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Wheel of Fortune Classic: Envelope Bonuses

Wheel of Fortune Classic by IGT wheel
Written by Joshua

Wheel of Fortune games have been a staple on the casino floor for more than 25 years now. While many of the games are modern video slot machines and classic mechanical reels, it’s much harder nowadays to find some of the original classic Wheel of Fortune video reel machines.

Plaza in Las Vegas had three different variations on their floor in a few of my recent visits, with their machines hanging on after casinos like Bellagio and The D had pulled theirs. I thought it would be fun to look at the three versions I saw and just talk through them, because they were all still fun to play more than two decades later, even if they were not nearly the volatile experience modern slots tend to be today.

Wheel of Fortune by IGT solid line hit

One thing that was noticeable about these games was the line hit potential. The Wheel of Fortune symbol is not only wild, but doubles line pays, so here’s a great example of a 50x line hit. It feels like a lot of slots nowadays have very anemic five of a kind pays, so getting this sort of a win is pretty fun.

Another was that, like many older machines, you could actually select how many lines you wanted to play, and the bet per line. So you could do 1 line if you really wanted to, for instance.

Wheel of Fortune by IGT four wheel symbols bonus

The game had a couple of features. Like other Wheel of Fortune games, you get the chance to spin the wheel, shown at the top. Depending on whether you got 3, 4 or 5 wheels on a line, that would yield 1, 3 or 5 spins, respectively.

Wheel of Fortune by IGT three wheel spin prizes

Your wheel spin amount was multiplied by your line bet to determine the total prize for that spin.

Wheel of Fortune Classic by IGT envelope bonus triggered

There was also an envelope bonus. Like the bonus round at the time, you picked envelopes out of the word WHEEL.

Wheel of Fortune Classic by IGT Envelope Bonus outcome

You got three picks, and won the values of each picked. If 2 or more matched, you got a bonus for matching them.

Overall, the frequent bonusing and solid line hits made it a fun game to play. Its sister games are also fun; those will be written up in upcoming posts.

Wheel of Fortune Classic Slot Videos

RandomSlots has a video that also features the pay tables and a wheel bonus:

In the early days of Brian Christopher‘s channel, he got a wheel spin on this version:

About the author


My name is Joshua, and I’m a slot enthusiast who works in tech as a marketer by day, and dabbles in casinos periodically during off-times. Know Your Slots will reflect my interests in understanding the various ways you can play slots, travel, casino promotions and how you can get the most out of your casino visits.

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