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The mesmerism of slots By Frank Scoblete   It was April 2 in the mid-1990s (or thereabouts) and this was at Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, near the jingling Treasure Island slot machines, and she came up to my wife the Beautiful AP and me and asked, “Do you know what day this is?” “It’s […]


A look at video blackjack By John Grochowski   In most state gaming commission revenue reports, wagering totals and payouts are listed for electronic gaming devices. The category isn’t “slot machines,” and that’s deliberate. In the information they release to the public, casinos and regulators do not differentiate among slot machines and other electronic games […]


It’s due, Isn’t it? By Frank Scoblete   On the excellent “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast, famous scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson told an interesting story about a bunch of physicists who went to Vegas for a conference when their hotel lost their reservations. Oh, my word! Instead of being out in the cold (or the […]


Eclipse Gaming launches the carnival-style Cash Arcade Series while branching out to new game styles By Frank Legato   If you play slots in tribal casinos in Washington State, the South and Midwest, you’re probably familiar with the games of Georgia-based Eclipse Gaming Systems. Eclipse games have been in tribal casinos for 15 years, and […]


Casinos are bringing in record slot win.  It’s time to loosen the percentages By Frank Legato   It’s a fact that slot hold—the percentage of wagers on slot machines that is held by the house—has grown over the past half-decade. That means the return-to-player, also known as payback percentage, has declined, and it has remained […]

Playing for Fun

Aruze brings the fun of kids’ games and carnival games to the slot floor with the Activ-Play series By Frank Legato Aruze Gaming’s story is unique among suppliers of slot machines. Its predecessor company, Universal, provided the first serious competition to the former Bally Manufacturing with its mechanical reel-spinning slots in the 1980s. Universal was […]

One and Done

By Frank Scoblete   The general rule of thumb for slot games and video poker hands is that the best method for a player is to play full coin (or total credit per decision) because this allows the player to get the most if he or she hits the big jackpot. [Please note: Sometimes it […]


Many little wins? Or occasional big wins? By Frank Scoblete   I am a conservative player and I have become even more conservative in my goals and betting strategies as I’ve aged (beautifully, I might add—aging, that is). I do not look to make a killing at any game. I want to be able to […]


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 […]

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