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August 10, 2011
Video poker and video slot in one? How is that even possible? Only great minds could make that happen and NetEnt, indeed, makes this possible. You can now find the classic poker table game in a video slot! Spin those reels, get the winning poker hands, and win big prizes. Kings of Chicago is set in an era where gangsters rule the town. From the excellent graphics of the game to the prizes you could take home, Kings of Chicago will rule the casino industry.
Kings of Chicago is perhaps the first game offered by NetEnt to incorporate video poker into a video slot. Kings of Chicago has 3 rows, 5 reels, 5 win lines, and a 97.8% theoretic payout. The standard slot symbols are replaced with a deck of cards that is usually seen in table poker games and the player bets on poker hands that appear within the 5 bet lines. These cards are dealt into the 3×5 rows where the player win if a poker combination of three or higher shows within the bet lines. A Joker card is shuffled and this doubles your win. On top of that, the Scatter symbol rewards a Free Deals feature instead of Free Spins, in which if you win a betting line during Free Deals round, you will be rewarded with a 2x multiplier.
Kings of Chicago looks exactly like a table poker, except that it is in the form of reels. The game features objects related to poker – chips, diamonds, cigars, guns and a dollar. The reels are literally filled with cards of different characters and illustrations which includes men wearing suits and fedoras and women wearing glamorous dresses and appear on Queen cards. The audio, in particular, isn’t impressive at all. It seems to be like noises from the people and it is quite annoying to be playing with those sounds on. Nevertheless, the graphics, particularly the cards used in the reels, are like a breath of fresh air. It is a unique and new concept and the visuals look promising.
What’s special in this video slot is its symbols and features. Symbols come in the form of cards. Aside from the attractive men and women in dazzling suits, fedoras, and dresses, are the conventional poker symbols with corresponding colors – blue Diamonds, green Clubs, red Hearts, and black Spades. There are 2 main features in this game: the Joker symbol and the Scatter symbol that rewards Free Deals.
The Joker card is comparable to Wild symbols where it also substitutes all other cards. When the Joker card appears, your wins will be doubled when completing bet lines. But how can you know if the Joker card appears in your reels? The Joker is definitely easy to determine: the Joker card has a black Spades, blue Diamond, green Club, red Heart and the word Joker on the left side.
The Scatter symbol shows a man in a gray suit and the word Scatter below him makes the card easy to distinguish. This card triggers Free Deals and bet line wins during Free Deals round rewards 2x multiplier. Take note that Free Deals here is just similar to Free Spins.
Kings of Chicago is played with 5 bet lines and up to 10 bet levels. Coin values ranger from 1 cent, 2 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, and 50 cents. This means that if you play a maximum of 10 bet levels plus 50 cents and multiplied by 5 bet lines, the maximum bet would be 25 Euros whilst the minimum is 0.05 Euros.
NetEnt is not lying when they said this video slot is blended with video poker. The betting line wins also adapted the standard poker hands. The poker hands and their corresponding payouts are viewable by clicking the Paytable button at the bottom left of the screen. Bet line wins pay when a poker hand of Three of a Kind or higher is won.
Kings of Chicago has the standard game settings very common to NetEnt video slots. There’s the speaker to turn the sound on or off, the question mark that opens the Help menu, and the AUTO button to trigger the Autoplay function whereas the wrench icon allows you to adjust several other settings:
Kings of Chicago works perfectly fine on operating systems Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Now, this is a whole new twist to video slots. What’s not amusing in this video slot is the low number of paylines and the background music. But if you seek to experience a new twist of casino gaming or if you aim to look for your favorite poker table game in a video slot, then Kings of Chicago is ready to give you an ultimate poker video slot gaming experience.