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Slot makers are taking popular features and using them in a new way By John Grochowski   Whether you’re a slot player, game maker or casino operator, versatility in game play is a prize to be treasured. The fast-growing hold-and-respin segment has that versatility. It’s been used for basic bonus play, in more varied bonus […]

Glory Days

Hialeah Park Racing and Casino shines with East Coast’s loosest slots and much more By Sean Chaffin   Slot machine players looking for the casino with the loosest slots on the East Coast may be surprised to learn which property tops the list. It’s not an Atlantic City casino and not found in some of […]

28th Annual Loosest Slots Awards

Our report on the highest slot returns during an unprecedented year By Frank  Legato   The year 2020 was a calamity for businesses of all kinds, but the casino hospitality business took one of the biggest hits from the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent Great Shutdown. Casinos in most places were closed from two to […]


There’s a new game show centered around a giant slot machine By Frank Legato   I’ve heard of slot machines based on game shows, but how about a game show based on a slot machine? There’s a new quiz game show on Fox centered around a giant five-reel slot machine. It’s called Cherries Wild, and […]


The power of patience when it comes to playing your favorite slots By Frank Scoblete   I’ve always believed that slot players have more patience than table-game players because they can go through longer streaks with no wins whatsoever, whereas table-game players need some wins here and there to maintain their interest before flying for […]


The past 25 years have seen slot machine bonus events evolve from wheel spins and funny cartoons into four distinct styles of bonus By Frank Legato   Happy Silver Anniversary to the slot bonus. Bonus events in slot machines effectively began with the 1996 release of IGT’s Wheel of Fortune. The roulettestyle wheel spinning to […]


The COVID-19 crisis did not interrupt game development efforts of slot manufacturers, who have a parade of new games waiting for when you return to the casino By Frank Legato Chances are, you did not go to your favorite casino during the past year anywhere near as often as in 2019. If and when you […]

The Starwall Effect

AGS uses its remarkable Starwall immersive video canvas to enhance new games Jade Wins Deluxe, Golden Wins Deluxe and more By Frank Legato Over the years, casinos have created countless colorful signs, flashing lights and assorted other merchandising gimmicks to attract players to showcased games. At the same time, slot manufacturers have sought to create […]


Percentages are important, but picking a game you’ll enjoy is more paramount By Frank Legato   Most of those reading this column are seasoned slot players, but for those who are not, the variety on a given slot floor can be intimidating. How do you choose your game? There has been much written over the […]


New cabinets, more progressives, more hold-and-spin games, and much more on tap in the new year By Frank Legato   As we have completed a year that was as unprecedented for the casino  business as any other  business in the U.S., we look forward to casinos reopening—a second time, in many  cases—and returning  to full […]

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