Seven has long been the gambling world’s lucky number, ever since the days of fruit machines dominated by triple red 7s. For Italian jockey Frankie Dettori, there’s another reason why 7 holds special significance – that’s the number of winning horses he rode to victory in a single day at Ascot in 1997. That momentous feat is commemorated in this 5-reel slot from Playtech.
Even if you’re too old – or too disinterested in horse racing – to recall Frankie Dettori’s feat, there’s no disputing that it was tailor made for a video slot. Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven is a 25-payline slot with the potential to scoop a jackpot that appropriately comes in at 7,777x your bet. 7 truly is the lucky number and the only number that matters in this lively slot.
The reels, comprising a 5×3 grid, are housed within a racing paddock complete with white fences and wood effect buttons across the bottom. The game employs a clean, green aesthetic, one that’s pleasing enough to look at, even if it does feel slightly dated. Is this because it’s paying tribute to a race day that occurred two decades ago or simply because these were the best graphics Playtech could muster? It’s hard to say.
Ever fond of letting players take the reins, so to speak, and to dictate precisely how big or small they want to go, Playtech allows anywhere from 1 to 25 lines to be activated. The bet per line can be set from a minimum 0.25, to a 125.00 maximum. Because there are no plus and minus buttons, if you click too far when raising the number of lines or stake per line, you’ll return to the start and will have to click all the way through again which can be frustrating. There is a bet max button however and autospin which allows you to specify the number of spins that are taken.
Frankie Dettori is not surprisingly the game’s wild symbol, substituting for all regular playing symbols to generate wins on the reels. There are in fact three different Frankie Dettori symbols: one of him on his horse, one of him triumphantly holding his crop aloft and wild, which appears as a close-up of his face. Scatter, which is the game’s logo, will generate free spins, with a multiplier of 1, 5, 25 or 250 depending on the number of scatter symbols you’ve landed – a minimum of two are required for a win.
Magic Seven Bonus
Land the bonus racetrack symbol on reels 1 and 5 simultaneously to activate the game’s Magic Seven Bonus. In this feature, a racetrack will appear, with different sections revealing various wins when picked. Some of these sections contain a trophy; stumble across one and you’ll be treated to a short video clip of one of Frankie Dettori’s seven wins, boosting the win multiplier in the process.
There’s also the Free Games Race, for which you’ll require 3 or more scatter symbols. This feature takes the form of a conventional horse race where you’re obliged to pick a winner. The first placed horse will win 35 free spins, second takes 15 and third is awarded 10.
If you’re taken with Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven and are hankering for something that offers similar features, if not similar theme, you could try Dragonz by Cozy Games or Pistoleras by Microgaming. The RTP on Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven, by the way, varies between 88% and 96% depending on how many lines you have activated.
Despite being reminiscent of an old virtual horse racing simulator, Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven is a mighty fine game, particularly for horse racing aficionados. Playtech have done a good job of capturing the excitement of that momentous day at Ascot, and the video sections in the bonus game are a particularly neat touch that horse racing fans will be able to appreciate.