Enter a sleazy world of gangsters, speakeasy bars and poker in Kings of Chicago. This Prohibition-era themed 5 reel, 5 payline slot from NetEnt features cracking design, jokers that double payouts and a free spins round where all wins receive a 2x multiplier boost. Play on laptops and PCs from between 5p and £50 per spin.

NetEnt slots are usually good-looking affairs and Kings of Chicago looks as fine as the dandiest pin-striped, 1930s mob boss. A green baize poker table, complete with guns, bow ties and cash clips forms the backdrop to the reels. Symbols are dealt onto the reels like a hand of video poker. On show is a full deck of playing cards – the A, K, Q and J symbols all feature gangsters, molls, cops and bosses.

Rather than trying to land matching symbols, the goal here is to create winning poker hands. The smallest payouts of just 0.4 times your stake come for a 3-of-a-kind combo. They’re followed by a straight (1.4 times your stake), flush (5 times your stake), full house (10 times your stake), 4 of a kind (15 times your stake), straight flush (50 times your stake), royal flush including a joker (200 times your stake) and 5 of a kind (300 times your stake).

Just like a real game of poker, a natural royal flush with no jokers is the top hand. Land one of those and you’ll pocket a massive 2,000 times your stake prize. The joker acts as a wild – if you land a joker in a winning hand, the payout is doubled.

There isn’t a specific scatter symbol here – instead, scatter labels can wrap around any symbol on any deal. Land 3, 4 or 5 of them on the same deal and you’ll win a payout equal to 3, 10 or 100 times your stake. You’ll also trigger the Free Deals feature where you’ll receive 10, 15 or 30 free deals.

A 2x multiplier is in play throughout these free deals, doubling payouts – if you combine this will the doubling wild, your wins will be essentially quadrupled. Land 3 or more scatters and you’ll get more free spins with a maximum of 60 available in total.

We enjoyed Kings of Chicago. The imagery is classily done and the deal sounds could come straight from an online poker site. The range of extras isn’t wide but the joker multipliers in the base game and the free spins offer just enough to keep things interesting. If offers you wins of over 13,000 times your stake on each free spin/deal too!

This video poker/online slot hybrid works well. It’s not the wildest slot you’ll see but Kings of Chicago serves up plenty of entertainment. If you like the theme, Novomatic’s Chicago is recommended.