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Slot Review: Yukon Gold from WMS Gaming

30 August 2002

The symbols on this machine include a gold nugget, a dog in a miner's helmet, Bandit! the burro, a jackass, TNT, a pick axe and shovel, gold bars, and a 7. There's also a wild symbol that substitutes for these symbols.

You win the Chuck Wagon bonus when two or more chuck wagon symbols are scattered on a payline. The bonus for two chuck wagon symbols is 5 to 7 times your line bet and the bonus for three chuck wagon symbols is 50 to 100 times your line bet.

The last symbol in the game is the Yukon Gold symbol, which triggers the sound of a gun shot whenever it lands on the payline. Three or more Yukon Gold symbols on a payline starts the second screen bonus game. The second screen shows a grid of 20 tiles. You touch the tiles to reveal the pictures underneath, such as TNT, the dog in the miner's helmet, or the pick axe and shovel. Each time you reveal three matching pictures, you win one pick on the mining map screen that will follow.

There are two other tiles in the matching game that you should be aware of. The Wild tile automatically finds the third match for a pair of tiles that you've already exposed. Finally, if you reveal three Bandit! tiles, the matching game part of the bonus is over.

As you match tiles, they disappear to reveal the mining map underneath. When the matching game is over, the entire map is revealed and you pick a number of tiles on the map based on the number of matches you made in the matching game. If you happen to match three Bandit! symbols before you match any other tiles, you win a consolation prize.

This game features the usual cute WMS characters. The gun shot sound accompanying the Yukon Gold symbol really got my attention. Finally, I liked the way the Yukon Gold bonus screen had multiple parts. (I also liked the big bonuses I got, too!)


Send your slot and video poker questions to John Robison, Slot Expert, at slotexpert@comcast.net.


For more information about slots and video poker, we recommend:

The Slot Expert's Guide to Playing Slots by John Robison
Break the One-Armed Bandits! by Frank Scoblete
Victory at Video Poker and Video Craps, Keno and Blackjack! by Frank Scoblete
Slot Conquest Audio Cassette Tape (60 minutes) with Frank Scoblete
Winning Strategies at Slots & Video Poker! Video tape hosted by Academy Award Winner James Coburn, Written by Frank Scoblete
The Slot Machine Answer Book by John Grochowski
The Video Poker Answer Book by John Grochowski
John Robison

John Robison is an expert on slot machines and how to play them. John is a slot and video poker columnist and has written for many of gaming’s leading publications. He holds a master's degree in computer science from the prestigious Stevens Institute of Technology.

You may hear John give his slot and video poker tips live on The Good Times Show, hosted by Rudi Schiffer and Mike Schiffer, which is broadcast from Memphis on KXIQ 1180AM Friday afternoon from from 2PM to 5PM Central Time. John is on the show from 4:30 to 5. You can listen to archives of the show on the web anytime.

Books by John Robison:

The Slot Expert's Guide to Playing Slots
John Robison
John Robison is an expert on slot machines and how to play them. John is a slot and video poker columnist and has written for many of gaming’s leading publications. He holds a master's degree in computer science from the prestigious Stevens Institute of Technology.

You may hear John give his slot and video poker tips live on The Good Times Show, hosted by Rudi Schiffer and Mike Schiffer, which is broadcast from Memphis on KXIQ 1180AM Friday afternoon from from 2PM to 5PM Central Time. John is on the show from 4:30 to 5. You can listen to archives of the show on the web anytime.

Books by John Robison:

The Slot Expert's Guide to Playing Slots