Online casino games come in many different forms, and the diversity of the selection today means that it’s very difficult to get bored on an online gaming site. However, it’s also the case that each game has to have some sort of theme, especially in the case of online slots. Anything from popular movies to Ancient Greece can be used as a ‘topic’ for a modern casino game, something that helps with crossover appeal. 

One of the best examples of this is using sports-themes to create popular casino games. For one reason or another, casinos really struck gold here, with many sports-themed games now listed among the most popular casino games of any type online. Here are five of the very best examples: 

Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven – Playtech

Within months of its release, Frankie Dettori’s slot became one of the most popular games to play anywhere online. Created by Playtech back in 2010, it has remained the gold standard for sports-themed – and celebrity fronted – slots for the best part of a decade. The game’s creators really worked out how to compromise between too much branding and using the game’s horse racing themes to good effect. Brilliant bonus games, cool graphics and a big jackpot make this a must-play among the pantheon of sports themed games. 

Break Away – Microgaming

Microgaming is one of the most established and venerated creators of casino games. Among the 100s of titles in its catalogue, Break Away – a superb ice hockey themed slot – stands among the most popular. Like Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven above, Break Away has been around for several years, but it has stood the test of time and still retains huge popularity. A rebooted version – Break Away Deluxe – was released earlier this year. Our preference is still for the original, however. 

Scudamore’s Super Stakes – NetEnt

Another game based on a horse racing legend, which is no surprise as the horse racing industry and gaming industry both revolve around betting. Anyway, this game is similar in style and tone to the classic Frankie Dettori game, but arguably leads it in the way of extra bonus features. In fact, we find it very difficult to choose a winner between the two. However, many top casinos carry both games, so you’ll often get a chance to flip between these classic sports games. 

Ronnie O’Sullivan: Sporting Legends – Playtech 

Ronnie O’Sullivan is arguably the greatest snooker player to have ever competed, so it’s fitting that the man gets his own celebratory slot in the brilliant Top Trumps range. The main draw with this game is the clever bonus features and side games. The snooker theme is used smartly in the game, and the graphics are top class too. This game shares a progressive jackpot with other Top Trumps sports games, so any spin on any game could lead to a massive life-changing prize. 

Football Carnival – Playtech 

Brazil is widely seen as football’s spiritual home. So, as you might guess from the title, this game fuses the legendary Brazilian party “Carnival” with its passion for football. The game is presented in a kaleidoscope of colour and a really funky samba soundtrack. Its main draw is the free games bonus, where the Brazilian wild symbol increases the win multiplier every couple of spins. Games like this sometimes feel like they are more about entertainment than money, but this game has huge payout potential.