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Jackpot Call Attendant: Hand Pay $10,020
I was at The Linq recently, playing Titan 360 (this may be the greatest penny slot ever) when a commotion broke out just a few feet away. A gentleman playing the only $1 slot machine in the area hit the $10,000 jackpot.
Even though he was calm and quiet after winning he was being congratulated by every passerby. I noticed that two slot attendants (strangely without security) were paying out the jackpot by hand and then saw the prize. Yowza, that's a biggun! People stopped to shake the winner's hand, take photos and, of course, snap some selfies (no selfie sticks though) with the man and the jackpot.
It was quite the spectacle which probably had something to do with the winning machine being so close to the casino walkway that leads out into The Linq Promenade. I’ve seen large jackpots get paid out hit in high limits rooms but those are usually quiet since there aren't as many people walking by. I've never actually been playing this close to a person winning a jackpot this large. And I've definitely never seen someone win this big of a jackpot in the middle of the casino.
It got me to wondering if anyone has witnessed a jackpot winner like this in person. What's the biggest jackpot winner you've ever witnessed in a casino? It could be yours or someone else. Share the fun in the comments.
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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.
Time for another VegasChatter Question! Do you have a question about Vegas, too? We bet you do. Send it to us and you just might see it here on VegasChatter! Reader Bill P. had a good question about what kind of casino host he shoudl seek out when gambling in Las Vegas.
"When you acquire a casino host, is it better to have an executive host or a slot host? What are the main differences? Play mainly slots. Some table games."
We reached out to our Casino Host Insider to see what they had to say.
Keep reading to learn which kind of host you might need!
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If it feels as though we’ve been talking about skill-based slot machines coming to casinos for the past few years it’s because, well, we have!
For those not familiar, let’s explain skill-based gaming as it relates to slot machines. These are slot machines that (duh) involve some form of skill to win great larger jackpots for those that know the particular skill. The idea isn’t quite new as it was introduced to casinos almost 10 years ago.
In 2007, Bally Technologies brought a skilled-based Pong slot machine to casinos. That incarnation of skill-based slot machines never became popular. The casinos didn’t like it very much because the skill involved with the bonus rounds changed the payout schedule. Traditional slot machines are all programed to return a specific amount so they’re much easier to forecast revenue. And there wasn't much demand from players to keep the games on the casino floor.
But that started to change a few years ago.
The new location of the slot machines that were once inside the Riviera was revealed about an hour before the casino closed its doors on May 4th at noon. Not too many people saw or heard the news as it happened since it was revealed during a live video tour by part-owner of the Riviera, Derek Stevens, who was sharing with his followers through Periscope.
If you’re the kind of dork that has to be up on the latest everything in technology like this writer you may have been one of the few hundred people watching and listening Stevens' last walk through the casino while it was open.
Periscope is a live video streaming app that’s currently available to those who use Apple iOS mobile devices like an iPhone or iPad (Android versions are being worked on). The company that created Periscope was purchased by Twitter for approximately $100 million in March last year but the app wasn’t released until earlier this year. The technology of live video streaming isn’t entirely new but this new version of live streaming links directly with the operators twitter account and with their followers through the app on their mobile devices. You can learn more about Periscope here.
Could this BE any more exciting?
There are obviously many fans of this show, so many that TV Guide has included the sitcom in their "Top 50 TV shows of all time." There were also many people have moved on from Rachel, Ross and the rest of the cast and would rather to see something a little more relevant to today made into a slot machine. Unfortunately for some of us not all slot machines can be as current as The Walking Dead.
On that note, you should start seeing the “Friends” slot machine hitting casino floors any day now. Bally Technologies is using every bit of current slot machine technology in their repertoire on this game. The Pro Theatre features twin Pro Wave cabinets topped by a massive 55-inch curved 1080i display. The Pro Sound Chair features 5.1 speakers so you can hear the audio coming from every direction. "Friends" will be released as a two-game configuration which “allows players to enjoy the experience solo or with a BFF.”
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You notice a lot of different things when walking through casinos every week. Sometimes, people catch the eye. Maybe, it’s a drink. Maybe, it’s something new on the floor. See something once and it’s just another ship passing in the night. See it twice and maybe it’s just a coincidence. See it everywhere and it's a trend.
Ever since writing about PowerBucks last year, I began noticing more and more progressive jackpots on slot machines. Megabucks, of course, is the big boy of all progressive slot machines in Las Vegas, with huge multi-million dollar jackpots available at just about every casino. Megabucks is interesting because of the jackpots but the games you can play leave something to be desired.
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This is the 22nd year Casino Player magazine has released national results for loosest slots in America. They gather public slot information from various local gaming commissions for a 12-month period and report where the casinos with the loosest slots can be found.
Without going too deep into the definition of "loose slots", a term created by Casino Player, the looser the slot machine, the more money it returns to players. Loose slots doesn't mean the player has an advantage. The casino still has a house edge, but looser slots offer better returns. While there isn’t public information on which specific machines offer the best returns, this research is still helpful by pointing players in the right direction.
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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We’re always dreaming of new and awesome ways to enjoy Las Vegas. While sitting at a casino bar drinking a disgusting cup of
brown water coffee the other day, I had a revelation. Why can’t we have a coffee bar? Not specifically a coffee shop and cafe like Sambalatte at Monte Carlo but a coffee bar, complete with bar-top video poker and slot machines?
One of my rituals when staying in a hotel in Las Vegas is to wake up and grab a cup of coffee and then head to the casino to ease into the day. I usually start slow playing slot machines until the coffee kicks in. Once my brain is ramped up to normal speed, I'll switch to video poker or table games. I would love it if I could get a good cup of coffee (or coffee drink like a cafe latte) and gamble in the same place instead of wandering the casino like a zombie. I’d probably drink more coffee which would make me gamble faster. The more I gamble, chances are the more money the casino would make over time.
When I stayed at SLS Las Vegas in December, I sat down to play video poker on my way back to the room. The session lasted longer than I expected for a $20 buy in. While playing, I noticed that the machines next to me were turned off. While stretching and taking a breath of fresh casino air, I noticed that all of the machines within eyesight were turned off. After about 20-30 minutes, I noticed that the area had been roped off and that there was a sign posted for a tournament in that section.
Tournament areas are usually roped off well in advance of special events. Perhaps, the casino at SLS isn’t large enough to close off so many multi-game machines for so long. But, this leads to a reader question from Dan P.:
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If you’re under 30 years old you may not remember the days when video poker and slot machines only paid out in coins. When I first started visiting casinos, each cashier window had a stack of wet wipes to clean the change off. Things changed in 2001 when, after a year of testing, IGT introduced the ticket in, ticket out system (a.k.a. TITO) that you see in most casinos today. Ahhhh... no more filthy fingers. TITO is now the standard on all machine games. We can just grab the ticket and redeem for cash at the cashier or TITO machine.
But, have no fear if you love casino history or just miss the clanking of change. There are still a handful of casinos in Las Vegas where you can find coin-operated slot machines. As a bonus we also found one just under an hour away in Jean.