Graphics - 69%
Gameplay - 40%
Bonuses - 55%
Value - 33%
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According to the Chinese calendar, the Chinese New Year of the Rabbit is now in full swing. The rabbit symbolizes money, success, and partnership.
This brings us to our newest Betsoft slot review of Pho Sho Hold & Win. The slot has 5 reels and 20 paylines. We played it with a small bankroll at JazzCasino, we also share our playing experience with you.
More importantly, we tell you the best way to win money when you play PHO SHO™ Hold & Win slot. It is a high-variance game with an Asian theme with an RTP of 96.20%.
The jackpot of the Pho Sho Hold & Win slot is 4,000x the stake. Betsoft also packs it in with an exciting Free Spins feature, wilds, Hold&Win Bonus, and a Buy Option.
As you can see there’s a lot to look forward to. Betsoft will release the slot on the 15th of June 2023.
Once you open up the slot, you’ll see plenty of noodles all over the reels. The star of the show is the Free Spins feature. When we played the online slot for real money our goal was to trigger the free spins bonus.
If you’re wondering why, the bonus round houses the jackpot of 4,000x. Before you can launch the Free Spins feature you need at least 3 scatters on the reels.
The scatter symbol is Pho’s plate. Three scatters award 5 free spins, 4 awards 7, and 5 of them 9 free spins. Another feature to keep an eye on in the free spins is the Hold & Win Respins feature.
The bonus can trigger on any random free spin for even bigger wins. The free spins feature ends when you no longer have any free spins.
Luckily, it’s easier to trigger the Hold & Win feature since the average trigger is 1 in 15 times. Try and collect as many coins as possible during the feature.
The sum of all the coins on the reels adds up to a final payout.
Another way to get your hands on those elusive free spins is through the game’s feature buy option.
The buy option comes in handy because it takes around 266 spins on average to trigger the free spins feature. That’s a lot of spins and another indication of how volatile the slot is.
5 Free spins cost 90x, 7 costs 126x, and 9 free spins will set you back 160x. Use the buy option with discretion because it does not guarantee you a big win.
Then again, the bonus buy option gives you a quick snapshot of the free spins feature’s potential. Few players including us have the patience to spin the reels for 260 odd spins before the bonus triggers.
During the testing phase of Phở Sho Hold & Win 1 in 5 free spin buys drops a big win. Technically speaking, you must spend 400x your stake for a potential win of 150x. Is it risky? Yes, it is.
As one would expect from a Betsoft slot. The game art of the Pho Sho Hold & Win slot is suitably high. The audio track compliments the theme and pulls you right into it from the first spin.
The action on the reels kicks off in the streets of Vietnam. You’ll see the slot’s friendly chef on the left of the reels. You’ll win a small cash prize every time 3 or more matching symbols land.
The low-value symbols are the cards from 10 to Ace, and they pay 5x to 7.5x for 5 symbols. The chilis, onions, lime, noodles, and meat are high-value symbols.
The premium symbol is the noodle, and when 5 of them pitch, you’ll win 200x your stake. The wild symbol appears in both the base game and the free spins feature.
It replaces adjacent symbols except for the scatter and bonus symbols.
The goal of playing the Pho Sho Hold & Win is to win the jackpot of 4,000x the stake. Unless you plan on playing the slot just for fun. There’s nothing wrong with that, and that’s the way it should be.
The betting range is wide with bets from $0.20 all the way up to $100 for high rollers.
Let’s start with the most obvious one, the game’s jackpot of 4,000x the stake. If you play for the maximum bet per spin you can with $400,000.
That’s a hefty cash prize and will even put a smile on any high roller’s face. The RTP of the slot is also above 96%, it offers free spins albeit few, and a buy option.
The number of free spins and the volatility are the only cons of the game. Well, not really, that’s if you’re a casual player.
Despite a big win, we don’t think Pho Sho Hold & Win will go down as a great slot. That’s our honest opinion at least.
Triggering the free spins feature is a mission in itself. It takes 200 plus spins to do so which is no mean feat and, you need a big bankroll.
When we played the slot with free credits for the max bet the biggest win, we got was $220. After 15 spins our dummy bankroll of $1,000 went up in smoke.
Though the RTP of 96.20% is great the hit frequency of 17.42% drags it down a bit. We also tried our luck with the feature buy at $6 per spin with real money. We paid $540 for 5 free spins.
As luck would have it, we triggered the Hold & Win bonus for a top win of $684. Therefore, an overall profit of $144. We cashed out our winnings through Bitcoin at JazzCasino which took 24 hours before we got it.
It’s a 50/50 slot, here’s why. If you trigger the hold & win feature in the free spins the payout can be phenomenal. If you don’t, the payout will be meh.
A minimum of 5 free spins does not cut it either. Despite the mainline Asian formula, the shine wears comes off after a few sessions.
We recommend Hot Lucky 7’s also from Betsoft. The jackpot it offers is 10,102x and it has a free spins bonus with big multipliers.