IGT has been putting out Wheel of Fortune slot machines based on the popular game show for more than two decades.
If you’ve visited a casino, chances are you walked past a group of them with enthralled players eyeing the colorful spinning wheel up high that offers potential bonuses of various sizes.
But with casinos shut down in Pennsylvania and across the country, online slots players are looking at home to a variant of the game offering even more potential excitement: Wheel of Fortune Triple Extreme Spin.
At least three of the state’s iCasinos have it
Not all nine of the state’s iCasinos offer this IGT offshoot, but it can be found at the online operations of Hollywood Casino, Unibet, FanDuel Casino, and Parx, mixed in among dozens of other slot options that bear no connection to any long-running syndicated TV game shows.
Triple Extreme Spin doesn’t have anything to do with revealing letters or buying vowels or making words or phrases. But it has the recorded cheers and groans resembling those of the show’s studio audience to interrupt the perky, jingly, music throughout.
Triple Extreme Spin, played with five reels and three wheels, advertises “720 ways to win” while players hope to match symbols of fruit, jewelry, convertibles, and yachts or particular bonus icons.
The fun comes when three spinning wheels show up among the 19 different slots available for the symbols to appear.
That leads to an interactive bonus round, with the player picking three envelopes from among 12 offered. The selections affect blue, yellow, and red spinning wheels that provide different bonuses and multipliers while the audience reacts.
The blue wheel awards 30x-1,000x the coin value and the red wheel 100x-5,000x, so you’re hoping to select the latter. The yellow wheel has a multiplier ranging from 2x to 10x.
It’s time to win big … or not
As your three bonus wheels spin in this extra round offering the chance to pile up credits, you can get rather transfixed, grinning or groaning as the wheels turn and you land on either a maximum or minimum payout from all of the possibilities that exist.
“It’s time to win big — press the wheel and spin!” a female announcer calls out to coax you along on the game, revving up your enthusiasm.
Of course, your enthusiasm will wax and wane according to your luck. The pay table on Unibet’s site discloses the game’s expected “long-term, theoretical” payback is from 92% to 96.08%.
“The expected payback reflects the theoretical return across a very large number of plays by numerous players over an extended period of time,” it notes. Your own success may vary.