Choy Sun Doa is one of several Aristocrat slots that colourfully recreate the Orient across five reels. It is a standalone pokie, meaning no progressive jackpots, although the fixed top prize of $4,000 is certainly well worth winning.
It attracts players from around the world for all manner of reasons, although one of the main incentives is no doubt the 243 system which Aristocrat pioneered with some of their earlier pokies. In practice, this means that there are no pay lines and players instead choose how many reels to play on. Five reels mean that every spin offers a massive 243 different ways to win.
Choy Sun Doa is set against a beautiful backdrop comprising a lack and mountains surrounded by various Oriental flora and fauna. The reel border itself is even decorated with gem encrusted dragon statues and the theme extends to the symbols themselves. Alongside the traditional playing card symbols are golden dragons, jade rings and an ancient emperor and his crown.
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In regard to the aforementioned information regarding the 243 system, players who have never yet experienced this Aristocrat invention may be interested to hear more. Win lines have been around for as long as pokies themselves, and Aristocrat took the opportunity to change things around somewhat by innovating a new way of winning. The pokie itself looks the same, with five reels and three rows. However, rather than being restricted to certain patterns for winning spins, the 243 system means that any touching symbols can make for a win. In practice, five of the same symbol anywhere on the reels will pay out whether or not they are in a straight line. So as to give players a choice such as they have with win lines, Aristocrat made it possible to deactivate reels. Naturally, the down side of this is that the largest win for a particular symbol is restricted to the four times value rather than five.
The maximum jackpot on offer is 1,000 coins, which when combined with a maximum bet of $4 can pay out a not insignificant $4,000 prize, all from a single spin. Each reel costs five coins to bet on, so total bets are calculated in much the same way as a 25 win line pokies. Therefore, the maximum wager per spin on Choy Sun Doa is $100.
Choy Sun Doa is just as feature packed as players have come to expect from Aristocrat pokies. There is of course a wild symbol, who in this case is a smiling Chinese man. He is somewhat rarer than other wild symbols on other pokies as he only appears on the middle reel. However, he will put in an appearance during the course of both the normal game and free spins.
Speaking of free spins, they are activated by the Crown scatter symbol. Three or more gives players the choice as to how they wish to tackle the round. Not many pokies allow the player to decide how many free spins they win, but Choy Sun Doa does. However, there is catch. All free spins have a multiplier attached, but the actual size of this multiplier depends on how many free spins are chosen. At the bottom of the scale is eight free spins, although every prize is multiplied by fifteen. Alternatively, players can go for twenty free spins, although in this case prizes are only multiplied by five. Choosing free spins is not an exact science, and many players have the most success by mixing up their choices over time.
The final important bonus symbol is the Red Envelope. It only appears during free spins, and only on the first and fifth reels. If it appears on both at the same time, the player receives 50x their stake, which is automatically credited to their balance.
Choy Sun Doa is one of relatively few Aristocrat pokies that has not only been converted for online play, but is not accessible by Australian players.
You can find the Choy Sun Doa pokie game at Bet365 Casino but if you’re based in Australia you will not be able to find the pokie in the games selection.