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The recreational activity of watching horses race each other is a tale as old as medieval times. The allure and interest in these majestic beasts running at incredible speeds has attracted many to county derbies and horse race tracks the entire world. While there are those who appreciate the sport for its beauty and thrill, there are also those who enjoy the art of betting and seeing where their odds of winning fall. In recent years, sportsbooks (or “bookies”) have been setting odds, meaning that betting enthusiasts can sign up and place bets based on available odds and possibly score some amazing wins based on the outcomes.
The popularity of these sites and this form a gambling has resulted in a huge market for horse racing in gambling. Gaming developers have been looking for ways to get players interested in other forms of horse racing games as much as they are into betting on horse racing games. This need to expand and even exploit this market has resulted in a number of gaming developers creating gambling games following a horse racing theme.
A great example of this is Playtech’s Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven, despite its ridiculously long and rather uncommon name, this slot has risen to becoming one of the best horse racing themed slots. Launched in 2017 the slot is inspired by horse racer Frankie Dettori and features bonus games that offer players respins, prizes and jackpots. Other famous horse racing themed titles include Microgaming’s Sure Win slot, Derby Dollars by Real Time Gaming, Net Entertainment’s Champion of the Track, and Lucky Day at the Races by Pragmatic Player. The last slot incorporates some of the best bonus rounds and features including free spins, respins and multipliers.
One gaming developer that seems to be on the money of revolutionizing horse racing themed games is Microgaming. They have paired up with Triple Edge Studios to bring the latest development in horse racing themed slots getting you a little closer to the action. Microgaming’s Bookie of Odds slot game has done just that by allowing the player to play the odds to re-spin individual reels with their REELBET respin feature. If the reels are close to a big win or one symbol away from triggering a big bonus, each reel can be selected with varying odds to spin again and deliver a possible match. From leftmost to rightmost, the odds decrease in accordance with the likelihood of making a win and the size of the win. You can keep choosing new odds and spin as many times as you like.
Bokie of Odds is a high volatility game and the potential win is up to 5000 time your initial bet. The symbols reflect the theme with various horse racing icons like, jockeys and owners, paired with the standard playing cards found on most slot games. Of course, the real action lies in the REELBET feature and all the excitement that brings to the table.
Japanese developers Konami also recently released a new game titled Fortune Cup. Steve Walther, the brand’s Senior Director of Marketing and Product management has stated that this new launch is meant to appeal to global horse racing gambling enthusiasts. He further mentions that the developing risers were pleased with the performance of their slot and that the game is resonating well with players from various countries. Something he believes is owed to the realism and the animations aspects of the slot. He reckons that putting Fortune Cup is something different, more pleasant and in a league of its own, although there is some slot machine games with the same features.
So, what exactly makes Fortune Cup different from other developer’s offering within the horse racing theme? Well as their Director of Marketing pointed out its “more pleasing” this is in part owed to the Japanese’s exceptional ability to design games with superior electronic, visual and graphic elements. It also incorporates the ability for players to participate in the game as a group which enhances the social aspects that slots rarely allow.
The game offers players three parts to their gameplay experience. The first is the racing area which comprises of a long round track that is positioned at the center. The second is the video display which depicts all the racers and horse information and lastly there is a terminal that allows individual players to place bets allowing them to participate in the action as if at a real horse racing match. The game also features a respin functions which allows the games to play on their own while you place bets as the races occur. Fortune Cup is truly one of the best horse racing themed slot games out there. It does a beautiful job of blending the slot player perspective and the horse racing lover perspective. It allows you to enjoy the game as if it were happening in real life.
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