Those that are familiar with the Big Time Gaming slot called Bonanza know that it is super high variance taken to the extreme, it therefore making it the most dangerous slot one can play online available.
The trouble, if you can call it that, with this slot is the length of time it can take to trigger the bonus round. This bonus round is triggered by having 4 or more scatters in view that spell out the word “Gold”. From both real and play money gaming, I know from experience that it is not uncommon for it take over 2,000 spins before you see this magic word appearing on screen.
The next challenge playing this slot is, that when eventually the bonus does trigger, that it can really do you over by awarding wins between 0x and 20x stake. The bonus round is where the real money sits in this game with an unlimited (yeah right!) multiplier. The multiplier increases each time there is a win.
The base game in Bonanza behaves itself usually pretty well. The balance doesn’t skydive too quickly. It is a little like an egg timer with the balance slowly but steadily heading towards bust town.
Back in February of this year, I met one of the staff of Big Time Gaming in London and we had a discussion about Bonanza. I explained that us gamers don’t want to wait thousands of spins for a bonus to trigger. I compared the slot many a time to Netents Dead or Alive that is pretty high variance too. Unlike Bonanza, the bonus rounds in Dead or Alive triggers on average every 160 spins. The average bonus trigger frequency in Bonanza appears to be every 500 spins as comparison.
During the aforementioned discussion with the Big Time Gaming representative, he sort of admitted that they had the bonus frequency wrong. Whilst they took a lot of time developing the game engine, he could see the frustration from a players point of view.
So should you play this slot? It certainly has the potential. Just look at this win of 14,000x bet size during the bonus round that can be found on Youtube (clip courtesy of streamer Letsgiveitaspin):
Impressive isn’t it? But one should remember that wins like the 14,000x one are rare. I would even say super rare. You most probably have an equal chance hitting the Mega Moolah jackpot as hitting such a massive hit during the bonus round in Bonanza!
So treat this slot with caution. Give it a few spins now and then and see if the bonus round triggers quick. Never chase it, because it more likely than not will end in disaster. I have done it before, chase the bonus round only to be mugged off with a bonus round that paid less than 50x. It was almost fist through screen time!
Bonanza can be played on the excellent Videoslots Casino. Playing at Videoslots ensures speedy withdrawals if you’re lucky enough to be in that position. And, of course, you can partake in the two hourly free roll battles and enjoy weekly cash back and race money. In game rewards are offered too to boot.
Well the time finally arrived when slot playing was not fun any longer so it is time to take a very long break from playing online slots.
Viewers of my streams may have noticed that deposits were disappearing very fast. There were distinct lack of bonuses and game play was terrible. You accept when you make your deposit that it is considered lost, but in return you do expect the deposit to last.
It was the last straw that broke the camels back so to speak. As the slogan goes, if the fun stops, stop! and that is what I did.
I closed all of my casino accounts to stop the temptation to log in and try again.
I will definitely miss the streaming part of playing slots. I have very good memories of the many streams I broadcasted. I appreciate every viewer watching me play slots because you the viewer always have a choice of watching a number of channels. I felt very privileged having so many loyal viewers tuning in each time.
I also thank all of the kind viewers that put their hand in their pockets and made donations.
At the start, I really enjoyed playing slots. I was extremely lucky to hit almost £5,000 of winnings over a 3 weeks period playing Dead or Alive. I had good play time, big hits and a nice trip to Malta to boot courtesy of a competition win at Videoslots Casino.
But it went downhill at the start of this year. Lady luck disappeared and so did the previous mentioned winnings plus some.
Thankfully I recognised that if I continued to play it was going to go downhill very fast. I never exceeded the budget I set and only gambled away money that I could afford to lose. But just thinking about what that money could have bought was the final straw. I am left with good memories that will last a life time which I considered value for money at the point that I stopped donating more money to the casino so to speak. Streaming my slot play helped me gain those memories. I shared the ups and downs of playing slots which I hope my viewers appreciated.
This post also serves as a good reminder of the potential dangers of online gambling. You can easily get carried away. Please take note of the following tips:
• Don’t see gambling as a means to earn a living
• Always gamble with money that you can afford to lose
• Never chase losses
• Set a money limit
• Set a time limit
• Gamble only when you are in the right frame of mind
• Don’t have gambling as an exclusive hobby
• Gambling and alcohol- and drug use don’t mix
and if you want any further professional help, the following two organisations are a very good starting point (please click on the respective logos to go to their website):
Will I be back to streaming again? Who knows what the future holds. If I am, you will hear it hear first!!!