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STAR OF SLOTS' Knockout Cup - The WINNER !! - Plus minor prizes and general info

Discussion in 'Online Casinos' started by 243 lines=daft, Sep 6, 2014.

    Sep 6, 2014
  1. 243 lines=daft

    243 lines=daft Senior Member

    And the winner of the STAR OF SLOTS Knockout Cup is...

    DEAD OR ALIVE :clap:

    The forum has spoken and the legendary high variance slot has won the contest in some style.

    Runner up and silver medallist- GREAT BLUE
    Bronze medallists - Immortal Romance and Bruce Lee

    Great Blue was the only slot apart from DOA to reach the semi finals without a struggle but in the final the fish were finally fried!
    Immortal Romance and Bruce Lee did more than enough to establish their status as MGS and WMS flagships respectively.

    Dead or Alive's progress to the trophy is broken down as follows.

    Round 1
    Round 28 nominations

    Round 2
    Dead or Alive 28 votes
    Isis 2 votes

    Round 3
    Dead or Alive 23 votes
    Break the Bank Again 10 votes

    Round 4
    Dead or Alive 22 votes
    The Dark Knight 8 votes

    Round 5
    Dead or Alive 16 votes
    Immortal Romance 14 votes

    Round 6
    Dead or Alive 18 votes
    Great Blue 8 votes


    Additional awards

    The most nominated software provider was


    With a staggering 19 nominated entries, Microgaming had a dominant share of 25 percent of total nominations.

    The most surprising overperformer was

    Creature from the Black Lagoon

    This slot had been the subject of some negative opinion threads but turned out to have a strong fanbase on the forum and nearly reached the semi final!
    Its voting was consistently among the top 6 slots in every round and only lost out to Immortal Romance by 14 votes to 16.

    The biggest surprises were

    The early exit of Playboy

    This slot gathered the fourth highest number of initial nominations, but was beaten in the third round by the relatively unfancied League of Fortune by 17 votes to 16.

    The very minor presence of IGT slots

    The only IGT slot to pass the nomination stage was Cleopatra which went out tamely in the second round to Playboy after a 24-6 hammering in scoring.
    Considering the high profile of IGT and the heavy presence of IGT slots in land casinos, I was expecting them to feature more heavily in the contest.


    We now come to two prizes for slot providers that aren't among the 5 most discussed providers (Microgaming, Net Ent, WMS, Playtech, IGT) which for brevity we shall term the 'most discussed 5'

    The most successful slot by a software provider outside the 'most discussed 5' was the NextGen slot

    300 Shields

    This slot did very well, beating the very high profile low variance NetEnt slot 'Starburst' in the second round by 17 votes to 13
    before losing out to eventual medallist Bruce Lee by a respectable 13 votes to 20.

    The most nominated software providers outside of the 'most discussed 5' were jointly

    Ash Gaming

    Ash Gaming were nominated for both Heart of the Jungle and Cash of the Titans.
    Novomatic were nominated for Lady lucky Charm and Book of Ra.
    Both companies did well to place two slots within lists of players absolute favourite five slots so keep an eye on them.


    Some other things worth mentioning

    Microgaming 243 line slots were heavily featured with seven reaching Round 3. (The Dark Knight, Terminator 2, Fish party, Playboy, Immortal Romance, Playboy and Thunderstruck 2)
    3 of the 4 MGS games to reach the quarter finals were 243 line slots. Each was eventually beaten in a head to head battle with a non 243 line, non MGS slot.

    The most popular theme for slots was a water based setting.
    Of the final eight that made the QF, an amazing 4 slots (50 percent!) were water themed slots, with League of Fortune, Great Blue and Fish Party sharing an extremely similar underwater/sea background.

    People seem to love high variance.
    Arguably the highest profile non-HV slots to feature were Starburst and Thunderstruck 1, both of which were knocked aside by Round 2!
    The finalists Great Blue and Dead or Alive were two of the highest variance slots in the whole competition.


    Okay that about wraps things up for the Star of Slots Knockout Cup.
    As a suggestion, we could run this again in 2 years time (August 2016, coinciding with the next major football competition). Tastes in slots probably change quite slowly so a 24 month interim might be sensible.

    A big thank you to everyone who took part in the voting. I enjoyed organising it and there were some good battles and some real surprises along the way.
    And as the curtain falls and the winners make their way to the waiting champagne backstage,
    let's congratulate your winner Dead or Alive one more time
    and so, as Bruce Forsyth might say

    Keep slottin' :thumbsup:
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2014
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  2. Sep 6, 2014
  3. petro

    petro Dormant account, per user request PABnoaccred2 PABaccred

    I guessed this back in round 4.

  4. Sep 6, 2014
  5. Tirilej

    Tirilej Still a Lady CAG MM

    I never voted. Sorry for that:oops:
    But I have read some and followed it to the end.
    Well done:thumbsup:

    I do love my sheriff's so I'm not surprised at all that they won;)
    1 person likes this.
  6. Sep 6, 2014
  7. 243 lines=daft

    243 lines=daft Senior Member

    Yup. DOA bossed this contest from start to finish, there's no getting away from it.
    The graphics and sound effects are so low key but it has been described many times here as a proper gambler's slot and this result just underlines its dominance really.
  8. Sep 6, 2014
  9. spintee

    spintee Meister Member webby mm2

    gambler :)
    Surprised ? Maybe not, I once had a session and about 30 bonus rounds and not even 5 extra spins, I guess my options would been if had a nice hit,
  10. Sep 9, 2014
  11. 243 lines=daft

    243 lines=daft Senior Member

    I noticed mcgameboy asking who won.

    This thread dropped down the page quite quickly at the weekend so I'll bring it up just this once so all the midweek voters know who won.

    In a parallel vampire universe Immortal Romance won. :cool:

    In real life it was Dead or Alive. :thumbsup:
    1 person likes this.
  12. Sep 9, 2014
  13. dunover

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

    International Money Launderer
    the bus shelter, opposite GCHQ Benhall
    It seems no matter what new games are released, it's always the same old 'classics' or favourites. All my favourite games are mentioned above aside from one IGT one. I suppose TFTUT got in solely because of the potential for big hits and as you say it's in the HV club - yet we have only seen ONE screenie IIRC of over 1000x stake for it.

    You'll have to change your name now because of all the 243-way popularity....:)

    I'm sure Blaothon and Rolastan are dancing in the street tonight after the results...:D
    1 person likes this.
  14. Sep 9, 2014
  15. 243 lines=daft

    243 lines=daft Senior Member

    I must admit one of my secondary motives for running this thing was to maybe demonstrate that Microgaming players weren't ALL obsessed with 243 line games
    that there was in fact some kind of silent majority that actually preferred the classic 9 and 15 liners.

    That certainly backfired.. :sob:
    1 person likes this.
  16. Sep 9, 2014
  17. dunover

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

    International Money Launderer
    the bus shelter, opposite GCHQ Benhall
    Yes, sort of like my p*ll did...ahem..
  18. Sep 10, 2014
  19. Nate

    Nate Ueber Meister CAG webmeister

    Its not High variance - its NetBent Variance. It kinda works like an AWP, lose lots, then get ahead by 20 - 50x your start balance. I love CFTBL, but it has some of the worst paying features online. I don't even know if its supposedly high variance >>> as you rightly pointed out a big fat ONE time that we have seen a screenie of over 1000x bet - But generally that's all that NetEnts newer slots do - lights and sounds - no big hit potential (BIG Hit refers to 2000x , 3000x etc).

    DOA thoroughly deserves the award. An ingenious Slot - Kudos to the guy at NetEnt who designed it :notworthy - Ultra High variance and the payouts to MATCH (Unlike Cash Gobbler wanna be slots like CFTBL, WishMaster....etc *Hint Hint*) :p

  20. Sep 11, 2014
  21. lotusch

    lotusch Megaways Slots, as useless as salt in your coffee CAG webby PABaccred mm2

    Marketing Assistant
    Dún Dealgan
    I can live with DOA being the winner.
    Boring to play until you hit the free spins,then it is just hoping it will drop you one of those insane hits. :)
    Still waiting for one but I am sure I will hit one sooner or later.

    Only thing I do not understand is why CFTBL came that far.
    Don't tell me people you find that such an awesome slot as it pays crap,the sounds are annoying,the voices are hilariously bad and annoying and also for me there is no action in that game at all with tons of dead spins and free spins that seem ages to trigger and then pay you nothing.
    Very surprised that pile of crap made it that far. :)

    But congratz to DOA and the runner ups.

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