Emerald Gold is an online slot machine from Just for the Win, a developer that develops exclusively for Microgaming.
Just for the Win has opted for a kind of cross between Wolf Gold and Quick Hit in Emerald Gold, but with an extra twist.
You play in the bonus game for a Cash Win of up to 25,000 times your stake. You do this by turning as many golden four-leaf clovers as possible. As long as you spin four-leaf clovers, you will keep spinning and 12 four-leaf clovers saved will earn you 25,000 times your stake.
The Emerald Gold slot machine has 40 active paylines. You can bet from 0.20 CAD per spin and up to ten euros per spin. That's a relatively low maximum bet, but that has everything to do with the enormous winning potential of this slot machine.
It's all about the golden four-leaf clover. You need at least four for a price. These four-leaf clovers pay out 'scattered'. So they don't have to be on one of the 40 paylines to win.
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More four-leaf clovers also mean more winning. Four four-leaf clovers are good for one time your bet. The winnings can be up to 25,000 times your stake. It takes 12 four-leaf clovers.
This mechanism is similar to that of the Quick Hit slots, which are extremely popular in casinos in Las Vegas. Microgaming has already experimented - successfully - with slots such as 9 Masks of Fire and 9 Pots of Gold.
The golden W is the Wild symbol. This symbol is joker for the other symbols, but not for the bonus symbol and the four-leaf clovers that score payouts of up to 25,000 times your stake.
The silver triple 7 is the highest paying symbol. These sevens pay out from combinations of two. A five-of-a-kind is good for 30 times your stake per combination.
There are three different BAR symbols. These pay out a maximum of 10, 12.5 and 17.5 times your stake respectively. With a combination of BAR symbols, but not three of the same, you get a maximum of three times your bet.
The low win symbols are not the traditional playing cards but are some symbols that we often encounter on slots with an Irish theme. Four-leaf clovers and pints of beer will earn you a maximum of one time your bet. Rings with an Emerald stone and golden horseshoes pay out up to 1.5 times your stake per combination.
The free spins bonus is a variation of a “Hold and Win” bonus. Hold and Win bonuses have been extremely popular since the Wolf Gold slot from Pragmatic Play. During this bonus, you play in full for a nice cash win via the 'scattered' four-leaf clovers.
The difference between the "Hold and Win" bonus on Emerald Gold and that on other slots is that you spin with the normal reels. And not only with the 'scattered' four-leaf clovers.
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You get three free spins. Every time you spin a golden four-leaf clover, the counter is reset to three free spins. Four-leaf clovers are not pinned to your screen but are saved via the “Collection Meter” at the top of your screen. You continue to play until you run out of free spins or until you have played 12 together. You win the total you have won with your free spins plus the prize corresponding to the number of four-leaf clovers you have saved on the “Collection Meter”.
You can clear the bonus by spinning at least three bonus symbols or by buying it. Buying will cost you 52 times your stake. By purchasing the bonus you increase the theoretical payout percentage from 96.04 to 96.22 percent.
At first glance, Emerald Gold is yet another “Hold & Win” slot machine, but appearances can be deceiving. Just for the Win has given it a nice twist.
The difference is that you play in the bonus game via the normal reels. And that the cash win symbols are accumulated instead of being "sticky" on your screen. That gives you a maximum of 25 thousand times your bet plus what you still play with the free spins.
A huge profit potential in combination with a good payout percentage and nice gameplay. Then the hackneyed Leprechaun theme is soon forgiven.