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Forever Favorites – Slot

Sometimes there’s nothing like a game that’s built to last – Slot by John Grochowski Talk about lasting popularity. Blazing 7s has been with us since the 1970s, when Bally Gaming (now Bally Technologies) was based in Chicago.   If you’re a slot player, you know the drill. A hot new game catches your eye. […]


One of WMS Gaming’s Best game franchises roars back with ‘Star Trek Battlestations’ by Frank Legato     If you watched the iconic 1960s TV series Star Trek regularly—even if you’re not a card-carrying Trekkie—you no doubt enjoyed the first six “episodes” represented in WMS Gaming’s “Star Trek” series. That’s the series in which you […]

Wild Nights – Power Stacks

Multimedia’s “Power Stacks” feature gives players a wild ride By Frank Legato   Multimedia has figured out a way to incorporate expanding wilds, also commonly known as “stacked wilds,” into a reel-spinning slot machine.     If anything in this country is certain, it’s that slot players still love those spinning reels. We’re still transfixed […]

How Does It Pay? Payback percentage

Understanding payback percentages By Frank Legato   “Payback percentage” is one of the most misunderstood terms in the casino industry. Many players think it means how much of the money they put in a game that will come back to them in jackpots. Others think that the casino has a switch somewhere that officials can […]

Solving The Jackpot Mystery

Can betting less increase your odds of hitting the top jackpot? By John Grochowski   If you’re eligible for the top jackpot only when betting the max, and you’re not prepared to bet that much, you’re better off at a non-progressive machine. I first encountered Fred back in the 1990s, while I was doing a […]

Vegas, Baby – Slot

Bally’s new Vegas-themed slot combines the best of the old and the new by Frank Legato   The modern slot floor is a combination of old and new experiences. The most advanced technology these days typically merges with tried-and-true play experiences to create new kinds of fun. The newest bonus slot from Bally Technologies proves […]

Your Valentine’s Day Slot Machine

Finding “true love” on the slot floor by  Frank Scoblete   Every slot player wants to find their own personal love machine that promises excitement, and promotes their fantasies of wonderful times together. My wife and I were married on Valentine’s Day. She thought it was romantic; I thought it would be an easy date […]

Advantage Play – Slot

How to capitalize on slot machines that give you the edge By Frank Scoblete   Once you’ve identified a slot machine that has a positive expectation, there are certain rules you must follow to maximize your wins. The following rules for play are not suggestions—they are requirements.   Editor’s Note: This column is excerpted from […]

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