Playtech’s Sporting Legends Range Shows Big Promise

Playtech’s Sporting Legends Range Shows Big Promise

Playtech, one of the world foremost developers of casinos games, is no stranger to the idea of games fronted by celebrity sports stars. After all, it was Playtech that brought about the now iconic Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven game. It’s been one of the signature games from the developer for several years now, winning a legion of fans in the process. 

Recently however, Playtech has expanded its horizons by adding a new game featuring Dettori, as well as further titles featuring snooker hero Ronnie O’Sullivan and legendary jockey Sir Tony McCoy. The trilogy of games has been branded Sporting Legends, although it is also linked Playtech’s Top Trumps series of football themed casino games (more on that below). 

Each game reflects its star’s achievements 

It does indeed look like Playtech has got a winning formula once again. For a start, and most importantly, the slots are not simply the same game with a different sports star emblazoned upon it. Each game has a different style, different bonuses and a unique gameplay. Admittedly, Frankie Dettori: Sporting Legends feels like a sequel to the Magic Seven slot, although that’s not necessarily a bad thing. 

If you want to see them out for yourself, check out the full Sporting Legends range at, which offers you a huge range of Playtech slots with progressive jackpots. Indeed, there is a feeling that the Sporting Legends range will sit snugly beside Playtech’s two signature series, Age of the Gods and DC Super Heroes Slots. If the games end up with half the popularity of those two, Playtech is on to a winner. But, for the moment, here is a rundown of each game’s vital stats:

Frankie Dettori: Sporting Legends 

RTP: 93.02%

Paylines: 25

Main Features: Galloping Wild Respins, Golden Derby Free Games. 

Jackpot: Progressive 

Ronnie O’Sullivan: Sporting Legends

RTP: 93.07%

Paylines: 25

Main Features: Championship Bonus, 147 Maximum Break Free Games

Jackpot: Progressive

AP McCoy: Sporting Legends 

RTP: 95.03%

Paylines: 243 All Ways

Main Features: Winning Line Free Games, Playtech Power Play

Jackpot: Progressive 

As you can see from the above, all three games have progressive jackpots. There are, in fact, three on offer, one paid out daily, one weekly and mega jackpot that could pay out at any time. At the time of writing, that main jackpot is sitting at over £720,000. 

As mentioned earlier, the games are also connected via the jackpot to another of Playtech’s mainline products – Top Trumps. The game, termed Top Trumps: Sporting Legends, features many of the world’s top football stars, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. It’s similar to the other games in the Top Trumps series, although there is enough freshness in there to make it a welcome addition to the team. 

Golden Derby Free Games is a winner

Not every celebrity-branded casino game works as intended, with many ending up being all style and no substance. But Playtech gets it right here, with the themes and gameplay corresponding around each sport star’s particular achievements. The Golden Derby Free Games feature in the Frankie Dettori game, for example, is one of the most innovative special features around, fusing horse racing and casino play. 

There is every chance that this Sporting Legends range spawns more sequels, perhaps even rivalling Playtech’s other two flagship series – Age of the Gods and DC Superheroes games. From a creative standpoint, it’s easy to  make a case for future gamesbased around tennis, cricket, US sports stars and a plethora of others. It looks like Playtech have scored a hat-trick of goals here. 

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