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22 Jun 2020 Developer News
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The majority of people who gamble in casinos go there to play slots. Playing poker requires knowledge and skills. To hit it big on slot machines, people just need to get lucky. An American who won the largest ever amount playing slots was undoubtedly lucky. He wagered only $100 on Megabucks at Excalibur and went home with $39.7 million in his bank account. Because people want to believe that they were born under a lucky star, they eagerly play slots, always hoping that they will strike it rich this time. Knowing people’s penchant for playing slots, developers constantly create new technologically more sophisticated and graphically more appealing games, some of which are listed among the most popular slots in 2020.

Slot games are particularly favored in Finland, where 8 people out of 10 try their luck in different games of chance. There are around 20,000 slot machines peppering the country, located in supermarkets, gas stations, kiosks, and restaurants. Playing on slot machines is such a regular sight in Finland that nobody even asks gamblers to show their IDs before they start betting. When they do not wager on slots in Helsinki Casino or in stores, Finns try to win a fortune on slot machines online. Licensed and unlicensed gambling websites offer Finns a wide choice of slot machine games, and so do fast casinos, called in Finnish “pikakasinot,” that also give them free spins and generous welcome bonuses. The largest number of free spins Finnish players can claim at Slotty Vegas Casino and Dunder Casino. The former will let them spin for free 135 times, while the latter will offer them 100 spins free of charge.

Online slot machines work exactly like slot machines located in Helsinki Casino or at any gas station in Finland. A Random Number Generator (RNG) works online just as it works on land-based slot machines. It creates a sequence of numbers that cannot be predicted better than by a random chance. The major difference between the two types of the slot machines is that with online slots, all actions are performed virtually. Some gamblers also say that graphics and sound effects are more striking in digital slot machines. Judging by the graphics of NetEnt’s Hall of Gods and Rabcat’s North Storm, this claim might be true. A free spin symbol of North Storm is a scary Viking mask with gleaming eyes. The game also has medieval runes as symbols and comes with Avalanche reels. 

Hall of Gods and North Storm are close to Finns’ hearts, because they are based on Norse mythology and depict adventures of their medieval ancestors. Last year, Finnish players were given an opportunity to play more slot games featuring Vikings, when Veikkaus signed a deal with Yggdrasil, the supplier of innovative game solutions. Veikkaus, the Finnish state-owned gambling agency, received a wide range of popular slots, among which are the trilogy of Vikings, Penguin City, Hanzo’s Dojo, Wolf Hunters, Lilith’s Inferno, Sahara Nights, and Golden Chip Roulette. Many of these slot games also have in-game promotional tools, such as Boost, which allows to have promotions within the game and offers various cross-sell opportunities.

Apart from enjoying these games, Finnish gamblers also seek to win money on slot machines. Although when they play slots they play against the house, which always wins, Finns know that winning a fortune on slot machines is possible. British Jon Heywood did win £13.2 million playing slots in 2015 and, in so doing, proved to the world that a single spin can change one’s life for the better.  

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