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Game Type: Online Slot
Software: Pragmatic Play
Number of win lines: 20
Minimum bet: € 0.20
Maximum bet: € 100
Bonus games: Free spins with expanding wilds, Jackpot Bonus Game
Distribution percentage: 95.96%
Santa is a real Christmas slot machine from Pragmatic Play, which was released in 2017, just before the December festive month.
Pragmatic Play has had a fantastic 2017 and what could be better than closing it with a Christmas video slot. As a casino game maker you of course only really participate if you have your own Christmas slot machine.
Check it out: Netent has Secrets of Christmas, Elk Studios has Ho-Ho Tower (a Christmas adaptation of Hong Kong Tower) and Microgaming has been doing it for years with Deck The Halls.
Play’n GO even has three different Christmas slots: Holiday Season, Merry Xmas and Xmas Joker.
And now Pragmatic Play officially also has its own Christmas slot and with that they definitively join the kingdom of the great ones.
How does the Santa lock work?
In the main roles we see, how could it be otherwise, Santa Claus, elves, the reindeer and the presents. And rightly so. Christmas is a party where there is joy and a warm feeling dominates. Naturally, the ultimate Christmas song Jingle Bells in the background is also available.
The game is played on 5 reels with 3 symbols per reel and there are 20 fixed paylines. The minimum bet of Santa is only 0.20 euros per spin and the maximum bet is limited to 100 euros per spin.
The premium symbols consist of the elf, the reindeer, the clock and the sugar stick. The Elves are worth the most: 5 of these aids on an active payline gives you 20 x the total bet. 5 reindeer also ticks nicely: 15 x your bet. The bells and the sugar sticks are worth 10 x the stake and 7.5 x the total bet respectively. With 5 the same on an active payline, that is.
The low symbols traditionally consist of the card symbols 10, J, Q, K and A. These pay out between 5 x and 2.5 x your bet.
Santa herself is wild and replaces all other symbols with the exception of presents and Christmas trees, both scatters.
Payout percentage and variance
The payout percentage of the Santa slot is 95.92%. As far as we are concerned, this is just acceptable, but the top 10 of the best paying slots will not make it to Santa. The variance is on the low side of medium. The bonus rounds are fairly frequent and it is then a mathematical law that the payouts must be somewhat less. Even though Pragmatic Play plays for Santa Claus, some money has to be earned. The chimney must also continue to smoke at the North Pole.
What bonus games does Santa have?
The Santa slot has two very entertaining bonus features, both of which are activated by 3 scatters.
The Jackpot bonus game
The Jackpot bonus game matches the Christmas atmosphere of this slot perfectly: you can open packages. And if that isn't nice enough, a jackpot is hidden in 1 of the 12 packages. Cash prizes are hidden in the other 11 and you can open packages until you have found the jackpot.
The longer you postpone this moment, the more extra prizes you get.
There are 4 different Jackpots: the Grand, the Major, the Minor and the Mini.
These four jackpots can produce great prizes:
Grand Jackpot: win 250 x your total bet
Major: win 50 times your total bet
Minor: win 25 times your total bet
Mini: win 10 times your total bet
The way you are "announced" the Jackpot Bonus is very nice: first you see Santa flying past the screen, being dragged by the reindeer in his sleigh. And Santa throws: generous as he is, the three scattered presents on rolls 1, 3 and 5.
The free spins bonus
Will 3 scattered Christmas trees appear on rolls 2, 3 and 4? Then you can also rub your hands: these activate the free spins bonus.
You win 6 free spins with at least 1 reel and up to 4 reels becoming completely wild with Santa Claus during each spin.
Unfortunately, the free spins cannot be retriggered. It is also not possible to win the jackpot bonus game during the free spins. Still, with this bonus you can drag in very nice amounts, especially if you get 2-3 reels completely wild from the 2nd reel.
Our verdict on the Santa slot machine
Santa is a very entertaining Christmas slot machine from Pragmatic Play. Santa looks nice graphically and the theme is beautifully worked out. Both bonus features fall nice and often and are very entertaining. And they can both – ho, ho ho! – ensure very nice payouts.
And to top it all off, the perfect Christmas music was chosen: jingle bells.
So, heat up the heating nicely, take a few glasses of Gluhwein and enjoy the holidays, together with the Santa slot machine.
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