Play For Free The Dalai Panda Pokie Machine

Panda-themed pokies are all the rage. It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise then, to learn that iSoftBet recently developed their take on the popular genre, with their Dalai Panda pokie.

Naturally, this is something of a tongue-in-cheek game, with the cuddly bear taking up the mantle as the much-respected Dalai Lama.


Unsurprisingly, most of the imagery which features on the reels of this pokie can also be found in other Chinese and Asian-themed pokies. Players can expect to find koi fish, phoenix, yin and yang symbols are much more on the screen. Some of these symbols are going to help players land bonus features and others big wins. iSoftBet has a knack for 3D graphics in their games, and they have duly delivered with that in this game.

How to play it

The Dalai Panda pokie machine has one of the more original pokie gaming engines devised. There are two sets of 3 reels, and upon each of those are 27 paylines. The leftmost set of reels dishes out wins from left to right, with the rightmost set paying out for wins which run from right to left. Both sets of reels will be in play when you sit down to spin, and stakes for those reels range from $0.30 up to $30 a game.

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Special features

Wild symbols: Bamboo appears as wild symbols in this pokie. Landing them on the reels will see the symbols substitute for any others you may need to land a winning payline, save for the pokie’s bonus symbols.

Bonus symbols: Taking the shape of yin and yang icons, these can trigger a free spin bonus round when 3 or more appear anywhere on the screen during a base game spin.

Randomly triggered bonuses: At any point in the base game, the Dalai Panda may get up and push both sets of reels together. Doing so gives you a spin on 6 reels, with the number of lines now expanded to 729 in total. At other times, he may decide to sprinkle the reels of the base game or free spin bonus with wilds, giving you yet another way to bag wins in this pokie.

Golden Pot: In the base game, whenever plays land a win on both sets of reels, a golden pot beneath them will increase by one. It starts automatically at 5, and this is the number of free spins you will begin the bonus round with if you trigger it.

Free Spin bonus: If you did manage to trigger the pokie’s free spin feature, you’re looking at playing with at least 5 free games, but on the expanded 6-reel, 729-line reel set, with wins only occurring from left to right. Multipliers, expanding wilds and other goodies can be dished out by the panda here, and players can land additional free spins by bagging more bonus icons on the reels. Up to 50 can be won if you were to land 6 scatters on all 6 reels during a single free spin.

Maximum payouts

This iSoftBet developed pokie has an RTP (return to player) rate which is bog standard at 95.81%. A good run of form in this game could see you snag wins worth up to 500x your total bet if you can land 6 phoenix icons on a line across the combined reel set.


The special features in The Dalai Panda are undoubtedly exciting and entertaining, even if the theme of this pokie has been done to death. Most players will find it a riveting ride in terms of gameplay; but little else, unless they find the concept of a panda replacing the Dalai Lama humorous.

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