Who could ever forget Frankie Dettori leaping from the back of yet another winner in triumph? The man who rode all seven winners on British Champions' Day at Ascot in 1996 - a feat immortalised in pokie form in Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven - the Italian jockey returns in pokie form in Frankie Dettori: Sporting Legends. Created by Playtech, this racing-themed pokie gives you the opportunity to ride to glory alongside one of the greatest jockeys of all time. You can play anywhere, not just on the desktop but on mobile and tablet, too - maybe at your nearest racecourse? This 5-reel, 25-payline video pokie has a host of bonus features and the potential for some very rich rewards, so let’s head down to the starting gate and get ready for the off. Read our full review below.
A legendary sequel?
Frankie Dettori: Sporting Legends by Playtech is the sequel to Frankie Dettori’s Magic 7. Like that pokie, it has pretty basic graphics with the racecourse in the background and racing-themed symbols - including a grinning Frankie - on the reels. It isn’t the best-looking game, which is a surprise given the subject matter, and the prevalence of standard card symbols on the reels makes it look downright dull at times.
Heading down the straight to the paytable, we find that the wild symbol Gold Cup is the best-paying symbol of them all with a 10,000-coin payout for five landing on a winning line, while the best of the rest is Frankie himself with a 1,500-coin reward for five across the reels. You can view the entire paytable and game rules when you hit the "i" symbol at the bottom left of the screen.
Gameplay controls are clearly laid out, and you can change line bet, lines played and autospin options at the click of a button. There’s also a Turbo feature that increases the size of the reels. This is handy if you’re playing on a small screen or have vision problems because you can toggle it on or off.
Place your bets
The minimum bet here is 0.10 coins, which climbs to 100.00 coins per payline. That delivers a rather tasty high roller wager of 25,000.00 coins per spin. You can choose to play 1 to all 25 paylines so you can tailor your bet to suit your style of play. The more lines you play, the greater your chances of landing a winning combination or hitting a big bonus.
The higher your bet, the bigger your chances of triggering one of the three progressive jackpots that add even more interest to this pokie. Enter the jackpot game, and you’re assured of winning one of the following jackpots:
- The daily jackpot that triggers by the end of the day
- The weekly jackpot that triggers by the end of the week
- The Sporting Legends jackpot that can trigger at random, even on a non-winning spin
And they’re off!
Frankie Dettori: Sporting Legends is packed with as much action as the average horse race, which means it’s full of bonus gameplay that can be very rewarding.
Land a fully stacked wild on the first reel, and you’ll trigger the Galloping Wilds respin feature. As the reels respin, the stacked wilds move to reel 2. Score a win and the process repeats until you stop winning or the stacked wilds reach reel 5. Even better, you’ll enjoy a multiplier on each respin of 2x, 3x, 5x and finally 7x.
Spin up three or more of the Winning Post scatter symbols, and you’re off to the races with the Golden Derby free games feature. Your prize will be 5, 10 or 100 times your initial stake, and you’ll get the chance to bet on a red, green or yellow horse as they spin wild on reel 5. If your horse gets to the end of the race first, you’ll be rewarded with a 3x multiplier, with 2x and 1x for second and third place.
The final furlong
To be honest, Frankie Dettori: Sporting Legends is not exactly a thoroughbred. Some of the graphics are basic given all the great symbolism of the world of horse racing, but the great bonus gameplay and three jackpots mean it’s not exactly a donkey either. Our other free pokies might grab your attention if this one isn't to your liking.
We really enjoyed the bonus gameplay and found that most of our wins came from the Galloping Wilds, but the Golden Derby puts an interesting spin on the usual free spin bonus. In fact, we’d say Frankie Dettori: Sporting Legends is a champion pokie, so get under starters' orders and play!
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