How popular sports-themed slots encourage people to take up sports

Everything you need to know about popular sports-themed slots and how they can encourage people to take up sports!

The Tipster
By The Tipster
Sports-themed slots - an exciting alternative to playing sport? Photo: Marianne Bevis

The primary demographics of sports fans are almost the same as the demographics targeted by both the traditional as well as the modern-day online casinos – which are, men in the age bracket of 18 to 45 years.

Hence, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that sports-themed-slots are extremely popular among online casino players. Whenever a major sport event happens anywhere in the world, you’re likely to see a huge surge in bets placed on slots of the same name or the same sport. If you think playing sports themed slots could be your thing, why not check out the best online slots to get you in the proper workout mood.

Popular online game development companies like Microgaming, Playtech, Rival Gaming etc. have dedicated teams who keep a constant tab on all the popular sports and sports events, so they can release targeted sports-themed-slots just in time before an upcoming tournament.

Many a times, these sports-themed-slots also influence people to take up sports. These people basically start out as slots enthusiasts, but do sports to better understand the slot game they’re playing and end up learning a great deal about the sport itself. Often such learning leads to active involvement in the sport too!

For instance, you may be a hard-core baseball fan, oblivious of the fact that there are actually many similarities between baseball and cricket. Now when you play a slot game such as Microgaming’s Cricket Star Slot, a symbol showing a cricketer hitting the ball for a six (the equivalent of home run in Cricket) may intrigue and encourage you to learn more about cricket, and perhaps play it too!

Popular sports-themed slots from Microgaming

Let’s take you through a few sports-themed-slots that were created by Microgaming and which proved to be a huge success in the online slots marketplace.

Break Away

This one’s a slot game based on the sport of ice hockey. It was released in the year 2012. You get around 243 different ways of winning! What sets this game apart are the ‘Smashing Wild’ and ‘Rolling Wheels’ trademark features that involve hockey players turning everything wild by madly smashing through the middle reels of the slot game! The game is set inside a rink and features Zambonis, pucks, skates, players and other aspects of the game.

Football Star

This 2014 slot game was the first one in a series of many different sports-themed-slots that were based on the success of Break Away. Football Star, just like Break Away has 243 different ways of winning. The ‘Rolling Reels’ feature is the same, but instead of the ‘Smashing Wild’, the slots players get ‘Striking Wilds.’ It’s the perfect slot game for every football crazy fan who also loves playing slots. It brings to life the fun and thrill of the Football World Cup with some amazing 3-D animated visuals.

In this game, in place of the ice hockey players smashing through the middle reels, you can see a star striker appearing randomly and kicking a goal through the middle reels, turning them wild! Microgaming later released Basketball Star, Rugby Star and Cricket Star on the same lines.

World Cup mania

This is another excellent football-themed-slot to have come out from the Microgaming stable. It consists of 15 pay lines and 5 reels. You get a cartoon rendition of the Football World Cup, with (spectator) food and football items representing the slot symbols. You can win free spins as well as bonus games. The game incorporates some amazing sounds and visuals often witnessed in frantic World Cup football matches!


Slots players who love sports can at best only dream about playing a sport for a living. However, these players can use sports-themed slots as an excellent alternative to playing their favourite sport and also earn some money in the process. What better than a relaxed evening at home, playing your favourite sports-themed slot (with real money), while sipping your favourite beverage! This convenience is in fact the biggest benefit of playing at online casinos!

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