Wheel Of Fortune Casino Slot Machine – Perla Barragan of San Francisco, California plays a slot machine in the Wheel of Fortune slot area at the Plaza Hotel and Casino on Friday, July 30, 2021, in Las Vegas. The Wheel of Fortune slot machine game celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. (Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @ellenschmidttt
Mayor Carolyn Goodman, left, gives Vanna White a key to the city for 20 years of “Wheel of Fortune” slots during the G2E convention in 2016. (Courtesy IGT)
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The Wheel of Fortune slot area at the Plaza Hotel and Casino on Friday, July 30, 2021, in Las Vegas. The slot machine game celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. (Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @ellenschmidttt
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Players try their luck in the Wheel of Fortune slot area at the Plaza Hotel and Casino on Friday, July 30, 2021, in Las Vegas. The Wheel of Fortune slot machine game celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. (Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @ellenschmidttt
A player spins the wheel in the Wheel of Fortune slot area at the Plaza Hotel and Casino on Friday, July 30, 2021, in Las Vegas. The Wheel of Fortune slot machine game celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. (Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @ellenschmidttt
A player plays in the Wheel of Fortune slot area at the Plaza Hotel and Casino on Friday, July 30, 2021, in Las Vegas. The Wheel of Fortune slot machine game celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. (Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @ellenschmidttt
Wheel of Fortune co-host and card player Vanna White plays a Wheel of Fortune slot machine at Global Gaming Expo 2016. (Courtesy of IGT)
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Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, left, presents entertainer Vanna White with the key to the city during the Global Gaming Expo at the Las Vegas Sands Expo and Convention Center on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. IGT’s Wheel of Fortune slot machine celebrates its 20th anniversary. birthday Review-Newspaper file photo
The game’s sound effects, tones and tunes taken from the popular TV show are just one of the reasons why IGT’s most popular slot machine has endured for 25 years.
From June 15 and for the next few months until December 1, the company is celebrating “25 Weeks of Wheel of Fortune,” a silver anniversary tribute to the brand that includes special giveaways via the Wheel Facebook page.
IGT says Wheel of Fortune was the first licensed slots brand and is a precursor to many more themed games featuring featured movies, TV shows and celebrities.
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And while Wheel of Fortune makes a big visual impact on the casino floor with its 250 different game variations, some of them in cabinets over 11 feet tall, it’s the sounds they make that seem to keep fans coming back.
“You can’t walk through a casino without hearing it,” said Boris Hallerbach, IGT’s director of product management for premium products in Reno. “It’s like the parties called the players.”
That’s the same impression Plaza CEO Jonathan Jossel has. The downtown property has the Wheel of Fortune Slots Zone where a mix of different machine variations are grouped together.
“It’s iconic,” Jossel said. “It’s the sound of the game, everyone knows those noises from the Wheel of Fortune game, whether you hear them at the airport or in the casino. It’s the first sound you hear when you arrive in Vegas and the last sound you hear when you leave. It’s almost synonymous with Vegas , that Wheel of Fortune song and the sound of those reels.”
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According to Hallerbach’s account, it began when former IGT president Charles Mathewson attended an awards dinner and by “happy accident” sat next to a Sony Pictures Television executive. Over dinner, they discussed the potential of teaming up to develop a collaboration for a slot machine game show.
“Getting an entertainment and television company to consider their content on slot machines was a little difficult,” Hallerbach said. “The sensitivity of how we represented the slot game and the experience was important, and we wanted to separate ourselves from the TV show and the slot machine.”
Although 1996 is recognized as the year Wheel of Fortune was born, a decade earlier a significant development occurred that would generate much of Wheel’s success.
IGT introduced wide area progressive jackpots, essentially linking wide area machines that feed money into a prize pool. IGT introduced the concept with another floor king, Megabucks.
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Ten years later, Wheel of Fortune would borrow the wide-area progressive system, ensuring that some of the game’s biggest winners would become millionaires.
The first Wheel of Fortune game that came out didn’t even have a wheel. It was just a three-reel mechanical nickel slot game with a game show theme.
Around that time, a small Las Vegas company, Anchor Gaming, had a patented wheel that was perfect for incorporating into the Wheel of Fortune game. Anchor made slot games, including its Wheel of Gold, and operated casinos in Cripple Creek and Black Hawk, Colorado, and a tribal casino in California. But his greatest contribution to the industry was supplying the wheel that made Wheel of Fortune famous.
IGT at first leased the rights to use the wheel. But by 2001, IGT had grown to a dominant international presence and acquired Anchor in a $1.1 billion stock deal, making it Nevada’s largest publicly traded company at the time.
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“We used that Anchor wheel in the process and created the game that combined the Wheel of Fortune brand with strong IGT base games like Double Diamond and created something that really hit a positive nerve with players,” Hallerbach said. “It was the first brand in slot machines, and people with their familiarity with the TV show every night I think they had an instant affinity with the Wheel of Fortune slot game.”
With the popularity of the Wheel slot and the rise of the TV show, IGT’s network of studios began inventing variations of the game that turned out to be just as popular as the older versions. IGT introduced the video version of Wheel in 2001.
As technology improved, IGT added more paylines and mixed more denominations to play, attracting a wider audience to the game.
In 2006, IGT introduced the “Wheel of Fortune Super Spin”, a vehicle for more people to access the game’s bonus features faster. In 2009, thanks to those wide-area progressive jackpots, the Wheel handed its biggest jackpot ever, $14.4 million, to a player from Biloxi, Mississippi.
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Cabinets and displays have been made larger for the game. Some versions had seating for multiple players. The graphics have become sharper and more realistic.
When IGT first promoted its True 3D display products in 2016, the TV show’s Vanna White met and took photos with people attending the Global Gaming Expo trade show in Las Vegas that year. He received the ceremonial Key to the City of Las Vegas as part of the celebration.
IGT followed up with the Wheel of Fortune MegaTower, just over 11 feet tall, in 2017, and in 2018, the company introduced a new game visual, True 4D, in which game elements appear to jump off the video screen and player lap
A total of 250 different variations of the game are offered, and today players can sit back and play while the voices of host Pat Sajak along with co-host and card swap White interact with them. Players can also listen to Jim Thornton, the announcer of the TV show.
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For proprietary reasons, IGT officials won’t say how many Wheel of Fortune games are installed in casinos across North America, where the game is most popular, but Nick Khin, IGT’s director of gaming operations, said there are thousands
“The players are very loyal to the product; they trust the game because it’s been in casinos for a long time,” Khin said. “They’re very comfortable with it, and a lot of players have a relationship with the game that goes back a long time. Players will come to the casino specifically looking for that game.”
The sounds, progressive jackpots and familiarity of the game have allowed Wheel of Fortune to develop a diverse player base.
Another way IGT keeps the Wheel in front of people is through lottery tickets. IGT is one of the world’s largest operators of lottery games. In the United States, the company sells lottery tickets in 25 states. West of the Mississippi River, they can be purchased in Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, New Mexico, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota and Texas.
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Arguably the most recognizable Wheel of Fortune slot machine player in the country is social media influencer Brian Christopher, an actor from Toronto who moved to Southern California to try to make it in Hollywood and ended up becoming a YouTube sensation.
“One day, I posted a couple of funny videos of me playing, and those videos ended up going viral,” Christopher said of the birth of bcslots.com and his company, BC Slots.
Christopher travels all over the country, mostly in the Southwest, and comes to Las Vegas several times a year, making YouTube videos of him playing and explaining slots.
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