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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.
Spending on the Vegas Strip has changed over the past 20 or so years. Visitors are spending more on non-gaming every year. It only took 20 years for casino operators to fully understand this and build more places to eat, drink and shop. We saw this last week when reviewing how Vegas Strip casinos are making and lose money.
This isn't the Vegas that many of us grew up loving. The allure of Vegas was, in part, because of its gambling. Gamblers didn't die out, they just got older and relocated. The gambler in Vegas has been slowly moving away from the Vegas Strip to Downtown Vegas.
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The Walking Dead return to televison February 9, but you need only to shuffle into a Vegas casino to get your fix now.
The Walking Dead slot machine has finally begun its invasion of Sin City. The game can now be found at Bellagio, The Mirage, Arizona Charlie's West (on South Decatur) and the Palms. Keep an eye on this website to keep track of new locations to play dead (har) in Vegas.
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The Consumer Electronics Show, more commonly known as CES, is in Las Vegas this week. CES is the largest convention in Vegas and features all kinds of technology from the realistic to the never-gonna-happen. Technology is such a part of our lives today that coverage has grown from the practical to the ridiculous. At VegasChatter, we’re more concerned with what we’ll be seeing in hotels and casinos than a famous guy freaking out.
Technology develops so quickly today that there’s much available, but only a few things seem as if they’re destined to succeed and be seen in Las Vegas casinos anytime soon. At the Global Gaming Expo (G2E), we may have been teasing when we said that slot machine manufacturers were making new games brighter and crisper because their audience was getting older and couldn’t see very well. While this may or may not be true, we do see a few new products at CES that could appeal visually to younger and older gamblers alike.
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We all have our favorite slot machines. Usually, it’s a game that we’ve had a nice score on in the past. Or, it may be a game like Wheel of Fortune that draws us in with familiar sounds. Few of us, however, have probably given thought to our least favorite machines, but could certain games be cursed? Consider this tale of woe we recently heard:
When I play slots, I usually just wander around until one catches my eye. I have a few favorites that I might hit, but I typically go for something that I haven’t played before. If a game hasn’t been particularly good to me in the past, I’ll eventually try it again in hopes of settling the score. Never have I sworn off a machine for good, until my final time playing JAWS.
Perfecting skill and winning casino games isn’t easy. In fact, perfection is impossible since the casino has a built-in advantage in every game. At best, we want to play games with a small house advantage and an easy strategy to learn in order to maximize how long we play. Playing longer improves chances of hitting a hot streak or a jackpot. Here are a few resources we use for honing our gaming skills:
vpFREE: vpFREE2.com is a great site for video poker players or people interested in learning how to play. vpFree2 lists how much optimal returns are for different video poker games as well as which casinos have those games. They also detail exactly where you can locate the games on the gaming floor. The information is updated every few months so it may not be 100% accurate, but it’s pretty darn good.
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We’re one step closer to even bigger Megabucks jackpots. Last month, we let you know that slot machine manufacturers, Bally Technologies and IGT, would petition the Nevada Gaming Commission to expand the pool of linked slot machine jackpots beyond Nevada's borders. This would be like adding Powerball or Mega Millions to your normal state lottery.
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Trips to the casino are filled with ups and downs. Sometimes, there's a winning session and, sometimes, there's a losing session. The casino has a few percentage point advantage on every game so losing a little isn't really a surprise. We can deal with losing by small percentages. It's part of the territory. The sessions, however, where there's no winning at all is what really grinds this writer's gears.
On a recent trip to the casino, I couldn't shake off a cold streak. I played every game to see if I could change my luck and nothing worked. The first session started out at the tables with 3 card poker where I was actually up for a little before losing. Later, I played craps and that was a loser, too, mostly on my rolls. Gasp! I switched to Mississippi Stud Poker and that was a loser. The only win was $10 while killing time on a penny slot before dinner. After the break, the losing continued with blackjack, video poker, higher denomination slot machines and Mississippi Stud Poker (again) before I just gave up.
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You have questions and we have answers. Today’s question is a simple one and one we were wondering as well ever since we first found out about the coming Walking Dead slot machine back in June.
I wanted to know if you guys knew when/where Walking Dead slot machines are going to be released?
Ever since this writer was a child I’ve always been early. For everything. It’s a blessing and a curse. In Las Vegas, that’s usually a curse because nobody is on time, but I digress.
A couple weeks ago, I arrived about 20 minutes early to brunch at Mandalay Bay. Like any gambler, I decided to kill time gambling and dropped $20 in a .25 cent Top Dollar slot machine. Top Dollar is probably my favorite slot machine, but I usually play the $1 game. Twenty minutes after the machine took my $20 bill, I walked over to brunch with a voucher worth $130. Brunch at Border Grill was delicious and the bill was exactly $130. Coincidence? Maybe. I asked the waitress if I could pay for everything using the $130 ticket from the Top Dollar machine. To no surprise I wasn’t able to, but since the bill was the exact amount of the winning ticket I decided to pay for brunch.
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We loved it!
A Konami rep mentioned to us that it was only available at a couple casinos at the time. We weren’t surprised because the Titan 360 is so big that it wouldn’t even fit in most casinos. The first place in Las Vegas we were told it would show up would be at the Venetian. Well, that day is near.