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2010’s Loosest Slots in America

Casino Player magazine releases its report on the loosest slots from coast-to-coast.

For nearly two decades Casino Player magazine—America’s #1 gambling publication—has kept a watchful eye on which casinos offer the loosest slots in the country.  The result has been a detailed report published every spring known as the “Loosest Slots” awards.

“Every year since 1994, Casino Player has mined the slots data from casinos across the country to create our annual Loosest Slots awards,” said CEO Glenn Fine.  “This affords our readers the best snapshot about which casinos have been the most generous with regard to slots over the previous year.  It is quite simply one of our most anticipated issues of the year.”

So just where is the best place in the US to challenge the one-armed bandits?  “For the third straight year, the market with the loosest slots in the nation is Reno, Nevada,” said Frank Legato, Casino Player’s slots writer.  “And Reno’s slots even got looser since last year—the total slot return went from 94.79 percent in 2008 to 95.11 percent last year.”

Legato continued.  “Also the same as last year, the other two in the top three for “Loosest Slots in America” were other Nevada markets—the Boulder Strip casinos (Sam’s Town, Boulder Station,  Arizona Charlie’s, Eastside Cannery, etc.) were right behind Reno in generosity, returning a combined 94.96 percent of slot wagers to players; and just behind that at 94.8 percent was the “Balance of County” market, which includes off-Strip Las Vegas casinos like Orleans and the Palms, and outlying areas such as Primm.”

Of course if you can’t make it to desert, there are plenty of other places across the country boasting loose slots of all denominations.  In Atlantic City, NJ, top accolades go to the Borgata with 91.76 percent, while both the A.C. Hilton and Trump Taj Mahal tied for second with 91.46 percent.  A little to the north Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun took the lead with 91.65 percent with Foxwoods trailing slightly with 91.35 percent.

Looking towards the Midwest, Indiana had a solid return, with Hoosier Park leading the pack at 92.03 percent.  Indiana Live came in at 91.90 percent, while Blue Chip came in third with 91.77 percent.  To the south Mississippi’s Coastal Region took the lead with 93.10 percent.  The South River Region came in second with 92.65 percent followed closely by the North River Region with 92.48 percent.

For a complete list and breakdown of results by location and denomination, visit our website at, or pick up a copy of the May issue of Casino Player magazine.

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