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Casino games are created to take our money. We know that going in so there's really few results that are worse than expected. Ya win some, ya lose some. Odds and returns are based on long-term play so, when you sit down, it's often during a hot streak or a cold one. You may hit both if you play a while and that's where long-term odds are really felt.
Slot machines generally win anywhere from 5% to 12% for casinos, but that doesn't get in the way of our desire to hear the loud noises and see the bright lights. When the Nevada Gaming Control board (NGC) does its monthly and annual casino revenue reports, they include all slot machines along with video poker, video keno (not to be confused with human keno) and the electronic versions of table games.
Knowledge is power. Knowing about the games we play at the casino will only help us lower the edge the casino has. Sometimes, on the way to finding useful information, we come across tidbits that may not be as useful but that is certainly interesting.
A major part of the appeal of slot machines is that they're brainless fun in the casino. Unlike blackjack, there's no real strategy that will improve our edge against the casino. Besides playing the highest denomination, we can afford playing with enough credits to get a bonus and that is about all we can do to limit the house advantage. But, now you can dazzle your friends with random facts we just learned about one of our favorite games in the casino.
This battle can be seen on casino floors throughout Las Vegas, but everyone has different opinions on which type of games they play. If casinos choose their video poker and slot machines based on player preference, we think we know who wins this battle but we really have no preference. Let's look at each type of machine.
A slant top machine is generally lower to the ground with seating that's at normal chair height. The display is below eye level and slanted between flat (like a bar top) and horizontal (like an upright) display. Drinks are placed on the console so you can easily alternate between drinking and hitting buttons. Since the games are below eye level, it's easy to see your surroundings.
The thought of rubbing elbows with the rowdy cavemen at the craps table just doesn’t tickle your fancy. And, card games? Bor-ing! But, slot machines? Big, beautiful, colorful slot machines? Yes, please!
According to ancient Las Vegas history, slot machines were originally invented for prissy girls while their men shot bear (or dice) whilst chugging beers at the tables. Back then, slots were bulky, monochromatic jukebox-looking things. Today, there are more gender-neutral slots and, thanks to modern technology and the color pink, slot machines are more trendy and prissy girl friendly than ever.
The next time you’re on a casino floor, unleash your inner priss and don’t be afraid to let out a giddy squeal and an “Ermagherd!” when you see one of the following girly slot machines:
Did you know that a slot machine ticket can be turned off? If someone snags your slot machine winnings all you need to do is notify a slot attendant and they'll go through the process to get your money back. Not only will they help you get your money back, but they will turn off your ticket to ensure that whoever has the ticket can't redeem it. The process will take a few minutes, but the casinos usually try make their customers happy.
If inserted into a ticket cashing machine, the ticket will notify the person trying to cash the ticket to go to the cashier. If there is something afoot, the cashier will have security deal with the matter. If the ticket was taken, for example, while you were using the restroom and there was no ill will, the cashier will simply explain that the ticket has been flagged as no good.
Not all time in a casino is spent being a perfect gambler. Sometimes, we shun the best paying games and perfect strategy for mind numbing entertainment. This writer crosses his time in the casino both ways. There's a time for focused gambling, but there's also time for playing games while having a couple of drinks. There's nothing wrong with that. There are more people out just to have a good time in the casino than there are advantage gamblers. As they say "these casinos don't just build themselves."
A recent study from Oregon State University supports the claim that people that gamble are in it for fun more than money. The report also says that between 70% and 90% of gamblers prefer slot machines than table games. If you've ever walked through a casino, you've probably noticed that it's made up of mostly slots. The study also looks at the psychology of the typical person in a casino.
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Football contests blew up this year in the Vegas casinos. If you're not a big dog in the LVH SuperContest fan, you could be a little dog in the Boyd Gaming "Pick The Pros" contests with free entry. This year, Cantor Gaming introduced a fantasy football game where you can wager money online, legally, in about half the country. Expect even more of this next year.
At G2E we saw an assortment of football-related gaming products that we can expect to see in casinos soon.
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Last year's big takeaway from G2E was two-fold. We saw a large emphasis on casinos becoming more social with social gaming and general marketing via social networks and we saw one of the coolest innovations in slot machines with Aladdin, by WMS Gaming, and its motion chairs. This year, the near future of what we'll see in a casino wasn't so clear at G2E.
It almost seems as if the slot machine manufacturers played it safe. There was little innovation easily apparent on the slot floor and most of the "new" slot machines were based on familiar themes that go back as far as the 1960s (i.e., The Beach Boys) while using existing technology.
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Terminator 3 had it right, it's us against the machines.
Slot machines take up most of the casino floor in Las Vegas and are big business at G2E. New slot machines are the highlight of the show for many, but the machines are slowly taking over. There are way too many new slot machines to even keep track of, but it's easy to remember the slot machines with popular themes from TV shows and music that have been around for 30-40 years. G2E is nirvana for anyone that likes bright lights and loud noises.
At first glance, it's easy to feel jaded with big names and old themes attached to old slot machine technology but, stepping back, we remember that we love a lot of this technology and these new skins just open the game up to other people. Groovy.
The Global Gaming Expo (G2E) starts off pretty slowly with just a few panels. The expo floor with all of the fun stuff opens this morning. Still, we learned a few things at G2E yesterday. The most important thing learned is not to belittle a conference by asking "hey, is there anything fun to do?" That came out wrong and the answer is subjective, anyway. We were trying to get some special access to find something super cool and exclusive. No dice but chuckles were had and an invite to see The Hoff was acquired.
No exclusive treatment, no problem and it was off to check out a potentially interesting panel discussion called "Net Effect of Time: Free Play versus Bonus Themed Games." We love bonus rounds when we play slot machines and who doesn't like free play? This discussion was really for casino finance people to discuss how they can squeeze every penny from gamblers. When the discussion moved to how much money a casino can earn in four minutes of slot play this writer opted to get some coffee.
The Global Gaming Expo (G2E) begins today and we'll be sharing all the fun we can find on the future of the casino biz, from casino security to new food and beverage options and from iGaming in your home to, of course, the newest slot machines.
Reading the pre-G2E press and it's clear that the country is excited for slot machines based on themes from their childhood. Here's a preview of some of the new themed slots you can expect to find in Las Vegas next year:
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The Global Gaming Expo (G2E) is the annual conference for the
gaming casino business. Like most conferences, there are panels to discuss the future of the the business by industry experts along with the expo show floor itself where we can actually see, taste and touch the things coming to casinos soon. Today's gaming market extends out of the casino and into our houses and on our mobile phones.
Last year, the big talk off the G2E floor was about casinos and game manufacturers getting into your house with Facebook games and marketing. That started off slowly while companies developed the technology and waited on regulation but, today, Nevadans can bet on sports from their couch while people around the world took advantage of Caesars Entertainment's Escape to Total Rewards contest to earn comps from their desktop.