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Jackpot Battle Royal

Aruze Gaming

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ruze is famous for this game in many parts of the world. Using a vari- ety of base games, a bank of networked slots is offered with a random, automatic tournament function.

Players have been drawn to this game because of the presentation, featuring

giant, three-dimensional gloved hands jutting from an overhead display, moving around to indicate that a tournament is beginning. The base games are all multi-line video slots in various payline configura-

tions, each game available in penny denomination with either a one-credit-per- line or half-credit-per-line wagering setup. The networked banks are available in groups of six or 10 machines. Players have to cover the paylines and wager an ante to qualify for the community tournament. When the random tournament feature is triggered, the regular screens disap-

pear and are replaced by a special set of reels with a single payline. During the tournament, players receive points for symbols landing on the payline, and points are deducted for symbols bearing a “minus” sign. The top three scores at the end of the tournament receive cash prizes. Base games include popular Aruze titles such as Shen Long, Legend of the

Qin Dynasty II, Magical Cat and Kyoto. Graphics and sound—and those big hands—are designed to capture player

attention. When a tournament is triggered, a countdown commences as an announcer encourages qualified players to get ready for the contest.

Manufacturer: Aruze Gaming

Platform: G-Enex

Format: Five-reel, multi-line video slot

Denomination: .01 Max Bet: Various Top Award: Various Hit Frequency: Approximately 50% Theoretical Hold: 14.31%—20.63%

Dragon’s Return

Konami Gaming

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his latest title in Konami Gaming’s K2V video slot series and Podium cabinet is a five-reel, five-line game designed for high

denominations. It is available to casinos in quarter, 50-cent, $1, $2 and $5 denominations. There is a free-spin bonus event, with an extra

twist. Three, four or five scattered coin symbols trig- ger seven, 10 or 20 free games, respectively. The nor- mal reels are replaced by a special set of symbols for the free games. During the free spins, each time a “nugget” sym-

bol appears, it is recorded on a meter. When the drag- on symbol lands, if five or more nuggets have been accumulated, the player is paid a bonus, beginning with five times the per-line wager for five nuggets, and rising by five-credit increments with every addi- tional nugget—10 times the per-line bet for six nuggets, 15 times the bet for seven nuggets, etc.— until reaching 11 nuggets.

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If the player has accumulated 11 or more

nuggets, the bonus amounts accumulate more rapid- ly: 50 times the line bet for 11 nuggets; 100 times the bet for 12; 150 times the bet for 13; 500 times the bet for 14; and a top bonus of 1,000 times the line bet for a dragon symbol with 15 accumulated nuggets. The free-spin round can be re-triggered within the free spins.

Manufacturer: Konami Gaming Platform: K2V; Podium Format: Five-reel, five-line video slot Denomination: .25, .50, 1.00, 2.00, 5.00

Max Bet: 250 Top Award: 50,000 credits Hit Frequency: Approximately 35% Theoretical Hold: 14.8%

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