Katrina Bookman – It’s ‘slot’ what it looks like

Katrina Bookman - It's 'slot' what it looks likeUnsurprisingly, 44-year-old Katrina Bookman could hardly believe her eyes when the ‘SphinxWild’ slot machine that she was playing at the Resort World Casino in Queens, New York displayed ‘Printing cash ticket $42,949,672’. At no point did she stop to think that the basic, five-reel, 40-payline ‘penny slot’, which she was playing at $0.40 a spin, was not connected to the progressive jackpot network and, therefore, only capable of paying out up to $6,500. Instead, she excitedly took a selfie with the ‘winning’ message and, the following day, duly presented her ticket for payment.

However, she was quickly informed that the message was displayed as the result of a malfunction and, rather than the massive prize shown on the screen, she had won just $2.25. Dan Bank, spokesperson for Resort World, later told CNN, ‘Upon being notified of the situation, casino personnel were able to determine that the figure displayed on the penny slot was the result of an obvious malfunction.’ He offered to pay Bookman the money she had actually won, along with a complimentary steak dinner, to compensate for her disappointment.

Bookman, a single mother-of-four, furiously refused both. She had previously told ABC7 New York, ‘I can’t even describe the feeling. It’s like my whole body just got numb. I kept thinking about my family. The struggle I’ve been through, it’s hard to cope.’

Devastingly disappointed though she may have been, the Sphink Wild machine bore a disclaimer stating, ‘Malfunctions void all pays and plays.’ Consequently, after what was, palpably, an error, the decision not to pay out what would have been the largest jackpot in slot machine history was upheld by the New York State Gaming Commission. Bookman took the case to court but, at the time of writing, has still yet to receive any substantial settlement.

Sugar Bonanza Slot Deluxe by Skywind

Sugar Bonanza Slot Deluxe by SkywindIntroduction

Sugar Bonanza Deluxe, an online slot game powered by Skywind Group, is a sweet-themed slot game that offers players the chance to indulge in some sugary delights while potentially winning big. This slot game is inspired by the sweets mania and offers Pay Anywhere mechanics, similar to Pragmatic Play’s monster-hit Sweet Bonanza. It offers a wide betting range that caters to both the budget conscious and the high rollers.


The game is designed with 6 reels and 5 rows, and successful combinations require 8 or more symbols of a kind, which pay independently of winning lines. The game’s Collapsing Reels feature ensures multiple consecutive wins as symbols that form a part of winning combinations begin to disappear, and new ones take their place.

Bonus Features

Sugar Bonanza Deluxe is a popular slot game that offers exceptional features to provide a rewarding experience for players. This bonus game has collapsing reels feature that may lead to some significant wins.

The bonus round is triggered by a scatter symbol, offering 10 free spins and an opportunity to add 5 more with any combination of 3+ scatters. During the bonus round, a multicoloured Jelly appears, providing win multipliers from x2 to x100, and if multiple Jellies are present, their multipliers add up. Players can also use the Bonus Buy feature, which offers two options at 100x or 250x the total bet.


Sugar Bonanza Deluxe is a medium volatility game with collapsing reels and a pay-anywhere mechanic that offers players many chances to win big. The game’s RTP is ranging, with Skywind Group planning to release three different versions with rates of 96.50%, 94.50%, and 89.50%. With its detailed graphics, wide betting range, and fantastic bonus features, Sugar Bonanza Deluxe is a game worth trying out for both penny pinchers and high rollers.

Hotline Slot by NetEnt

Hotline Slot by NetEntIntroduction

Hotline is a popular medium variance online slot released by NetEnt in 2018. Get ready to fasten your seatbelts as we step on the gas taking players back to the 80s with two sharply dressed detectives from Miami Beach as they pursue the mysterious jewellery thief Kitty Weiss. This action-packed game plays out on 5 reels, 3 rows and 30 fixed paylines. The features include Expanding Wilds, Free Spins, Re-Spins, Sticky Wilds, and a hot, hot jackpot of 60 000 coins.

Hotline Bonus Features

One of the main attractions in Hotline is a unique multi-level betting feature named the Hotline Bonus Bet. Now the Hotline is basically an active row that runs across the top, middle and bottom of the slots reels which has the potential to trigger Expanding Wilds and Re-spins.

When a Wild lands on the Hotline it expands and covers the entire reel and once the outcome is established be it a win or no win you then also receive one Re-spin with the Expanded Wild held in position.

One Hotline must always remain active, so players can activate 2 or 3 Hotlines whereby they increase their chance of triggering Expanding Wilds and Re-spins. Each Hotline comes with a different RTP and it allows players to choose from 1-10 bet levels and coin values ranging from 0.01 to 1.00

When you land 3 Sunset Scatters anywhere on reels 1, 3 and 5 it triggers the Free Spins round with your active Hotline/s carried across to this feature.


Hotline is not only a sassy slot it’s also a nostalgic and fun throwback to the 80s with flashy cars, neon lights, Italian suits, and a brilliant New Wave soundtrack with many similarities to the hit TV show Miami Vice. It’s filled with plenty of action and it allows you to play the game your way.

Florida Winner – Lightning strikes twice!

Florida Winner - Lightning strikes twice!Contrary to the popular saying, lightning can, and does, strike the same place twice. Metaphorically speaking, it did so at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa in Tampa, Florida in December 2021 and January 2022. On December 22, a female resident of nearby Clearwater, who requested to be identified only by her first name, Gloria, staked $50 on a spin of Dragon Link – a 5×3-reel, 50-payline progressive jackpot slot machine – and won over $1.2 million. At that point, she said, ‘All I wanted for Christmas was to hit that progressive jackpot. I still can’t believe my holiday wish came true.’

Lo and behold, on January 9, she returned to the casino and, unbelievably, hit the progressive jackpot – which was, once again, over $1 million – for a second time on the same machine. Apparently, the odds against winning the progressive jackpot just once are estimated at 60,000,000/1, so ‘Gloria’ actually defied odds of 3,600,000,000,000,000/1 by doing so twice.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, which is owned and operated by the federally recognised Seminole Tribe of Florida, features one of the largest casinos in the United States, with approximately 5,000 slot machines. Seminole Gaming operates a loyalty member program, known as ‘Seminole Wild Card’; by way of celebrating two Dragon Link jackpots in the space of three weeks, any slot machine player who inserted their loyalty card within 15 minutes of the second jackpot earned $100 in free credits. A total of 624 slot players did so, costing the casino an additional $62,400, but even that amount represented the proverbial ‘drop in the ocean’ when compared with the progressive jackpot payouts.

Release The Kraken 2 Slot by Pragmatic Play

Release The Kraken 2 Slot by Pragmatic PlayIntroduction

Release the Kraken 2 is a Norse mythology-themed slot that plays out on a 5 reel, 3 rows and 20 paylines video slot by Pragmatic Play. The 20 paylines get utilized during the base game and increase to 40 paylines during the Free Spins feature.

There are 3 randomly triggered features during the base game and other features include Kraken Wilds and Kraken Gold Wilds that increase the multiplier which can go as high as 10x your stake during the free spins. Take on the legendary sea monster and walk away 5000x your stake richer in this highly volatile game with an RTP of 96.03%.

The Kraken 2 Slot Bonus Features

The Kraken 2 slot comes with 6 Bonus features. As in the original slot, this version also comes with 3 random features which are triggered on any base game spin. The features are Wild Re-spins, Shifting Stacked Wilds, and a Guaranteed Win feature.

The highlight of this slot is the Free Spins feature which gets triggered when you land 3 o more Gold Kraken Bonus symbols. Before one starts their free spins round, there is the option of playing the mini bonus round whereby one stands a chance of winning a combo of free spins and multiplier.

Select one of 16 treasure chests to receive free spins and a multiplier which can also be rejected or played. The max number of free spins one can receive is 20 with a 6-10x multiplier. This round is played with 40 paylines.

The Kraken 2 slot also comes with an Ante Bet feature which will cost 25% more per spin and min and max bets ranging from 0.25 to 125.00 per spin.

Head to the depths of the Ocean in Pragmatic Plays The Kraken 2 slot to unveil some generous treasures.