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If you follow VegasChatter on Twitter or Facebook (hopefully, both?), then you've seen photos of the awesome new slot machines being debuted at G2E. If this writer had seen the Britney Spears slot machine the day would have ended and I wouldn’t have found something(s) even more awesome. Once you dig through the insane amount of slot machines at G2E, you can find the other games that should be coming soon to casinos, too.
IGT is one of the leaders of video poker games. In fact, when you visit SLS Las Vegas, you’ll notice just about every video poker game on the casino floor is by IGT. The Ellen Show slot machines are well and good, but it’s no Britney Spears slot machine so I wandered. The IGT booth at G2E is one of the largest and it took a while to navigate. After a few too many minutes perusing slot machines (not that there's anything wrong with that), I finally made my way to the new video poker games that were on display. I’m stoked with what they will have to offer.
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If you’ve been visiting casinos for a while, the concept of free play (Freeplay, as one word, is the trademark of a specific casino company) isn’t anything new. However, if you’re new to casino promotions or just noticed free play as an offer from MyVEGAS, you might not realize that it’s not quite as simple as receiving money.
Free play is a reward of “free money” that casinos offer players. It can be spent on video poker and slot machines. Free play isn’t real bills, but credits can be turned into straight cash homey as you win.
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FX Network’s Golden Globe-winning Sons of Anarchy will come to gaming floors soon. The fact that it is Tuesday’s highest-rated show on cable TV reveals its popularity. In fact, SOA (as the cool people call it) is FX’s highest rated series period as it rolls out a new multi-site progressive while in the midst of its seventh and final season.
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There’s usually a huge buzz before the annual G2E (Global Gaming Expo) with big names being attached to new games. It’s been relatively quiet this year aside from the confirmed Friends, Mad Men and Wonder Woman slot machines we told you about last week. Things hit a new high yesterday, though, when IGT announced they’ll have not one, but two Ellen slots.
These won't just be machines featuring comedienne Ellen DeGeneres. Rather, they will be based on her hit daytime talk show. The games will be known as The Ellen DeGeneres Show™ Featuring Ellen’s Dance Party Video Slots and The Ellen DeGeneres Show™ Featuring 12 Days of Giveaways Video Slots.
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The top stars of Big Bang Theory have made headlines for making a mil per episode and, if rumors are true, fans may have a way to reach their own payday.
We recently heard talk that the uber popular CBS sitcom would be making its way to the casino floor as a slot machine next year. A quick Google found a 2013 thread on SlotFanatics.com that reports the slot as being in the pipeline for Aristocrat.
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The annual Global Gaming Expo (a.k.a. G2E) is just a couple of weeks away. The expo is where businesses with products and services related to the casino industry show off their goods to prospective buyers. While the newest ATM technology and seating options are cool to look at, most of us are concerned about new casino games.
Another nickname for G2E is the "slot machine convention." Slot manufacturers take up almost as much space on the expo floor as every other business combined. G2E is where just about all new slot machine technology and themes debut.
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.
In 2013, Bally Technologies and IGT petitioned the Nevada Gaming Commission to expand the pool of linked slot machine jackpots beyond the state's borders. That proposal to create a large network of progressive slot machines was approved in November, but there were no plans for when the big jackpots would go live as the slot manufacturers had to get the system up and running first.
Then, earlier this year, IGT revealed a deal with Caesars Entertainment and Boyd Gaming in regards to its PowerBucks jackpots. Still, there was no date attached as to when we'd see the new progressive slot machines.
That's where you get The Code.
Las Vegas' newest casino is well into its first official day of business after opening to the public at midnight last night. A gaming floor already brimming with guests of an invite-only grand opening party for SLS Las Vegas swelled even more when the public rushed in.
Before you join their ranks, you should know that SLS, an sbe property, offers The Code as its players club. That’s different, if you're familiar with it, from the existing sbePREFERRED loyalty program. While The Code is only used at SLS Las Vegas right now, that may change in the future. Current sbePREFERRED members will receive benefits from sbePREFERRED and The Code until the end of the year.
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Now two years old, social casino game MyVEGAS continues to add new users, new rewards, and new mini-games. Earlier this month, PlayStudios unveiled its latest slot title, China Mystery. New ways to earn those valuable loyalty points are always welcomed, but we were even more excited by the addition of new dining rewards. As we took a closer look at what’s new, however, we were left wishing we could turn back the clock.
Anytime anyone criticizes MyVEGAS they are inevitably met with the same response, so let’s get it out of the way. Yes, the game is free. It’s been possible to rack up free hotel stays, dining vouchers, shopping credits, show tickets, and more, all from day one without spending a dime. For those who joined early on, it’s been a great ride. Many of us here at VegasChatter are MyVEGAS players and this writer alone has racked up at least $1,000 in rewards. That’s the good, on to the bad.
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Tired of losing the charge on your mobile phone while wandering the Vegas Strip? Well, Venetian has you in mind with the most recent addition to its casino.
VegasChatter reader Jeff C. recently spied the installation of Plug & Play mobile charging systems on some of the resort's video poker and slot machines. You don't even need a full charger to get your mobile phone some extra power while you gamble. Just plug a USB cable into the machine and your phone will begin to charge.
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Is there anything less exciting than talking about mergers and acquisitions when it comes to gambling? That’s debatable, but we're going to do it anyway. Last night, video poker and slot machine manufacturer, IGT entered into a definitive merger agreement with Italian lottery company, GTECH S.p.A. This wasn’t quite a merger as much as it was GTECH purchasing IGT for more than $6 billion in cash and stock.
So, now what? Not much will change for slot machine and video poker players that are familiar with IGT’s games. You can go about your day without worry unless you, a friend or a relative work with or at IGT. This and other mergers and acquisitions in the gaming space have been made to maximize corporate efficiencies. The slot machines, video poker games and systems that IGT offers complement the services and products that GTECH offers. There will be some overlap and that will be dealt with when the merger actually takes place. When the purchase goes through, the new IGT/GTECH company will be called NewCo.