Playtech’s Ascot: Sporting Legends Video Slot Review

Take a virtual trip to one of the top events on the summer sporting calendar in Ascot: Sporting Legends. Created by Playtech, it’s a 5 reel, 25 payline horse racing-themed video slot that comes with wilds, expanding wilds and expanding wilds with multipliers. There’s also a bonus feature that awards unlimited free spins with wild upgrades. You’ll also have a shot at landing a progressive jackpot. Get under starter’s orders on all devices from between 25p and £250 per spin.

The design in Ascot: Sporting legends is rather good. Behind the reels you’ll see the parade ring and the Ascot grandstand. Joining the A to 10 royals are a horse shoe, a pocket watch and a pair of rosettes. The best paying symbols are the chap in the top hat and the glamorous woman. These both award 2, 10 or 30 times your bet if you land 3, 4 or 5 on a payline.

There are 3 different trophies, each one of which is wild. They each offer something a little different as well as potential payouts of 4, 12 or 40 times your bet if you land 3, 4 or 5 in combination. Called the Ascot Cups feature, this is what the wilds will give you:

  • The bronze trophy is a standard wild that replaces all the standard symbols
  • The silver trophy is an expanding wild that fills the whole reel when it hits
  • The gold trophy is an expanding wild that also comes with a multiplier attached (up to 8x)

Ascot: Sporting Legends comes with a High Society Free Games feature – this round is triggered by landing the scatter on reels 1, 3 and 5 on the same spin. Choose from the 3 ladies who will turn over a card to reveal the number of free spins you’ve been awarded. This can be up to 20 free spins. You can expect to see more wilds during the free spins round. Those wilds can upgrade too with bronze turning into silver and silver turning into gold wilds. Unlimited re-triggers are possible here too.

You’ll also have a chance to land 1 of the 3 Sporting Legends Jackpots via the Sporting Legends Jackpot feature. Triggered at random, you could then win the Daily, Weekly or the big Sporting Legends jackpot with the latter being life-changing.

We’ve been a bit underwhelmed by many horse racing-themed video slots. Ascot: Sporting Legends is actually pretty good. The visuals are well put together, complemented by a backing track that fits the theme well.

The range of extras here isn’t massive but the extra wilds in the High Society Free Games feature can have a big impact. Fill the reels with wilds and you’ll win 1,000 times your bet – add in the potential 8x multiplier to win up to 8,000 times your bet on every free spin!

If you fancy taking a virtual trip to the races, then Ascot: Sporting Legends is a pretty good place to start. I also recommend you try AP McCoy: Sporting Legends (also by Playtech) which focused on a horse racing icon and offers the same 3 progressive jackpots.

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