Monday, April 2, 2012 | 2 a.m.
What sets this game apart, and helped it win first place at the Global Gaming Expo trade show in 2010, is that players can spin the wheel in a bonus round. While other games took a punch of a button to spin a wheel, players can actually reach up and give this one a spin, as fast or slow as they like, paired with clacking sound effects.
Why would you want to spin just one wheel, when you can spin two? Bally credits the double wheels sitting atop Vegas Hits for its popularity. Players don't have to leave their seats to win bonuses, free games and a chance to spin the top wheel.
Money Vault is a wide-area progressive slot, meaning any number of people are spinning for jackpot at the same time. That raises the stakes and the size of the final win. This is the machine that yielded a $2.8 million prize to a U.S. Marine in February at the Bellagio. Money Vault offered groundbreaking 3D technology when it debuted, allowing players to spin a wheel that doesn't sit flat on the machine. A 32-inch high-definition screen sits at the top of the slot, giving it extra visibility in the casino.
A cartoon wizard and graphics depicting magic potions and invisible ink give this slot a playful character. Tip: When you walk by the machine, rub the cartoon wizard in upper left-hand corner, and he'll laugh.
Really, people only play this for the jackpots. You know, like they only read the magazine for the articles. Whatever the case, the slot machine features cartoon pinups that shake and shimmy with every win, as well as a dancing Hef.
The original animated sex goddess, Betty now is among the characters used to loosen wallets at the casino. A bonus feature making this towering slot popular is the "love meter." On a screen about the size of a couple of iPhones, players place their hands to get their "love temperature" taken. The device then rates them on eight levels from merely "lovable" to "smoking" to "passionate."
This machine is sort of a pop icon. A shot of the fiery 7s opens Katy Perry's music video "Waking up in Vegas." Players seem to like it because of the 84.7 percent hit frequency and payouts of up to 20,000 times the denomination of their bet.