Sports have been badly hit in the past couple of years and many of us have been missing either playing or watching our favourite games in person. Playing a sports-themed slot isn’t going to keep you fit (take a break and a stretch every 20 minutes at least, please!), but you might capture some of the feels of a big match with some of these titles.
An enduringly popular theme in slots, there’s a natural affinity between sports and gambling. Some sports have elements that can be incorporated into slot play, but most games just take on the livery and terminology of a particular game and run with it.
Let’s have a look at the 10 top sports slots in 2021.
1 – Knockout Diamonds by ELK Studios
Diamonds are a slot’s best friend. They show up in a lot of games, going back to some very old classics. But here they’re in a new milieu, in front of a boxing ring ready for a big fight! The game itself is very classic, with a mock-up of an old-school pub fruit machine. Like a lot of old-style games, this 2020 release is aimed at real gamblers with a 2,500-times stake top prize and medium to high variance. The theming is fairly light.
2 – Highland Reels by Eyecon
What a great result for the traditional sports of the Highland Games to get a slot – complete with a bagpipe soundtrack – into the top 250 of UK slot games! There’s a decent top prize of 3,000-times stake on this classic video slot with cartoon graphics and the aforementioned soundtrack carrying most of the theming that’s echoed by the cabers and big stones on the reels.
3 – AP McCoy: Sporting Legends by Playtech
Well, here we go, into the horse racing games! Horse racing is the sport traditionally most associated with gambling in the UK and there’s a rich vein of games based on the ponies. This one is one of a series from Playtech based on big-name jockeys and with some betting terms borrowed from the world of the betting shop, the bookie, and the race card.
4 – Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven by Playtech
Another icon of racing given his own slot by Playtech. Dettori is one of the few horse-racing figures to break through into wider public acclaim, becoming something of a TV star over the years. A lucky 7 is a horse-racing betting term, but the game here is very much a classic video slot, though very nicely done.