It's not uncommon to hear a player yelling at a slot machine - especially when it's not paying off. What's more unusual is having the slot machine yell back. But that's exactly what can happen if you play the new Judge Judy slot machines, exclusively at Bally's Atlantic City and Harrah's Resort.
Featuring clips from Judge Judy Sheindlin's popular television show, Judge Judy often accompanies bonuses and special features with videos of Sheindlin berating plaintiffs, defendants and their witnesses in the tough, abrasive manner for which she has become so famous.
The set-up: Judge Judy features a "group" bonus (see more below) - although the machines in Atlantic City link only two machines. These group bonuses are random - unlike Deal or No Deal where a countdown clock lets players know when the next game will start. Bonuses take place on a large video screen which spans two smaller "regular" video slot machines each individual plays. Bonus multipliers increase based on the frequency and size of your bet. Because that can encourage you to play faster - and deplete your bankroll more quickly - just be aware of this and don't focus on the ticking clock which counts down the seconds to the next threshold. It doesn't do any good to earn a large bonus multiplier if you don't have any money left to continue playing.
In the base game, paylines extend across five reels that display three pay symbols on reels one and five, four symbols on reels two and four, and five symbols on reel three. Minimum bet on this penny version is 50 credits, with a maximum of 300, and bets of 100, 150 and 200 in between.
Among the symbols in the base game are headshots of Judge Judy, a summons, Lady Justice, a witness stand, Judge Judy's chair, law books and the exterior of a courthouse. Five Judge Judy Video Slots logos at max bet wins the progressive, currently valued at more than $1 million.
How it plays: Wins - a minimum of two, but usually three, symbols on adjacent reels - occur in two ways: beginning at the far left or ending at the far right. In other words, three Lady Justice symbols on reels one, two and three is a winner, as is three Lady Justice symbols on reels three, four and five. There are 720 possible payouts. With wilds and stacked symbols on all reels - multiple payouts are possible after each spin, increasing wins exponentially.
Bonus features: When three Bonus symbols appear scattered on reels two, three and four, choose a symbol to reveal one of three features:
Judge Judy Rules! - Keep selecting from 25 file folders to reveal credits and multiplier coins. The bonus ends once you find four of the same coin, which then will earn a minimum of 2x - and up to 5x - the number of credits you've revealed.
You Make The Call! - First, pick three of 12 Judge Judy symbols to award your base credit value. Then, hear the case at hand and guess whether the defendant or plaintiff should win. If Judge Judy agrees with your decision you'll receive a larger multiplier.
Enter The Courtroom! - Simplest of the three bonuses, just pick one of three doors to reveal a credit value and a group bonus "boost" (big, bigger or biggest).
Group bonuses: When the "Spin for Justice" wheel appears, it will stop on one of three features:
Free Credits - If the wheel stops on a credit value, each eligible player wins an amount ranging from 50 to 1,000 credits.
Plead Your Case! - Acting as either the plaintiff or defendant, select one of three predetermined arguments in three cases. If Judge Judy likes your argument enough times you'll receive bonus credits.
Free Spins - First, choose one of five briefcases to reveal a multiplier booster (+1, +2, etc.), extra free spins or extra wilds; then get a minimum of five free spins on a standard five-reel, three-line configuration.
The amount won during each of the group bonuses is then increased by the multiplier value indicated for each player.
To watch a video about Judge Judy, uploaded by the machine's manufacturer, IGT, go to YouTube.com and search "Judge Judy Slot Machine".
Where You Can Play It: At Bally's, Judge Judy is located at the base of the escalator leading to the sixth floor restaurants, ballrooms and meeting space. At Harrah's, Judge Judy is located against the right wall as you approach the Diamond Cove high-limit slot area from the Brigantine entrance.
Recreational gambler Darryl McEwen, a former journalist, is president of his own consulting firm that manages several small national and international trade associations, and provides public relations and fundraising services for a number of charitable organizations. He is based in Wilmington, Del. His column appears every other week.
Watch a video about the Judge Judy slot machine, uploaded by the machine's manufacturer, IGT, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMy26eGz_Qo.
In the base game, paylines extend across five reels that display three pay symbols on reels one and five, four symbols on reels two and four, and five symbols on reel three. When three Bonus symbols appear scattered on reels two, three and four, choose a symbol to reveal one of three features. [IGT]
After selecting from 25 file folders to reveal credits and multiplier coins. the bonus ends once you find four of the same coin, which then will earn a minimum of 2X – and up to 5X – the number of credits you've revealed. [IGT]
When the "Spin for Justice" wheel appears it will stop on one of three features: Free Credits, the Plead Your Case! Bonus or Free Spins. [IGT]