The Luck o’ the Irish to you! St Patrick’s Day is fast approaching and we all know what that means – the world will be washed in a sea of green as we celebrate the culture of Ireland. While most people will use this day as an excuse to go out for a pint of Guinness or two, some people take it to the extreme with costumes and ridiculous Irish brogue accents and “Kiss Me I’m Irish” T-shirts. Chicago in the USA actually goes so far as to dye the Chicago River green!
To be sure, there will be a lot of offensive stereotypes on display, and a lot of people using the day as an excuse to drink far too much whiskey and Guinness.
St Patricks Day is actually a day to celebrate the life of St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. But at CasinoPlay we know it’s also day to look for the luck of the Irish as we search for the best online slots games to play on St Paddy’s Day.
St Patricks Day is a celebration of St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. According to historical research, Patrick began life in 5th century Roman-ruled Britain before he was abducted by Irish raiders and taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped, returned to Britain an became a Christian cleric.
Soon after he returned to Ireland as a Christian missionary and is credited with being the major influence on converting the local Irish people from Celtic polytheism to Christianity.
There are a lot of legends surrounding St Patrick but two of the most popular are that he drove all the snakes from Ireland and that he used the shamrock (3-leaf clover) to illustrate the Holy Trinity.
The snake story is probably an analogy for St Patrick’s work in chasing away the druids and bringing Christianity to Eire.
The shamrock, as a 3-leaf plant, would have held significance in pagan Ireland as 3 was a very important number, but there is no evidence to support the shamrock story. The shamrock has, however, taken on huge symbolic importance and is a massive icon of St Patrick’s Day.
Religious background aside, St Patrick’s Day is also a day when people try their luck hoping that the ‘luck of the Irish’ will rub off on them. This ‘luck of the Irish’ actually has its roots in gold-rush America where a lot of the prospectors were Irish immigrants or had Irish family ties. ‘Luck’ back then meant ‘good fortune’ so we can see the saying as a wish for success for those looking for wealth.
But the lucky Irish notion has taken root and spawned a ton of lucky symbolism and references including the four-leaf clover, the shamrock and the leprechaun – all symbols that can be found on popular online slots games.
In honour of the 3-leafed shamrock, CasinoPlay present 3 of the best Irish luck themed slots for St Patrick’s Day.
In celebration of St Patrick’s Day, the CasinoPlay crew searched through our favourite online casinos to find the best online slots games with a definitive Irish flavour.
Wish Upon a Leprechaun has an almost Irish-themed Gonzo’s Quest vibe to it. With our love for Megaways slots it’s no surprise that we immediately gave this one a shot and its cheerful cartoonish graphics, upbeat soundtrack and symbols of 4-leaf clover, pots of gold, lucky horseshoes and generally just Irish feel definitely merits its inclusion on our St Patricks Day online slots list.
There are 5-reels with multipliers, free spins, cascading reels, bet options and more to keep any slots player engaged for hours.
Spinomenal is nor a very well know developer but they have brought a sup fast and fun Irish-themed game to our screen in Lucky Irish Dice. Rather than the usual card symbols (A, J, Q, K, etc.) they have brought in dice which is interesting. Leprechaun wilds, shamrock scatters, lucky 7s and rainbow horseshoes round out the Irish theme and the fast-paced and lively soundtrack keeps you spinning quickly.
There are 5 reels and 100 paylines to look out for on this fun indie game.
Another smaller developer that’s bought us a very Irish and very fun slots game, Booming Games has upped the Irish tropes stakes significantly by bringing a host of symbols like buckled shoes, walking sticks, toadstools, gold coins and leprechauns. They also feature our favourite element: a row of beer barrels at the top of the reels and pint glasses of obviously-Guinness-but-not-called-Guinness wilds.
The cheerful Irish fiddle and bodhran soundtrack is particularly engaging and really adds a great Irish feel to the game.
Leprechaun’s Lucky Barrel is a 5-reel, 20 payline online slots game featuring sticky wilds, scatters, free spins and expanding symbols.
We hope you have a lucky St Patrick’s Day on the 17th of March 2021 and that you enjoy one or two of our suggestions. Remember, play responsibly and walk away if the luck of the Irish is not going your way. There’s always another day.
Sláinte from the CasinoPlay crew.