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New Powerbolts Jackpots from Gamesys

Gamesys Introduces New Powerbolts Jackpots

This week we saw the popular online bingo and casino operator, Gamesys, go live with its brand-new Powerbolts product across its three biggest brands, Jackpotjoy, Heart Bingo, and Virgin Games.

There are two jackpots to play for – the Maxi Bolt and the Mini Bolt – plus an exciting feature called the Mini Bolt Boost.

Where did Powerbolts originate from?

Although this new jackpot feature only became available at Gamesys sites in June 2020, it’s been in the pipeline for several months.

In fact, Gamesys applied for and was granted the POWERBOLTS trademark in late 2019.

Unsurprisingly, the operator was keen to keep the details of its latest offering top-secret and, therefore, the trademark registration request didn’t give the public or Gamesys’ competitors much to go on.

Gamesys applied for the trademark in November 2019, requesting classes 9 (Computer and Software Products and Electrical and Scientific Products) 28 (Toys and Sporting Goods Products), and 41 (Education and Entertainment Services).

How do the jackpots work?

Powerbolts is a new feature available within the main Gamesys 90 ball bingo games.

There are two jackpots – Maxi and Mini.

Maxi Bolt

The Maxi Bolt is a linked network jackpot, which means that it’s funded by ticket sales in the main 90 ball bingo rooms across Heart Bingo, Jackpotjoy, and Virgin Games, and can be won by any member of these sites.

The Maxi Bolt only pays out once-per-day, although if it’s claimed by several players on the same ball count, it’s shared equally among the lucky winners.

What makes this jackpot so special is that the number of ball calls that it must be claimed in increases throughout the day so that it’s always awarded by 10 PM at the latest.

Every day at midnight, the ball count begins at 38, and if it hasn’t been won by 9.55 PM that evening, the ball count rises to the maximum of 90 so that someone in the final game is guaranteed to win it.

Mini Bolt

The Mini Bolt is the smallest jackpot and it’s exclusive to the site that it’s offered at. For instance, the Mini Bolt at Heart Bingo can only be won by members of Heart.

The Mini Bolt can be won multiple times throughout the day. It is funded by a percentage of the tickets that are sold for the qualifying games.

Unlike the Maxi Bolt, the Mini Bolt can be won in a permanently fixed number of calls, although its precise value is still dependent on the number of tickets that players buy.

To win it, you must call a full house in a qualifying game within 46 ball calls. As 46 is quite a high number, it’s expected that the Mini Bolt jackpot will be claimed several times per day.

Once it’s won, all participating players are notified by a pop-up message, and the jackpot becomes unavailable until the next game begins.

Mini Bolt Boost

The Mini Bolt jackpot also has an associated feature called the Mini Bolt Boost, and it’s triggered soon after the Maxi Bolt jackpot has been won.

The feature transfers the players’ contributions that would have gone towards the Maxi Bolt jackpot to the Mini Bolt jackpot to make it worth more, and the Boost effect applies to midnight every night.

Where can I play Powerbolts?

You’ll find Powerbolts in the main 90 ball bingo rooms at Jackpotjoy, Heart Bingo, and Virgin Games.

When you’re in the games lobby, simply look at the room thumbnails to see which ones display the POWERBOLTS logo.

When you enter a room that offers the feature, there’s a dedicated area at the top of the game screen that lists the available prizes.

For example, if a game is just about to begin, you might see the following:

  • Maxi Bolt = £1,524.29 (38)
  • Mini Bolt = £401.14 (46)
  • Full House = £77.01
  • Two Lines = £25.34
  • One Line = £13.21

The amounts listed next to the Maxi Bolt and Mini Bolt indicate the current values of the respective jackpots while the numbers inside the brackets tell you how many ball calls the full house must be called in to win each jackpot.

We’ve always loved a good escalator jackpot and now we have one every day.

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