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Bonus Rounds Which Pay Nothing- Why?

Discussion in 'Online Casinos' started by chris87, Oct 4, 2013.

    Oct 4, 2013
  1. chris87

    chris87 Senior Member

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    UK
    I'm sure others will agree that there's nothing more frustrating that hitting a bonus round which then pays zilch!

    I've had this experience recently when playing Star Trek on IGT at £3.00 a spin I was quite a bit down and then to my relief hit a "Scotty" bonus at 3x each winning line which then doubles up to 6x after 5 of the 10 bonus spins. Not one winning line was received on the 10 spins and my total take was £9.00 from the scatter which triggered the bonus- how frustrating!
    A similar situation can happen on the Monopoly Plus IGT game both in the bonus board round and the Mr Monopoly turning the reels wild.

    I've had the same with Immortal Romance when I've hit the bonus spins and the Wild Desire turning the reels wild feature (which appears very rarely)

    I just wonder why the designers put this into the programming? Is it so we get so annoyed we keep trying? Either way, it is very annoying, especially when you've been waiting what seems like an age for a bonus to hit!
     
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  2. Oct 4, 2013
  3. KasinoKing

    KasinoKing WebMeister & Slotaholic.. CAG MM PABnonaccred webmeister

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    The programmers make the games random. Random means anything can happen; you can win zero, or you can win a fortune.
    If you don't want to play totally random games, you'd better stick to AWPs! :p

    Don't get me wrong - I have won ZERO hundreds of times and it is VERY frustrating, but I accept this is part and parcel of a random game.

    If it bugs you that much, avoid the slots with have this possibility and stick to those which guarantee some return from a bonus round.
    The only downside of a guaranteed win, is that many of them have a cap on the maximum you can win too. You can't have it all ways!

    KK
     
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  4. Oct 4, 2013
  5. mrmark21

    mrmark21 Meister Member

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    I know... One of the reasons I don't deposit much anymore. I've found the features on land based slots tend to have better returns. You get more features playing online slots but most of them don't payout. I've had countless features online on a $2.50 bet and won less than $30 nearly EVERY time. The result? I dont feel much incentive to bet more than minimum.
     
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  6. Oct 7, 2013
  7. dunover

    dunover Unofficial T&C's Editor Staff Member CAG PABnononaccred PABnonaccred PABinit mm3 webmeister

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    Nil rounds are quite rare to be fair. I also find that after a very poor round that the next tends to be quite good. It is frustrating I agree, especially the stupid inane message 'congratulations you won 0 coins'.............
     
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  8. Oct 7, 2013
  9. chris87

    chris87 Senior Member

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    Most certainly. I found they were very rare in my earlier days of playing but just last week I had 3 in a row!
     
  10. Oct 7, 2013
  11. lnspin

    lnspin Senior Member webmeister

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    i got a bonus round the other day at a land based casino on Zeus the original one, 30 lines 25c machine at 5 coins a line which is 37.50 a spin… got 10 blanks.. so pissed. But notice that even land based casinos are getting tighter, its not like it used to be 2-3 years ago
     
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  12. Oct 7, 2013
  13. mrmark21

    mrmark21 Meister Member

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    Yes I know :) But I would save that kind of money for the tables. B&M and online slots are preety similar but I expect better returns online not from a pub where the slots are set between 87-90% that's just a worry. Btw MAD game, Zeus is awesome! :thumbsup:
     
  14. Oct 7, 2013
  15. weesie

    weesie Ueber Meister

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    I have a pretty good track record with Squirrels at 3Dice, so the other day, I was spinning on the game at 54c a spin.......

    my balance dropping and I finally got 3 squirrels (thinking I had been saved)............ there were probably 12-15 squirrels

    to bob on the head in my feature round... nearly ALL of them only paid out about 6-8c each! Yeah, I was just about livid!

    It's almost like a "why bother" moment.

    Or the Fortune Falls slot where you inevitably get the ball landing on "3" free spins.......... yet another "why bother"

    moment. It almost feels like a punishment instead of a bonus.

    Times like this is when I have to ask myself, "Why am I playing this game again?"
     
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  16. Oct 7, 2013
  17. lnspin

    lnspin Senior Member webmeister

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    Not a pub, was a casino in vegas.. These machines might be set a percent or 2 lower then online casinos, but ill take the lower payout percentage, because i know when i hit in a land based casino i get paid asap..
     
  18. Oct 7, 2013
  19. mrmark21

    mrmark21 Meister Member

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    No I was talking about where I go :) Your lucky to have a casino nearby :thumbsup: One can dream. Yes I can see the benefit in playing at a B&M which is why I spend more there than online.
     
  20. Oct 7, 2013
  21. vinylweatherman

    vinylweatherman You type well loads CAG MM

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    There are a few games with this. Wealth Spa (MGS) will pay 20x bet if you take the massage bonus and end up with less than this. I recall a couple of RTG games where getting a blank paid 100x bet, and you would probably pray to get all dead spins rather than the usual crappy bonus round of just a few x bet.

    I even managed to get the Wealth Spa "bad beat" bonus once, I was not amused:mad:
     
  22. Oct 7, 2013
  23. chris87

    chris87 Senior Member

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    Good point! I've been to Vegas a few times and really enjoyed it, but never really won much. Going slightly off topic, but even more annoying, I was playing a slot in The Hilton in Vegas, $3 a spin. The slot wasn't doing much so I came off it. The guy that went on straight after me dropped $19,000 on one $3 spin a few spins later :mad:
     
  24. Oct 8, 2013
  25. bruknowsbest

    bruknowsbest Non-Gambler

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    Had this today, playing IR on betat at £3 per spin, got the TROY bonus and nothing, atlest I got £40 from the Wild Desire so not all bad
     
  26. Oct 8, 2013
  27. akrus88

    akrus88 Experienced Member

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    AUch, makes me want to puke :mad:
     
  28. Oct 8, 2013
  29. KasinoKing

    KasinoKing WebMeister & Slotaholic.. CAG MM PABnonaccred webmeister

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    More than a couple - there are now at least 10 which I know of.
    Also, only a few pay 100 x bet - most are more; The highest 2 are Goblin's Treasure and Ocean Dreams, which both pay 1000 x bet for a zero return from free-spins - which I guess makes it VERY unlikely. But they also give 3 smaller bonuses for any free-spins return below 10 x your bet.

    I didn't know Wealth Spa had a minimum pay - thanks for the heads-up!

    KK
     
  30. Oct 8, 2013
  31. mattsgame

    mattsgame Ueber Meister CAG webmeister

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    Me either and I play this game a fair bit.

    Getting the 0 bonus round is more frustrating when your balance is almost gone and you hit those 3 scatters FINALLY!, only to find it was the slots evil plan to make you more frustrated, BDBA I am looking at you!!
     
  32. Oct 8, 2013
  33. De Beuker

    De Beuker Senior Member

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    Well, it didn't pay exactly zero, but I was sooo pissed off this weekend playing Jack and the beanstalk.
    Got free spins (very rare) and hit 2 retriggers (never seen that before), so I got to the expanding wild stage with no less than EIGHT spins left!!:eek:
    OMG I thought, now its gonna happen...

    Not. You guessed it, eight dead spins. No expanding wild anywhere.:mad:

    Last time I ever played the game.
     
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  34. Oct 8, 2013
  35. kazzi

    kazzi Experienced Member

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    Had the same thing on jack and the beanstalk 2retriggers and 6-7spins left and not a single expanding wild, i really hate this slot the 0-5x features is just too often and freespins is hard as hell to get in the first place.
     
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  36. Oct 8, 2013
  37. mrmark21

    mrmark21 Meister Member

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    Yeah I dont play it because of the impossible to get feature but really when youve put in a small fortune chasing it in the first place it really should return something. Try Goldylocks and the Wild Bears (Betsafe) same kind of game but seems to give decent wins more often :)
     
  38. Oct 8, 2013
  39. chris87

    chris87 Senior Member

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    Also played IR last night. £150 staked and lost on £1.50 spins, also got the Troy bonus which paid £3.00, and a Wild Desire which paid nothing.
     

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