Monopoly Big Baller by Evolution is a bingo-inspired live entertainment game. It’s a cross between Monopoly Live and Mega Ball. The game uses a riverboat theme. The primary game mechanic is a bingo machine with an animated RNG Monopoly Bonus Round.
The game is bingo, played with four cards. Every card contains 25 numbers in a 5X5 format. You’re allowed to bet on bingo cards, with unique free spaces and multipliers increasing the value of payouts. I’ll explain how it all works below.
How To Play
Once the betting round begins, you’ll have 12 seconds to select the quantity and type (Chance or Free Space) of bingo cards you want to play. Now is also the time to play the bonus round cards. You can play one or both – the choice is entirely yours. Once you’ve selected how much you’d like to bet, click your mouse cursor on the cards you’d like to bet on.
A random number generator populates the bingo cards and the three and five-roll bonus cards with numbers. As the betting round closes, Mr Monopoly pulls a lever to trigger populate the cards with multipliers and free spaces.
The bingo machine then starts rotating. Sixty balls bounce around inside the machine. As every ball comes out, the corresponding numbers on your card are automatically dabbed with a red dot. Dabs happen in real time so that you can see the progress of your cards filling up. Once 20 balls have been drawn, any winning lines you’ve formed light up and pay accordingly. If there are active multipliers, these will be applied to your total win amount.
Multipliers and Free Spaces
Three types of “Chance” multipliers can appear when playing Monopoly Big Baller.
The “standard” multiplier is worth between 10X and 20X and is assigned to a specific number. If any of your winning lines contain this number, all wins on that card multiply by that multiplier.
The second type of multiplier is the “line” multiplier which can be worth between 20X and 50X. If a line with an active multiplier wins, it receives the payout of that multiplier.
Finally, there are the “global” multipliers. Global multipliers can be 2X or 3X, which multiplies wins on that card. It also multiplies other multipliers on that card – so you can see how wins start to stack up here.
There are also free spaces on the cards. For example, Mr Monopoly can appear randomly before the balls come out. He applies these free spaces to your bingo cards. These free spaces act as drawn numbers, meaning you need fewer numbers on that card to form a winning line.
Like most live entertainment casino games, Monopoly Big Baller’s primary win potential lies within the bonus round. If you’ve ever played Evolution’s Monopoly LIVE, you’ll recognise this bonus – it’s almost identical. However, the “rolls” mechanic is different.
Once the bonus round triggers, you go to a giant MONOPOLY board. You’ll see properties, “Go To Jail”, “Free Parking”, and “Community Chest” spaces. There are also “Income” and “Super Tax” squares. Random multipliers assign themselves to these spaces. These multipliers increase when random houses and hotels land on them.
Mr Monopoly begins the round on the “GO” square, moving forward several spaces as determined by the roll of two dice.
If the “3 Rolls Bonus” triggers, you get three rolls, while the “5 Rolls Bonus” awards five rolls.
Besides that, the bonus round works identically to the bonus round in Monopoly LIVE.
RTPs and Payouts
Monopoly Big Baller’s payouts are straightforward.
Rather than placing bets on an individual line, you put them instead on a card. The actual payouts vary, as active multipliers can boost line payouts.
However, there are some limits to be aware of. When placing individual line payouts, the minimum payout is 2X your bet.
The maximum payout on the “Free Card” space is 39:1, and the maximum on the “Chance” card is 199:1.
With many live dealer games, giving a specific RTP is hard, as there are multiple bet options.
However, the optimal RTP for Monopoly Big Baller is 96.10%.
Monopoly Big Baller is about making winning lines and triggering the bonuses and features. The latter is vital to unlocking the game’s primary win potential.
You can select the mix between Chance and Free Space cards for the four cards. You can choose all four cards to be the same type or mix and match. If you play all four cards, I’d suggest doing two and two to ensure you get the best of both worlds.
I prefer the free space cards because, in theory, it’s a faster route to complete lines. You can’t win anything without completing lines. Therefore, a sensible approach is to play three Free Space Cards and one Chance Card.
When it comes to bonus cards, it is possible to play the game without betting on the bonus cards.
While this may allow you to play longer, it significantly reduces your win potential. I can’t stress this enough; when you play Monopoly Big Baller, you should play BOTH bonus cards.
The bonus rounds are the game’s core, where you’ll find the most winning potential.
I’d also advise playing Monopoly Big Baller at a stake you’re comfortable with.