How do I play the Pirate Instant scratchcard game?

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Buying A Single Card

  • Select your stake value either using the up and down arrows in the Card Price field, or by typing the amount into the Card Price field and pressing Enter or clicking on any blank area of the game screen. The amount displayed in the Card Price field is the stake you are placing on a single card.

    The default Card Price varies by currency. In this Pounds Sterling example it is £1.00. The Card Price amount must be within the minimum and maximum bet amounts. If you enter a Card Price larger than the maximum Card Price allowed and click on Buy Card or press Enter, the Card Price reduces automatically. If your balance is more than the maximum Card Price, the Card Price drops to the maximum Card Price value. If your balance is less than the maximum Card Price, the Card Price drops to your balance. If you enter a Card Price smaller than the minimum Card Price allowed and click on Place Bet or press Enter, the Card Price changes automatically to the minimum Card Price value but if your available balance is less than the minimum Card Price, you cannot place the bet.

  • The Auto Play field allows the purchasing of multiple cards. The default for this field is 1. To purchase only one card, ensure that this field is set to 1.  
  • Click on the Buy Card button and your scratchcard will be purchased. The Card Price amount will then be removed from your available balance.

Buying Multiple Cards / Auto Play

  • Select your stake value either using the up and down arrows in the Card Price field, or by typing the amount into the Card Price field and pressing Enter or clicking on any blank area of the game screen. The amount displayed in the Card Price field is the stake you are placing on a single card.

    The default Card Price varies by currency. In this Pounds Sterling example it is £1.00. The Card Price amount must be within the minimum and maximum bet amounts. If you enter a Card Price larger than the maximum Card Price allowed and click on Buy Card or press Enter, the Card Price reduces automatically. If your balance is more than the maximum Card Price, the Card Price drops to the maximum Card Price value. If your balance is less than the maximum Card Price, the Card Price drops to your balance.  If you enter a Card Price smaller than the minimum Card Price allowed and click on Place Bet or press Enter, the Card Price changes automatically to the minimum Card Price value but if your available balance is less than the minimum Card Price, you cannot place the bet.

  • The Auto Play field allows the purchasing of multiple cards. The default for this field is 1. To purchase more than one card, enter the number required either using the up and down arrows in the Auto Play field, or by typing the required number into the Auto Play field. The total currency amount that will be removed from your available balance (assuming Auto Play is not stopped) is the Card Price amount multiplied by the number of Auto Plays selected.
  • Click on the Buy Cards button and your first scratchcard will be purchased. The single Card Price amount will then be removed from your available balance.
  • Once all symbols on your card have been revealed, (see ‘Revealing the Symbols’) your next scratchcard will be purchased and the single Card Price amount will again be removed from your available balance. This will continue until the specified number of Auto Plays have been actioned or Auto Play is stopped (see ‘Stopping Auto Play’).

Quick Card Purchases

  • To buy cards quickly, press the Space Bar when you have no purchased cards. Cards will be purchased at the price displayed in the Card Price field. The number of cards purchased is dependent on the Auto Play field which is used for the purchase of multiple cards. If Auto Play is set to 1, only the default number of cards (ie 1) will be purchased for you. If Auto Play is set to 2, 2 cards will be purchased for you and so on.

Stopping Auto Play

  • When multiple cards are purchased, a ‘Stop’ button is displayed in the bottom right-hand corner of the game screen. If you click on this button or press the Space Bar whilst Auto Play is running, the Auto Play function stops and Auto Play is reset to 1. This means that you are able to stop Auto Play regardless of how many Auto Play gambles you initially selected or how many remain. Only the single Card Price amount for each play that has been started or completed will be deducted from your balance.

Revealing the Symbols

If you have used the Auto Play facility to purchase more than 1 card, the symbols will be revealed for you. If you have purchased a single card, the ways to uncover the symbols are explained below;

  • Click on each covered section individually. As you do so, it will be uncovered.
  • Click and hold your left mouse key as you drag your mouse pointer around each section. The section cover will gradually be removed.

    This only works when Turbo Mode is off.

  • Click on the Reveal All button. All 9 sections will be uncovered simultaneously.
  • Press the space bar. This activates the Reveal All button and all 9 sections will be uncovered simultaneously.

    Your current Turbo Mode setting will apply.

Turbo Mode - There is also a Turbo facility. This speeds up the uncovering of the symbols. Click on the buttons to turn the facility on and off. When Turbo is on, the 9 sections are uncovered more quickly.

Winning Bets

A winning bet occurs when 3 identical symbols are found in a row, either vertically, horizontally or diagonally. Once all 9 sections have been uncovered, any winning lines will flash.  A message will then be displayed showing your total win amount, and the winning symbol(s) and line(s) will be highlighted on the Lines & Payouts table.

To understand the payouts for each winning line, please see ‘Lines & Payouts Table’.

Below are examples of 3 winning scratchcards;

Pirate Instant Winning Scratchcard 1

3 identical matching symbols horizontally.

Pirate Instant Winning Scratchcard 2

3 identical matching symbols vertically.

Pirate Instant Winning Scratchcard 3

3 identical matching symbols diagonally.

Below is an example of a win message, and the Lines & Payouts table showing the winning symbol and the location of the winning line;

Pirate Instant Win Message

Below is an example of a losing scratchcard;

Pirate Instant Losing Scratchcard

There are no rows containing 3 identical matching symbols.

Lines & Payouts Table

This table shows the 7 game symbols. Below each symbol is the potential win amount for a single winning line of that symbol. A winning line occurs when 3 identical symbols appear vertically, diagonally or horizontally. The amounts shown on the table have been determined using the calculations below;

3 Chests in a row = 1000 x stake
3 Compasses in a row = 4 x stake
3 Parrots in a row = 50 x stake   
3 Pistols in a row = 2 x stake
3 Cannon in a row = 15 x stake
3 Skull and Swords in a row = 1 x stake
3 Coin Bags in a row = 10 x stake


If you have a winning line, the payout you receive for the line will be the value shown below the corresponding symbol. If there are multiple winning lines, the single win amounts are added together.  For example, using the Payouts table below which is based on a £1.00 stake, if you had a winning line of 3 cannon and a winning line of 3 parrots your payout would be £65.00 (£15.00+ £50.00).

Pirate Instant Symbols

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