Why the Wheel Keeps Turning in Wheel of Fortune

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BetMGM Sep 15, 2021, 9:52 AM

Wheel of Fortune is the longest-running game show in American history, with a special place in the hearts and weekly TV schedules of many across the globe. It has been on our television screens – and more recently, our computer and smartphone screens – for 46 years now, with no end in sight.

Below, we take a look at a few reasons why the wheel keeps turning (as it does with other similar live casino online experiences). We also give a breakdown of how to enjoy this beloved game outside of the TV show itself, such as in the form of online casino games at the BetMGM online casino.

Why is Wheel of Fortune so popular?

The first episode of Wheel of Fortune was broadcast on NBC on January 6, 1975, with Chuck Woolery and Susan Stafford stepping into the roles of host and co-host, respectively. Other hosts over the years included, most notably, Pat Sajak and Vanna White, as well as Rolf Benirschke and Bob Goen. 

It’s safe to say that the game show was a massive hit right from the start and is known for being one of the highest-rated programs on US-syndicated television for decades. As a result, it’s unsurprising that it quickly became a global sensation following its debut in the 1970s, with many countries from around the globe, such as France, New Zealand, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom, creating adaptations for local audiences.

Wheel of Fortune has managed to continually evolve with the times and has recently released a brand-new spin-off show called Celebrity Wheel of Fortune. It premiered in January 2021 to the delight of many die-hard fans and has since been renewed for a second season, set to premiere in September.

Other ways to play Wheel of Fortune

Anyone who loves Wheel of Fortune has definitely wanted to give the wheel a whirl themselves at some point or another! The great news is that there are plenty of different ways to get in on the action and play. There are many board game variations of the game show created by popular toy companies like Pressman Toy Corporation and Irwin Toys, to name a few. There are also lots of video games that have been released over the years, some of which can be played online and others that are also played via gaming consoles, such as Nintendo.

Finally, fans of online slots will be thrilled to discover that there are excellent casino slot games based on the Wheel of Fortune concept and aesthetic. In fact, it’s estimated that well over 200 “Wheel of Fortune” casino slot games have been created since the mid-1990s for both land-based casinos and online casinos alike.

Play slots online: Wheel of Fortune

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If you’re interested in giving Wheel of Fortune online slots a go, you needn’t look any further than the BetMGM online casino. Here are a few games on offer.

Wheel of Fortune Triple Extreme Spin

Wheel of Fortune Triple Extreme Spin is just one example to add to your “must-play” list. The classic 5-reel slot game is one of the most sought-after slot favorites in Las Vegas and is now available to play online! 

Powered by IGT, it gives all players a strong sense of nostalgia as they enjoy the stunning retro visuals and an old-school soundtrack. The return to player (RTP) ranges between 92 – 96%, and there are 720 ways to win. Load up with as little as 50 or as many as 2,500 credits per spin, depending on whether or not you’re feeling lucky, to potentially earn a maximum pay-out of 500,000 coins! Look out for the Mini Wheel Bonus feature when you land three or more scatter logos, and the Triple Extreme Spin Bonus, where you can score some impressive multipliers ranging from 2x to 5,000x the stake.

Wheel of Fortune On Tour

For many, Wheel of Fortune On Tour is a go-to when the desire to play casino online slot games arises. It has an authentic look and feel, sporting a number of attractive symbols, including the famous Wheel of Fortune wheel, the White House, Mount Rushmore, and more.

It’s another Wheel of Fortune adaption designed by gaming company IGT and is one of the company’s talked-about Level Up Plus games. In this type of IGT game, you’ll unlock more features and improve your chances of winning the longer you play. 

Wheel of Fortune On Tour boasts five reels and 30 paylines with a Wheelmobile Wilds feature, where up to four types of any symbol are selected at random and turned into wilds. There’s also a Spin to Win Bonus feature where you can choose a letter from the word “WHEEL” to land an instant prize worth as much as 400x the stake!

Register to play slots online

At BetMGM, you can look forward to playing hundreds of online casino games and renowned slot game favorites, including the Wheel of Fortune adaptations mentioned above. Along with slot games, we also provide a broad selection of casino table games via our casino games app and up-to-the-minute sports betting. Register to play via our convenient mobile portal here.  

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