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While every player has their favourite slots game, games that have gained a well-deserved place in the pantheon of slots royalty - like Starburst, Cleopatra II, Thunderstruck II, Immortal Romance or Gonzo’s Quest - variety is the spice of life and there can be no doubt that everyone loves the opportunity to try something new and engage with novelty that new slots games offer. Recent years have seen online casinos expanding their portfolios in a shift from operators running on a single casino software platform to operator offering an array of software providers with hundreds of games available in the one place. This has blown the market wide open, allowing scores of new smaller companies, who perhaps don’t have the portfolio to offer a complete casino suite, to gain traction providing additional games as part of a package of softwares bought in by casino operators. This increase competition on the markets has fostered creativity and ingenuity as software providers strive to create new slots games providing users with an experience that they haven’t seen before. Established industry leaders like NetEnt and Microgaming lead the pack, constantly pushing forward with new and creative slot bonus features. Net Entertainment in particular have really set a high bar in terms of innovation with bonus features and game structures from the old staple of free spins and pick and click bonus features. NetEnt’s creative approach had challenged other providers to match them in terms of player driven games intended to keep you engaged and entertained. This is a challenge that has been gratefully accepted by many up and coming firms. Yggdrasil Gaming have really stepped up to the play with their Vikings series (most recently Vikings go to Hell) offering a spectacular visual feast while the bonus features draw the user in as you progress towards triggering the bonus feature. Releases from this provider are continuing to improve and we’ve little doubt that players will be excited to see what they’ve got in store. Play N Go are another top slots game production house release games with superb graphics and a intuitive user interface. Their bonus features are getting consistently better and the slot RTP figures are certainly in the competitive zone. WMS Gaming have redefined slots games by allowing players to buy multiple spins at once. When you buy groups of spins at higher stakes you get improved chances of triggering bonus feature and a increased RTP figure (meaning the game costs less to play in the long run). There’s plenty new to see in the online slots sector, so keep an eye this section to find out about the latest releases!

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Calling all sports fans! Be it football, horse racing or ice hockey, chances are that at some point in time, your favourite sport has been given a makeover by a team of slot designers. But what separates the aces from the double faults, the wondergoals from the own goals, a hole in one from a triple bogey? Here at ThePogg, we have taken it upon ourselves to bring you a comprehensive list of the 10 best sport themed slots out there today.

There are old slots, new slots, beautifully designed slots, slots with a low house edge, slots with incredible bonus features and hopefully, if it is not too much to ask we might even have a slot that is beautifully designed and good value for money with exciting, innovative bonus features all thrown in together.

All the slots included on this list have scored between 8 and the maximum 10 out of 10, so sit back and let us do the heavy lifting for you as we bring you the best sporting slots available to play online today.

 

Football Star

We are kicking this list off with an old slot that we believe still holds up all these years later. The Football Star slot is part of a series of games that MicroGaming released roughly 5 years ago. There was a cricket, a rugby and a basketball slot but we felt at the time that Football Stars was the best of the bunch. It comes with a relatively low house edge, Free Spins and Wild symbols. Add to this a random feature and you have a very solid slot. It might not look as good as many of the football games being released today but as a whole package it stands up as one of the best football themed slots out there today.

 

Hot Shots

 

From one football themed slot to another, but in this instance iSoftBet have taken the sheen off of reality and added some cartoon capers to make things decidedly more fun. With the Hot Shots slot you get Free Spins and Wilds, along with Wilds that expand and a remarkably low house edge. The slot looks brilliant and it comes with bears, dogs, cows, chickens and what I will need to assume are jaguars. They each were the football strip of the country that they represent, so the bulldog is English, the Chicken French, the bull Spanish, the bear Russian and the jaguar is Brazilian. Clearly intended to coincide with the 2018 World Cup, this is still one worth checking out now.

Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven

Not so long ago if you wanted to play a horse racing slot there was only one place for you start. The Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven slot was instant hit and quickly became the only horse racing slot worth playing. It comes with a series of features that tie in with Dettori’s famous 7 wins in one race meet, the most obvious of which is the Bonus feature. You also get Free Spins and Wilds and whilst this slot may have aged a little over the years it is still a firm favourite for many slots enthusiasts.

Lucky Angler

We have had football and horseracing so it is time for us to slow things down a little and include a slot that features the world’s most popular sport. Millions of people fish every day, some for pleasure and some for necessity, creating a fine line sport and necessity. Obviously for the purpose of this list, fishing is a sport and the Lucky Angler slot should be considered one of the best slots of this sort out there. Possibly the oldest slot on our list, Lucky Angler was well ahead of its time when it was first released. In fact, I would go as far as to say there are slots on this list that are much newer that don’t look as good as this one. You get Sticky Wilds, Free Spins and very competitive house edge.

 

Racetrack Riches Megaboard

From the old to the new, the Racetrack Riches Megaboard slot is the most recent release on our list. This iSoftBet slot only hit casinos in March 2020 and it already finds itself in amongst some the slot world’s biggest names. You get Free Spins that appear in the form of the Megaboard, which can result in some pretty exciting wins if you get lucky. Add to this, 3 random modifiers, Wilds and a Mystery symbol and you have a really excellent slot. It is also worth mentioning that it looks fantastic, as do most of iSoftBet’s releases so far this year.

 

The Angler

The Angler slot is our second fishing themed game to make it onto the list and it is also the first one on here to score a perfect 10 out of 10 on initial review. This BetSoft slot is, quite simply, the full package. At nearly 3 years old now this slot isn’t exactly one of the newest here but it still looks as fresh as it did back in 2017. With this one you get the big 3: Wilds, Free Spins and a Bonus. All three like well to the theme and when you add in a very low house edge there really is nothing here for anyone to criticise.

 

The Champions

The Champions slot was released a few years ago by Pragmatic Play and was an instant hit, in no small part down to how good the slot looks. You always spot a Pragmatic Play slot, normally just by the vibrancy of the colours that they use in their slots. There is a lot going on here from the penalty shoot out Bonus feature to the Progressive Jackpot, it always feel like there is something going on, something to play for. The house edge is also very favourable, giving us another excellent football themed slot to add to our growing list.

 

Break Away Deluxe

If pushed to choose between Break Away and the Break Away Deluxe slot, I think I would go for the more recent release. It came out last year and was upgrade on the original Microgaming classic. Normally I don’t much are for reboots, but in this instance I do believe that improvements were made. The slot could look better but you get Free Spins, you get cascades, a multiplier in the Free Spins and a random feature, not to mention the Wilds as well. That is a lot to keep you busy as you spin those reels. The house edge is also low, making this a cracking entry into our top 10 sporting themed slots.

 

Nitro Circus

The Nitro Circus slot is one that deals with a theme I think most of us won’t have seen before. The X Games has this slot on its roster and, as far as I am aware absolutely no other slots to speak of. But that is OK when the slot in question is as good as this one is. It looks amazing and is filled with lots of incredible features. In the main bonus feature you can choose what bike to race, with each one giving you different advantages and disadvantages, making this as close to a computer game as slots ever really get.

 

Scudamore’s Super Stake

There really isn’t much for me to say about the Scudamore’s Super Stake slot that I haven’t said already many times before. It was out slot of the year in 2019 and has topped plenty of lists since Net Entertainment released it over a year ago. This horse racing slot turns takes its theme and embraces it in ways that we rarely get to see from slot developers. In the bonus feature you get to place a betting coupon, guessing how many of a certain symbol will appear over a certain number of spins. And then you have the main bonus feature where you choose 1 of 4 horses to back during your Free Spins. Add a decent house edge to this and you have the perfect way to end our list of the 10 best sporting themed slots.

 

Conclusions

 

The slots that have made it onto this list are all worthy of their place and for the most part they try to take something that we love about the sports represented on those reels and sell it to players through spins and bonuses. The next time we come to look at a list of sporting slots it would be good to see a few more sports represented, like tennis, golf or rugby.

Classic Slots

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There are some online slot games that will forever be seen as classics by players. They are not always the games that critics (like us) think are the most impressive. They are the games that players vote for with their fingers. The games that get disproportionately high volumes of spins. The games that players come back to again and again and again. Every software provider knows which games fall into these categories, many will try to copy the themes and styles of the most popular games offered by their competition, and gambling forums are full of players talking about wins on these big hitters of the slots world. These games stand the test of time, appealing to something in the playing community that is hard to place a finger on, but once tapped into demands loyalty from slots lovers everywhere. Take NetEnt’s Starburst. Deconstructed, this game would not appear to offer anything all that spectacular. But the game sums to far more than its parts. Something about the aesthetic combined with that spacy soundtrack, the ratio and size of wins and the free spins with expanding wild symbols has made this easily one of the most popular slots games of all time. If creating a classic slot game was easy, everyone would be doing it. The combination however, is intangible. Hard to define and harder to recreate. Game after game has been put out by competing providers trying to capture that x-factor that Starburst captured, but all have fallen well short of their goal. Even Net Entertainment have not managed to re-create this success. And NetEnt are far from alone in this experience. Look to Microgaming’s Immortal Romance and Thunderstruck II. Both games that could be considered old by current market standard, yet both games that consistently rank highly on many operators lists of ‘most played games’. Whatever it is that lodges these games so firmly in the consciousness of slots players everywhere, these games have reached heady heights with their appeal and longevity amongst players.

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