Rainbow Riches was one of the first, and by far the best of the original £500 jackpot slot machines released in the U.K in the mid 2000’s. Although the multitude of newer versions of Rainbow Riches have different features, and new ways to win the jackpot, Classic Rainbow Riches still commands a lot of loyal play up and down the country, and can still be found in a large majority of amusement arcades.
Originally these started at £2 a spin, with a random 94% average payout. This then dropped to mostly 92% and £1 play, with some tight arcades going as low as 90%. Although the price of play has since increased, the playing percentage has remained the same.
There are no player secrets to Classic Rainbow Riches, you simply put your money in and press start, much like many American slot machines. The only player choice comes from the Wishing Well feature. Although I believe this choice has already being predetermined, it gives the assumption of true choice. These do however tend to play slightly differently from their newer counterparts. This is mostly in the form of reel wins, with four complete lines for £400, and a full screen for £500 not to uncommon.
In my own personal experience, I would say these pay out larger wins on their reels than newer versions of Rainbow Riches. This would likely be down to the playing profile written within the programming, whereby the paying percentage can be assigned different values and made up in different ways. For example, more low value wins to give a sense of payback to the player.
The bonus features have remained pretty much consistent in all versions, with Leprechauns, Wishing Wells, and the Pots of Gold features all present.
Three pays a minimum of £2 up to £15.
Four can pay a minimum of £20 and a maximum of £150, but these values change each time the feature is awarded, so the highest offer may be £60, or a £100 or £150 depending upon random factors outside of the players control.
The rarity of five Wishing Wells leads to the assumption that the offer will be very large, but this isn’t always the case. The offer can be as low as £80, and up to £500, but like the four of a kind offer, the selections change with each award. It is very rare to have the £500 offer available, with wins around £150 – £250 the most common.
It is worth pointing out that many of the latest £500 jackpot machines instantly pay the jackpot with a five of a kind feature, such as Fields of Gold as an example.
This feature is good fun because it gives the assumption that the player has some control in the offer. This isn’t the case, and the offer is selected at the beginning of the feature, but it is still fun in not knowing where the Leprechaun will end up. It is also the only common feature that can offer £500 with just three of a kind bonus symbols.
Three of a kind can offer £12 up to £500, with the most common areas been around £12 to £40. Some of the newer versions have a minimum of only £8!
Four of a kind upgrades all of the cash values, so the £12 position with three of a kind is still the minimum stopping position for four and five Leprechauns, but the cash amount will have increased. As such, the minimum value for four is only £20, and you will often hear a lot of players say they tend to win more with three of a kind rather than four.
This is kind of true, but only because three Leprechauns is far more common than four. The £500 jackpot is still possible, and the average tends to be around £40 – £75.
Five Leprechauns is incredibly rare, and even the most hard-core of players will only have ever seen this once or twice. The only time I ever had it, it paid a depressingly low £40, which is the minimum. Because of its rarity, it is difficult to get an average, but you would hope it is at least £200.
Pots of Gold
Pots of Gold is by far the best feature to grace any £500 slot machine. With a selection of three pots, all accumulating until won, these pots are often the key playing point for many players.
Once three bonus pot symbols land on the centre three reels, a circle of different coloured pots begins to rotate. Eight bronze, four silver, and two gold are shown as available. These are probably the true odds, and one of which will be paid. Once the feature has ended, the winning pot is reset to its original starting position: £50 for bronze, £150 for silver, and £250 for gold.
There is no cheat or method as to what pot will pay, and high silver pots, bronze pots or gold pots does not mean that they are any more due to be won than pots that have just recently paid. But it is worth playing the machine with the highest pot values, not because they are more due than lower pots, but because if they do come in, you will win a lot more. So if you have a choice of Rainbow Riches to play, always choose the one with the highest combined pot values.