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Title:  Wildhound Derby
Developer: Play'n Go
Reels: 5
Rows: 4
Paylines: 30
RTP: 96.93% | 94.65% | 91.54% | 87.41% | 84.51%
Free Spins Freq: N/A
Max Win: 15,000x
Max Win Probability: Less than 1 in 100 Million
Volatility: High
Min/Max Bet: 0.10/30
Release Date: January 9, 2020


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Wildhound Derby: Slot Overview

While most forms of gambling are experiencing a period of expansion, greyhound racing is one of the few that is bucking the trend. There are only 8 countries left that legally allow the sport, with the UK holding out as one of the last bastions of the pastime. First introduced there in the 1920s, it proved to be an instant hit. Yet, even in the UK it is decline and has lost favour with the British public. The reason is partly due to a perceived poor treatment of dogs and low animal welfare standards. How rampant or true those claims are is a debate for another day. One way of enjoying a day at the track while not harming man’s best friend comes via Play'n GO’s new slot, Wildhound Derby. As well as providing some of the thrills of racing, we are happy to confirm that no dogs were harmed in the making of this review.

Wildhound Derby is a video slot that is played over 5 reels, 4 rows, and 30 fixed paylines. Visually, it is recognisably a Play'n GO slot with an ever so slightly retro look to its symbols and reels. The action is set, where else, at the dog track, and the grid is bordered by floodlights and crowds of busy sports betters. Online players start proceedings by choosing an appropriate stake for their bankroll. Options come as low as 10 p/c per spin and go as £/€100. As you’d expect, the aim of the base game is to land three or more similar symbols to trigger a payout.


Wildhound Derby comes with some good potential but can be tough going. Play'n GO has given it a volatility rating of 10 out of 10, or, ‘VERY HIGH’ as the game spec puts it. With decent wins on offer, Wildhound Derby can be a rough, yet rewarding, ride. It's not super tight and the math model is fairly balanced in part thanks to the generous default RTP of 96.93%. Be vigilant though, operators have the ability to turn that setting down to 94.65%, or even lower, so make sure you are playing the better version.

Symbols on the paytable are split into low pay and high pay groups. The low pay are gold-trimmed J to A royals, while high pay are form-guides, bet slips, ribbons, and banknotes. That last one, like the trophy wild, is worth a solid 100 times the stake for five of a kind. As well as paying out, the trophy wild can substitute for any of the regular pay symbols.


Wildhound Derby: Slot Features


Wildhound Derby Theme/Symbols
The Wildhound Derby slot has a British dog racing theme and is set within a dog track and takes you to the heart of the action. Simply designed, symbols include A, K, Q and J royals as well as betting slips, dog track tickets, winner’s ribbons and wads of cash. The latter is the most rewarding symbol by far giving you 4, 12 or 100 times your stake for 3, 4 or 5 on a payline.

Winning combinations are formed by getting 3 or more matching identical symbols on a payline, starting from reel 1 (i.e. so on reels 1, 2 and 3). There’s a regular wild symbol, the Winner’s Cup, which replaces all symbol excluding the other wilds (more on that below). They wild also pays 4, 12 or 100 times your stake for 3, 4 or 5 in combination.


4 Wild Symbols
Wildhound Derby benefits from 4 other wild symbols. You’ll see racing dogs Braveheart, Daring Dex, Beadle’s Teabag and Oh My Dog. All these wilds appear only on the 5th and last reel in the base game. They act as regular wilds replacing standard symbols.


Dog Race feature
If you land 4 wild dog symbols on reel 5, you’ll trigger the Dog Race feature. You then choose 1 of the 4 wild dogs as the hopeful winner of the race. This free spins feature will begin with all dog wilds beginning the race on reel 5. You’ll see a Race Indicator to the left of the reel set.

The free spins then commence. Each of the 4 rows on the indicator will also spin with each free spin and could give you a Golden Hare on 1 or more of the rows. If a Golden Hare lands on a row, the corresponding dog wild moves forward. The sounds are pretty good as you hear the crowd cheering as they egg on the dogs to cross the finish line.


The free spins keep on coming until 1 of the dogs moves past the 1st reel and wins the race. If your chosen dog doesn’t win, you’ll collect all winnings from the free spins. If your chosen dog comes out on top, you’ll be taken to the Winner’s Wheel feature.



Winner’s Wheel feature
As mentioned, the Winner’s Wheel feature is played if your dog wins the race in the free spins feature. Here, you get to spin a bonus wheel where a multiplier of 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 10x or 15x can be won. This is then applied to the total winnings from the free spins!



Wildhound Derby: Slot Verdict
Interestingly, there aren’t many dog racing-themed slots out there for Wildhound Derby to compete with. You’d think that slot developers would be furiously tapping into a readymade gambling market. Perhaps it was too soon after the animal welfare controversy? Either way, Play'n GO will be betting on punters with a touch of nostalgia reliving some of the track glory days with an online slot. While it doesn’t completely capture the magic of watching your favourite doggie bounding across the finish line first, it isn’t too bad either. A modicum of the live spirit has been preserved, and the makers have incorporated some competitiveness via the Dog Race feature.

Causal punters might have picked the dogs they found were cutest and cuddliest. But at its core dog racing was, and is, all about business. About picking the right racer and collecting winners. On the business side, Wildhound Derby offers solid symbol values that can result in satisfying wins. This can be especially so when the multiplier wheel is brought into play. With a potential of up to 15,000 times the stake, Wildhound Derby is significantly more generous than most Play'n GO titles. The game has a €/£1,500,000 win limit, which is a figure highly unlikely to be reached at the real dog track very often. Though in saying that, with a probability of hitting it on Wildhound Derby one in 100 million spins it’s not going to land here often either.


On the visual side of things, Wildhound Derby is not all that exciting and the base game does have its spells of boredom. Overall, however, it's capable of providing dog racing fans an enjoyable day out due to its solid math model, highly volatile action coupled with great potential. Dog racing is all about simple, primal thrills and so is this game.

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