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All gamblers care about returns. We all want to get the most bang for our buck. Unfortunately, that's becoming more and more difficult. Casinos on the Vegas Strip continue to increase their profit margin from blackjack by offering more low limits 6:5 blackjack than ever before. You'll even find some off Strip casinos only offering 6:5 blackjack if you play for less than $100 per hand. Gah!
If you look away from the table games on The Strip for other gambling options, you might think that some casino operators have slot machines that aren't paying out like they once did. Tight slots aren't a myth and slot machines payouts are getting tighter all over the country. What's a gambler to do? Head to Downtown Vegas.
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This week, we know a little more about this concept and are another step closer to its arrival. IGT, creators of Megabucks and Powerbucks, announced separate deals with Caesars Entertainment and Boyd Gaming to link some of their IGT slot machines to Powerbucks jackpots in New Jersey and Nevada.
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SLS Las Vegas has revamped their website and revealed some interesting facts about their casino that have us excited for its opening at the end of summer.
Last year, we relayed Sam Nazarian's vision for the SLS sportsbook. He mentioned that it would be operated by an outside company, later revealed as William Hill. He also said that it wouldn’t be a traditional sportsbook, rather it would be a combination sportsbook and bar/restaurant. A place to grab a beer and a burger while watching the game you just bet on. Now, we know the sportsbook will be attached to Umami Burger and a beer garden. Add in some 50 TVs and the concept sounds great. We can’t wait to see it in action!
One of the many great and strange things about living in Nevada, and specifically Las Vegas, is that you can gamble just about everywhere you turn. Get a carwash and you can play video poker while you wait. Head to a drugstore or supermarket and get the itch to gamble? You can take a break and play some slots. If you’re just grabbing a bite or a drink somewhere, chances are you can sidle up to the bar and gamble, too. If you’re just driving around town, you’ll inevitably pass one of many tiny casinos like the Dotty’s across the street from In n Out Burger on Sahara.
All of the gambling you see in Nevada takes a little getting used to, but after a while you realize that gamblers get the urge to play just about anywhere. At least Nevadans aren’t gambling while dropping the kids off at the pool like 42% of online gamblers do in New Jersey. (At least, we don't think...) This is different than other states that have legalized all types of online gambling. In New Jersey, you can play online blackjack or slots anywhere, but you can only gamble at a land-based casino in one town (Atlantic City). Since gambling is so ubiquitous in Nevada, online gambling has been limited to just poker.
Online gambling was recently legalized in New Jersey. Unlike Nevada, which only has online poker, this is full gambling which includes slot machines and other table games, too. In addition to having more games to play in New Jersey, you can play these games on your mobile devices (phones or tablets).
Gamblers like to gamble no matter where they are and gambling on the go can lead to gambling in strange places. Betfair, one of the online casinos in New Jersey, recently surveyed NJ residents between the ages of 21 and 58 to see where they do their online gambling when not at their personal computer or laptop. The results are as fun as you’d expect.
The nostalgia lover inside us loves playing the old video poker and slot machines that pay with coins. The sounds and ability to touch the winnings immediately strike a chord. Meanwhile, the practical person inside us doesn’t want dirty coins touching our skin. We just want to rip the winning ticket right out of the machine and get the bills without messing around at the casino cage. Most machine games are operated on the Ticket In Ticket Out (a.k.a. TITO) system today.
The TITO system was introduced by slot machine manufacturer IGT over 10 years ago, in part for convenience but also so that we'd gamble more. While the convenience of TITO allows a cleaner and simpler way to get paid, it also allowed IGT to make more multi-denominational games. Since you don't have to drop coins into a machine to play, it's easy for the game to switch from penny to nickel to quarter and dollars.
Over the past year WMS Gaming has been sneaking around the interwebs dropping little memories of your last visit to the casino. Have you ever walked out of the casino after playing slot machines and not able to get that song out of your head? Well, WMS Gaming makes it so you can find their slot machine songs at home or on your mobile phone with their WMS Slots soundcloud page. Here are some fun samples of their more popular games.
Goldfish Bonus (This is probably the most popular song even if it's not the most played)
Our tour of Bally Technologies has revealed some numbers and poked around where the creative secret sauce is made. But, how does all that translate into what gamblers might see and touch on the casino floor?
At this year's CES (Consumer Electronics Show), we were beside ourselves over the possibilities new curved displays could bring to Vegas casinos. It was an even shorter wait than we anticipated. Already arriving on gaming floors over the past month are Bally Wave machines that house 40-inch wave displays. (See what they did there?) Bally Technologies is the first and (currently) only manufacturer to utilize these new displays. In some circles, that's pimped as an exclusive. In fact, this whole series is an exclusive while being a first look for many of you, too. Yeah, we said it. Now, scope out the slick curves in contrast to traditional displays on these babies below.
First, facts and figs culled from a tour of Bally Technologies' Las Vegas headquarters were thrown your way. We like a lucky number as much as the next guy, just maybe not quite as much as this guy. Yet, for others, the first sight of any statistic gets your head spinning faster than the roulette wheel we found on Bally's manufacturing floor. Generally, 75% of the time we're chomping at the bit to learn how 90% of gizmos work and where 9 out of 10 gadget ideas originate. So, when Bally offered to take us into the belly of the beast where ideas are born and games take shape, the smart money knew we were 100% on board.
As noted in part one of our tour notes, game ideas are only solicited from bona-fide Bally Tech employees. So, that idea for a George Costanza slot shouting "You can stuff your sorries in a sack, mister!" or "Excuse me, I think you forgot my bread" won't make you famous. At least through any machines with a Bally logo on it.
Ever wonder what it takes to really get a slot machine from an idea to gaming floors worldwide? Curious where to submit that killer slot idea that's been spinning around your head? We took a fascinating tour of Bally Technologies headquarters right here in Las Vegas near McCarran Airport to answer those very questions and more.
Today, we'll share some facts, stats and stories relayed by our tour guide, Manager of Corporate Communications for Bally Tech, Mike Trask. We learned a few things and expect many readers will, too. But, if facts and figures make your head spin, come back later this week for fewer numbers, more pictures and stories.
A year ago, we told you about the legendary Lion's Share slot machine at MGM Grand, the only old-school slot machine left on the floor and the only one that hasn't delivered a pay-out since it was installed in the mid-1990s.
Fast forward to the present and the machine is still not giving it up. At the same time, it's collecting mad money from gamblers -- both serious and casual -- who sit at the machine for hours on end, hoping, praying, wishing,
applying for second mortgage that they will hit the progressive jackpot which is about $2.3 million these days.
A lot of ideas to make gambling easier for the customer are run up the flagpole with the Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC). Some are approved, but most aren’t. A controversial idea and regulation change was just pitched. A company called Sightline is proposing the use of prepaid gaming cards that would be used in slot (and video poker) machines. The idea is that these prepaid cards would be akin to prepaid gift cards. Their use would also be similar to casino players club cards that could be loaded at banks and then used at slot machines to insert and withdraw money.
Gaming regulators have always set barriers between personal bank accounts and slot machines. Since gambling can be addictive, this separation exists so that gamblers couldn't easily drain their bank accounts. ATMs are allowed in casinos, in part, because they have daily limits and don’t directly connect gambling with personal bank accounts.