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Reels Away?

Several new slot experiences create fun without the use of the standard spinning reel By Frank Legato   At the heart of the slot machine experience since the 1890s has been the spinning reel. The basic format of the slot game for most of the 20th century remained three spinning mechanical reels. When multi-line video […]

USE THE POWER OF SLOTS

There’s strength in numbers By Frank Scoblete   I’m just a slot player,” some slot players will say as table-game players look at them with pity, concern, contempt. Slot players sometimes feel that they are less-valued casino players than other casino players. How do I know this? I’ve asked them once they have warmed up […]

BACK TO BASICS

The mechanical reel-spinning slot machine continues to prove itself popular with players By Frank Legato   For a century, the perception of what constituted a slot machine remained the same—three physical spinning reels, a simple pay schedule displayed on the front with bar symbols, 7s and fruit symbols. Certainly, changes were made along the way […]

SLOT TRUTHS

Veteran slot players tell their tales By Frank Scoblete   I am interviewing several veteran slot players. What do they have to say about their favorite game in the casino? Let’s take a look:   FRANK Slot machines make more money for the casinos than any other playing option. Somewhere between 65 and 90 percent […]

MY TOP 10 NEW SLOTS PICKS

Here’s a totally subjective lineup of what I consider the top 10 new slot games revealed at G2E By Frank Legato   As longtime readers of Strictly Slots know, every fall, the casino industry stages a huge trade show, the Global Gaming Expo (G2E), at which the slot manufacturers roll out the new games that […]

SLOW DOWN IN THE SLOT ZONE

A little self-control can go a long way By Frank Scoblete   Simon and Garfunkel sang it just right: “Slow down, you move too fast/You got to make the morning last.” (“The 59th Street Bridge Song”) When I am talking casino playing of any kind, be it slot play, video poker play, table games of […]

MYTHS VS FACTS

As old slot myths fade away, new ones take their place By John Grochowski   Have you heard the one about the slot machine that went cold because the player was using hot coins, fresh out of the machine? How about the one about calculating jackpot frequency by counting the symbols on each? What’s that? […]

HERE COME THE NEW SLOTS

Our annual preview of games coming soon to your favorite casinos By Frank Legato If you are a regular reader of this magazine, you know that every fall, we give you a sneak peek at new slot games coming your way in the coming year. The major slot  manufacturers launch all their new titles each […]

Understanding the Slot

As the casino industry expands, the same old slot-machine myths survive—many through a misunderstanding of how slots work By Frank Legato   As casino gaming expands to new U.S. states, both physically and online, blogs and instructional websites continue to crop up to create new online communities of slot players. The majority of the information […]

Higher Bets, Higher Rewards

AGS seizes on a growing appetite for high-denomination, traditional-style slot games By Frank Legato   For many years, slot enthusiasts have been treated to a lot of new games that are feasts for the senses. Giant, curved screens, surround sound, and cinematic presentations have hosted an ever-more rich collection of game features, from hold-and-spin to […]

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