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The attraction of penny slots is a fairly simple one. Bright lights and loud noises to humans can be similar to jingling car keys to a dog. When a dog sees and hears the keys he wants to go for a ride. When ECG sees bright lights and hears loud noises he wants to play penny slots
A few weeks ago I noticed a slew of new slot machines on the suburban casinos floors. Between Red Rock and Suncoast, it felt as though every other slot machine was new. They all have bright HD screens which can almost seem like 3D in the right light. Noticeably the volume on each of these games was very loud. These new slot machines weren’t the big-name themed slot machines but they were proprietary games with fairly generic in-house themes.
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Last week, we told you about a pretty sweet low roller rebate at Casino Royale that's been running since the end of last year. VegasChatter reader @valleyman0505 wasn’t familiar with how loss rebates worked and asked the following questions:
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Casino Royale may not be for everyone, but it is one of the best casinos for low rollers on the Vegas Strip. What's not to like about low limits, good odds (especially for craps players) and $1 Michelob beers?? They may not need to offer more to lure gamblers, but they have a pretty good promotion currently underway, anyway.
We love checking out Old Vegas. Whether browsing through black-and-white era photos in books, watching old 8mm footage online, or getting out and seeing the artifacts for ourselves, we’re always coming across intriguing similarities and differences between days gone by and present Vegas. Sometimes, they’re obvious and give us a laugh, like the differences in attire. Other times, we’re left with questions. Today’s is “where did all the chairs come from?”
If you look at the images from way back in the early days of Vegas, you can’t help but notice that nearly everyone is on their feet. Slot players, armed with handfuls of nickels, stand shoulder to shoulder as they watch the cherries spin by on old-fashioned reel machines. Ties, pocket squares, and hats accessorize the suits worn by roulette players crowding around green-felted tables. Even blackjack players, notorious for putting in long sessions, are often seen upright.
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It’s been almost two years since the Hard Rock made any changes to its Backstage Pass players club so it’s time to shake things up. They’re kind enough to give a little warning so you can prepare for the changes and even jump a tier or two if you want.
Effective March 31, the invite-only Nirvana tier of Backstage Pass will be replaced with a tier called Multi-Platinum Access. The only way to receive an invitation to this level is to achieve a tier score of 300,000 in a calendar year. The General Admission, Entourage and Platinum Access tiers remain the same. New tier benefits will be announced later this year.
For slot players, waiting out bonus games can be a maddening process. Bonus rounds generally provide the best opportunity for a large payout on a machine. They’re also the most fun part of playing. Many modern video slots are indistinguishable from one another during standard reel play and watching row after row of familiar symbols spin by can get tiring. It’s not until the music starts and the bonus round begins that games like Monopoly and Wheel of Fortune really get exciting. If you’ve never had the patience needed to wait out triggering a bonus, slot makers finally have the answer for you.
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Visitors doing Vegas on a budget often head downtown to get more for their money. There’s no denying that when compared to the Strip, downtown is full of bargains. Average room rates are about half of what you’ll find ($66 vs. $126 in 2014). Dining downtown is easier on the wallet as well, with the priciest downtown buffet coming in at just over $20. That’s a deal when compared to the more than $50 you would spend on The Strip. A commonly repeated piece of advice suggests that in addition to these savings, downtown offers better returns than the Strip when gambling, especially at slots. That seems to makes sense, given that everything else downtown is cheaper, but is it true?
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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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While some VegasChatter readers may be sad about missing their chance to hit it big at MGM Grand on the Lion’s Share slot machine, we know many of you are wondering if the lucky winners will be taking home the actual machine, in addition to the $2.4 million jackpot.
Linda and Walter Misco of New Hampshire won the jackpot on August 22 and legend had it that the winner of the Lion’s Share also would inherit the machine as it was intended to be retired after it hit. MGM officials have confirmed this is their intention and they’re working with the Nevada Gaming Control Board to make good on the promise.
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. poker’s 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. That’s 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, they’ve introduced some game enhancements that have us rolling our eyes.
First up is an easier way to bet. Hitting “spin” 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. We’re 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 won’t find a cash-out button on the unit and, unless you’re willing to make the grueling reach six inches over, your only option is to continue playing. Sneaky.
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Before this VegasChatter writer was a regular contributor to the site, I was a reader of its content and definitely fell for this year's April Fool’s joke for about a half of a second. When I read the Lion’s Share slot at MGM Grand machine hit on April 1, I was about to send the story to friends when I noticed the date… the joke was almost on me!
Even as we complain about MyVEGAS, we have to acknowledge its success. The social casino game has helped MGM Resorts keep their customers engaged year-round while at the same time allowing Vegas visitors to get more bang for their buck. It’s a win-win, so it should come as no surprise that others are trying to get in on the mobile gaming action.
While MyVEGAS offers slick graphics and increasingly realistic slot games, other casinos are going the low-tech route. We recently stumbled across an intriguing text-based promotion while up north in Reno’s Nugget hotel and casino. The game’s simplicity was a refreshing change of pace. There was no Facebook account required and no web-enabled mobile device needed. No loyalty points to track or friends in need of daily “gifts.” All the action happened either via text message or in-casino display. The ease of participating certainly seemed to make the promotion a popular one and it may not be long before the concept catches on.