They didn’t go by IGT, though. Back then their name was A-1 Supply, and then Sircoma, and then IGT in 1981 – the same year the company went public on NASDAQ.
Redd sold the company to Gtech in 1986. He served on the board of directors until 1991, the same year the company went public on the NYSE.
It was also during the mid-to-late nineties that IGT started to expand internationally – they opened offices in Argentina and South Africa.
IGT also acquired two companies, Barcrest Gaming and Sodak Gaming.
IGT in the 21st Century
During the 2000s, they continued to acquire gaming companies, for example, Anchor Gaming in 2001-2002. Then they picked up Acres Gaming in 2003.
They also continued to expand internationally. By 2007 they were in the Mexican gaming market, as well as the Japanese, Chinese and Asian markets.
2010 was a great year for them. They picked up several rewards, including International Gaming Awards’ Best Slot Manufacturer of the Year, which was a repeat from the previous year. They followed that up with several more, which include:
Casino Player Magazine’s Best Gaming for 2010
Top honors in Global Gaming Business’ 8th Annual Gaming and Technology Awards
Winner of the Casino Enterprise Management Hospitality Operations Technology Awards
35 different awards in Strictly Slots Best of Slots Awards
In 2010, IGT celebrated the production of their 2 millionth slot machine.
To cap things off, they started to focus on their online and mobile gaming efforts. They merged with WagerWorks (which they bought in 2005 for $90 million) and Million 2-1 into a single global division headquartered in San Francisco.
In 2011 they acquired Entraction, a poker network in Sweden. They also acquired Double Down in 2012, which is a Facebook game company based out of Seattle.
In 2014, Italian gaming equipment company Gtech acquired IGT for $6.4 billion. The two companies combined under a new holding name – they decided to drop Gtech and continue to use IGT.
They completed the merger in April 2015 under the new name: International Game Technology PLC.
Today IGT has more than 12,000 employees and are in more than 100 countries worldwide. In 2015, they did $4.69 billion in revenue and $56 million in profit.
International Game Technology Casino Games
Here are most of the games you can play from IGT. We say most because new games are always in development. By the time you read this, there’s a good chance IGT released a new title.
One other thing – the games below are a mixture of their online and offline games.
What’s neat about IGT is that you will find these titles in a Las Vegas brick and mortar casino. For example, our staff has played several of the titles in the list above, including:
Lord of the Rings
Game of Shadows
The Dark Knight
And so on.
Kitty Glitter is one of their most recognizable titles. You know IGT games are available when you see that machine.
Their slots – on the low end – have a 92% RTP. And on the high end, their slots return as much as 97.4%.
One potential letdown is their progressive jackpots – or, rather, jackpot – they only have one – their MegaJackpots.
However, the upside is that several machines contribute to the jackpot. Those machines include: versions of Monopoly, Cluedo, Cleopatra, Siberian Storm, Wolf Run and Isle of Plenty.
Another bit of good news – IGT used to pay progressive jackpot winners their prize in installments over a 20-year period. However, it sounds as if they now pay the winner in full.
And, it looks like this jackpot is won every 4-10 weeks (based on the data we managed to find). The average win is nearly £830,000, while the biggest win was just shy of £2.2 million.
IGT Table Games
Caribbean Stud Poker
Texas Hold’em Bonus
Texas Hold’em Shootout
Three Card Second Chance
Wan Doy Pairs Poker
Hot Streak Blackjack
Vegas Blackjack with 21+ Bonus
Three Wheel Roulette
Double Bonus Spin Roulette
Hot Streak Roulette
Triple Bonus Spin Roulette
While they cover many of the basics, IGT also offers a couple of unique table games you won’t find from other software providers.
For example, both Power Blackjack and Three Card Second Chance are one-off games. In fact, Three Card Second Chance was developed by gaming consultant and game analyst, Michael Shackleford, who is also known as The Wizard of Odds (of WizardOfOdds.com).
IGT Video Poker
Triple Chance Poker
All Star Poker
Super Times Pay
There’s no download required to play IGT’s games. You play them instead from your browser – either on your laptop, or from your mobile device. And because they use HTML5, more (mobile) devices are supported than if they used Flash or Java.
You can play their games for both free and real money, though your options are limited if you want to play for fun.
If you haven’t played an IGT slot machine, you’re missing out. The next time you play in a brick and mortar casino, you should check to see if they offer their games.
This is especially true for American gamblers, as IGT only works in regulated markets. Only international players, and possibly Americans in legal states, will be able to play their games online.
So, don’t pass on the chance to play one of their games.