Back in September 1997, legendary Italian jockey Frankie Dettori made horse racing history by riding all seven winners to victory at Ascot – and Playtech have since celebrated this amazing feat by launching a unique video slot honouring the achievement.
Known as Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven, the slot is a 5 reel, 25 payline title that gives players the chance to emulate the great man’s historic exploits in a range of horse racing-inspired bonus rounds that award cash prizes, free spins and a maximum jackpot of 7,777x your bet.
As with most Playtech video slots, Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven is a fully customisable title that allows players to adjust the number of active paylines, the coin size each bet and the total number of coins wagered. While this gives the game a fairly cluttered interface, it does mean that it can be played from as little as €0.25 with all 25 paylines enabled and as much as €1,250 for any high rollers.
For their investment each spin, players will have the chance to win a minimum of 10x their bet per line for matching three of the lower value playing card icons, while a top award of 7,777x awaits for anyone fortunate enough to match five wild Frankie Dettori symbols on each of the game’s reels.
A scatter payout of 1x your total bet is also awarded whenever two Magic Seven logos appear anywhere on the gameboard, but the real meat of the game comes in the form of a free spins bonus round that activates whenever three or more Magic Seven logos appear and a pick and click feature that is triggered when race course symbols are matched on the game’ first and last reels.
Unsurprisingly given the slot’s subject matter, Frankie Dettori features prominently on the game’s five reels, with a total of three unique icons dedicated to the iconic jockey. Alongside these symbols you’ll find several items of race paraphernalia, with a trophy, sign and horseshoe representing the medium value icons before the almost obligatory playing card symbols kick in for the lower payouts.
With a race course also featuring in the background, the theme is pretty consistent across Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven, but the plain white reels and abundance of alpha-numerical icons certainly mean it loses some of its graphical punch. Fortunately, the features are pretty unique and include nice animations like a virtual horse race, which goes some way to redeeming the overall aesthetic.
The game is also littered with real-life clips of Frankie Dettori’s most famous races and a range of appropriate sound effects, so fans of the sport will certainly find it a fully immersive slot experience.
As alluded to earlier, the area in which Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven really comes into its own is the form of its two bonus features, both of which can prove highly rewarding with a bit of luck on your side. The first is the Free Games Race, which is activated whenever three Magic Seven symbols appear anywhere on the gameboard, with players then being transported to an entirely new screen.
Here they must select one of three horses as a virtual race commences, with their chosen nag’s finishing position dictating how many free spins they’ll receive. If their horse comes last, players will receive the minimum ten spins, but this number jumps to 15 if they finish as runner-up. Win the race, however, and they’ll receive a whopping 35 free spins to build up some significant payouts.
The second feature is known as the Magic Seven bonus, which is admittedly a little weird as it is triggered by the race course icon on reels one and five rather than the Magic Seven symbol. Nevertheless, this takes players to a race track that has been divided into 20 spaces, with players then picking a section to uncover a prize. Certain sections will award a coin win, while revealing a trophy plays a video clip and increases you overall multiplier. Finding “collect” will end the feature.
Although its niche horse racing theme won’t appeal to all players, Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven contains enough in the way of bonus features to make it a solid choice even for those who aren’t into their horse-racing. The maximum regular jackpot is fairly substantial and the possibility of winning 35 spins relatively easily makes it a rewarding slot for those able to survive the variance.