Stars and Sevens

Stars and Sevens

While most of us are trying to lose our post-holiday weight, a new line of slot machines is trying to accentuate its curves.

Known for its vast array of video slots, Aristocrat has gone back in time to create new versions of old-fashioned three-reel slot machines — but with some twists.

The Australia-based manufacturer has added adjustable high-definition LED lighting, state-of-the-art sound effects and, instead of a standard flat case, spinning reels positioned slightly forward in a curved extension of the base cabinet.

Currently available exclusively at Golden Nugget Atlantic City, three Stars Sevens and three Golden Flower penny machines are located just before the entrance to Grotto Italian Ristorante. Two dollar machines — 3X 7 2X Lotus and Triple 7 Wildfire Double — are located inside the entrance to the High Limit Slots area in the rear of the casino.

The penny machines require a minimum 40-credit bet and pay on up to 20 winning combinations. Players can increase their bets to a maximum of 200 credits in increments of 60, 80 and 100 credits.

Three scattered “Free Game” symbols on each reel activate the free game bonus — 12 spins that pay double on winning combinations.

The other symbols are the standard 7s and bars, along with multiplier symbols that can increase winnings by two, three, four or five.

Minimum bet on the nine-line dollar machines is one credit, up to a maximum of nine.

The dollar machines have a “Burning Spins” feature activated randomly on any pay of less than 200 credits. The spins can be retriggered up to nine times. Depending on the game, match the three specified symbols on the ninth pay line to win a progressive — currently more than $20,000.

Online gaming offers new options

If you think online gaming in New Jersey is limited to slots, video poker and table games, there are some other options you may not be aware of.

For example, and have added three new games unlike any found in a land-based casino.

With Wheel of Fortune Winning Words, the goal is to take letters and match them to three randomly chosen words.

In Ghostbusters Spectral Search, collect a set of ghosts or find the Slimer for a win.

Medieval Money Dragon’s Loot is based on the premise that a dragon has captured Castle Cash-a-Lot and taken residence among its riches. The goal is to accurately aim a catapult at the castle to release treasure or reveal the dragon.

Recreational gambler Darryl D. McEwen, a former professional journalist, is president of his own consulting firm that manages several small national and international trade associations, and provides public relations and fundraising services for a number of charitable organizations. Have a comment on this or a question specifically related to an Atlantic City casino, players club or other promotion? Email Darryl at and he’ll try to respond to you personally. Your question — without your name — may appear in a future column.