on the wins|
|Jackpot||2,000x the total bet|
Symbols and Winning Combinations of 9 Pots of Gold Slot
Similarly to its clone, 9 Masks of Fire, this Irish-themed slot makes use of your typical 5×3 reel grid, with 20 fixed paylines awarding the cash prizes. This means you are automatically playing all lines on every spin and must cover each one with a bet. As for the betting range of 9 Pots of Gold, it was designed to appeal to a broader audience of spinners. Low-rollers can play as little as $0.20 per spin whereas large-scale players can invest as much as $240 per round.
The main reel grid is elaborately decorated and spins to a backdrop overflowing with green four-leaf clovers and animated confetti. Irish trad music plays in the background. To the left of the reel casing, there is a separate grid that lists the rewards for the scattered pot of gold. This is, in fact, the highest payer in 9 Pots of Gold but let’s list the regular payouts first.
All symbols yield paying combinations when they match in succession from left to right. You need at least three-of-a-kind to receive a reward. The profits from matches are multiplied by the wager per winning line. The regular top payers are represented by treble, double, and single Lucky 7s. These are complemented by the lower-value symbols, all of which are styled to match the slot’s Irish theme. The main game yields the following pays for five-of-a-kind, listed in ascending order:
- 5 bars or 5 clovers return even money
- 5 leprechaun hats offer a prize of 2x the total bet
- 5 golden harps or any Lucky 7 pay 3.25x the total wager
- 5 single Lucky 7s pay 7.5x the bet
- 5 double Lucky 7s return 20x the total wager
- 5 triple Lucky 7s offer a reward of 37.5x the wager
The wild toadstool can stand in place for all other symbols except for the scatters and the free spin icons. It returns payouts of up to 125x your total bet for 5 matches.
Bonus Features of 9 Pots of Gold Slot
One of the main features of interest in 9 Pots of Gold is the pot scatter which is the secret to the biggest wins in the entire game. Land 9 of those on the reels during any given spin and you will end up $480,000 richer, provided that you have wagered the maximum of $240. The feature requires at least 3 scattered pots on the same spin to yield an instant cash reward, with a minimum prize of 1x your wager. The pots can show on all five reels.
The next special feature to pay attention to is the free spins icon that is made to resemble a green wheel. These symbols show up solely on the second, third, and fourth reels. Three of those award an instant even-money payout and trigger the free spins game. The base game will then give way to a bonus wheel with ten wedges, each of which contains a certain number of free spins that ranges from 10 to 30.
You spin the wheel and hope for Lady Luck to smile upon you, granting you the highest number of bonus spins. Players who manage to unlock the wheel will also have their rewards boosted by multipliers for the duration of the bonus feature. They will have their winnings doubled or tripled, depending on which wedge the pointer of the wheel chooses.
The multipliers are in force on all earnings generated during the feature, bar those formed with the scattered pots. Another positive of 9 Pots of Gold is the option to retrigger the free spins round. The number of new free rounds you get coincides with what you have initially triggered.
This Gameburger release is almost an exact replica of the studio’s previous creation, 9 Masks of Fire. If you have played the latter regularly, you will probably be better off skipping on the former. However, if you do prefer Irish-themed slots, 9 Pots of Gold might be the right fit for you. Who knows, the mischievous leprechauns can help you find your way to the 2,000x jackpot.