t was also named in the Favorite Video Slot category. Additionally, the new Wheel of Fortune Experience on the Center Stage Series also placed among the Favorite Progressive winners.
"The longstanding success of our Wheel of Fortune slots is a testament to IGT's dedication to developing the games that players truly enjoy to play," said Ron Rivera, IGT senior vice president of North America sales. "From the classic spinning reel game to the new Wheel of Fortune Experience, packed with interactive bonuses and 3D fun, players love these games."
Since the game was first launched in 1996, more than us$ 2.5 billion in jackpots have been won on Wheel of Fortune slot machines. And slot players continually select Wheel of Fortune as their favorite slot machine - with their favorite bonus feature - year after year.
In the Favorite Progressive category, Wheel of Fortune took top honors and IGT's popular Megabucks game placed second. Introduced in 1986, Megabucks offers players a chance at life-changing jackpots and holds the record of the world's largest slot jackpot ever - hit in March 2003 for us$ 39 million at the Excalibur Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas.
And completing IGT's honors in this category was the new Wheel of Fortune Experience Slots on the Center Stage Platform - a 103-inch overhead screen with five individual player stations. Wheel of Fortune Experience Slots features 3D graphics in the base games and the industry-first puzzle-solving group play bonus on the giant overhead screen.
The Favorite Bonus Round category named Wheel of Fortune slots as number one. Also a winner in this category was the popular Cleopatra slots. This theme takes players on a trip down the Nile and the Sphinx initiates the bonus round where the player is awarded free spins, and all wins during the bonus are three times their normal value. If the Sphinx appears on three or more reels during the bonus, the player is awarded even more free spins.
The 2010 'Best of Gaming' awards were conducted by Casino Player magazine. This is the 15th annual survey done by Casino Player to its readers on their favorite aspects of gaming. Along with casino games, the survey included polls on readers' favorite casinos, hotels, and amenities.