Slot Bonus Buys Insanity 7378x stake
Why Bonus Buys on Modern Slots?
Quite simply to solve two issues – player impatience waiting for the bonus trigger and the casino will earn it’s 4 or 6% RTP share on far bigger sums quicker than if the game was played to normal stakes. Some licensing authorities like the UKGC banned slot bonus buys pretty much as soon as they appeared on responsible gambling grounds as they were not prepared to see players spending £100 or more a spin every few minutes. In my view, good on them.
The Maths of Slot Bonus Buys
If a game’s bonus round has an average long-term return of say 77x bet then on a 96% game you’ll pay $80 for the bonus buy. They seldom alter the RTP unless by a fraction of one percent up or down but certainly do affect volatility. For this reason you find many slot bonus buys for example on BTG’s White Rabbit will usually pay in the range of 60-120% of the 100 cost, with utterly terrible ones and very big ones rare. Some are more ‘lumpy’ and thus more volatile with many returning only a small faction of the cost, but several times the cost when they go well. If a player can say get through 500 spins per hour on a game at $1 stakes, they could probably play over 20 @ $100 bonus buys in that time so the casino on average will receive a 4-6% cut of $2000 instead of $500. Win-win for them and the developer, not so much for the player.
Explosion of Bonus Buy Slots – and the Cost!
When NoLimit City introduced their super-volatile slots like Mental and San Quentin xWays some crazy multiples of base bet were introduced, so the variant of the bonus round with most potential came in at up to 2,000x stake for the slot bonus buys! Of course, these games also had the caveat of some crazy top prizes of say 150,000x base bet to tempt the player and were set up in such a way that you should get a sizeable part of the cost back even on a bad round, due to the progressive nature of modifier collections as you went.
Of course, these slot bonus buys could usually only be funded by affiliate streamers in the main with their sponsored loaded balances in their casino accounts (in most but not all cases!) and thus bonus buys proved good for both parties – the streamer benefits from achieving the crazy stake multiples that are far more likely from the most costly buys and then gets hugely more views for their channel. The developer gains publicity for their game paying out notable wins of tens-of-thousands times bet so their stock increases too. It works, fair play to them, NoLimit City’s company just sold for over 300m euros.
Pragmatic have become one of the biggest slot companies and creators of volume slots. They haven’t quite done it the same way as their bonus buys are generally only 100x stake and they often have pretty low win caps of say 4, 5 or 10,000x bet only. What they did do though was allow silly stakes up to $500 a spin for streamer accounts in the dodgy unregulated markets so the demo-money streamers could ‘win’ a supposed $1m for a mere 2000x bet spin. Twitch shut most of them down and in my view the developers and dodgy unregulated crypto casinos are just as guilty as the actors that took money to promote them.
Lies, Damn Lies & Statistics
So you play a slot for $1 spin and win $10. Your return is 10x your bet. Simple maths right? Not in streamer world! You have the game set at $1 bet, spend $100 buying the feature and it pays $1000 and all of a sudden the YT and Twitch hooks are screaming 1000x bet win!! Now correct me if I’m wrong, but if you just paid a bet of $100 to play a game and get back $1000, that’s 10x bet, right? Fortunately most observers don’t swallow that nonsense. I think their logic is that because the slot pays wins to multiples of the $1 base bet that somehow the missing $99 of the bet doesn’t count. It’s just a fixed fee on top of the $1 to enable the bonus.
Which brings me to today’s video and image you have seen at the top of this article. Blueprint Gaming have a ‘build your bonus’ menu in the game Celestial Sisters Megaways. If you choose the top option, 20 spins starting at 10x multiplier with max ways in play each spin, the bonus cost is a crazy, insane 7378x base bet! Your normal base game trigger costs 115x bet. This game is made for the far east market admittedly, but given the top pay for this $7378 bet is only $250,000, that’s not even 34x your stake.
Yeah, I get the logic of bonus buys for some players and gamblers, but tell me what would have given YOU the biggest thrill in your past gambling life – winning $3000 from a $100 stake or plugging away on a slot like Dead or Alive 2 for example on 18c spins and winning only $1500 but with a 8,333x bet REAL multiple? I know what my answer will be…