Five games that draw the crowds in a land based casino

Five games that draw the crowds in a land based casino

The online casino world is littered with great slots, many of which draw in thousands of players at any one time. Of course, it being the digital gambling world, you can’t see that. In the land-based casino world, there are no such problems. The sheer volume of people playing slot machine games in their favourite casinos is plain to see, and so are the huge wins that some of these games can play out. But what are the land-based slots that pull in the biggest crowds? In this article, we’ll aim to take a look at five of the best.

Land-based slots are sometimes known as Vegas games. If you aren’t quick on the uptake, they get their name from the fact that they are online slots which can be found in the gambling capital of Las Vegas, amongst other worldwide venues. Not all land-based slots are ported to the online casino world. Some remain solely as land-based slots. Most of the best are available to play both online and offline, though.

The vast majority of these land-based, or Vegas slots tend to be developed by IGT, and WMS Gaming. These two giants of the casino industry are also popular developers of online slots, and we have no doubt that you’ll have heard of them? Alongside them, other household names such as Aristocrat, Novomatic, and WagerWorks have also got in on the act.

When it comes to land-based slots, the simple fact is this: the more familiar a player is with a certain slot, the more likely they are to play. It is no surprise then that the most popular land-based/Vegas slots are also those which have been ported to the online casino world. So, without further ado, here are the top five games that can draw a crowd in any run-of-the-mill land-based casino.


WMS gaming have been developing land-based slots for casinos since the 50s, and few of them come any bigger than Zeus, and the slot’s sequels. Yes, so popular is this game that it has spawned two sequels. The original Zeus is just as popular today as it was when it was first released. Zeus is played over 5-reels and 30 lines. This slot is themed on Ancient Greek mythology, includes wilds, and up to 100 free spins, the latter of which contains stacked wilds. Zeus is a very colourful, and very audible slot, which boosts its popularity with the masses.

Da Vinci Diamonds

There are several Da Vinci Diamond slots out there, but this one is perhaps the most famous, and the most popular. Its popularity stems from the fact that it is a low variance slot. This means that whilst it may not be responsible for the biggest wins, it is responsible for frequent ones. Now, there’s a crowd pleaser. The slot is based on a handful of Leonardo Da Vinci’s paintings, and several coloured gemstones. This IGT developed slot contains a Tumbling Reels feature, which means it is possible to win extra prizes by landing multiple combinations on a single spin. The slot features just 5 reels and 20 lines, but up to 300 free spins can be won at once.

Book of Ra

Novomatic’s Book of Ra slot has become an online sensation this year, although its heritage goes back to the land-based casino world, where it still draws in a quite the crowd. The slot has been designed by Novomatic, and is a basic 5-reel, 5-payline game. The benefit of this slot – and potentially the reason why it is so popular – is that it uses a single wild symbol as a replacement icon, a scatter, and a bonus giving symbol. This cuts down the number of symbols in the slot, boosting the possibility of landing wins. It’s Indiana Jones-esque theme doesn’t hurt its popularity rating either. A deluxe edition of this game has also been released which contains more paylines.


Cleopatra is perhaps IGT’s most famous land-based slot. The game follows a standard 5-reel, 20-line format, but it has produced some of the biggest land-based casino jackpots in history. Cleopatra is themed on the last Pharaoh of Egypt of the same name, offers all of the trimmings (wilds, scatters multipliers, free spins), and is one of the more moderately priced Vegas slots you can play. The slot’s free spins feature offers 3x multipliers, whilst the bonus round provides you with the chances to win those sizeable pots we mentioned earlier. The other good thing about Cleopatra is that it is so widely available in land-based casinos, you can play it virtually anywhere.

Wheel of Fortune

Wheel of Fortune was one of the very first “gameshow” slots. IGT’s Wheel of Fortune slot could join Cleopatra on the most famous slots list. The game is one of Vegas’ big winners, paying out millions of dollars a year in prizes. It is only a simple 5-reel, 5-line game, but it has bonuses, free spins, scatters, wilds, and cheap bets. The bonus round in this game is also quite faithful to the original television series. This slot has inspired a range of similarly themed games to appear. The only really surprising thing about Wheel of Fortune is that it doesn’t have the following in online circles. Offline, though, you’d be hard pressed to find a land-based casino game more popular than this.

Others worthy of mention

Of course, if you are going to be playing land-based slots in Las Vegas, or any other place which offers land-based casino slots, you should try your hand at those games above. If you are after other top quality slots which draw in big crowds, then you may also wish to try your hand at 50 Dragons, Big Ben, Bruce Lee, Buffalo, Cats, Choy Sun Doa, Coyote Moon, Elvis the King (and the sequel, Elvis the King Lives), Ghostbusters, Kitty Glitter, Lucky88, Monopoly, Raging Rhino, Siberian Storm, Wizard of Oz, or the Wolf Moon slot.

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