New Jeopardy! slots hit the casinos

Dec 5, 2000 5:52 AM

IGT’s new Jeopardy! video slot machines have hit the casinos. Initial reports indicate they have been well received by players.

A total of 1,000 Jeopardy! video machines are on order nationwide, with the first installations taking place at the Hard Rock Hotel, Harrah's, the Plaza, the Stardust Resort & Casino, Sunset Station and Westward Ho, all in Las Vegas; and at the Showboat in Atlantic City.

The Aladdin, Barbary Coast and the Rio in Las Vegas should also have the games available. More installations are scheduled in Atlantic City, Mississippi, Louisiana and Native American casinos.

Jeopardy! Video is a nickel video slot version of IGT's popular Jeopardy! MegaJackpots spinning reel slot game. The initial game, introduced in 1998, features many of the visual and sound effects popularized on the syndicated game show.

The new video version pumps up the action with enhanced sound effects and computer graphics; voiceovers by host Alex Trebek and announcer Johnny Gilbert, and the familiar Jeopardy! music.

There are multiple ways to win. The Jeopardy! Bonus starts when three or more Jeopardy! symbols land on any pay line. The Double Jeopardy! Bonus kicks in with three or more Double Jeopardy! symbols.

Players then pick squares from grids that look like the set on the TV game show. Each square reveals a credit value, which is added to the bonus win. One two-times multiplier is hidden on the grid in the Jeopardy! Bonus. Two two-times multipliers double the bonus credits in the Double Jeopardy! Bonus.

Both bonus rounds end when the player uncovers the Final Jeopardy! symbol, which triggers the Final Jeopardy! Bonus round. The player receives one pick from a set of five squares, which also includes a two-times multiplier. The MegaJackpot Instant Winner progressive jackpot is won when five Jeopardy! symbols land on the ninth payline with maximum coins bet. The MegaJackpot builds from a base amount of $100,000 and is paid instantly, upon verification of the jackpot.

I Dream of Jeannie, developed under an IGT joint venture with Anchor Coin, a subsidiary of Anchor Gaming (NASDAQ: SLOT), has also made its first appearance in casinos. It’s a nickel video slot game, and it’s loaded with ways to win. Three or more scattered Wish symbols trigger the Three Wishes Bonus.

A player picks three out of six wishes when Jeannie beckons, "Make a wish." The player gets laughs while racking up credits, with wishes like "I wish I had natural blonde hair," and "I wish my mattress was stuffed with money." The Bonus Doubled symbol delivers the ultimate wish of a doubled payout. If the Bonus Wish symbol is uncovered, the player gets an extra pick from the wish list.

Bonus game fever is heightened in the Spin the Wheel Bonus, triggered by three, four or five Jeannie Wheel symbols on any pay line. The player picks the number of spins by choosing bottles from a beach. The familiar TV show theme music plays during the reel spin, credit rollup and bonus play. The round ends with Jeannie announcing, "Master, you're a winner!"

The machine, marketed and distributed by Anchor Coin, will be available in a stand-alone format in all jurisdictions except Atlantic City and Detroit, where its MegaJackpot Instant Winner jackpot prize will build from a base amount of $100,000.

Of the 1,200 I Dream of Jeannie machines on order nationwide, the first installations were in Las Vegas at the Aladdin, Flamingo Hilton, Harrah's, Mandalay Bay, Paris, the Rio, Sunset Station and the Venetian.

TV personalities Alex Trebek and Barbara Eden made personal appearances at several gaming trade shows to help introduce the new machines.