Due to the tremendous advances in online slot technology in recent years, most modern slots bear little resemblance to those your parents and grandparents may have played back in the day. However, slot players constitute a very diverse group, and complex slots with many paylines, multiple bonus features, and games within games are not what everyone prefers in an online slot.
If you think you would enjoy playing a simple old school slot, one of the best is Hot Spot 777 by Everi Gaming.
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Hot Spot 777 basics
Hot Spot 777 is an online video slot that is probably markedly different from the slots you are accustomed to playing. It consists of three reels (rather than the usual five) and just five paylines.
Unlike most modern online slots but like those of yesteryear, the only two regular symbols are bars and sevens. There is also no storyline, thrilling action, or cinematic quality soundtrack and animations to you keep you on the edge of your seat from one spin to the next.
But don’t assume from the above that Hot Spot 777 is boring. The addition of a wild symbol, a Free Spins bonus, and even a chance at a huge jackpot provide all the added touches needed to make this game, simple as it is, highly entertaining.
Meanwhile, the contribution of an outstanding RTP coupled with surprisingly low volatility makes this slot not only affordable but potentially highly rewarding.
Hot Spot 777 bet range
First, you need to decide how many of the five paylines you wish to activate–any number from one payline to all five. Then select one of the following coin sizes: .25, .50, $1, $2, $5, $10, $25, or $50. The cost per spin is the number of active paylines multiplied by your coin size. Therefore, the minimum bet per spin is 25 cents for one payline up to $1.25 for five paylines, while the maximum bet per spin is 5 x $50 or $250.
While playing with fewer than five paylines will reduce the cost, it will also increase the volatility. So you will probably experience longer stretches of non-paying spins. However, some players might find the minimum bet of $1.25 with all five paylines active too steep.
Hot Spot 777 RTP and volatility
Hot Spot 777 should not be confused with the Triple Red Hot 777 slot from IGT. Both games benefit from a wild symbol and Free Spins bonus, but in the IGT game, the Free Spins are much harder to trigger.
Two important factors in any slot game that have an important bearing on your likelihood of winning are return to player (RTP) and volatility. Triple Red Hot 777 has a rather mediocre RTP of below 95% and high volatility, whereas Hot Spot 777 has a superior RTP of 96.0% and (assuming you play with all five paylines) low volatility. In other words, Hot Spot 777 is a much better game.
Keep in mind that the RTP is not intended to predict your likelihood of winning in any given session of play but how much of your starting bankroll you can expect to have left after a great many playing sessions. However, in case your early play does not go well, a high RTP provides some measure of protection. Frequent small payouts will keep you in the game even when you’re not winning.
Low volatility is preferable for the same reason, particularly if you’re a small player with a limited bankroll. As long as you play within your means, it is highly unlikely that you will experience such a huge negative swing that you will deplete your bankroll.
Hot Spot 777 symbols
It won’t take long to become familiar with the symbols in this game. All of the regular symbols are either 7s or bars. The highest paying regular symbols are the “Sizzling 7s.’ Then, in descending order of value are black 7s, white 7s, any three 7s, double bars, single bars, any three bars, and lastly, any three symbols.
In all instances, you need three of a kind to land on the same payline to form a winning combination. However, you will often get winning combinations at the same time on more than one payline, which will add significantly to your winnings.
Hot Spot 777 wild symbol
In addition to the above-mentioned regular symbols, a special symbol with the Double Jackpot Hot Spot Logo acts as the game’s wild symbol. As such, it can substitute for any of the Hot Spot 777 regular symbols to help form additional winning combinations.
But that’s not all. The wild symbol also acts as a win multiplier.
One Double Jackpot Hot Spot Logo symbol multiplies the payout of the winning combination by 2!
Two Double Jackpot Hot Spot Logo symbols multiplies the payout of the winning combination by 4!
It’s also possible for three wilds to land on a payline. If that happens, you win the jackpot! If three wilds land on any payline other than line 5, you win 2,000 coins. If three wilds land on line 5, you win the maximum payout of 10,000 coins!
Hot Spot 777 paytable
The following paytable shows the number of coins paid out for three of a kind of each symbol.
|Symbol||No. of coins paid for three on a payline|
|Any three 7s||15|
|Any three bars||3|
|Any three symbols||2|
|Double Jackpot Hot Spot Logo (line 1-4)||2,000|
|Double Jackpot Hot Spot Logo (line 5)||10,000|
Hot Spot 777 respin feature
You probably won’t hit the top jackpot. But the good news is that there are other ways you can win big in this game. One of them is by activating the Hot Spot 777 Respin Feature.
Anytime the Double Jackpot Hot Spot symbol lands in the center position you will trigger the Respin feature. Reel 2 (the middle reel) locks into place, and the other two reels spin again.
The respins continue until you get a non-winning spin, up to a maximum of 5x on lines 1-3 and up to a maximum of 9x on lines 4 and 5.
During this sequence, tremendous wins are possible. For example, playing in demo mode with five lines and a $5 coin size for a hypothetical bet of $25, I won $820 during the respins, and when I doubled my bet to $50, I won $3,140!
The bottom line
If you are nostalgic for a simple old school slot, Hot Spot 777 by Everi or any of this manufacturer’s other online slots would be worth checking out. Hot Spot 777 is a fun game with excellent win potential.
Unfortunately, if you’re a very small player, the minimum bet of $1.25 with five paylines might be too steep for you. But otherwise, it’s worth a shot because at any time during the course of your play, all three reels can get smoking hot. If you have the requisite bankroll, you will probably get the best results playing with all five paylines at the high end of the betting range.