The Triple Fortune Dragon series of games has a fanatical following in Washington State. That led a player to wonder:
Why is Triple Fortune Dragon machine only available in Washington state?Randall H.
The original Triple Fortune Dragon actually is available outside Washington State! For many years, to share just an example, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has (or had – it’s been a bit since we’ve been to see if it’s still there) offered a Triple Fortune Dragon machine on its floor.
The game is important enough to IGT, the company that released it, that they even released a variation of it for the Class II/Bingo machine markets last year.
Washington State, however, is unusual in that it doesn’t provide a traditional slot machine (known as Class III) offering, but instead something more like pull tabs or scratch tickets. Because of the unique nature of the system offered there, this also means that the game library tends to be smaller, and it allows games to survive or thrive that may have been pulled off casino floors elsewhere.
Triple Fortune Dragon is most definitely one of them.
The game is so popular in Washington State that brand extensions have been released there in recent years, which haven’t shown up in Class III/Vegas-style slot markets. This is a rare example of an investment in a particular market because of the fervent fan base that’s found there. Some of the extensions have shown up as Bingo machines, but so far that’s about it.
This is not unlike the VGT red screen Bingo machines that have thrived in Oklahoma, but so far haven’t popped up all that often in many other places, even though Bingo machines certainly exist in plentiful numbers elsewhere.
The combination of the unique nature of Washington State’s offering, and the fan base that’s developed around that game, has led the game to be linked to the location, but the game series certainly has existed elsewhere. It’s just in Washington State where the interest is on a completely other level.
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