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Cash and old ladies make an unusual pairing in Microgaming's Billion Dollar Gran Poker machine, which has 3 reels decorated with strings of pearls and a symbols that include cherries, cakes and lovely cups of tea. Yummy.

What's also yummy are the WinSpins, Shifta and Let 'em Ride features where players are guaranteed a prize with each one, a bowling bonus game with big multipliers and the ability to Nudge and Hold reels for the chance to create some extra wins.

Like all Microgaming titles, Billion Dollar Gran can be played with no software download needed and it's been regularly audited to ensure fair play at all times, so even though it has a mature theme, players shouldn't be afraid to have a go.

How to Play

Try to imagine how a rich old woman would decorate her house and you'll have some idea of what this game looks like, with purple swirly patterned wallpaper and pink carpets in a room full of cash, a cat and of course, Gran herself dressed in some tasteless, but probably valuable jewels, knitting away on her rocking chair.

The layout of the reels couldn't be simpler, with just a single payline running across them, meaning that players need to line up identical symbols across all 3 to get a win, (although more about that 'win' later.)

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A bet range that goes from just 0.10 to 10.00 should be enough to cater for most budgets, although high rollers may be disappointed that it's not more. Picking the amount to stake on each spin is simply a matter of clicking '+' or '-' until the desired value is reached, and then players are good to go.

In common with other 3 reel pokies, Billion Dollar Gran has a paytable located to the side, giving players a clear indication of what they will win for each combination. There's no direct prize for lining symbols up, instead players earn what Microgaming calls 'WinSpins', which are in essence free spins with guaranteed payouts. These play out on a different set of reels each time it happens, in a 3x3 format and across 5 paylines, which seems a complicated way of going about it but many pokies have this feature and it's quite popular.

Starting at the bottom, cherries will pay out a single WinSpin, while the 777 icon is worth 2. Next up, we start to go through Granny's favourite things, like cups of tea which award 5 WinSpins, Battenberg cake that's worth 10, a jewellery box that triggers 15 WinSpins, and lastly our dear old Gran herself who unlocks 25 spins when she appears on the payline on all 3 reels.

Get the bowling ball symbol across the line to enter a fun bonus game which sees a cartoon of Gran rolling a ball towards a jack. Prizes of up to 2000x the bet value can be won for getting close enough to it, but even the minimum payout in this round is 5x, so it's always going to be a winner.

Other features include the popular Nudge and Hold options which have been around since the dawn of time and allow players to either move a reel up or down to line up symbols, or hold 1 or 2 reels and spin the others in the hope of a win.

Sometimes the machine will move the reels around without any input from the player, with a neat Shifta feature that will be guaranteed to play out a prize, as will Let 'em Spin which pops up randomly from time to time.

The Verdict

Billion Dollar Gran may be at first glance a very straightforward game, but it has more bonus features than your typical 3-reel pokie, with the bowling ball round perhaps being the most entertaining.

Nudge and Hold will appeal to those who have played these games since the days of traditional fruit machines, while the way WinSpins play out has proved to be successful for Microgaming, and while maybe not to everyone's taste, it's certainly got its fans.

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