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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

‘Cornsquealius’ in the Room

AGS debuts its first themed gaming area to capitalize on the popularity of the Rakin’ Bacon! franchise By Frank Legato In the first glory days of the themed slot machine, casino slot floors were dominated by one slot after another based on TV, movies, music or other elements of popular culture. In more recent years, […]


A subjective view of the top offerings among this year’s new slots By Frank Legato   As you probably know, every fall, the slot manufacturers show their new “model year” at the annual Global Gaming Expo trade show. These are the slots that will be coming to casinos over the coming year. As you also […]

Slot Futures

Our annual rundown of the new slot games arriving at a casino near you By Frank Legato   Every October, the world’s slot manufacturers and their customers, the casinos, gather in Las Vegas for the Global Gaming Expo (G2E), the most important trade event on the industry’s calendar. This is where the slot-makers introduce the […]


Eclipse Gaming Continues its Cash Arcade Series with DUCK DOLLARS By Frank Legato   Last year, Eclipse Gaming Systems, one of the fastest-growing suppliers in the Class II Native American slot market—and inevitably on a path to arriving at commercial casinos soon—released a fun group of games it dubbed the Cash Arcade Series. The series […]

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