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LOOSE OR TIGHT?

Finding the loosest slots in the new era of low payback By Frank Legato   As you may know, this is the month our sister publication, Strictly Slots, announces the annual “Loosest Slots Awards.” These awards acknowledge the casinos or casino regions that recorded the highest payback percentages on slots for the entire previous year. […]

TO CASH OR NOT TO CASH?

The technology for cashless slot play is here.  Will players use it? By Frank Legato   There have been many advancements in technology over the years that have significantly altered the experience of slot play. There was the computerization of the slot machine and subsequent“ virtual reel” technology that allowed jackpot levels to soar. There […]

10 FOR THE MONEY

Small tips can make a big difference for players By John Grochowski   Sometimes it’s the little things that count. A small strategy adjustment. A tiny tip on what to look for in a slot machine. A wee wrinkle in comp conditions. There are literally dozens of little things to look for and keep in […]

THE REEL STUFF

Traditional reel-spinners survive and adapt By Frank Legato Slot machines these days take on many forms. Giant curved screens face players in curved chairs, forming a cocoon that immerses them in the game. Other giant-screen slots offer intense video graphics on a screen approaching cinematic size, in front of dual-play benches. Then there are the […]

SEPARATING FACT FROM FICTION

Myth busting modern slot machines By John Grochowski   Slot machines have had their own set of myths practically since Day One. Specifics have evolved with slot technology, but mythology persists. That’s normal enough. You can’t see random numbers being generated so the mind fills in the gaps. Let’s try a little mythbusting about modern […]

GOING ON TILT

The bankroll you save may be your own! By Jerry “Stickman” Stitch   It is early morning—my favorite time in a casino. There are very few people around so I have my choice of games. Also, with the dearth of gamblers, very little smoke and/or smokers are around. It is true what they say: There […]

DEFINING PAYBACK

Payback percentage, and its effect on overall play, remains misunderstood By Frank Legato   For decades, readers of this magazine and our sister publication, Casino Player, have been given information on what many feel is the most important statistic in the world of slot machines: the payback percentage. These days, as online casinos spread, the […]

Favorites, New and Old

The newest slot games include standouts, but there’s still room for the classic By Frank Legato In November, I used this space to opine on my personal favorites among the new slot games that were introduced at the October industry trade show. As noted, my favorite new game is a Class II game from Eclipse […]

Unveiling the Strategy:

Why Video Poker and Slot Machines Incorporate Pushes and Small Wins in Gameplay Design By John Grochowski   If you’re a video slot player, no doubt you’ve sometimes thought it’s not a real win if your payback is less than your wager. Video poker players have similar thoughts about high pairs that just get their […]

A Different Animal

Online slot games turn the payback-percentage model on its ear By Frank Legato   For 35 years, this magazine and its sister publication, Strictly Slots, have advised players on where to find the highest payback percentages on slot machines. By way of definition, a payback percentage is the percentage of all wagers, from all players […]

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