Dead or Alive is a popular slot among serious slot players since it has such as high RTP – almost 97 percent. What this means is that over time, the average return to player will be 97 percent. For each $100 that is put into the machine, $97 will be returned to the players in the form of winnings. Of course, RTP is only true when seen over time. You an definitely put $100 into Dead or Alive without getting $97 back during that specific gaming session.

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Another reason why a lot of hard-core slots players like Dead or Alive is the games high variance. There are plenty of low variance slots available online; slots where you will quite frequently win a small win. High variance games on the other hand are games were the wins, on average, tend to be few and far in between, but when you do win, you win quite a lot of money.

The high variance of the Dead or Alive slot has do to with it’s free spin game. In the Dead or Alive base game, the wins are small. However, if you manage to trigger the free spin game, you can accumulate a lot of winnings in the free spin game because of how the free spin game is constructed. Also, it is possible to trigger new free spins while in the free spins game, so you can end up playing for quite a long time on a single initial wager.

A lot of slots players like this set up. They are okay with trudging through the base game winning hardly anything, because they love the thrill of eventually triggering the free spin game and reap the (possible) rewards.

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Dead or Alive free spins game

You trigger the Dead or Alive free spins game by getting at least three scatter symbols, anywhere on the reels, in the base game. The Dead or Alive scatter symbol depicts two colt revolvers.

Triggering the free spins game means getting 12 free spins. It is possible to receive additional free spins while in the free spins game.

dead or alive gameWhen you are in the free spins game, the wild symbol from the base game is replaced by five bandit-specific wild symbols. Each of these five symbols depict a wanted bandit. The five bandits are Della Rose, Apaches Kid, Billy the Kid, Belle Star, and Jesse James.

The bandit-specific wild symbols are sticky wild symbols. This means that each time a bandit-specific wild symbol shows up it will freeze into that position and stay there for the remaining free spins. This means that as the free spins game progresses, it usually becomes easier and easier to complete winning symbol combinations before more and more spots are permanently wild.

Get additional free spins

In the free spins game, you get 5 additional free spins if you manage to get at least one bandit-specific wild on each of the five reels.

Basic information about Dead or Alive

Developer Net Entertainment (NetEnt)
Launched 2009
Theme The Wild West
Reels 5
Paylines 9
Special symbols Wild

Sticky Wild


Free spins mode Yes
Interactive bonus game No
Progressive jackpot No
RTP 96.8 percent


  • You decide how many paylines to activate (bet on), from 1 to 9.
  • You decide how many coins to be per activated payline: 1 coin, 2 coins, 3 coins or 4 coins.
  • You set the coin value, from €0.01 to €0.50.
  • The smallest possible wager on a round of Dead or Alive is €0.01 x 1 payline x 1 coin = €0.01.
  • The largest possible wager on round of Dead or Alive is €0.50 x 9 paylines x 4 coin = €18.