Wheel of Fortune Comes to Hard Rock Punta Cana

Just after announcing the arrival of the Britney Spears slot, the Hard Rock Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic revealed that it will also now offer a Wheel of Fortune slot. This is the result of a deal between the Hard Rock Punta Cana resort and casino and IGT, which means an exciting roster of new slots are about to hit the beautiful Caribbean hotel.

Sunset on the beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Visitors to the beautiful Hard Rock Punta Cana Resort and Casino will be happy to discover the casino’s latest offerings. ©skeeze/Pixabay

Are You Feeling Lucky? The Wheel of Fortune Slot

One of the latest slots to come to the Hard Rock Punta Cana is the Wheel of Fortune, a 5 reel slot with 5 paylines. The game offers a super-high jackpot of up to $50,000 — so let’s hope you’re feeling lucky! Players can place bets between $1 and $45 (USD), and there is not a progressive bonus option.

Using inspiration from the show, the Wheel of Fortune slot combines traditional symbols, like cherries and apples, with symbols inspired by the show: cruise ships, oranges, diamonds rings, tropical beaches and — of course! — the Wheel of Fortune.

This slot was first introduced to the gaming world in 1996, but has managed to stay beloved even 24 years later! According to some, it was this game that launched IGT to the position it holds today in the gaming industry — which isn’t hard to believe, given how many people love the TV show.

Because the game has been around for so long, IGT has created a vast number of spin-offs on their original title — 30 in total! These include versions like Wheel of Fortune: Double Diamond, Wheel of Fortune: Sizzling 7, Wheel of Fortune: Triple Strike, Wheel of Fortune: Five Times Pay, and more.

IGT: Creator of the Wheel of Fortune Slot

The company IGT, or International Gaming Technology, is responsible for creating the popular Wheel of Fortune slots series. Founded in Las Vegas in 1975, the company is now spearheaded by CEO Marco Sala as of 2015, when the company was acquired by Gtech, or Grey Technology, Ltd.

Today, IGT is based in London, U.K., but has offices around the world, including in cities like Rome, Providence (Rhode Island, USA), and Las Vegas. The company provides not only slot machines, but also other greatly useful and beloved technologies to offer the most eye-catching, seamless, and up-to-date gambling experiences for users around the world.

At the close of last year, some in the gaming industry were surprised to learn that the Chief Financial Officer of IGT, Alberto Fornaro, would be leaving the company in 2020. At the time of that announcement, made in December 2019, a successor had not yet been named.

IGT and Hard Rock Punta Cana

The new deal between IGT and the Hard Rock Punta Cana, a hotel and resort based in the Dominican Republic, means that IGT’s delightful Crystal series of cabinets will be available at the Caribbean hotel and casino. In addition to the Wheel of Fortune series, this will include titles like Latin Getaways, Exotic Far East, and more.

Players at the Hard Rock Punta Cana resort and casino are likely to love the popular Cash Link feature, which offers a multilevel progressive bonus and a free games bonus — in addition to the already-exciting base games the Crystal series offers.

IGT’s beloved Wheel of Fortune slot isn’t the only pop culture-inspired game made by the company. In fact, in addition to this extremely beloved game, IGT offers popular games on their Crystal cabinets inspired by films including Ghostbusters, and TV shows like Sex and the City.

Just the Latest for Hard Rock Punta Cana

This extremely exciting announcement comes just a short time after the Hard Rock Punta Cana announced that, in collaboration with Aristocrat, they would be offering the beloved Britney Spears slot game — a game which features much of the pop star’s extremely popular music, played during gameplay with HD surround sound.

In a clever decision, officials from the Hard Rock Punta Cana elected to place this slot, a 6×5 slot with 60 possible paylines, next to a beautiful gown once worn by the pop star. Part of the appeal of the Hard Rock franchise is the vast collection of eye-catching memorabilia held by the brand.

Gambling in the Dominican Republic: An Overview

Game-lovers and travel enthusiasts alike will be happy to learn that gambling is legal in the Dominican Republic. This includes casinos, bingo, poker, sports betting, lottery, bitcoin gambling, and online gambling, thanks to a decision made by the country’s government in 2006 (though regulations did not begin until 2011).

Sports betting is particularly popular in the Dominican Republic, and is overseen by the Secretaría de Estado de Deportes, Educación Física y Recreación. Sources familiar with sports betting in the Dominican Republic say that while players can place their bets at local casinos, many prefer to do their sports betting at specified sports betting shops.

Conversely, bingo is not particularly popular in the Dominican Republic. Though it is legal and offered by casinos, players who do participate in bingo in the Dominican Republic prefer to do so online. As of the last count, there are 50 active casinos in the Dominican Republic, including 2 Hard Rock resorts and casinos.

As of the last reports, the only legal provider of online gaming local to the Dominican Republic is The Stars Group (formerly known as Amaya), but international sites are also available and legal for local players to use.

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