TheBigPaybak
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February 1st, 2013 at 7:24:48 AM permalink
IGT has a brand of slots called "MultiWay" which allow for 243 possible lines. Two popular versions are House of the Dead EX and Carnival of Mystery. Here's some of IGT's marketing:
http://media.igt.com/marketing/PromotionalLiterature/GamePromoLit_EDF7-2078B.pdf

I had some luck and caught a jackpot playing House of the Dead EX:
http://imageshack.us/a/img687/3536/houseofdeadslot.jpg

The machine had denominations of 1,2, and 5 cents playable up to 25 credits per line. To be eligible for the full 243 lines, you paid a flat fee of 25 credits- so the max bet was 25x25 or 625 credits.

After hitting the jackpot after a few spins (lucky me!) I took a look at the pay table and noticed the top award for 1 line with the top symbol was 5000 credits.

Now, it'll never happen, but if a player was lucky enough to fill the screen with top symbols and/or wild symbols, the payout would be the following for a 25x line bet:
243x25x5000=$303,750 or 48600x your initial wager.

or over $1.5 million for a max bet nickel play.

Anyway, I thought it interesting as it seems many slot machines only offer a relatively small multiple of your initial wager.
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February 1st, 2013 at 8:02:42 AM permalink
You should not assume that "243 ways" equates to "243 paylines" because the majority of the time it does not.

For example, if you have three identical symbols among the first three reels (let's say an Ace at the top of reel 1, middle of reel 2, and bottom of reel 3) but not on reels 4 or 5, there are 9 paylines which start that way, but you will only be paid once for that combination in most (if not all) "243 way" games. You might get paid twice for the same combination if one of the first three reels also contains a wild, but that's not the same as being paid for each unique payline.
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February 1st, 2013 at 8:13:36 AM permalink
They can't display that many paylines on screen so I can't check up on them... so I ain't gonna play.
TheBigPaybak
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February 1st, 2013 at 8:13:43 AM permalink
Quote: JB

You should not assume that "243 ways" equates to "243 paylines" because the majority of the time it does not.

For example, if you have three identical symbols among the first three reels (let's say an Ace at the top of reel 1, middle of reel 2, and bottom of reel 3) but not on reels 4 or 5, there are 9 paylines which start that way, but you will only be paid once for that combination in most (if not all) "243 way" games. You might get paid twice for the same combination if one of the first three reels also contains a wild, but that's not the same as being paid for each unique payline.



Right, in order to in effect have a 243 multiplier, the whole screen needs to be filled with the same symbol or along with a wild symbol: not likely to happen with any lower symbol let alone the "top" symbol. Just miss one and you're down to 162 paylines, if I'm understanding this correctly. That said, having lesser winning paylines to the tune of say 6(like I did) or 9 does happen- throw in some wild columns and there's a lot of interesting payouts that can occur.
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February 1st, 2013 at 10:11:40 AM permalink
243 way games are going to completely replace line games in the near future. It is just so much easier for the player to understand. If you have the same symbol anywhere on reels 1,2,3 you have a winner. If it is also on 4 and 5 you have even a bigger winner.
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February 1st, 2013 at 11:01:19 AM permalink
Quote: DRich

243 way games are going to completely replace line games in the near future. It is just so much easier for the player to understand. If you have the same symbol anywhere on reels 1,2,3 you have a winner. If it is also on 4 and 5 you have even a bigger winner.



I agree that it's easier for a new player to understand. The first time I played a slot I thought that playing max lines would fill in every combo, essentially giving me what these new machines do.


Although it's easy to understand what a line is, and I knew if I played one line I'd need to get them all in the center - I didn't realize max lines wouldn't cover every combination. And it's easy for other people who haven't gambled yet or often to misunderstand slots.
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February 1st, 2013 at 12:22:12 PM permalink
Quote: TheBigPaybak


Anyway, I thought it interesting as it seems many slot machines only offer a relatively small multiple of your initial wager.



Any game that has tiled reels can lead to a huge payoff if you're lucky enough to hit it, but the odds of pulling it off is quite small though, likely one in tens of millions. It would likely be greater than 1 in 50M though since that often requires specific odds disclosure of the jackpot in many states. It's also possible that getting a full board of the top paying symbol is impossible because of the reel structure.
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February 1st, 2013 at 12:32:46 PM permalink
Quote: TheBigPaybak

Right, in order to in effect have a 243 multiplier, the whole screen needs to be filled with the same symbol or along with a wild symbol.


That is a good point.
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February 1st, 2013 at 12:46:22 PM permalink
Aristocrat has had 243-ways-to-win games for several years, with Pompeii and Whales of Cash being the most popular, but with these games each symbol can appear only once per reel so you can never get a full screen of anything the way you can with these IGT games.

There is one other Aristocrat 243x game, Buffalo, that has stacked buffalo symbols that can give you a pretty nice payout if you get them on all 5 reels, but nowhere near $1m.

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February 1st, 2013 at 1:31:07 PM permalink
Quote: tringlomane

It's also possible that getting a full board of the top paying symbol is impossible because of the reel structure.



I was wondering about that, actually, which brings up a few questions on slot design for these games:
1. Does each column have the same symbols/reel as other columns?
2. Do the symbols in each column "randomize" in any way, or does the virtual reel always remain static? Or does it depend on the machine?

There are some machines, well one in particular, where I can watch the final column and actually tell more often than not when the bonus symbol will appear when the video reel appears in a certain way: when it's spinning during a familiar area of its virtual wheel set.

Other machines seem to always be randomizing- or possibly the virtual reel is just so big, so feel it's random.
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