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Got Skillz? Bill Allowing Skill-Based Slot Machines Approved

May 22, 2015 at 2:40 PM | by | Comments (6)

If it feels as though we’ve been talking about skill-based slot machines coming to casinos for the past few years it’s because, well, we have!

For those not familiar, let’s explain skill-based gaming as it relates to slot machines. These are slot machines that (duh) involve some form of skill to win great larger jackpots for those that know the particular skill. The idea isn’t quite new as it was introduced to casinos almost 10 years ago.

In 2007, Bally Technologies brought a skilled-based Pong slot machine to casinos. That incarnation of skill-based slot machines never became popular. The casinos didn’t like it very much because the skill involved with the bonus rounds changed the payout schedule. Traditional slot machines are all programed to return a specific amount so they’re much easier to forecast revenue. And there wasn't much demand from players to keep the games on the casino floor.

But that started to change a few years ago.

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The Slot Machines from The Riviera Will Live on at These Two Casinos

May 18, 2015 at 2:17 PM | by | Comments (5)

The new location of the slot machines that were once inside the Riviera was revealed about an hour before the casino closed its doors on May 4th at noon. Not too many people saw or heard the news as it happened since it was revealed during a live video tour by part-owner of the Riviera, Derek Stevens, who was sharing with his followers through Periscope.

If you’re the kind of dork that has to be up on the latest everything in technology like this writer you may have been one of the few hundred people watching and listening Stevens' last walk through the casino while it was open.

Periscope is a live video streaming app that’s currently available to those who use Apple iOS mobile devices like an iPhone or iPad (Android versions are being worked on). The company that created Periscope was purchased by Twitter for approximately $100 million in March last year but the app wasn’t released until earlier this year. The technology of live video streaming isn’t entirely new but this new version of live streaming links directly with the operators twitter account and with their followers through the app on their mobile devices. You can learn more about Periscope here.

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A 'Friends' Slot Machine Will Be There For You Soon

May 11, 2015 at 4:10 PM | by | Comments (6)

Could this BE any more exciting?

When we visited the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) last year one of the more polarizing slot machines revealed was, surprisingly, from the TV show “Friends”.

There are obviously many fans of this show, so many that TV Guide has included the sitcom in their "Top 50 TV shows of all time." There were also many people have moved on from Rachel, Ross and the rest of the cast and would rather to see something a little more relevant to today made into a slot machine. Unfortunately for some of us not all slot machines can be as current as The Walking Dead.

On that note, you should start seeing the “Friends” slot machine hitting casino floors any day now. Bally Technologies is using every bit of current slot machine technology in their repertoire on this game. The Pro Theatre features twin Pro Wave cabinets topped by a massive 55-inch curved 1080i display. The Pro Sound Chair features 5.1 speakers so you can hear the audio coming from every direction. "Friends" will be released as a two-game configuration which “allows players to enjoy the experience solo or with a BFF.”

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Progressive Slot Machines Are Everywhere Now

April 24, 2015 at 1:39 PM | by | Comments (2)

You notice a lot of different things when walking through casinos every week. Sometimes, people catch the eye. Maybe, it’s a drink. Maybe, it’s something new on the floor. See something once and it’s just another ship passing in the night. See it twice and maybe it’s just a coincidence. See it everywhere and it's a trend.

Ever since writing about PowerBucks last year, I began noticing more and more progressive jackpots on slot machines. Megabucks, of course, is the big boy of all progressive slot machines in Las Vegas, with huge multi-million dollar jackpots available at just about every casino. Megabucks is interesting because of the jackpots but the games you can play leave something to be desired.

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The Loosest Slots In Vegas Aren't Where The Tourists Are

April 22, 2015 at 12:06 PM | by | Comments (20)

This is the 22nd year Casino Player magazine has released national results for loosest slots in America. They gather public slot information from various local gaming commissions for a 12-month period and report where the casinos with the loosest slots can be found.

Without going too deep into the definition of "loose slots", a term created by Casino Player, the looser the slot machine, the more money it returns to players. Loose slots doesn't mean the player has an advantage. The casino still has a house edge, but looser slots offer better returns. While there isn’t public information on which specific machines offer the best returns, this research is still helpful by pointing players in the right direction.

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Vegas Past: How Bar Stools Helped Change Casinos Forever

February 19, 2015 at 7:46 PM | by | Comment (1)

We love checking out Old Vegas. Whether browsing through black-and-white era photos in books, watching old 8mm footage online, or getting out and seeing the artifacts for ourselves, we’re always coming across intriguing similarities and differences between days gone by and present Vegas. Sometimes, they’re obvious and give us a laugh, like the differences in attire. Other times, we’re left with questions. Today’s is “where did all the chairs come from?”

If you look at the images from way back in the early days of Vegas, you can’t help but notice that nearly everyone is on their feet. Slot players, armed with handfuls of nickels, stand shoulder to shoulder as they watch the cherries spin by on old-fashioned reel machines. Ties, pocket squares, and hats accessorize the suits worn by roulette players crowding around green-felted tables. Even blackjack players, notorious for putting in long sessions, are often seen upright.

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The One Where You Wish There Was A Video Poker Coffee Bar

January 30, 2015 at 6:24 PM | by | Comment (1)

We’re always dreaming of new and awesome ways to enjoy Las Vegas. While sitting at a casino bar drinking a disgusting cup of brown water coffee the other day, I had a revelation. Why can’t we have a coffee bar? Not specifically a coffee shop and cafe like Sambalatte at Monte Carlo but a coffee bar, complete with bar-top video poker and slot machines?

One of my rituals when staying in a hotel in Las Vegas is to wake up and grab a cup of coffee and then head to the casino to ease into the day. I usually start slow playing slot machines until the coffee kicks in. Once my brain is ramped up to normal speed, I'll switch to video poker or table games. I would love it if I could get a good cup of coffee (or coffee drink like a cafe latte) and gamble in the same place instead of wandering the casino like a zombie. I’d probably drink more coffee which would make me gamble faster. The more I gamble, chances are the more money the casino would make over time.

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VegasChatter Questions: Can A Casino Turn Off A Slot Machine While In Play?

January 14, 2015 at 2:32 PM | by | Comments (15)

When I stayed at SLS Las Vegas in December, I sat down to play video poker on my way back to the room. The session lasted longer than I expected for a $20 buy in. While playing, I noticed that the machines next to me were turned off. While stretching and taking a breath of fresh casino air, I noticed that all of the machines within eyesight were turned off. After about 20-30 minutes, I noticed that the area had been roped off and that there was a sign posted for a tournament in that section.

Tournament areas are usually roped off well in advance of special events. Perhaps, the casino at SLS isn’t large enough to close off so many multi-game machines for so long. But, this leads to a reader question from Dan P.:

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Where You Can Still Play Coin-Operated Slots

January 6, 2015 at 1:24 PM | by | Comments (12)

If you’re under 30 years old you may not remember the days when video poker and slot machines only paid out in coins. When I first started visiting casinos, each cashier window had a stack of wet wipes to clean the change off. Things changed in 2001 when, after a year of testing, IGT introduced the ticket in, ticket out system (a.k.a. TITO) that you see in most casinos today. Ahhhh... no more filthy fingers. TITO is now the standard on all machine games. We can just grab the ticket and redeem for cash at the cashier or TITO machine.

But, have no fear if you love casino history or just miss the clanking of change. There are still a handful of casinos in Las Vegas where you can find coin-operated slot machines. As a bonus we also found one just under an hour away in Jean.

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2014 A Big Year For MyVEGAS

December 23, 2014 at 7:15 PM | by | Comments (11)

2014 saw the continued rise of MyVEGAS. It started off as a social game only available on Facebook and has since expanded with two different mobile platforms and a couple of apps, too.

Late last year, MyVEGAS launched a slots app for mobile phones and tablets. Due to its popularity, a blackjack app was added this year. And, it won’t be the last for the franchise as a video poker app is already planned.

Social casino games, in general, are having a great year. Revenue is expected to be north of $3 billion. Sixty million of that will be earned by MyVEGAS alone. That sounds like a lot, but it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Here's what 2014 brought for MyVEGAS:

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The Higher The Denomination Of The Slot Machine...

December 19, 2014 at 3:15 PM | by | Comments (5)

It isn’t a secret that slot machines are some of the worst bets in the casino. Unfortunately for some gamblers, like this writer, they’re also the most fun bets in the casino. The penny slots with the mainstream entertainment themes are the biggest winners for casinos in Las Vegas. Here’s a look at how much casinos won from different denomination slot machines in 2013.


1 cent - 11.90%
5 cent - 9.03%
25 cent - 8.63%
$1 - 6.70%
$5 - 5.26%
$25 - 4.80%
$100 - 3.74%

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Mega Fun With Megabucks

December 18, 2014 at 12:28 PM | by | Comments (6)

Megabucks slot machines are as close to having a lottery as the state of Nevada has. The allure of playing Megabucks is to be the lucky winner of a jackpot that’s always north of $10 million. The most recent hit was less than a month ago for $14 million at Rampart Casino. The largest we could find on record was for over $33 mil at Terrible’s in Sparks, NV back in 2009.

Those big jackpots are pretty sweet, but the odds of hitting are 1 in 49,836,032. Returns for Megabucks can legally be set to about 75%, but history tells us that’s not typically the case. Overall, casinos return about 88% of money played in Megabucks to players when you include jackpots hit. This is just slightly less than returns for penny slots, if you’re curious.

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