We recently saw an infographic on how to play online slots by Ladbrokes which got us thinking. With the seemingly endless supply of online slot machines out there, it can be pretty easy to get lost in a sea of games without ever knowing how to make the most of the best slots the internet has to offer. With that in mind, we thought we’d take a look at some of the best sports-based online slot machines and the bonus rounds they come with. Some sporty slots just use symbols you’re familiar with to give the slot a new skin – others take the thematic game and let you play a bonus round to win huge amounts of money. Being able to differentiate the two is how you will find the highest levels of enjoyment, and possibly the highest wins.
Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven
Frank Dettori’s Magic Seven is one of the highest rated online sport slots around. This slot machine from Playtech doesn’t just show footage of Frankie’s historic wins, it lets you feel just as much of a winner in the process. Magic Seven is a 25 payline, 5-reel slot which places huge emphasis on the number 7, which is how many winning horses Frankie rode back at Ascot back in 1996.
If you land 3 or more Magic 7 symbols you trigger the slot’s racing-themed bonus game. In short, you get to pick a horse at the bookies and try to ride him to victory – if you do, you’ll get 35 free spins, 15 spins for second place and a modest 10 for third. On top of all this, this progressive slot comes with all manner of multipliers and cash bonuses, so if you like horses, be sure to check this machine out.
This hockey-themed slot from Playtech also comes highly rated, sporting a couple of cool little features. First you pick a national team to back, along with a team to play against. You then get to try your luck on however many paylines you like. If you hit a hockey puck on reel 2, you can try to pass it across to reels 3 and 4. For every team member that touches the puck, you win 3x your total bet back. A cool spin to be sure.
Are you a tennis fan? This 40 line slot offers the best tennis-themed game you’ll find in the world of online slots. Not only does it come with tennis-themed symbols, it comes with a nifty bonus game and is incredibly welcoming for new players. If you’ve never played an online sports slot and want to give one a try, Tennis Stars is a great place to start.
The bonus round here is a called the Championship Bonus. Choose either men’s singles or women’s singles (the choice is purely graphical) and do your best to hit 4 wins out of 6 rounds. In order to pull this off, you start by choosing your serve – a flat or a slice, and then hope for the best. The greater your point difference by the end, the more bonus cash you win, up to 250x your total bet.
Golden Games is a fantastically easy to play Olympic-themed online slot. With 25 paylines over 5 reels, and the chance to play offline for free, this slot is incredibly welcoming to new players. While there isn’t a bonus round per se, there is a bonus symbol – the world-famous Olympic torch. When this flame shows anywhere on reels 1 and 5 simultaneously, you get a whopping 20 free spins. These spins are automatic and pay out double your initial bet.
Out last sporty slot is Football Rules – a nigh on perfect combination of football and slot machines. On top of the usual football themed symbols and a bonus round similar to Golden Games’, there is a Dollar Ball progressive jackpot sidegame to keep your eye on. This basically works the same way as the lotto, with a draw at the end of every round. This is progressive in the same way a progressive slot machine is – the jackpot is put in a pool for all players to work towards at the same time.