The IGT legacy started all the way back in 1975. Initially based in Las Vegas and known as A-1 Supply, it made and distributed slot machines and other gaming technology. It was also the original creator of the video poker machine. By the year 2000, it had produced over 1 million gaming machines. By 2010, that number reached 2 million.
In 2005 IGT bought WagerWorks, which was an online casino software developer. IGT was then acquired by Gtech in 2015, which had itself been acquired by Lottomatica in 2006. Lottomatica and Gtech were both big names in the world of online gambling technology, and the amalgamation of these four organisations is what we now know as IGT.
It currently employs over 12,000 people and spends an incredible $300 million on research and development every single year. A large percentage of that budget is directed towards the equipment side of the business, but the online games are certainly not neglected.
IGT also acquired DoubleDown Casino, making it among the first developers to venture into social gaming. DoubleDown, which was once part of Facebook, is the largest virtual casino in the world. It has an average of 5.4 million unique players every month.
There are over 30 IGT casino games available at DoubleDown, including slots and table games. It caters to players from the UK, Europe, Australia, Asia, and Africa.
IGT slots are made by the WagerWorks side of the business. With all the experience that IGT has, you can be assured of some great games, and you won’t be disappointed! As well as online blackjack, roulette, poker, bingo, and lotto games, there are video slots such as:
- DaVinci Diamonds
- Solar Disc
- Monkey Prince
- Elephant King
- White Orchid
There are also licensed titles, including:
- Harley-Davidson Motorcycles
IGT created the Wheel Of Fortune progressive slot machine in 1996. It continues to be one of the most popular gaming machines of all time. It still produces Wheel Of Fortune video slots to this day, over 20 years later.
As you would expect from an organisation of this size, there is an extensive roulette offering. Some of the variations include:
- Double Bonus Spin
- Triple Bonus Spin
- 3 Wheel
- Hot Streak
You might wonder how many ways a ball can roll around a wheel, but these games vary quite extensively. Some will display statistics and information, while others will offer free spins and bonuses. Others will have multiple wheels running at once, or different numbers on the wheels. If you’d like to try an unusual variation of the game, it’s a good idea to seek out a play-for-free version. Once you get a grip on the rules you can begin placing real money bets.
Many of the biggest and most respected names in the online casino industry use IGT roulette games. These include Bet365, Jackpot City, and Betsson. With table limits starting from as little as €0.05, there’s something here to suit every budget.
Just like the roulette offerings, there are plenty of IGT blackjack variants available. The ones to look out for would be:
- Top Hat 21
- Super Sevens
With so many games on offer, it can be hard to know where to start. If you’re a beginner, as we mentioned previously, our advice would be to find a classic blackjack game with a free demo mode and get to grips with the rules. Once you’re competent with how the game works, you can start to play for real money. Again, the classic game would still be the one to start with.
When you have got the hang of playing for real cash on the classic variant, you can try the other versions. Some vary only slightly, while others will have very different rules. With each new style, it’s worth finding a free demo version so you can try-before-you-buy. It’s a lot easier making your mistakes when there’s no money on the line.
As highlighted, IGT is the innovator of the original video poker machine. It was a single-game title called Fortune 1 Draw Poker, created all the way back in 1979. Video poker machines are still one of the company’s most popular products, and that experience has been passed on to the online video poker games.
Some of the available variations include:
- Jacks or Better
- Joker Poker
- Bonus Poker
- Deuces Wild
- Tens or Better
- Triple Ace
At the 2010 Best of Gaming Awards, hosted by Casino Player magazine, each and every award in the ‘Favourite Video Poker Game’ category was won by an IGT poker game.
The magazine’s readers were able to vote for their favourite aspects of gaming, as well as their favourite casinos, hotels and amenities.
The five IGT games named were Jacks or Better Poker, Deuces Wild Poker, Double Double Bonus Poker, Bonus Poker, and Double Bonus Poker.
As user appreciation goes, you can’t get much better than that.