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Beware The Penny Slots

October 22, 2014 at 9:15 PM | by | Comments (20)

Things have settled down since we spent a few days looking at the newest slot machines at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E). If you noticed most -- if not, all -- of the slot machines we highlighted this year were themed. These slot machines are usually penny slots when they hit casino floors. Penny slots aren’t what they used to be. You can now wager upwards of $5 per spin on a slot machine that, by name, makes you think you're only going to risk a penny or so. That’s just one of the dirty little secrets about our favorite penny slots in the casino.

The bright lights and loud music from these slot machines are great fun, but the real dirty secret of the uber popular penny slots is that they are some of the worst bets in the casino. Casinos win almost twice as often when you play penny slots as they do when you play any other denomination of machine.

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How Do You Stop A Cold Streak?

November 13, 2013 at 4:05 PM | by | Comments (14)

Trips to the casino are filled with ups and downs. Sometimes, there's a winning session and, sometimes, there's a losing session. The casino has a few percentage point advantage on every game so losing a little isn't really a surprise. We can deal with losing by small percentages. It's part of the territory. The sessions, however, where there's no winning at all is what really grinds this writer's gears.

On a recent trip to the casino, I couldn't shake off a cold streak. I played every game to see if I could change my luck and nothing worked. The first session started out at the tables with 3 card poker where I was actually up for a little before losing. Later, I played craps and that was a loser, too, mostly on my rolls. Gasp! I switched to Mississippi Stud Poker and that was a loser. The only win was $10 while killing time on a penny slot before dinner. After the break, the losing continued with blackjack, video poker, higher denomination slot machines and Mississippi Stud Poker (again) before I just gave up.

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Say Goodbye To Spiderman And His Friends

October 31, 2013 at 2:03 PM | by | Comments (5)

It’s a penny slot shocker!

Disney has announced that they will not be renewing their contracts with slot machine manufacturers for any Marvel or Lucasfilm titles. Disney sees itself as a family friendly business and doesn’t feel as though casinos are family friendly. They have decided to wage battle with casino developers trying to build casinos near Disney World in Florida. The first casualty in this battle are slot machines which bear licenses owned by Disney.

Existing licenses will be allowed to play out so you’ll be able to play your favorite Marvel and Lucasfilm games for the next year or so, but there will be no new games coming to market. Here are many of the slot machines we won’t be seeing on the casino floor much longer.

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The Suspense Was Terrible, But Didn't Last: Where To Find Willy Wonka Slots

June 21, 2013 at 3:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Earlier this month, we declared the new Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory slots pennylicious, but darn if we could discover just where they were in Vegas. Well, that's because they weren't on any casino floors. Until now.

On Wednesday, South Point became the first casino not just in Las Vegas, but in the world to offer the slots. The game features all the things folks love about the children's movie classic from Oompa Loompas to Willy Wonka and Charlie (obvi). A specially designed chair even sends players "riding down the 'Chocolate River Boat'." Find a golden ticket in a Wonka Bar and have the chance to win the progressive jackpot which is now over a mil.

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The Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory Slot Machine Is Pennylicious

June 4, 2013 at 3:17 PM | by | Comments (6)

Every year, we visit the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) to see what may provide good times in the casino during future trips. Slot machines get a lot of the attention because they often have familiar movies, musicians or TV shows attached to the games, but there are things like shoes and electronic cigarettes on display, too. There's a lot to take in.

Last year, we were distracted when we walked by the Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory slot machine at the WMS Gaming booth during G2E. Who could blame us? There was an army of Oompa Loompa's and girls in short skirts blocking the game. At first glance, the Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory slot machine has a similar setup as Aladdin which wow'd us at G2E couple years ago, but the insides are pretty awesome, too.

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What Are We Gonna Do With All This Funny Money?

December 6, 2012 at 2:01 PM | by | Comments (5)

We were sitting at a video poker machine while sipping on a beer at Suncoast when we were tapped on the shoulder by someone resembling a security guard. "Uh, oh." As it turns out, Suncoast staff just had similar colored shirts to security. They were merely getting our attention for a promotion where they chose people to receive random amounts of slot dollars as a prize. BOOM! We won $150 in machine play! The only caveat was that the money had to be used by midnight or it would go away. Yay! Now what?

This trip to the casino was designed to last a couple beers which would take about an hour or so. Now, we were flummoxed. What to do with this newfound play money? The money would turn into real cash if we'd won anything but, for the time being, it was just funny money. There were way more options to spend the money then we were prepared for.

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Boyd's Bringing Penny Slots Back

November 1, 2012 at 4:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

We love the nostalgia of real coin slots, but not so much the grubby hands. Now, Boyd Gaming is helping us re-live a bit of lost Vegas without needing to tote around hand wipes.

The gaming company is debuting Penny Lane at four Vegas properties -- The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast and Sam's Town. Each casino will now feature an area dedicated to penny play without requiring the actual cents. Between the four, more than 1,000 penny games will be offered. And, so that gamblers don't get bored, new games will be rotated in regularly.

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Proof That People Really Do Gamble at Cosmo

Where: 3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89158
May 2, 2012 at 2:37 PM | by | Comments (6)

We have proof that people do, indeed, gamble at The Cosmopolitan.

Earlier this month, a woman won a $150,000 car there playing a penny slot! Vegas Inc reports that it was her first visit to Cosmo. After winning something like a $150,000 car we have to think that she'll be back.

Numbers don't lie. Cosmopolitan hasn't reported earnings from the fourth quarter of 2011 yet but when they last reported earnings (third quarter of 2011), they had a loss of $58.5 million. Most of their income was from everything that wasn't gambling.

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How Do You Slot It?

March 23, 2012 at 5:14 PM | by | Comments (8)

It's always fun for us to look at how people gamble. While baccarat is taking over blackjack for most money gambled at the tables, we thought we'd change it up and look at slot machines.

We'll play just about any kind of casino game at least once to see what it's like, but we always go back to what we know best. For us that's craps, blackjack and video poker. Each game has a little strategy involved and we like that when we're in the mood to think. When we're not in the mood to think we'll look to 3 card poker and slot machines.

When we look at gaming revenues in Nevada we know that we'll lose in every game we play. Sometimes that matters and sometimes it doesn't. Of course, we try to play games that minimize our losses like craps, but sometimes we just want to sit and enjoy a few drinks, some bells and some whistles. Hey, we have a thing for slots.

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Are You Very Superstitious When It Comes To Gambling?

March 9, 2012 at 6:37 PM | by | Comments (9)

Lucky number 23... or so we always hope.

We're not clear why gamblers tend to be superstitious people, but they are. We gamble and we're absolutely superstitious. Money doesn't matter when it comes to our superstitions as we're the same playing penny slots, $5 craps or $25 blackjack.

With some games we may be considered OCD about our superstitions and, with others, people may not notice anything odd at all. Here are how our gambling superstitions look from mellow to extreme:

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Are You A Loud Gambler?

November 2, 2011 at 5:37 PM | by | Comments (8)

Depending on the day, the wind, the time, the booze we may be either a high roller or a low roller. We gamble for fun so both are equal to us. We get similar excitement from winning 1,000 pennies as we do when we win $1,000 dollars. However, we don't act the same and we're not the only one's like this.

If we're at a penny slot machine and we hit a bonus for $100, you may hear us holler, throw our arms in the air, call out friends over and throw some high fives around. At the same time, when we win that same amount in a single hand of blackjack, we won't make a peep.

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Godard It, Another Addictive Slot Machine

Where: 129 East Fremont Street [map], 89101
July 20, 2011 at 2:05 PM | by | Comments (5)

Shiny new slot machine releases never cease to get our fingers pulsing and wallets itching. Not all new slots are widely released while others sometimes quietly roar under the radar for a few months. Godard's Rockin' Olives falls into the latter category having been introduced at the 2009 Global Gaming Expo before rocking rolling out late last year.

We only recently saw the slick slot in person for the first time at the Golden Nugget. Our first impression was oh my god(dard) but not quite WTF. We stored the fact that artist Michael Goddard had his own slot and passed on playing the first time around. But when we saw the same young lucky lady still playing the slot two hours later, we thought it might be worth a spin.

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