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24 November 2014
By Aaron Todd
Nothing says "I'm American" more than celebrating the harvest with a meal of pure gluttony, aka Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is also a time to reflect on the blessings of family, friends and good health (so long as that gluttony is confined to the Thanksgiving feast).
Casino game makers are fond of turning our favorite things into opportunities to gamble. Need proof? Look no farther than the advent of the Pawn Stars slot machine.
Not surprisingly, there are plenty of Thanksgiving-themed ways to bet. Here are 10 of my favorites, including a few that you can take part in with your family right in your own home.
10. Thanksgiving Slots social slot game
If you're looking for a free-play slot at a social casino with a Thanksgiving theme, look no farther than Double Down Casino's Thanksgiving Slots.
The five-reel, 20-payline game features turkeys, leaves, pilgrim hats, gravy bowls, corn cobs and Mayflower symbols, among others.
Players can amass big wins with the Pumpkin Pie Bonus, triggered when three or more pumpkin pie bonus symbols appear on the reels. In the bonus round, players choose three slices of pie, with each revealing the number of credits the player wins.
Players can also win credits with the Acorn Bonus. Hitting one acorn bonus symbol will give a squirrel on the right side of the reels an acorn for his stash, and when two acorn symbols appear on the reels, players cash in on their stash, with each acorn worth a varying number credits.
The game also features free spins, triggered by hitting three or more pumpkin symbols. During the five free spins, all the symbols are squash symbols, and more free spins can be won during the free spins round.
9. Cranberry stringing races
My mother was never big on having tinsel on our Christmas tree. If I remember right, she said she didn't like to hang tinsel because it was too inviting to our cats, who would pull the whole tree down as they played with the silvery strings. So instead of tinsel, our Christmas tree was adorned with strings of cranberries and popcorn. (Of course this didn't stop our cats from pulling down the tree; for some reason our cats loved popcorn and would stop at no end to get it.)
While stringing cranberries might seem like a Christmas tradition, many families pivot immediately from Thanksgiving to Christmas, so preparing for the next holiday might be a fun way to end Thanksgiving Day.
Stringing cranberries and popcorn on a thread is more difficult than it would appear. Cranberries are really hard, and I can't tell you how many times I pricked my fingers all in the name of having the perfect Christmas tree.
But there are ways to make the finger pricking fun. Have races with your family members, and make a wager or two on the outcome. You could bet money, but why not come up with something even more painful for the loser? Make the person who strings the slowest clean up after dinner.
8. Turkey Time online slot
A traditional three-reel slot, Turkey Time rewards players with up to 2,400 credits on a three-credit bet if the player hits three pilgrim hats. Other symbols include falling leaves, three different bar symbols and slices of pumpkin pie.
Unlike most traditional three-reel slots, however, the game does include a bonus round. Hitting a turkey bonus symbol anywhere on the reels when three coins are bet triggers the bonus round, where the player gets to select a turkey to see what reward that turkey offers. The player can opt to keep the reward or trade that reward in to try to win a larger amount. The player can trade up to three times, but must keep the fourth turkey selected.
Play Turkey Time at Miami Club Casino or at Intertops Casino Classic.
7. Pigskin Payout
For many Americans, Thanksgiving is an opportunity to eat massive amounts of turkey, and then fall asleep in front of a football game on Thanksgiving Day.
If you're looking for a football-themed slot this Thanksgiving, look no farther than Pigskin Payout, a five-reel, 20-payline video slot. The game's symbols include a dragon mascot, a referee, a lineman, a quarterback, a foam finger, nachos and beer, a football and the 50-yard line.
There's also an Xs and Os jackpot symbol (hitting five will trigger the jackpot), while cheerleaders are wild and an overhead view of a stadium is the scatter symbol.
Hitting three or more scatter symbols triggers "Jackpot Can't Lose" free spins, where the entire first and fifth reels are sticky wild symbols. Hitting three symbols awards five spins, four is worth 10, while five is worth 25 free spins.
Head to Superior Casino to check it out.
6. Sweet Harvest online slot
Sweet Harvest is a five-reel, 20-payline video slot that features pumpkins, suggestively dressed male and female farmers, corn on the cob and As through 10s, and a wild symbol that features both farmers together. The game also features a random "Harvest Bonus" symbol that automatically rewards the player with credits whenever it appears on the reels.
A re-spin feature is triggered when the scatter symbols appear on the reels. The reel with the scatter symbol stays in place, while the other reels are spun again. Three or more scatter symbols triggers a free spins round, where players can win up to 12 free spins with a 2x multiplier.
Check out Sweet Harvest at GoWild Casino.
5. Indian poker
What could be more appropriate for a Thanksgiving Day poker game than a rousing game of Indian poker? The game is simple; everyone is dealt one card, which they place on their forehead, so everyone can see everyone else's cards, but not their own. Then you bet until the hand is over. This is a great game for a family gathering, because the rules are simple and it lets people try their best to read everyone's poker face. Usually it devolves into a lot of laughing and silliness, which is perfect for a Thanksgiving Day game.
4. Wild Turkey online slot
A five-reel, 20-payline video slot, Wild Turkey is really an Aztec-themed game rather than a Thanksgiving-themed game, but hey, it's got turkeys in it, so it belongs in this list.
In addition to As through 10s, a number of different turkey symbols appear on the reels, including a golden turkey that acts as a wild. The game gets really exciting when a player hits three or more wild symbols, which triggers a free spins round.
During the free spins round, stacked wilds will appear on the reels, and when a stacked wild symbol covers an entire reel, the player wins two more additional free spins.
Try your luck on Wild Turkey at CasinoLuck.
3. Football Frenzy online slot
This unique seven-reel, 50-payline video slot has everything a football fan would want in a slot game. A rock and roll soundtrack accompanies the spinning reels, and the reels even mimic the oblong shape of a football, with just one row on reels one and seven, three rows on reels two and six, and five rows on reels three through five.
Several different football players, As through 9s, cheerleaders (wilds), and the touchdown scatter bonus symbol appear on reels two through six.
Hitting three scatter symbols triggers the touchdown bonus round, where players select a play from a list of options and attempt to drive the ball down the field to score a touchdown. If the drive fails to get to the end zone, the player earns credits equal to the number of yards they accumulated on the drive. If the player scores a touchdown, a multiplier is then applied to the credits accumulated.
Feature symbols appear on reels one and seven, and when they match, the player wins free spins, game credits or multipliers on any wins on that spin.
Head to Bodog Casino to give Football Frenzy a spin.
2. Thanksgiving bingo
This is another one that's just for fun, and best done covertly among a few folks. Distribute these bingo cards to a few people who can share an inside joke, then, as the events occur, mark your cards. The best part of this game: the puzzled looks you'll get from people who don't know you're playing the game when you yell "Bingo!" when someone spills something, and the looks of frustration and envy on the faces of the people you just beat.
1. Gobblers Gold online slot
Available at Tropezia Palace, Gobblers Gold is a true Thanksgiving-themed slot. Symbols in the game include turkeys, which are wild and act as multipliers in winning combinations, pilgrims, cornucopias, pumpkin pies, cabins, apples, corn cobs and pumpkins.
Hitting three or more male pilgrims anywhere on the reels gives the player at least 10 free spins, while three or more Mayflower symbols trigger the Pumpkin Patch Bonus, where the player must find a turkey hiding in the pumpkin patch. Each turkey is worth a different number of credits, and the round ends when the player finds a turkey.
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