Microgaming’s Center Court Slot Review
January 17, 2014
Microgaming has a lot of video slots that are based on sports themes, and they always do a good job of incorporating the actual mechanics of the sports in question into the gameplay of their slots. The Center Court video slot is a tennis-based game that was released for Wimbleton back in 2009, and it's held up as the premier tennis-based slot in the online casino world. This game has a high volatility that's somewhat balanced by the way the paytable is set up. While the paytable is balanced overall, you won't hit massive wins unless you get them in the bonus feature.
Center Court uses five reels with nine paylines. The coins go from $0.01 to $0.50 each, and you can bet a maximum of 10 coins on each payline. This gives Center Court a betting range from $0.09 to $45 per spin which is sufficient for both low stakes and high stakes players. Playing on the lower end of the scale with bet sizes compared to your normal bets is recommended because of the high volatility of this game and the fact that you'll want to stretch out your bankroll to maximize your chances of getting the bonus feature if you want to maximize your overall value.
The trophy symbol is the wild in this game, and five wilds gets you a 1,000x payout. This payout might seem low, but it becomes much larger and impressive in the bonus feature. Five of the scattered tennis balls gets you a payout worth 500 times your total bet which is the same as a 4,500x line bet payout, and that works out to be the largest regular payout in the game which is fairly atypical. The rest of the paytable works out to be pretty balanced with a lot of medium-sized payouts bunched together.
When you pick up three or more of the scattered tennis balls, then you'll be given a set of 18 free spins. There are two reasons why these free spins are so valuable. First, the wilds appear stacked to give you better chances at enormous multi-line wins on individual spins. Second, you'll be given random multipliers worth between 2x and 5x on every single spin. Overall, Center Court is a great game for people who are sports fans, and even if you just like video slots, it's a game that you can have a lot of fun with.