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The Higher The Denomination Of The Slot Machine...

December 19, 2014 at 3:15 PM | by | Comments (4)

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 (5)

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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Get To Know Pachinko

December 17, 2014 at 3:48 PM | by | Comments (7)

If you’ve never been to a casino outside of America, you may not have played one of the fastest-growing gambling games in Asia. Pachinko originated in Japan and was originally used as a recreational arcade-style game. More recently, Pachinko is being used as a rival to slot machines in America.

A Pachinko machine looks like a vertical pinball machine without flippers. The game is played with a large number of small metal balls. Like slot machines, it's a fairly mindless game as it simply fires balls into the machine. The balls rush down through a maze of of pins and, hopefully, fall into certain slots. The object is to have as many balls as possible captured. Captured balls may set off sequences of events that trigger more balls being released. These balls can then be exchanged for prizes. In the gambling version of Pachinko, you can exchange the prizes for money.

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More Slot Machine Industry Consolidation

December 2, 2014 at 8:15 PM | by | Comments (4)

Last week, there was another big merger in the casino gaming universe. A union between Scientific Games and Bally Technologies was approved by the Nevada Gaming Commission. You may not be familiar with Scientific Games as they’re mostly a lottery system and equipment provider. Last year, Scientific Games acquired a slot machine manufacturer with more name recognition: WMS Gaming.When Scientific purchased WMS there was little effect felt by consumers still playing slot machines like Wizard of Oz, Monopoly and Willy Wonka.

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Spotted: The Largest Video Poker Game Ever! (We Think)

November 12, 2014 at 4:27 PM | by | Comments (3)

Last year at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E), we saw the introduction of crazy huge gaming cabinets. The sheer size of these games was impressive. The games came equipped with equally large chairs, which may have been made for one person but could comfortably fit two. These chairs have become so popular that we’re now seeing them paired with slot machines closer to the size of traditional machines.

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Beware The Penny Slots

October 22, 2014 at 9:15 PM | by | Comments (21)

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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Gamblers Are Probably As Healthy As You Think

October 16, 2014 at 12:14 PM | by | Comments (8)

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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Step Up And Pick A Slot Theme, Any Theme

October 3, 2014 at 10:54 AM | by | Comments (16)

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.

The slot machine themes aren’t only from our childhood, but they’re from some of the most popular TV shows of today and tomorrow.

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Bazinga! Big Bang Theory, Britney Slot Machines Are Really Happening

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October 2, 2014 at 1:47 PM | by | Comments (3)

Yes, that is a Ted machine you spy in the background.

What was just a rumor in September is now a reality. Big Bang Theory and Britney slot machines really will be a thing.

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Six Ways To Remember Your Childhood At The Casino

October 1, 2014 at 3:12 PM | by | Comment (1)

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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Introducing MyVEGAS Blackjack

October 1, 2014 at 10:22 AM | by | Comments (18)

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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Checking Out The New Video Poker Games By IGT At G2E

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September 30, 2014 at 11:25 PM | by | Comments (5)

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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