Play Your Cards Right

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Based upon an American TV game show called “Card Sharks,” the U.K. version entitled “Play Your Cards Right” first aired on ITV in 1980~87. LWT produced a more modern version from 1994 to 1999, hosted by the original presenter, Bruce Forsyth. In 2002~03, Thames Television reintroduced the programme with slightly modified rules. It was such a hit over the years that software developer Electracade decided to release a slot version of the game for online casinos such as Bet365 and BetVictor, among major gaming web sites.

The “Play Your Cards Right” format is a standard 5-reel, 15-payline layout with two special bonus features. The basic reel symbols are the card suits—Clubs, Spades, Hearts and Diamonds—which pay line multipliers from 18X to 200X whenever three or more matches appear on an active payline from left to right. Greater rewards are paid for catching three or more symbols for the Jack, Queen or King, from 35X up to 400X. The Joker is the wild symbol on the reels, substituting for any card symbol.

Also on the reels are Red and Blue Cashpots. Whenever one appears, anywhere on the reels, a cash amount based on the total stake is awarded to the similarly coloured Cashpot played for in the Double Chance Bonus Round. To access this bonus feature, three or more “Double Chance” icons must align from left to right on an active payline. Then, a secondary bonus screen appears, with a female host on the left standing next to two rows of five Red- and Blue-backed playing cards.

The first Red card is turned over to reveal one of the 52 cards in a standard deck. The object is then to predict whether the next card to be drawn will be higher or lower than the current card. A correct selection causes another selection and draw. If four correct choices are made in a row, the Red Cashpot is won. If an incorrect pick is made, or if a card of equal value is drawn, the Red Cashpot is lost.

Next the player attempts to win the Blue Cashpot in the same manner. Only a correct succession of four picks wins. Finally, the winnings are tallied and the game reverts to the normal slot game.

Another special feature on Play Your Cards Right is the Grand Final Bonus. It is triggered whenever three or more Grand Final icons appear anywhere on the reels. Catching 3, 4 or 5 Grand Finals icons is immediately worth a total stake multiplier of 10X, 50X or 1000X, respectively. The Grand Final display screen again shows the female host on the left and an array of eight cards in three rows on the right. Guessing whether the next card in the array will be higher or lower than the previous one can lead to multipliers, which increase the value of the overall prize. A minimum amount is won by the player, whether gaining any multipliers or not.

To begin the slot game, the player must select an amount to wager per line. This can be accomplished by using the up/down indicators next to the “Bet/Line” indicator at the lower left corner of the display. Available values run from a minimum of €0.05 to an upper limit of €50.00. Similarly, the number of lines to be played can be set by using the up/down indicators next to the “Lines” indicator beneath the first and second reels. Alternatively, clicking on the line number identifiers that flank the first and fifth reels will also set the number of lines to be played.

There is no “Bet Max” button on Play Your Cards Right, but wagering the full €50 per line on all 15 lines yields a maximum stake of €750. Whatever amount is wagered will show in the “Stake” window below the second reel. There is a “Total Paid” window under reel four. Indicators for Stake and Paid also appear beneath the “Balance” counter at the top right of the screen.

Autoplay can be activated by clicking on the corresponding button in the lower right corner. There are options for 10, 20, 30, 40 or 50 spins. The same button is used to stop the Autoplay function.

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