Free Bookie of Odds slot
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Bookie of Odds slot from Microgaming is one I feel absolutely no need to beat around the bush in reviewing. It's only achievement is possibly to be a cloning speed world record as its predecessor Book of Oz has only recently hit the online casinos and here we have a complete copy of that game. Based on the classic Novomatic Book of Ra Deluxe formula, this time we have the sound of galloping hooves here as the theme is horse racing, as the title suggests. Play'n Go at least stuck to the Egypt theme with their famous version, Book of Dead, so what are the odds for our bankroll in this race to the line?
We have 10 paying lines over 5 reels of 4 rows apiece on Bookie of Odds with single symbols and Wild Books acting as the scatters too. The 5-of-a-kind pays are familiar to the Book of Ra players with the Bookie best at 500x bet for a full line, Red Horse 200x, Purple or Blue Horse 75x and five card values offering you 15x for the A or K and 10x for the three of Q down to 10. Free games are triggered by 3 or more Book Wilds in view.
For a specified fee, after each losing spin you can opt to spin just one reel, over and over until you get the desired symbol landing. You have scatters on reels 3 and 4 so spin reel 5 in order to eventually land the third one. It isn't cheap, for example if you had the top Bookie icon on a line on reels 1,3,4 and 5 and span reel 2 hoping for the 500x bet hit, your cost per respin would be significant!
So 3 Book scatter/Wilds will yield 10 free games with a randomly chosen expanding scatter symbol. You could get 12 spins for 4 or even 25 for all 5. You need 2 if a picture symbol, or 3 if a card value, of your scatter to land anywhere in view. They will expand and pay 10x as you are playing 10 lines. Retriggers can occur too but there is no Reel Respin available in this bonus as you'd expect.
Bookie of Odds slot is simply yet another version of the most-copied slot ever made. The volatility appears to be a bit lower and your RTP is 96.31% or 96.50% with the optimum use of the reel respin buys. The sound effects fit the theme well with some nice galloping and cheering in the free games but it still remains an unoriginal game. Nobody will argue the Book of Ra mechanic isn't good because it's one of the most popular ever designed, but surely Microgaming need to create another classic slot along the lines of Immortal Romance or Jurassic Park - it's a been a long time, as they say...