"Titan 360" sounds like one of those Hollywood summer blockbusters starring Will Smith or Tom Cruise. It's not a film, but Harrah's Resort hopes it will be a blockbuster on its casino floor. Oh, and did I mention it's the only one of its kind in the world?

Standing nearly 12 feet tall, Titan 360 is a cylindrical tower surrounded by eight standard slot machines, all programmed to deliver a spectacular bonus when a key and a lock symbol appear in the first and fifth reels on any of the four popular slot machine titles to which it's connected - China Shores, Heavenly World, Legion Warrior and Fortunes of the Orient.

The twist is that players can enjoy their favorite games, but for a modest extra bet - 20 cents added to a minimum 30-cent bet (50 cents total) - they get the opportunity to win thousands of extra dollars in an ever-increasing series of bonuses, called rise to wealth.

And, unlike many slot machines, whether they're playing the minimum 50-cent bet, the maximum $2.50 bet, or anything in between - $1, $1.50 or $2 - everyone gets a shot at the bonus. The more they bet, the larger the bonus.

Similar to the popular amusement games found throughout Japan, the centerpiece of Titan 360 is a gigantic rotating wheel onto which falls a silver ball which rolls back and forth before finding its home in one of the holes marked with a dollar amount or diamond symbol. Think of it like a giant spinning roulette wheel set on an angle.

If the ball rolls into a space marked with a dollar amount, the player wins that amount multiplied by the level of the initiating bet, i.e., a dollar bet multiplies the bonus by two, a $2.50 bet multiplies it by five. Advancing further may award the player a mini-jackpot or the opportunity to play on another wheel where the prizes are multiplied by 10 and the jackpots are even greater.

"One of the things that makes the game so exciting is how frequently the center bonus goes off," points out Steve Walther, director of games product management for Konami Gaming Inc. "At Harrah's, with a full complement of eight players, the bonus should hit about every 30 spins."

Titan 360 is located across from Bill's Bar & Burger, near the Brigantine entrance.

Revel in the details

For gamblers using a player's card during July, Revel is offering to refund all rated slot losses $100 or greater. The "fine print" is that these losses will be reimbursed in the form of slot play over a 20-week period. In other words, if you lose $1,000 between July 1 and 31, Revel will add $50 in free play to your Revel Card account beginning Aug. 5, and then every Monday thereafter for 19 more weeks. While Revel's "Gamblers Wanted" campaign touts "Can't Lose" unless you visit Revel each of those 20 weeks, you'll forfeit that week's $50 in slot play. And, unless you're very lucky - and you play every week, it's doubtful that you'll turn that $1,000 in free play into $1,000 cash.

A related promotion promises to match free slot play offers from all other Atlantic City casinos, but, again, there are some important caveats you need to be aware of:

•You must bring the complete mail piece that includes your name and address.

•The mail piece will not be returned, unless there are multiple offers on it. In that case, the offer you claim will be marked "void."

•You can claim only one offer per gaming day.

•There is a $500 maximum match per offer.

•Whatever is downloaded must be played that same day.

Since many free slot play offers, specifically those from the four Total Rewards casinos, come in mailings that also contain coupons good for free meals and slot play, once the mailer is verified, those coupons will be returned to you. Also, if the mailer has several offers, such as $50 on July 4, $50 on July 16 and $50 on July 25, you can choose just one of them per day, and that free play will be matched only on the same day it's valid at the initiating casino. (Offers that are good for an extended period of time - July 16 to 31, for example - will be matched any time during those dates.) Also, using free slot play at Revel does not count toward earning Resort Dollars, nor will it count toward your win-loss calculation. In addition, any "bounce back slot play" (approximately $1 per one Resort Dollar earned) will not be offered during July.

Patriotic slots

Celebrate Independence Day by playing some patriotic-themed slot machines in Atlantic City:

Red, White & Blue - You can find these almost everywhere in town, along with models that include a Double symbol, 10x and even a Rocket Up/Rocket Down version. Some Wheel of Fortune machines also use Red, White & Blue as the base game.

American Original - Stars, eagles and the machine's logo are symbols to match for big wins. This is another machine that's available at every Atlantic City casino. Get three or more bonus symbols to hear a stirring rendition of John Philip Souza's "The Washington Post" march and win up to 100 free spins.

Uncle Sam - When's the last time you saw a former President as a winning symbol on a slot machine? You can't help but chuckle at these cute caricatures of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln as they "get down" thanks to some funky background music and clever animation. Three bonuses offer you an instant tax refund, a state lottery win, or "sticky" flags that become wild and increase your chances of winning big. Play it at Golden Nugget Atlantic City over by Bar 46.

Red Hot 7's - Over at Trump Plaza's high-limit slot area, you'll find this penny machine. It's the only place in town I found it.

Recreational gambler Darryl D. McEwen, a former professional journalist, is president of his own consulting firm that manages several small national and international trade associations, and provides public relations and fundraising services for a number of charitable organizations. He is based in Wilmington, Del. His column appears every other week.

Standing nearly 12 feet tall, Titan 360 is a cylindrical tower surrounded by eight standard slot machines, all programmed to deliver a spectacular bonus when a key and a lock symbol appear in the first and fifth reels on any of the four popular slot machine titles to which it's connected. [Konami Gaming Inc.]

Similar to the popular amusement games found throughout Japan, the centerpiece of Titan 360 is gigantic rotating wheel onto which falls a silver ball which rolls back and forth before finding its home in one of the holes marked with a dollar amount or diamond symbol. [Konami Gaming Inc.]