On Thursday 31st of March 2016 a Polish player cleaned out Energy casino whilst playing the legendary Book of Ra slot. Granted, his spin level was massive (he was betting 180 Polish Zloty which is the equivalent of just over €42 per spin but he bet big and won big… VERY big!!!
The player won the feature round and collected 30 free spins in total with the Sphinx symbol as the expanding scatter symbol during free spins. Lucky for him he actually managed to spin in a 5 of a kind Sphinx’s which paid out a whopping 200x his stake on that spin alone. All in all during the bonus round he came away with a massive 370,980.00 Polish Zloty which equates to 87,517.60 EUR at today’s exchange rate.
Big winner screenshot 1:
In this first screenshot you will see the one free spin that did it for the player, landing the 5 of a kind expanded into an epic win.
Big winner screenshot 2:
And in this second screenshot you can see his grand total winnings from the 30 free spins.
About Book of Ra:
In case you haven’t heard of Book of Ra, it is one of the most legendary slots of all time. Novomatic developed this slot a long time ago and you can find various versions of it at online casinos and also at land based casinos in various countries.
On the face of it Novomatic’s flagship slot Book of Ra looks like your average – and perhaps slightly dated – standard old school video slot. The graphics are reasonable but certainly nothing out of the ordinary, the same applies to the animations and reel spins. All decent and smooth but nothing particularly. The game play also seems fairly standard. with 5 reels and 3 rows and depending on which version of the slot you are playing there are 5, 9 or 10 pay-lines with a free spins bonus giving you 10 free spins (which is retriggerable). All very solid and standard.
However… There is one very good reason that this slot has gained such a cult following. And that is indeed in those free spins. Your 10 free spins feature an expanding scattered symbol (chosen out of the pages of the Book of Ra before free spins start). As you will see in the screenshot above, this is where the magic can really happen (the 200+ time stake win by the Polish gentleman actually isn’t that special, we have had a few wins in the 400 to 600 times stake level and we know of other regular players who have won a lot lot more than that). The rewards the bonus round can give can be astronomical. This isn’t a slot where you need to go all out early on to try and break the bank. Slow and steady can win the race.
This slot is a classic. It is often overlooked as the number of Novomatic casinos are more limited than some of the other providers. Yet it is worth digging out a Novomatic casino just for this one slot. It is with good reason that most other slot makers have tried to copy the magic by making their own version or indeed even virtual clones of the Book of Ra. But however good these copies are, most die hard fans seem to return to the original and the cult classic.