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How to play Houdini

Our all time classic! Play Houdini for anything between a brass penny and a £100 a go - and escape with the cash.

Alongside hitting the jackpot, you could also line your pockets if you can escape the slots and hit one of three exciting Harry Houdini bonus games - Mind the Monkey to make yourself a mint or release Houdini and his friends to unleash a big cash win!

Slots are easy to learn and they're an exciting way to win big. If you follow our simple step by step guide, you'll be spinning for joy before you know it!


Win lines 25
Reels 5
Top Payout 10,000 x Coin size
Special Features 2 Multiplier Bonus Games & 1 Scatter Bonus
Special Symbols Scatter, Wild & Bonus Symbols
Free Spins None
Auto play Yes

Coin Size:

First, select the coin size - this will control the amount you wager on each line. The coin size is important because the amount you win is based on a multiple of your coin size - the larger the coin size, the more you could win. Simply click on the + or - buttons beside the coin size display to choose.

Win Lines:

You can select the number of lines you want to bet on. Lines are coloured and appear across the reels. You can bet on up to 25 win lines with Houdini. The more win lines you pick the more expensive each spin will be but the better your chances of winning on any individual spin.

There are three ways to pick how many lines you want to play:

  • Click BET ONE to add another line. If you click past the maximum it will return to one.
  • Click on the coloured numbers at the side of the reels.
  • Click BET MAX to select the max lines and automatically start the reels spinning.

Betting on a lot of lines increases your chance of winning on any individual spin, though it won't affect the payout which is based on the coin size you have chosen.

Houdini Escape Bonus Game:

Hit three Escape Bonus Symbols - that appear on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th reel and you'll be helping Houdini escape for a big cash prize. Simply click on a box to open it up and release your prize. If you find the key to free Houdini you'll move on to the next part of his act to win more coins. Find a Collect Symbol and all your winnings will be transferred into your account before the game ends. All wins are multiplied by the number of initiating lines.

Balloon Bonus Game:

If the reels reveal 3 Balloon Bonus symbols on a paid pay line you'll enter the dangerous world of knife throwing. Simply target and pop the balloons for a cash prize - but watch out as a Collect Symbol will end the game. All wins are multiplied by the number of initiating lines

Scatter Symbols:

Land three Scatter Symbols on any pay line and enter the Escape Bonus Game. You'll be presented with three wooden chests that trap Houdini and his friends - simply open the chests to release your cash prize!

Wild Symbols:

The Wild Symbol can substitute for any symbol except scatter and bonus symbols. 5 Wild Symbols on a single pay line will award the highest payout in the game - a magical 10,000 x coins!

Auto play:

This feature allows you to select the number of spins you want the slot to make automatically. You can use the Stop Button anytime, so you're always in control. To activate Auto play, simply spin the reels with your desired number of lines - so if you want to Bet Max make sure you Bet Max in the spin before you activate Auto play. Then, select Auto from the game controls and choose the number of spins you desire.

You can customize Auto play further by clicking on the Advanced Options tab:

  • 'If single win exceeds' will stop Auto play if you win above a certain amount on one spin
  • 'If balance goes above' will stop Auto play if your total account balance goes above a set amount
  • 'If balance goes under' will stop Auto play if your total account balance goes below a set amount
  • 'On any win' will stop Auto play every time you win

Formal Game Rules:

HOUDINI is a five reel, twenty-five line slot with three bonus games.

The active coin size is shown in the bottom left of the play screen and may be adjusted using the + and - buttons. You may bet on up to twenty-five lines on each spin by using BET ONE to change the number of lines or pressing BET MAX to bet the maximum number of lines.

The game is commenced by pressing SPIN or BET MAX and this action being registered on our servers. This will cause the bet indicated on screen to be placed. Once the game has been commenced the game cannot be discontinued and the bet amount will be deducted from your account.

Each spin is completely random and independent. It is not affected by previous spins, or the start position of the reels. Each reel is independent and is not affected by any other reel.

Winnings are paid in accordance with the pay table. The amounts shown in the pay table are coin multipliers not currency amounts and multiply the active coin size. Wins are scored from left to right starting on the leftmost reel. Wins are paid only on lines for which a bet has been made. Only one win, the highest win, is awarded on any single pay line. Wins on separate win lines are added.

The "Houdini" symbol is wild and may substitute for any other symbol except Scatter and bonus game symbols.

If three "Chest" Scatter symbols appear in any position on the reels you are eligible for entry to the Scatter bonus game and the bonus game will automatically commence.

If three "Balloon" bonus symbols appear on any pay line you are eligible for entry to the "Balloon" bonus game and the bonus game will automatically commence.

If three "Padlock" bonus symbols appear on any pay line you are eligible for entry to the "Great Escape" bonus game and the bonus game will automatically commence.

The bonus games each provide a guaranteed chance of winning a cash prize. Wins shown in the bonus games are coin multipliers not currency amounts and multiply the active coin size. At the end of the Balloon and Great Escape bonus games the win is multiplied by the number of valid win lines on which the bonus symbols fell to initiate the bonus game.

This game is played over the Internet which is a communication medium that is known to be imperfect. Messages to or from your display device and the game servers may be lost or interrupted. If you have not commenced the game when you are disconnected, the game will not take place. If you have commenced the game when you are disconnected the game result will be recorded on the game servers and the bet will stand and the outcome will be reflected in your account status.

In the event of disconnection the records stored on the game server shall be the final authority in determining the terms of any bets you have placed and the circumstances in which they were made.

"Malfunction voids all pays and plays" - in other words your bet and any outcome are void in the event of a malfunction.

In the event that these Formal Game Rules contradict other information about the game these Formal Game Rules shall take precedence. These Game Rules do not take precedence over the main Service Terms and Conditions.

Credits: The HOUDINI game is an original Gamesys development. Copyright Gamesys Ltd, All Rights Reserved.

Return to Player (RTP):

The expected return to player for Houdini is 96.27%.

The expected return is the amount we pay out to players relative to the amount of wagering on the game.

For example, if we take £100 of wagers we will, on average, pay out £96.27 of wins.

This expected return is based on correct player choices where strategy is involved.