MGM Grand has a few keen attractions and Sigma Derby is as high on our list as the lions are to the nuclear family visiting from the middle of the country. A lot of people just see this old machine, but some of us have more of a connection to Sigma Derby than to the Sahara. We may shed a tear the day Sigma Derby gets taken off the floor.
Sigma Derby Alive And Well at MGM Grand
We are so happy to report that Sigma Derby is alive and well at MGM Grand. This is the last place we can find this game in Vegas (we think there's a similar camel race at Luxor). It's the only machine that is still operated with and pays out coins.
In addition to being fun to play, Sigma Derby is a nice reminder of how far games have come. Yes, we dig the bells and whistles of the new penny slots that pop up every week or so, but there's something comforting about seeing and playing Sigma Derby. It's almost like have mom's mediocre cooking - there may be better food, but it's mom's and it will always feel better than any other food.
We have to say that Sigma Derby has a big house edge of anywhere from 10%-20%, but this isn't a game that's played for the win. We play Sigma Derby because it's fun, relaxing, a slow burn and awesome. The game is played by 1-10 players (depending on how many people play and slots are working) betting quarters on the horses running around a race track. Odds change for payout for each horse every race. There's a winner every time and, in a seemingly ironic way, everyone cheers for one another.