Golf is one of the more popular spectator sports and is also played a great deal in Australia. Therefore it is a popular theme for online pokies at Australian online casinos. The Golden Tour from Playtech draws a lot of traffic, not only because it covers the theme well, but for some unusual features. You can play it at online casinos like Mansion Casino and Omni Casino.
The reels are set in a lush green golf course, but are designed like the retro pokies of old. Another aspect that takes you back in time is that there are only five paylines in this pokie machine. But winning combinations pay both ways so it is as good as having 10 paylines. The symbols are designed in a simple caricature style, but all of them are based on golf. And all of them start paying from two like symbols. The symbols include shoes, beer, flag, clubs, golf cart, pink ball and blue ball. The pair of yellow balls is the wild symbol but it substitutes for the other golf balls only. It also awards the top line payouts.
The gopher, duck and catfish symbols are scatter symbols. When you land three or more of the same kind of any of these symbols on consecutive reels in the same spin, the bonus round is triggered. You choose three golf clubs – a driver, an iron and then a putter. You will win a random bonus prize based on these choices. If there were four scatter symbols in the trigger then the bonuses awarded will be tripled. And if you entered with five scatter symbols then the bonuses will be multiplied by ten.
The Golden Tour also has the Playtech Dollar Ball Game. You have to place the side bet to activate this game. You pick 5 numbers out of 49. Then when the reels of the pokie spin, five numbers will be drawn randomly. You will get a prize based on the number of matches. One match returns your bet, two matches pay two times the bet and three matches pay 25 times the bet. If you end up with four matches you get paid 1% of the progressive jackpot and with five matches you win the total progressive jackpot. The maximum bet per line is AU$5. Since there are only 5 paylines the maximum total bet per spin works out to AU$25. Therefore The Golden Tour online pokie is essentially for low rollers.