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Machine games such as slots and video poker are perpetually the most heavily trafficked casino games. In the case of slots, part of the allure is the quest for a handsome jackpot with no more effort involved than simply dropping in a few coins and pulling the handle. Add to this exquisite simplicity the non-existent interaction with other players and casino personnel—factors that intimidate many a gambler—plus the lights, bells and often entertaining themes, and it’s no wonder so many gamblers flock to them.

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Long Live the King
A decade after the Elvis first appeared on a slot machine, players still can’t get enough of him. It was Presley’s iconic image that inspired game designers at International Game Technology to develop the slot giant’s third big, branded game.
By Frank Legato
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Controlling Your Cash: Finding Your Comfort Zone
People love to tell stories about their casino adventures, especially when they win big. But when I hear someone talking about a “big hit,” my first thought is, “How much were they betting?”
By Bill Burton
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Comps: Analyzing Common Benefit Choices
Almost anyone who ever plays in a casino with a slot club card is going to have to make benefit choices. Is it better to redeem your points for cashback or comps? Or is it better to redeem for cashback versus free play?
By Jeffrey Compton
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The Psychology of Slots
Tactics that casinos use to keep you playing
Are you playing the slots or are they playing you? It’s a fair question. Sometimes it seems as if slot machines are programmed to enthrall you in intricate mind games, paying out just enough to keep you hooked, but never letting you get too far ahead.
By Basil Nestor
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Additional Articles

Loosest Slots 2007
Our 14th annual Loosest Slots Awards point to the best payouts in the land.
By Frank Legato
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The 3-Step Simple Slot Plan
How to cut your losses and still have fun playing
By Frank Scoblete
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Penny Lane
Why we love to play those low-denom slots
By Frank Legato
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UNDERSTANDING SLOTS: Know The Type of Machine You Play
Knowledge makes you bet more effectively
By John Robison
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UNDERSTANDING SLOTS Comparing the Different Slots on the Casino Floor
A better understanding can decide the way you play
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Getting the Most from Your Slot Play
Points, Bounceback, Mail Offers and Good Machines
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Slots and Meditation
Machines can be relaxing and stress-reducing.
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CASINO Q&A: A Piece of Slot History
It all began with the Fey family in the late 1800s
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Hot Slot Promotions
Bally’s, Caesars & Showboat (Atlantic City, NJ)
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Slot Futures
WMS’ Sweepstakes introduces its groundbreaking new Monopoly game
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Loosest Slots 2007
Our 14th annual Loosest Slots Awards point to the best payouts in the land
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Ballyhoo!
Bally Technologies celebrates its 75th anniversary—looks to the future
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Come Join the Party
There’s a lot more to Hooters than the girls
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The Logic of Loose Machines
You have to get to know which slots are faster
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My Borgata
Meets all the requirements to make it a favorite
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Wild Blue Yonder
WMS introduces “sensory-immersion gaming” with its amazing new “Top Gun” slot machine
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HALL OF FAME
Reel ’Em In Entertaining characters, a great bonus and a new kind of slot game put WMS Gaming in the big time
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Understanding Slots
Mystery of the RNG Unlocked
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Progressive POWER
Powerball takes the multiple progressive to the next level
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Your Own Worst Enemy
Learn to have some self-control before hitting the casino
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Helping Luck Along
The laws of randomness ultimately decide whether you win or lose. Are there ways to help luck along?
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Helping Luck Along Part II: Video Slots
The key to success is to stay in the game and wait out the odds.
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An Interview with Mr. Casino
What Really Goes On
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Is This Machine Due?
Telling when a machine is “due to hit” is the Holy Grail of the slot world
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Slots: Finding the Loose Ones
Forget the myths that abound in casinos
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Fact or Fiction?
Twenty years after the introduction of the “virtual reel” slot machine, the myths about how slots operate continue
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Loosest Slots
Our 13th Annual Guide to the Best Slot Paybacks in the Nation
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State of the Art Slots
The industry’s top manufacturers unveil their latest innovations
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The Six Senses of Slot Play
How the casinos make your senses tingle… all six of them.
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What’s Your Slot Style?
How Understanding your personality will help you make the best slot-playing choices
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