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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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Gambling is as healthy as anything else you do for hours without moving. Yeah, it's not all that healthy and the habits developed while gambling, like drinking and smoking, only make things worse. That said, gamblers aren’t any less healthy than the rest of the population. This is according to a survey of 2,000 gamblers in England.
The poll found gamblers in England have the same general Body Mass Index (BMI), 27, as the rest of the population. According to the CDC, Americans have a similar BMI. For the sake of commonality among gamblers, let's assume that Americans and English have similar lifestyles, too.
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As always, G2E (the Global Gaming Expo) was a haze of slot machines and casino wares. It’s going to take a minute to collect our thoughts on everything we saw. There’s one thing that’s certain and that is themed slot machines are taking over. There were more themed slot machines at G2E this year than this writer can remember ever before.
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Hey, remember the 90s? Or 80s? 70s? 60s?
You don't need to rely on BuzzFeed or Nick at Nite for flashbacks to the past. Just visit any casino to take a stroll down memory lane. And, more ways to remember yesteryear are on the way. Here are six games sure to evoke nostalgia, as featured on the exhibit floor of 2014's Global Gaming Expo. Some are already making their way to gaming floors while others will turn up soon.
Return to the fantasy world of Dungeons & Dragons.
See if you're finally able to keep up with The Jetsons now.
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PlayStudios, known for its MyVEGAS Slots app and Facebook game, has announced the launch of its newest product, MyVEGAS Blackjack. MyVEGAS Blackjack is an entirely new and separate app from MyVEGAS Slots and is free to download and play on iOS and Android devices. Much like the MyVEGAS Slots app, you can sync your points between MyVEGAS Slots, MyVEGAS Facebook and MyVEGAS Blackjack.
The newest offering provides core table games players with the chance to earn real world casino, restaurant and entertainment rewards while enjoying a familiar blackjack experience. With the launch of MyVEGAS Blackjack, PlayStudios hopes to capture an entirely new segment of the gaming market. Blackjack players tend to skew male while slot machine players tend to be female.
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If you follow VegasChatter on Twitter or Facebook (hopefully, both?), then you've seen photos of the awesome new slot machines being debuted at G2E. If this writer had seen the Britney Spears slot machine the day would have ended and I wouldn’t have found something(s) even more awesome. Once you dig through the insane amount of slot machines at G2E, you can find the other games that should be coming soon to casinos, too.
IGT is one of the leaders of video poker games. In fact, when you visit SLS Las Vegas, you’ll notice just about every video poker game on the casino floor is by IGT. The Ellen Show slot machines are well and good, but it’s no Britney Spears slot machine so I wandered. The IGT booth at G2E is one of the largest and it took a while to navigate. After a few too many minutes perusing slot machines (not that there's anything wrong with that), I finally made my way to the new video poker games that were on display. I’m stoked with what they will have to offer.
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If you’ve been visiting casinos for a while, the concept of free play (Freeplay, as one word, is the trademark of a specific casino company) isn’t anything new. However, if you’re new to casino promotions or just noticed free play as an offer from MyVEGAS, you might not realize that it’s not quite as simple as receiving money.
Free play is a reward of “free money” that casinos offer players. It can be spent on video poker and slot machines. Free play isn’t real bills, but credits can be turned into straight cash homey as you win.
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FX Network’s Golden Globe-winning Sons of Anarchy will come to gaming floors soon. The fact that it is Tuesday’s highest-rated show on cable TV reveals its popularity. In fact, SOA (as the cool people call it) is FX’s highest rated series period as it rolls out a new multi-site progressive while in the midst of its seventh and final season.
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There’s usually a huge buzz before the annual G2E (Global Gaming Expo) with big names being attached to new games. It’s been relatively quiet this year aside from the confirmed Friends, Mad Men and Wonder Woman slot machines we told you about last week. Things hit a new high yesterday, though, when IGT announced they’ll have not one, but two Ellen slots.
These won't just be machines featuring comedienne Ellen DeGeneres. Rather, they will be based on her hit daytime talk show. The games will be known as The Ellen DeGeneres Show™ Featuring Ellen’s Dance Party Video Slots and The Ellen DeGeneres Show™ Featuring 12 Days of Giveaways Video Slots.
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The top stars of Big Bang Theory have made headlines for making a mil per episode and, if rumors are true, fans may have a way to reach their own payday.
We recently heard talk that the uber popular CBS sitcom would be making its way to the casino floor as a slot machine next year. A quick Google found a 2013 thread on SlotFanatics.com that reports the slot as being in the pipeline for Aristocrat.
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The annual Global Gaming Expo (a.k.a. G2E) is just a couple of weeks away. The expo is where businesses with products and services related to the casino industry show off their goods to prospective buyers. While the newest ATM technology and seating options are cool to look at, most of us are concerned about new casino games.
Another nickname for G2E is the "slot machine convention." Slot manufacturers take up almost as much space on the expo floor as every other business combined. G2E is where just about all new slot machine technology and themes debut.