Last Updated: October 7, 2014
If you've ever wondered what Internet gambling looked like in 1998, check out Slotland. At that time, the business was full of casinos with slow, cheesy software based on, shall we say, an unusual mix of games with unconventional rules. Since then, sleek software companies like RTG, Microgaming and Playtech have risen up and the clunky low-budget casinos went the way of the dodo bird. That is, except Slotland and sister casino Win a Day.
Slotland somehow survived the changing times and still looks every bit as I remember them from the late 90's. Perhaps players like the retro feel of the place. Perhaps they compensate for their dated games with good bonuses and customer service. I don't know. However, in the fast-changing business of Internet gambling, Slotland has remained seemingly unchanged for 16 years, so they must be doing something right.
When it comes to the odds, there is good news and bad news. The bad news is the house edge on the card games is rather high, not factoring in the unknown value of the progressive jackpot. I would assume the slots are set tight as well. The good news is the bonuses are very generous with a minimal wagering requirement. See my bonus section below for more on that.
I must give credit to Slotland for not making the player play for several hours to earn a small bonus. Where other casinos have wagering requirements of 25x to 50x the deposit plus bonus, Slotland requires the player run through the deposit and bonus once only! This is how easy it was to earn bonuses everywhere back in the golden days of bonus hunting. Nice to see that this hasn't changed at Slotland. However, keep in mind the games carry a higher house edge than other casinos.
The new player bonus is 100% up to $100. The player can repeat this bonus nine more times, but the subsequent nine times qualify for a 50% bonus only, up to a bonus of $100. In other words, new players can get up to $1,000 in bonus money for $1,900 in deposits.
As usual, there are other bonuses for existing players as well.
A major theme at Slotland is most of their games qualify for the same progressive jackpot. I believe this jackpot starts at $50,000 and has been known to grow to over $100,000. The events required to hit the jackpot in card games, like video poker, are seemingly easy to achieve, relative to the size of the jackpot. They get away with this by not triggering the jackpot based on the cards but rather a random number generated behind the scenes.
In my strong opinion, electronic representations of physical gaming equipment like cards and dice should follow the natural probabilities as if dealt by a human being. This is also a firm regulation in Nevada that all U.S. gaming companies seem to respect. However, in Slotland's defense, they at least disclose this in their rules as follows:
|"For gaming devices that are representative of live gambling games, the mathematical probability of a symbol or other element appearing in a game outcome must be equal to the mathematical probability of that symbol or element occurring in the live gambling game. For other gaming devices, the mathematical probability of a symbol appearing in a position in any game outcome must be constant." — Nevada Gaming Control Board Regulation 14.040 (b)|
Knowing what I do about the early days of Internet gambling, the game makers probably didn't know anything about gaming norms and regulations and had no bad intentions. However, as a player advocate, I can't let good intentions be an excuse. I hold every casino to Nevada's standard of every card having an equal chance in card games. For this reason, I have had to regretfully add Slotland to my online casino blacklist.
As far as I know, Four Cast is unique to Slotland and Win a Day casinos. The object is to forecast the rank and suit of four cards. The rules and analysis went so long that I created a separate page for Four Cast, which I invite you to visit for more information. The bottom line is that the house edge is 10.04% with optimal strategy.
You would expect a casino called Slotland to have lots of slots, and they do. The following table shows the slots available, columns per line (which in most cases is the same as the number of reels), bet range per line, and maximum number of pay lines.
|Game||Columns||Bet per Line||Max Lines|
|Gods of Egypt||5||$0.05-$2||31|
|Grand Fortune||5||$0.10 - $4||15|
|Piggy Bank||5||$0.10 - $1||15|
|Treasure Island||5||$0.10 - $4||19|
|Super Sevens||5||$0.05 - $1||19|
|Ice Queen||5||$0.10 - $4||21|
|Turbo GT||5||$0.05 - $1||11|
|Carnival||5||$0.05 - $4||19|
|Greatest Hits||5||$0.20 - $4||19|
|Double Luck||5||$0.05 - $1||9|
|Fruit Mania||5||$0.10 - $4||15|
|Pearls of Atlantis||5||$0.10 - $2||9|
|Tikal Treasure||5||$0.05 - $4||25|
|Jewels of the Ancients||5||$0.25 - $4||19|
|Witch's Brew||3||$0.50 - $4||1|
|Lucky Ducts||5||$0.25 - $4||19|
|Treasure Box||3||$0.50 - $2||4|
|Golden 8||3||$0.50 - $1.50||8|
|Reel Riot||3||$1.00 - $40||1|
|Mega Spin||3||$0.50 - $5||1|
|Booster||3||$0.50 - $5||1|
|Lucky Stars||3||$0.10 - $5||5|
|Heavy Metal||3||$0.50 - $2||4|
|Magic||5||$0.10 - $2||5|
|Slotris||3||$0.50 - $5||1|
|Halloween Magic||5||$0.10 - $2||5|
The five-reel slots are pretty conventional. Some of the others are rather unique in their design. Many qualify for the same jackpot as Four Cast, Space Jack, and the video poker games.
Note the minimum bet is always at least 5¢ and often larger. If you're a penny per line player, you'll be out of luck at Slotland.
Gods of Egypt
Pearls of Atlantis
Space Jack is a very strange blackjack variant where the player plays three different blackjack hands at the same time. In other words, the same decision to stand, hit, or double applies to all three hands at once.
The analysis of this game was so complicated that I felt it was worthy of its own page. So, for more, please see my page on Space Jack. However, if you just want to cut to the chase, the house edge is 6.61%, not factoring in the non-quantifiable jackpot.
Not surprisingly, Slotland has a non-conventional assortment of video poker games and are played in a non-conventional way. For one thing, as opposed to every other video poker game I've ever seen, the player clicks to throw away cards, not to hold them. I found this out the hard way on my first hand. For another, the player doesn't have a choice in the number of coins to bet. The player may still select a bet amount, but there is not the usual practice of having to bet five coins to qualify being paid the full way on a royal flush.
Following are descriptions and returns for the four video poker games available.
Jacks or Better
The player can bet $0.50 to $10 a hand. The relative win for a royal flush depends on how much the player bets. For a maximum $10 wager, the player qualifies for the progressive jackpot. Since the odds for that are not naturally determined by the cards, the value of the jackpot is unknown, and thus the return at a $10 bet. The following table shows the return for smaller bets that do not qualify for the progressive jackpot.
Jacks or Better
Wild Heart is Double Joker Poker with a different name. The player can bet $1, $2, or $10 a hand. The relative win for a royal flush depends on how much the player bets. For a maximum $10 wager, the player qualifies for the progressive jackpot. Since the odds for that are not naturally determined by the cards, the value of the jackpot is unknown, and thus the return at a $10 bet. The following table shows the return for smaller bets that do not qualify for the progressive jackpot.
Striking 7s is Sevens Wild with a different name. The player can bet $0.50 to $10 a hand. The relative win for a royal flush depends on how much the player bets. For a maximum $10 wager, the player qualifies for the progressive jackpot. Since the odds for that are not naturally determined by the cards, the value of the jackpot is unknown, and thus the return at a $10 bet. The following table shows the return for smaller bets that do not qualify for the progressive jackpot.
Santa's Sleigh is Striking 7s in triple-play mode. This is the first time I've ever seen a multi-play video poker game where the player can choose to bet different amounts on each hand. Like the other Slotland games, the win on a royal flush depends on how much the player bets, as shown in the following table. As usual, the return for the progressive jackpot game for a $10 bet is unknown since it isn't determined by the cards.