Other slot makers catching up with IGT

Mar 13, 2008 8:19 PM

by David Stratton | IGT’s Wheel of Fortune slot machine has been the reigning king of casinos for nearly a decade, based on its popularity and the revenue it generates.

But other manufacturers have slowly closed the gap.

At the height of its popularity in 2002, 38 percent of slot managers said Wheel of Fortune was their casinos’ top game.

But last year that number shrunk to only 11 percent – still more than any other game, but only a few percentage points ahead of Aristocrat’s Pompeii at 7 percent.

Aristocrat, in fact, had five slots ranked in the Top 15, based on Goldman Sachs’ annual survey of North American slot managers.

They include the aforementioned Pompeii, Sun and Moon, 50 Lions, Whales of Cash and Mr. Woo.

WMS also had a strong showing with its Monopoly Big Event and Monopoly Super Money Grab, as did Bally’s Hot Shots.

Get the complete list of the most popular slots, as well as a close-up look at the most profitable games in next week’s GamingToday.