Lucky New Year Online Pokie

February 19, 2018


Among the online pokies released for the Chinese New Year was a title from the games supplier Pragmatic Play. It is titled Lucky New Year. The new pokie is live and drawing traffic at Australian online casinos like Tangiers Casino and Winward Casino.

The reels are set in a Chinese temple with fireworks in the background to ring in the New Year to the accompaniment of festive music. The symbols are crafted boldly in bright colours. The high paying symbols are typical Chinese icons like dragon, firecracker, drum and oranges. The low paying symbols are the usual playing card icons with a touch of Chinese calligraphy. Lucky New Year has 25 fixed paylines in the regular 5×3 format. Pragmatic Play describes it as a medium volatility online pokie with an average return to player of 96%.

The golden dog is the wild symbol. The Chinese New Year is the Tear of the Dog. Hence the dog has been given a special status. The golden dog substitutes for all symbols except the special symbols. It also awards the highest line payouts. The first of the special symbols is the golden tree, which has gold coins for leaves. It only appears on reels 1, 3 and 5. When it lands on all three reels in the same spin you are first paid an amount equal to your total bet and then taken to the free spins feature. You are awarded 5 free spins in which reels 2, 3 and 4 have giant symbols. The free spins can be retriggered without any limit.

The Chinese lantern is the money symbol. It is present on all reels. The symbol has a random money value or the Minor or Major jackpot values. The Money Respin feature is triggered when you get six or more of these symbols on the reels at the same time. You start with 3 respins. The money symbols get stuck on the reels and all other symbols fade away. The reels contain only money symbols or blanks. Every time you land a new money symbol it will get stuck and the number of respins will be reset to 3. The feature continues till you complete 3 respins with no new money symbols or till all 15 spots on the reels have money symbols. The values on all the money symbols are added and awarded to you. If you end up with 15 money symbols you win the Grand jackpot.