Sporting Legends Series - Ronnie O'Sullivan
The Ronnie O'Sullivan slot is one of Playtech's Sporting Legends series. Playtech has taken to describing itself as the world's leading Omni-channel provider of gaming software. The rest of us know Playtech free slots as some of the best out there. So what's different about Sporting Legends? Launched in 2018, this series was planned to achieve maximum impact as the sporting season got started.
The Sporting Legends feature various sports stars, so we have the Frankie Dettori slots, and football megastars in World Cup Top Trumps. This series of games has proved mega-popular since its launch. The games tend to be medium variance - you'll get lively gameplay and not too long between payouts, with a medium level of credits when you win.
There are other Ronnie O'Sullivan slots, such as Ronnie O'Sullivan's Big Break from Mazooma Interactive Games. But we're looking at the Playtech one.
So how can a slot measure up to these greats of the sporting world? Playtech is the gaming company brave enough to take on the legend. Do they succeed? Or are they snookered? Read on to find out.
Ronnie O'Sullivan Snooker Slot
Ronnie O' Sullivan: Sporting Legends is a 25 payline, 5 reel video slot. With a crowd packed into the viewing seats, you'll see the reels set into a snooker table. It's excellently realised - and the symbols include the white cue ball, the all-important black, the coloured snooker balls, a snooker rack, cue chalks and various shots of Ronnie. Start the game and some pleasant lounge music begins. Of course, if you need to concentrate on a shot in total silence, you can always switch off the audio.
In Ronnie O'Sullivan, the wild doubles your win
The wild symbol is visually a bit boring - just a sign saying Wild, unlike some of the exotic artwork you see in other slots for the wild. However, this is all of apiece with the design for Ronnie O'Sullivan, which is more like something you'd see in a bookmaker, than a fantasy slot game where the designers have let rip with their imaginations.
The wild sign doubles your win and substitutes for all of the symbols except the scatter and the bonus. Five of these gives you 5,000, four awards 1,250 and three gives you 500.
Ronnie O'Sullivan Championship Bonus
If the logo appears on reels 1 and 5 at the same time, it's cues up! You'll see a set of snooker balls, and you have to pick one. If you pick correctly, you'll see how much you've won, and all of the other ball values will be displayed. You can now progress to the next stage of the tournament - shown at the top of the play area, where you'll see Ronnie in five different poses, in silhouette, each pose representing a different stage of the competition - first or second round, quarter-final, semi-final or final.
You can keep picking and progressing through the rounds of the Championship, until you either win, or reveal “Collect” on a ball, which will end the feature. It has to be said, that once you get to the final round, there are a lot more “Collect” balls than win balls, so the odds against winning get higher as you progress. However, any big win results in a cascade of gold coins - very enjoyable! Click “Continue” to go back to the main game.
Scatters award bonuses in addition to the line wins, and are awarded whatever position they appear in on the reels. You can win multiple scatter bonuses in one game.
147 Maximum Break Bonus
Three or more of this scatter, anywhere on the reels, activates the free games feature with 12 free spins. In addition, five of these award you 50 coins, four award you 10, and three give you 2.
When you're in this bonus round, your first seven spins are at a multiplier of x1 - so no real difference. However, the next four spins are multiplied by 4. The final spin has a x7 multiplier - definitely worth having!
How much you win - Ronnie O'Sullivan's paytable
Ronnie O Sullivan shot 1. This is Ronnie smiling, and five of these will get you 2,500 while four will land 500 and 3 will get 125.
Ronnie O' Sullivan shot 2. This is the man concentrating on a shot and five of these will net you 1,250, three will get you 300 and two will get you 75.
The cue chalk. That little blue cube will get you 750 if five show up, 200 if there are four, and 50 if there are three.
Rack of red snooker balls. These will earn you 500 if five are on the reels, 125 if there are four, and 30 if there are three. As for the cue ball and the black, these score the same as the rack of red snooker balls.
When we come to the playing cards, the Ace and King pay out the same amount. That's 20 for three of them, 75 for four of them and 250 for five of them. The Queen, Jack, and 10 all pay out the same amount. It's 10 for three of them, 50 for four of them and 125 for five of them.
Love Ronnie? How do you feel about Frankie?
Ronnie O'Sullivan isn't the only sporting legend to have received the Playtech treatment. Frankie Dettori has his own Sporting Legends range. As with the snooker slot, paid games have various jackpots that aren't available (obviously!) if you're playing for free. However, all of the Sporting Legends series has been carefully designed to give excellent gameplay whether or not you're playing for cash. So it's well worth playing the free games, which are just as exciting, but cheaper!
Frankie Dettori is the jockey, who, in 1997 rode all seven winners at Ascot. He's probably the greatest jockey of all time. This five reel, 25 payline video slot does him justice. There's a scatter that pays out 100 times your total bet, and the Galloping Wild feature is triggered when wilds start stacking on reel one. As Ascot is such hallowed ground for Dettori, there is, of course, a Golden Derby bonus, with free spins. There's a brilliant feature where you pick a horse, and get a look at their form before the round starts. The horses have different colours and the number of times they appear defines how far ahead of the runners they go. Your final win is based on your horse's position at the end of the race. It's really good fun, exciting to play and well produced.
The Sporting Legends slot isn't the only one to celebrate Frankie Dettori's amazing feats on the racetrack. In Frankie Dettori's Magic Sevens, also from Playtech, the famous seven Ascot winners appear all over the game as a theme. Alongside icons showing the great jockey, you'll find trophies and horseshoes. There are clips of Frankie's great rides too. There's a Free Games Race which can result in 35 free spins if the going is good. The Magic Sevens feature reveals a race course - pick a part of the course to reveal wins or supercharge the multiplier. Definitely worth a punt!
The Champions is a World Cup football themed slot from Pragmatic Play. It has 25 paylines, five reels and increasing multipliers. Even better, you can score goals, and there's even a penalty shootout round. Add to that a top prize that can be worth 100 times your wager, and it's definitely worth kicking around.
Ultimate Dream Team is by Push Gaming, and if you spend your time talking to your workmates about who would be in your all-time dream team, this is one for you. With a Golden Football wild, and soccer shirts that kick off the Reveal a Star bonus game, you're in football heaven. Stuck for tactics? Meet the Soccer Manager who needs to take up position in the middle of the reels to help you pick the team. Imaginative and different, this is a great slot to play - just make sure you don't get two yellow cards though, or it's an early bath for you.
Basketball has fans all around the world, and Microgaming gives them what they want with Basketball Star. Eat your heart out Michael Jordan, we've got all the trainers we need in this game, along with medals and a game board. There are players marking their opponent, setting up for the slam dunk, and dribbling the ball. Great fun to play.
As well as this, Microgaming has also turned its attention to the world of cricket. And to celebrate the Cricket World Cup a couple of years ago, produced Cricket Star. You'll find all the major cricketing nations here, with their team colours. We've got bowlers, batspeople, wicket keepers and an umpire. The wild is the Cricket Star logo, and there's a great Rolling Reels feature. After you win, the winning symbols disappear and the other symbols roll down into their slots - giving you a whole lot more chances to win. This can happen time after time, which is great. There's also a Wild Wicket bonus which offers you the chance to score a century - or be out for a duck.
If you love Baseball Star and Cricket Star, then try Rugby Star from the same stable. The gameplay isn't radically different, but it's been nicely thought out with a “wild pass” random feature and the ability to “convert” your win into a higher score. Unusually, there isn't a playing card in sight - just lots of pictures of rugby stars.
Finally, we can't leave sporting themed titles without taking a look at a tennis game. Tennis Champion from Spinomenal has a male and female tennis player and lots of tennis-themed paraphernalia such as rackets, tennis balls, headbands, visors and drink bottles. This is a grass court game of tennis, so there's a dazzling green background. Puzzlingly, the highest paying symbol is the tennis ball, while the trophy only pays the second highest amount.
Slots Temple has dozens of other sports slots theme games. There's hockey, bowling, roller derby, motor racing, athletics, martial arts and more. So come on sports fans - what are you waiting for? Take your seats and start enjoying the action.
Ronnie O'Sullivan optimised for mobile and tablet
Playtech's games are now mostly HTML5 based, and that means they're compatible with Windows, IoS (Apple iPhones and iPads) and Android smartphones. All of the games developers now realise that mobile is the future, and they need to make sure their games look great on phones.
Using a strategy to win at Ronnie O'Sullivan
Let's be honest, there isn't a strategy that will help more winning lines appear when you're playing any slot. The win frequency is set by the random number generator that governs the game. But because you have to land at least three matching symbols on a line, wagering a small amount on all the lines increases your odds of hitting one of them.
Playing free slots is a sensible decision. It helps you to decide which games you like and also lets you learn how to play the more complex games, without risking money. But even playing for free, don't let slots dominate your life, or spend time playing that should be spent on other activities such as work, friends or family life.
Slots are fun, free slots are even better fun - let's keep the fun going!
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