The Basics Of Microgaming Respin Feature

June 25, 2016


From time to time Microgaming, the leading software provider to Australian online casinos, releases online video pokies with the Respin feature. The first online pokies with this feature were Reel Gems and Retro Reels. Then earlier this year Bikini Party and Dragon Dance were launched. This innovative Respin feature introduces a challenge with the potential for really big payouts. But you need to understand how it functions and what the pitfalls can be. This article is a primer on the Microgaming Respin feature.

In addition to the usual pokies functionalities, Respin pokies have a button below each reel. After you set the betting parameters and execute the first spin, a value is displayed in each Respin button. This value is the cost that you will have to pay if you want to spin that reel only keeping the other reels fixed. There is a potential but not a guaranteed advantage associated with a Respin. For example, if there are like symbol on reels 1, 3, 4 and 5 you do not receive payouts. But by re-spinning only reel 2 you may get that symbol on the reel in an active payline and thereby get a five-of-a-kind payout. You will see that the values in the different Respin buttons are not the same. A larger Respin value indicates the possibility of a larger payout.

Winning combinations that have already been paid for will not be paid out after the respin. Suppose you have a three-of-a-kind combination on the first three reels and have been paid for it. You decide to Respin the fourth reel. After the Respin you will not get paid again for the unchanged three-of-a-kind combination. After a Respin new values will appear in the Respin buttons. This is because the new symbols on the reels will give rise to new potentialities.

You can keep on repeating the Respin feature as many times as you want without going back to the main game, but will have to pay the associated cost each time. On the other hand, if you feel that the Respin values are too high as compared to the potential benefits then you can ignore this feature and activate the main game spin. There are some situations in which the Respin feature will not work. If you change the bet amount, the values in the Respin buttons will be reset to zero. The Respin feature is not available when the online pokie is played in Auto Play mode and in the free spins bonus round.