I saw radiant fountains that danced to music.
Exquisite murals painted on high gilded ceilings.
And thousands of these evil things. The Wheel of Fortune slots. These machines are equipped with a free spin symbol that gives you a bonus payoff. Once you activate the bonus spin, a "Wheel of Fortune" wheel on top of the machine is activated. The games have a button to push that starts the wheel spinning and awards you, depending on where the wheel stops, anywhere from 25 coins up to the current progressive jackpot.
This machine and I were not friends...at first. I set my limit to the $50 I put in it. My money was going fast and with nothing to show for it! All I wanted was one SPIN. Forget the current progressive jackpot of $4.5 million...I want that bonus spin! (which on this machine only ranged from $25-$1,000). Then finally, I hit my first SPIN. The lights start flashing, the Wheel of Fortune music and audio of a "live" studio audience oooooh-ing and aaaaaaaaaaw-ing start playing. Hitting the SPIN was really very exciting.
On my first spin I hit 50 coins. I won my money back and then some! The machine was starting to warm up to me. I decided to keep playing. I wanted another SPIN...and got it! The second time I landed on 35. I had to keep going. Just one more hit I said.
After two tries I hit another SPIN. It was insane. I hit 3 SPINS all in a span of 5 minutes! I got my camera ready and pushed the SPIN button.
And cashout. I'm no fool :p
All that excitement made me hungry so I headed to a cafe and treated myself to coffee and two breakfast pastries. A chocolate croissant (recipe here and here) and a blueberry muffin (recipe here). I love Vegas :)