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Slots have always struck us as one of the most laidback forms of casino gambling. Play craps and you have to be on your feet. Choose blackjack and you can sit, but keeping track of the game can keep your mind racing. pokerís constant pushing, shoving, and stacking of chips can be exhausting. Even roulette requires some counting and sorting. Slots are the game for the truly lazy. Sit in a chair, sip a drink, and slap a button. Thatís all there is to it. Slot manufacturers, however, seem to think the games are still too strenuous. In a never-ending quest to combat slot player fatigue, theyíve introduced some game enhancements that have us rolling our eyes.
First up is an easier way to bet. Hitting ďspinĒ sounds painless enough, but apparently pressing a large round button is a process that needs improvement. Could valuable seconds be lost with each reach of the arm? Or, maybe frequent players are plagued by elbow strain. Weíre not really sure where the need for this innovation came from, but remote play buttons are here. Connected to the machine via cabling approximately two feet in length, these handheld devices let you enjoy another spin without the discomfort of raising your arm. You wonít find a cash-out button on the unit and, unless youíre willing to make the grueling reach six inches over, your only option is to continue playing. Sneaky.
In 2013, Bally Technologies and IGT petitioned the Nevada Gaming Commission to expand the pool of linked slot machine jackpots beyond the state's borders. That proposal to create a large network of progressive slot machines was approved in November, but there were no plans for when the big jackpots would go live as the slot manufacturers had to get the system up and running first.
Then, earlier this year, IGT revealed a deal with Caesars Entertainment and Boyd Gaming in regards to its PowerBucks jackpots. Still, there was no date attached as to when we'd see the new progressive slot machines.
That's where you get The Code.
Las Vegas' newest casino is well into its first official day of business after opening to the public at midnight last night. A gaming floor already brimming with guests of an invite-only grand opening party for SLS Las Vegas swelled even more when the public rushed in.
Before you join their ranks, you should know that SLS, an sbe property, offers The Code as its players club. Thatís different, if you're familiar with it, from the existing sbePREFERRED loyalty program. While The Code is only used at SLS Las Vegas right now, that may change in the future. Current sbePREFERRED members will receive benefits from sbePREFERRED and†The Code until the end of the year.
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Now two years old, social casino game MyVEGAS continues to add new users, new rewards, and new mini-games. Earlier this month, PlayStudios unveiled its latest slot title, China Mystery. New ways to earn those valuable loyalty points are always welcomed, but we were even more excited by the addition of new dining rewards. As we took a closer look at whatís new, however, we were left wishing we could turn back the clock.
Anytime anyone criticizes MyVEGAS they are inevitably met with the same response, so letís get it out of the way. Yes, the game is free. Itís been possible to rack up free hotel stays, dining vouchers, shopping credits, show tickets, and more, all from day one without spending a dime. For those who joined early on, itís been a great ride. Many of us here at VegasChatter are MyVEGAS players and this writer alone has racked up at least $1,000 in rewards. Thatís the good, on to the bad.
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Tired of losing the charge on your mobile phone while wandering the Vegas Strip? Well, Venetian†has you in mind with the most recent addition to its casino.
VegasChatter reader Jeff C. recently spied the installation of Plug & Play mobile charging systems on some of the resort's video poker and slot machines. You don't even need a full charger to get your mobile phone some extra power while you gamble. Just plug a USB cable†into the machine and your phone will begin to charge.
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Is there anything less exciting than talking about mergers and acquisitions when it comes to gambling? Thatís debatable, but we're going to do it anyway. Last night, video poker and slot machine manufacturer,†IGT entered into a definitive merger agreement with Italian lottery company, GTECH S.p.A. This wasnít quite a merger as much as it was GTECH purchasing IGT for more than $6 billion in cash and stock.
So, now what? Not much will change for slot machine and video poker players that are familiar with IGTís games. You can go about your day without worry unless you, a friend or a relative work with or at IGT. This and other mergers and acquisitions in the gaming space have been made to maximize corporate efficiencies. The slot machines, video poker games and systems that†IGT offers complement the services and products that GTECH offers. There will be some overlap and that will be dealt with when the merger actually takes place. When the purchase goes through, the new IGT/GTECH company will be called NewCo.
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The American Gaming Association polls casino visitors every year to to see who they are and what they enjoy. One of our favorite survey questions focuses on what casino games people like to play the most. You can expect some differences than what you'd typically expect to see in Las Vegas since there are more slot machine-only casinos across the country. Here's how it breaks down:
David Copperfield has had us hypnotized at MGM Grand for years now with his stage production, but you don't need to buy a ticket to see him work his magic, anymore. He's now a permanent fixture on the casino floor thanks to the David Copperfield slot.
Behold, the "Magic of David Copperfield" game in all its towering eyebrow-tastic majesty!
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This writer grew up playing Centipede at the bodega down the street so this was especially exciting. While my excitement for a Centipede bonus round was high, my expectations were limited. At the time, skill-based slot machines still needed approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission before any of us would be able to yell out pew pew pew while playing a bonus round.
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If ever a slot came close to skating the line between courting the young and the young at heart, it's likely the forthcoming Tokidoki game by IGT. Bright and colorful like any of the other machines that fill casino floors, it's the brand's cute cartoon-like characters that have a legion of fans, ranging from children to grandparents but mostly within the 16 to 25 demographic.
Inspired by Japanese culture and art, Tokidoki's Simone Legno creates fantasy worlds in which the morals of friendship, individuality and creativity play central roles and where children are referenced often. Punkstar features a "band of neighborhood kids that got together to restore an abandoned karaoke machine factory into the ULTIMATE hangout." The characters of Moofia fight against "schoolyard bullies" while Cactus Friends armor themselves in cactus suits because "kids are naive and vulnerable and need protection." Other kid-attractive worlds include Donutella & Her Sweet Friends (where sugar holds energy), UnicornO (unicorns that chill in a magic kingdom), and 'Til Death Do Us Part (where goth is adorbs).
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Do you (insert your name here) take this slot machine in good spins and in bad? For richer and for poorer until a zero balance do you part?
The slot machine based on the 2011 blockbuster movie, Bridesmaids, is finally in Las Vegas after making its debut in a few other markets first. Right now, you'll only find it at the Stratosphere, but we're sure Bridesmaids will soon be spotted all around town just like its real-life counterparts. Casino Journal describes the playing experience as so: