If you’re a regular slot player at any of Detroit’s commercial casinos or tribal casinos in Michigan, you’ve probably got your go-to games. The good news is that some of those titles might become your new favorite online slot games.
The launch of Michigan online casino apps and websites is coming, even if recent news hints at a December timeline. We don’t yet know the exact date for online casinos in Michigan, but there is information on what the options for slot fans will be when the day comes.
And who knows? Maybe your favorite slot machine will be available at your go-to online casino, too.
5 slot machines that have online versions
One of the strategies online casinos employ is creating virtual editions of popular slot titles at land-based casinos. It’s all in the interest of making the transition to playing real money games online easy.
Michigan online casino games won’t be extensive at launch, but as soon as the market opens up and matures, games will claw for your attention. Indeed, popular game suppliers such as Ainsworth, NetEnt, and IGT received provisional licenses from the Michigan Gaming Control Board.
It is not known as yet what games will be available at which online casino at launch.
But these five slot machines are a common sight in Michigan. They will likely be available online, too.
This is a five-reel, 30-line game that features a lot of oriental symbols like Chinese lanterns and the prized wild Panda. The Chinese Inscription is what you’re really after, however.
Five Chinese Inscriptions in a row gives you 1,000 coins. The Gold Tortoise is worth 500 coins, while the lanterns are worth 250 coins.
With a return-to-player percentage of 96.1% and a mobile game app version to boot, this game could give you the same hours of enjoyment online that retail casino players already know.
There are two online versions of this slot: the original China Shores and China Shores Quick Strike Online.
From the bamboo forests of China to the coast of New England, Lobstermania 2 is a fan favorite. It features a mascot called Lucky Larry which lives up to its namesake. The other nautical symbols can be lucky as well.
This 5-reel game boasts 40 paylines on both the mobile app and casino sites. On top of a 96.05% RTP, you can enjoy an autoplay feature and two wild symbols (a blue or an orange lobster).
A spin showing five blue lobsters multiplies your wager by 1,000. Five orange lobsters, however, will net you a multiplier of 8,000. With a minimum bet of $0.60 and a maximum of $600, that could be a serious number of clams.
Many Michiganders have mimicked a day of actual fishing by playing this game for hours. If you’re looking for a more rapid-fire result, however, the next title may be more your speed.
Quick Hit series
If you’re a veteran at slot machines in retail casinos, these games will be the easiest for you to pick up online. The design is classic and simple, intentionally calling upon familiar symbols.
All the games in the Quick Hit series have either a 3-reel or 5-reel format. You’ll see paylines range from one to 40. You’ll see the 7, Bar, Bells, and Cherry symbols in all as well. The Quick Hit symbol, your ticket to the biggest payouts and jackpots, is standard across all the games as well.
The common denominator across the dozens of game variants is that the more Quick Hit symbols your play shows, the better.
And the great thing about the Quick Hit series is there are plenty of different games to keep you engaged no matter what your preferences are. Because they all have the same basic function, moving from one game to another is easy.
Online versions include Quick Hit Platinum, Quick Hit Super Wheel, and Quick Hit Platinum Triple Blazing 7s.
Wheel of Fortune
Pat Sajak may not be in your living room to tell you when there are only vowels left in the puzzle, but this 3-reel online slot game can give you the same excitement. Just like on the game show, a spin of the wheel determines your fate.
To spin the wheel, you need only land a Spin symbol on the payline of the third reel. Spots on the wheel can be worth 20 and 1,000 credits.
There is also a 5-reel variant called Wheel of Fortune Triple Extreme Spin. As the name suggests, this game offers three wheels instead of just one.
In that variant, if you get three Spin symbols, you trigger a bonus round similar to that which ends the show. You select an envelope for each spin, which can reveal cash prizes and multipliers.
Like how a player on the show can get on a run, both variants offer significant progressive jackpots. Wagering 25 cents starts out these jackpots at $200,000 while wagering a dollar or $5 can boost that to $1 million.
Other online variants include Wheel of Fortune On Tour and Wheel of Fortune Hawaiian Getaway.
5 online slot games coming to Michigan online casinos
The catalog of slot titles available at MI online casinos won’t just feature games that brick-and-mortar casino patrons are familiar with. The expansive array has a lot of other options as well. Here are five that you should look out for.
We don’t know when Marvel Comics’ Thor might grace movie theaters again, but the cultural reach of Asgard isn’t limited to the MCU. Michiganders can wield the power of Norse gods in Asgardian Stones.
At a 96.31% RTP with five reels, three rows, and 20 paylines, this game has all the trappings. As you would expect, the symbol you’re hoping for is Odin, the lone super colossal symbol.
Stacking symbols is the path to maximizing your plays. That’s done through Avalanche Wins or Colossal Symbols.
Avalanche Wins result in a flurry of symbols replacing ones below them, continuing until those wins run out. Colossal Symbols “crush” those underneath them, leading to multipliers of up to four times your bet if you find Odin.
While the setup looks pretty standard — five reels, three rows, 20 paylines — the volume of features within Divine Fortune can make you feel as fortunate as a child of Zeus.
Getting a win is easy; just get three similar symbols on a payline. If you’re after the progressive jackpot, however, you’ll have to find your way to the jackpot bonus game.
To get there, you need to land three or more bonus symbols in a spin. The best part of the jackpot bonus game is all the spins are free, so anything you win is pure profit.
That doesn’t mean it’s easy to win the maximum jackpot, however. The bonus game has 15 independent reels. If you should fill all three rows with bonus symbols, you will claim that mega progressive jackpot.
Hitting the jackpot has been done multiple times before in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, where online progressive slots like Divine Fortune grab headlines on a monthly basis it seems.
Fairytale Legends: Red Riding Hood
You won’t need big ears, eyes, or a big mouth to play this game successfully, although it’s hard to say it would hurt. Being wary of the Wolf and finding Red Riding Hood are as pivotal to this game as they are to the story.
This is another five-reel, 20-payline game with a 96.3% RTP. The title character shows up as the Wild icon, allowing you to bring a free spin to grandmother if you find two of them in the same spin.
If you get three treasure box icons in one spin, you can choose a reward. One of those choices is Beware The Wolf, which can multiply your bet by as much as 200 times depending on the Wolf’s position.
Fairytale Legends: Hansel & Gretel is also likely on tap for Michigan online casinos.
Mercy of the Gods
Egypt was once the seat of the apex of human civilization. In Mercy of the Gods, you take on the role of an archaeologist seeking to enrich our knowledge about that time.
Just as genuine artifacts from ancient Egypt can be priceless, you can clean up if you reach the Realm of Anubis in this game. The Gift of Wealth progressive jackpot you can win there can be a life-changing amount of money.
With a 96.64% RTP, there’s treasure for most players, no looting required. This is a five-reel, three-row, 20-payline title that lets you wager anywhere from a fifth of a coin to 100 coins on each spin.
This game also features falling wilds and wilds mean automatic re-spins. Like in other games, if you stack wild symbols, you get more free spins. In this title, however, stacked wilds expand to fill entire reels.
Bright colors and bursts of light have made the aesthetics of Starburst popular. It’s not just a dazzling show, however. You can win some out-of-this-world coinage.
The five reels and 10 paylines have a unique feature of playing both ways. That means you can not only win reading from left to right on the screen, but right to left as well.
The most popular features of this game are the bonus round and wild symbols. If you land a wild on the three middle reels, for instance, you trigger the Win Both Ways bonus round.
In that round, you can win up to five re-spins, with wild symbols expanding to fill the reels each time. In the Starburst Wilds Bonus Round, you can rack up the wins to as much as 50,000 coins.
These are just some of the online slot games you’ll be able to play at legal online casinos in Michigan. Michiganders who love slot play at retail casinos in the state should be looking forward to that online gambling launch.