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We all have our favorite slot machines. Usually, itís a game that weíve 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 havenít played before. If a game hasnít been particularly good to me in the past, Iíll 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 isnít 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 itís pretty darn good.
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Weíre 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. Todayís 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 Iíve always been early. For everything. Itís a blessing and a curse. In Las Vegas, thatís 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 wasnít 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 werenít surprised because the Titan 360 is so big that it wouldnít 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.
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Itís a penny slot shocker!
Disney has announced that they will not be renewing their contracts with slot machine manufacturers for any Marvel or Lucasfilm titles. Disney sees itself as a family friendly business and doesnít feel as though casinos are family friendly. They have decided to wage battle with casino developers trying to build casinos near Disney World in Florida. The first casualty in this battle are slot machines which bear licenses owned by Disney.
Existing licenses will be allowed to play out so youíll be able to play your favorite Marvel and Lucasfilm games for the next year or so, but there will be no new games coming to market. Here are many of the slot machines we wonít be seeing on the casino floor much longer.
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Downtown Vegas is known more for low-limit gambling than high limit rooms, but that's slowly changing.
When The D and Golden Gate renovated their casinos, they included small high limit rooms. These traditional high limit rooms have some blackjack tables for people that prefer a little privacy when they play with bigger money. The D even has baccarat available since thatís one of the more popular games that was only available on The Strip. Since The D opened with baccarat, the Golden Nugget has added a baccarat area to their casino. High rollers are being welcomed to Downtown Grand with a separate high limit room featuring slot machines, video poker and blackjack as well as an Asian gaming room which features baccarat.
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Some of our friends scout out slot machines with low minimums. They bet only a few cents per spin, and usually only when the cocktail waitress is nearby. Youíll never find them sitting at any of the new, high-denomination machines. Others are looking for big payouts. They canít resist the allure of a monstrous progressive jackpot and will play several bucks a spin if thatís what it takes. Itís the latter type that always reminds us of the importance of making a max bet.
Encouragement for betting big is nothing new. Slot revenue is the biggest slice of the gaming pie, accounting for nearly double what table games bring in. Casino operators, naturally, pay a lot of attention to ways they can maximize their take from machines. Penny slots get people in the seats, but todayís casinos want your dollars, not your dimes. To encourage gamblers to risk more, the bonuses on many machines are designed to offer better returns when you bet more per line and bet more lines. Customers often sit down expecting to play a few cents a spin, but quickly find themselves increasing their bet to 10, 20, or more credits per line.
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One thing we like about visiting locals casinos is that we often run into random promotions. Some will gift us with a sun visor for our car and some will offer up some American flag bling for our wrists. Recently, when walking through Red Rock Resort, we noticed a few different banks of slot machines offering 12 Boarding Pass point for every dollar played. This is four times the normal three points per dollar played. Okay, this is intriguing.
Maybe this tactic was being implemented to get people to play old slot machines. Regardless, theyíre all upright†penny slots and, by law, must meet the same minimum returns as other penny slots. There was a nice mix of slot machines available to play. Some were old machines that look as though theyíre on the way out the door while others looked like they were fairly new machines. They just weren't the popular big name, themed slot machines.
What is the key? The key is magic. The key does things we canít do. The key opens the world. The key is the greatest thing in a casino that weíll never have access to. The casinos donít even possess the key. The key lies in the hands of the slot machine manufacturers. Thatís not quite true as the key is physically attached to slot machine manufacturer staff members. Itís impossible to gain access to the key without physically harming someone. The key is life.
At G2E (the Global Gaming Expo), every person that works for a slot machine manufacturer has a key that activates bonus rounds on all of their machines. Every slot machine has a variety of bonus rounds to show off to different visitors.†Basic game play for slot machines doesnít change much and bonus rounds are where the real excitement lies for most of the new machines.†If the slot machine is the steak then the bonus round is the sizzle.