Review of Bally’s Playboy Down Under Slot Machine
Playboy Down Under Slots is a licensed slot machine from the Hugh Hefner’s Playboy brand, marketed for the Australian audience. Playboy Down Under Slots offers a unique gaming experience, due to a much different screen layout than most slots gamblers are used to.The Playboy series has been tremendously popular for Bally Technologies, which is why the company continues to produce new versions. In fact, the Australian version of Playboy slots is popular enough that two separate machines have been produced for the Aussie audience. I’ll discuss each below. Let’s start with the original gaming machine.
The basic coin denominations on Playboy Down Under is AU$0.01, AU$0.02, and AU$0.05. Like many Bally Technology games these days, the denominations range in any one of nineteen different options. AU$10.00 is the maximum bet allowable. The options are quite familiar to those who know the latest generation of Bally slot machines. It includes every coin option between 1 cent and 10 cents, along with 15 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, 1 dollar, 2 dollars, 3 dollars, 4 dollars, 5 dollars, and 10 dollars. The only difference is the base currency is the Australian dollar, instead of the British pound.
The payout percentage on this game is variable. According to the website for the gaming authority of the Australian Capital Territory, Playboy Down Under Slots has three possible payout percentages: 91.82%, 90.05%, and 88.20%. The casino can choose any of the three options, though it cannot change the percentage during play.
The 91% payout is not particularly good, so be warned if you gamble on this slots game. Several top Bally Technologies games offer payout percentages in the 94% to 95% range, so you’ll have to make the decision whether you want to pay the extra entertainment dollar in house edge to play Playboy Pokies.
Australians tend to pay a little more in this arena than slot machine players elsewhere in the world. Offsetting this is the fact Australians don’t have to pay taxes on their winnings. In the United States, if you win money gambling in a casino, you pay taxes on it. Aussie state and territorial governments only tax the winnings of their casino operators.
As with most license slot machines, the Playboy brand is known far and wide. Playboy Magazine was founded in 1953 by Hugh Hefner. The monthly publication features photos of nude women, along with journalism, interviews, fiction, and other features. The magazine, which launched with a pictorial of Marilyn Monroe, eventually became Playboy Enterprises, Inc.
Over the years, Hugh Hefner has become an American pop culture figure, seen by people in the USA variously as a glamorous celebrity, a respected CEO, a smut peddler, a curiosity, and a dirty old man. Through it all, the Playboy brand has remained popular. Playboy and casinos have long gone together, so it’s no surprise that the magazine has inspired a number of gaming machine designs.
In the United States, an old joke about the monthly magazine goes: “I read Playboy for the articles.” While that may not necessarily be true in most cases, Playboy has featured serious articles by respected journalists, as well as short stories by leading novelists over the decades. Short stories have featured bylines from Ian Fleming, Vladimir Nabokov, Margaret Atwood, P.G. Wodehouse, Arthur C. Clarke, Haruki Murakami, Saul Bellow, and Chuck Palahniuk. Cartoons from famed cartoonists ranging from Shel Silverstein, Jack Cole, Harvey Kurtzman, and Rowland B. Wilson have graced its pages.
One of the popular features in Playboy has been the “on the road” pictorials, which include women from a particular college, state, or country. Australia has been featured on several occasions, so a Playboy Down Under slot machine is perfectly in keeping with the Playboy tradition.
Playboy Down Under Pokies
Playboy Down Under Pokies might be the more appropriate name for these games, if you happen to be an Aussie looking for information on the Playboy games in your local casinos, clubs, and pubs. Americans should know that Australians call slot machines by the name “poker machines”, often shortened to “pokies”. Australians love their gaming machines. Besides Japan (and its pachinko parlors), it is shown no group of people on the planet wager more per capita on gaming machines than Australians–not even Americans.
Playboy Down Under 2 Slots
This title has been so popular that it spawned a sequel. Go into certain casinos, clubs, and pubs in Australia and you’ll find Playboy Down Under 2 poker machines. The payouts are similar, though the pictures and sounds are enhanced. This is one of those premium slots games from Bally Technologies, with the additional 44″ screen jutting from the top of the main game box. Playboy Down Under 2 Slots is a game you’ll see anytime you get in its vicinity in a casino.