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Machine games such as slots and video poker are perpetually the most heavily trafficked casino games. In the case of slots, part of the allure is the quest for a handsome jackpot with no more effort involved than simply dropping in a few coins and pulling the handle. Add to this exquisite simplicity the non-existent interaction with other players and casino personnel—factors that intimidate many a gambler—plus the lights, bells and often entertaining themes, and it’s no wonder so many gamblers flock to them.

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RARE ADVICE

Money management, proper play and prediction to protect your slot cash By Frank Scoblete   No one wants to see …

CONSCIOUS SLOTS

Can slot machines send signals to intuitive players? By Frank Scoblete   I receive quite a few emails from readers …

MORE THAN MINIMUM

Some slots offer players no advantage to bet the max By John Grochowski   There is no magic formula for …

SKILL AND REGULATION

Casino operators and slot manufacturers launch a battle against unregulated slot machines By Frank Legato   I’ve written in this …

KEEP IT SIMPLE

Simple slots questions and simple slots answers By Frank Scoblete   Simple Slots Question: I know that there is something …

TRENDING FOR 2020

Holding and re-spinning, king-sized machines and lots of progressives are among the trends to watch on the slot floor this …

SLOT FUTURES

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MYSTERY PROGRESSIVES

Strategically going for that slot jackpot By John Grochowski   When jackpot hunters scout out progressive machines and selectively play …

THE HIJACKING OF HIGH PAYBACK

The penny denomination has made the lowest-returning slots the most popular on the floor By Frank Legato   Ever since …

AGS’ ORION CONSTELLATION: BIG-WIN ENTERTAINMENT

AGS uses its Orion family of cabinets to offer players a host of new game features. By Frank Legato   …

AND THE ANSWER IS…

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MAXED OUT

Betting the max on slots is not always the right move By John Grochowski   For decades, players have been …

HOLD, SPIN, WIN

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THE HORROR OF SLOTS

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EAT MY COMPS

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NEW SLOTS 2020

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THE PERCENTAGE GAME

Do you know whether your slot has low or high payback? By Frank Legato   On July 15, the University …

When is the right time to bet maximum?

SLOTS TO THE MAX By John Grochowski   For decades, players have been told they should always bet the max …

SLOTS OF EXCITEMENT

Airports, dinosaurs, a crook gets caught, and much more By Sean Chaffin   There has been plenty of news in …

DESIGNED TO BE RANDOM

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THE HOME RUN OF SLOTS

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TOURNAMENT TIME

Slot competitions offer plenty of fun and a shot at some BIG paydays By Sean Chaffin   3 … 2 …

RISING STAR

AGS continues to create exciting games we all love to play By John Grochowski   What drives a slot manufacturer …

FORCED BET GAMES

When you can’t just bet the minimum By John Grochowski   My wife Marcy and I play a mix of …

GORE, GOLD AND GREED

Everything from zombies to worthless cash By Frank Scoblete   Manufacturers of slot machines can sometimes go off the deep …

SLOTS TO THE MAX

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WHEN SLOT WORLDS COLLIDE

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VIDEO VS REEL SLOTS

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SLOTS WITH AN EDGE

Incredible Technologies continues its winning strategy of creating unique platforms and innovative games By John Grochowski   There’s no problem …

THE NEXT STAGE

Next Gaming brings arcade-style excitement to the casino floor   Traditional slot machines have long been the lifeblood of the …

PENNY PINCHING SLOT SYSTEMS

Stay in control and protect your money By Frank Scoblete   Unless a slot player wins a monstrous million or …

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30 years of sound advice By Frank Scoblete   I wish I could say that I did an exhaustive scientific …

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Simple Questions And Simple Answers By Frank Scoblete   Q: I know that there something called the RNG that controls …

TAKING SLOTS TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Next Gaming’s CEO discusses their latest games and the need to appeal to a wide audience By Mike Darley, CEO …

DICERS’ SLOTS

A novel approach to playing the slots By Frank Scoblete Thirty days have September… April, June and November. All the …

JACKPOTS IN JEOPARDY

That Big Win Doesn’t Always Pay By Sean Chaffin Sometimes a jackpot isn’t really a jackpot. Despite every- thing on …

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Sometimes Santa does reward our wishes … maybe By Frank Scoblete According to Pew research 90 percent of Americans celebrate …

INNOVATIVE GAMES AND AN EVOLVING INDUSTRY

AGS Continues To Expand Its Popular And Exciting Game Portfolio By John Grochowski The nationwide expansion of the casino industry …

DESIGNED TO BE RANDOM

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RELAXED AWARENESS

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SLOTS OF TOMORROW

Our annual review of the slot machines coming to your favorite casino in the coming year By Frank Legato   …

NEXT GAMING

Immersing Players in A New Experience Inspiration, imagination and innovation. Those are the tenants that Next Gaming has embraced since …

THE GO-TO GAME

Imagine hitting a million-dollar jackpot. Now imagine doing it again   The time-honored adage that lightning never strikes twice” was …

THE POWER OF SLOT MACHINES

For many players, slots have a special mystery about them By John Grochowski   Mystique is a quality that’s difficult …

BIG SPINS & BIG WINS

AGS Machines Offer Much More Than Your Average Slot Machine Experience By Sean Chaffin   Take a stroll through any …

A BIGGER BUCKET REDUX

Why some gamblers love the slots By Frank Scoblete   In 1991 (or thereabouts) my wife the Beautiful AP wrote …

UNWRITTEN RULES

Eight slots rules to live by By Frank Scoblete   Somewhere around 80 percent or so of casino players are …

FORCED BETS

One coin just won’t cut it By John Grochowski   My wife Marcy and I play a mix of penny …

LOOSE SLOT MYTHS

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25th ANNUAL LOOSEST SLOTS AWARDS

Our annual report on the most generous slots in the USA   Welcome once again to our annual report on …

STAYING AHEAD OF THE CURVE

Incredible Technologies builds on their growing success with the launch of two new games and a new cabinet By John …

SPINNING REELS

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AHEAD OF THE CURVE

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SLOT ZONE

Great casino getaways for slot players By Karrie L. Zukowski Just about anywhere you live, there are great casinos within …

THE RIGHT MACHINE

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ME BAD

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THE GREAT COMP DIVIDE:

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HERE TODAY, GONE TOMORROW

Players look back at some of their favorite games of the past By John Grochowski   So many exciting new …

JOYSTICK BANDITS

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RETURN OF PAC-MAN

Ainsworth continues its winning slot series based on the most popular arcade game of all time with PAC-MAN DYNAMIC EDITION …

THE PURSUIT OF THE DREAM

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TOP 10

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TO THE XTREME

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HIGH -TECH SLOTS

We’re entering another dimension By Frank Legato   OK, things are getting scary around here. As you found in last …

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THE SLOT INFLUENCER:

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STATE OF THE SLOTS 2017

Our annual review of the collection of new slot machines you’re likely to see in the next 12 months By …

THE NUMBERS NEVER LIE

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BEST STRATEGIES FOR SLOTS

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READING BETWEEN THE LINES

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FU NAN, FU NU… AND ORION

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THE UNTRUTH AND TRUTH ABOUT SLOT MACHINES

Believing myths about slot machines can cost you big By Frank Scoblete   The big progressives are actually the toughest …

DESIGNED TO BE RANDOM?

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CHANGE IS COMING

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WINNING WALL

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RELAXED AWARENESS

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TOP 25 CASINOS FOR SLOTS

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LOVE ME, LOVE MY SLOTS

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THE ALPHABET GAME:

 Everything Slots From A To Z By John Grochowski   Playing slots is as easy as 1-2-3. We also can …

PAC-MAN FEVER

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THE OLD AND THE NEW

Skill based slots with familiar themes By John Grochowski   As casinos and game manufacturers ease toward an age of …

SLOT DESTINY

Money management at slots By Frank Scoblete   Many casino players believe that there are ways to manage one’s money …

GAMERS IN THE HOUSE

GameCo’s Video Game Gambling Machines bring a new group of players to the casino floor By Frank Legato   For …

NEW SLOTS 2017

Our annual review of the new slot games coming soon to a casino near you By Frank Legato The slot-machine …

SLOTS ARE PERFECT EMPLOYEES

Living in an age of machines By Frank Scoblete     It is no exaggeration to say that if slot …

SLOT WAR

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STACKING PANDAS

Aruze gives the video slot machine a new look with “Tower Stack Feature Panda” By Frank Legato   Spotting the …

PLAYER FAVORITES

A selection of top casinos from the 2016 Best Of Slots awards   Since many Casino Player readers gravitate towards …

SIMPLY SPEAKING

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THUNDER AND TREASURE

Ainsworth triples down on a good thing with sweet zone xtreme By Frank Legato For years, fans of slot games …

FIRE AND ICE

Answering reader questions about the hot and cold nature of slots By John Grochowski Sometimes slot players write to ask …

BONUS HUNTER

New games and new bonus rounds coming in 2017 By John Grochowski In a slot world where games are designed …

BRIGHT LIGHTS, SURGING DRAGONS

AGS uses its new Orion cabinet to bring out the best in the new PowerXStream game River Dragons By Frank …

ATTRACTING THE NEXT GENERATION OF GAMBLERS

G2E offers a glimpse at millennial-focused skill-based gaming for the casino floor By Benjamin Marx   WALKING THROUGH THE SPRAWLING …

SKILL THIS

Gimme that old-time slot play By Frank Legato   Recently, I was at the big casino-industry trade show in Las …

THOSE INFERNAL MACHINES: THE IN-BETWEEN

The bad, the in-between and the good By Frank Scoblete   In the October issue I discussed the bad experiences …

THE BEST OF SLOTS 2016

Our annual review of your favorite slots— and the casinos that offer them! By Frank Legato, & John Grochowski The …

REAPING THE REWARDS

Slot players are at the center of casino profits— and perks By John Grochowski   Today’s casinos are so slot-machine …

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL… CONTESTS?

Football contests can be a great slot club perk By H. Scot Krause   Casinos and football are like peanut …

BOTTOM LINE

When to bet the MAX on the slots By John Grochowski   The question is as old as multi-coin slot …

SLOT FUTURES 2016

Our annual review of the “new model year” of slot machines coming soon to a casino near you By Frank …

THE SUPER 7 SLOT PRINCIPLES

Seven rules slot players need to live by By Frank Scoblete There are 10-best-things-to-do lists for just about everything from …

VARIATIONS ON A THEME

Which slots do the best job of making the theme a part of the game? By John Grochowski   Conversation …

SEEKING THE GRAIL

Scientific games’ “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” taps into humor that had an entire generation laughing By Frank Legato …

FAST AND FIERCE

AGS lights up the screen with the colorful and quick “FireWolf II” By Frank Legato Few slot players are well-versed …

SLOTS PARADISE

Looking for a great casino for slots? Check out these favorite properties For the majority of casino gamblers slots are …

SLOT BLASPHEMY

Confessions of a slot sinner By Frank Scoblete If I were still in Our Lady of Angels Catholic Grammar School …

ALL ABOUT THE WHEEL

Aruze’s new “Super Vault” reel-spinning progressive slot takes a popular style and makes it better By Frank Legato You may …

Betting the Minimum

Forget the old rule of always betting max coins By John Grochowski There is no magic formula for winning on …

Crazy Good

Incredible Technologies’ “Crazy Money Deluxe” takes the cash-crazy theme to new heights By Frank Legato In the slot-machine business, great …

SLOTS CULTURE

Fun facts and hidden inspiration in popular slots By John Grochowski In themes and game play, slot machines draw on …

TOURNEY TIME!

Everi’s National TournEvent of Champions continues to redefine the slot tournament By Frank Legato It was not that long ago …

NAME YOUR GAME

My favorite slot machine… sort of By John Grochowski When asked about my favorite all-time slot machine bonus event, I …

JACKPOT HUNTING

The Reality Of Going After the Big Money By John Grochowski   When jackpot hunters scout out progressive machines and …

LOOSEST SLOTS 2016

Our annual rundown on where to find the loosest slots in America By Frank Legato Welcome to our 23rd annual …

Simply Fun

Scientific Games’ Barcrest brand of slot machines brings back the simplicity of the reel-spinner By Frank Legato A DOLLAR DENOMINATION. …

SEEKING ANSWERS

Understand rewards for slot and video poker players By John Grochowski There is no one standard for casinos in awarding …

Roses And Eruptions

Full immersion and interactive play put the latest releases from Aruze Gaming in a class by themselves By Frank Legato …

New Slots, New Year

Here’s Our Annual Peek At The New Slot Games Coming Your Way In 2016 By Frank Legato For slot-machine enthusiasts, …

SPINNING ON STANDBY

Pennsylvania looks at airport slots By Frank Legato   There is a bill before lawmakers in my erstwhile home state …

SLOTS: THE GIFT OF THE MAGI

Slots have come a long way since they paid in candy By Frank Scoblete   Slot machines have changed very …

2015 BEST OF SLOTS

The results are in. How did YOUR favorite casino stack up? By J. Phillip Vogel This time of year is …

MILLION DOLLAR MADNESS

Everi’s fourth national TournEvent of Champions slot tournament crowns its first millionaire By Frank Legato Call them the Coin Heads. …

FILL IN THE BLANK

Wrong guesses can lead to disaster By John Grochowski   Electronic casino games have always been subject to a little …

HERE COME THE SLOTS

Our annual review of the new slots coming to a casino near you! By Frank Legato For slot enthusiast, the …

Breathing Fire

A grand display and fun community play mark Scientific Games’ “Dragon Spin” By Frank Legato   Walk into any casino, …

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE

Dreams are fine—but you do want a good chance to win now and again By Frank Scoblete   Except for …

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY

Sometimes even the mysterious stranger can’t win By Frank Scoblete   Playing slots can seem as if you are in …

TournEvent FAVORITES

Our picks for some of the best casinos participating in the 2015 TournEvent Of Champions By Karrie L. Zukowski   …

SLOT Juggernaut

Multimedia Games’ innovative games and popular international slots tournament are only the beginning By John Grochowski   Austin, Texas, is …

Summer Shopping & Rebates

Want some year-end rebates now? Why wait! By H. Scot Krause   While most of the major slot club shopping …

MONEY RAIN

Incredible Technologies finds success by daring to be different By John Grochowski   Incredible Technologies has always dared to be …

Casino Memorabilia

Can’t afford high-priced chips? Try slot club card collecting By H. Scot Krause   I recently read a reader’s “Letter’s …

The Million Dollar Event

The nationwide slot tournament where players fight it out for ultimate glory and a chance to win a $1,000,000 grand …

WHEN SLOT WORLDS COLLIDE

Casinos are under the influence from arcades to apps By John Grochowski   Distinctions have been blurred in the modern …

22nd Annual LOOSEST $LOTS AWARDS

Our report on where to find the most generous slot floors in the nation By Frank Legato For 22 years—beginning …

Reaping The Rewards

Slot players are at the center of casino profits—and perks By John Grochowski   Today’s casinos are so slot-machine centric …

SURVEY SAYS…

AGS injects new life into game show and trivia slot genres with “Family Feud” By Frank Legato   The TV …

FAST MONEY

Aruze Gaming America injects new life into the world of multiple progressives with the reel-spinning “Rapid Shot” By Frank Legato …

RANDOM QUESTIONS

Understanding the random nature of slot machines By John Grochowski   Way back in 2011, Strictly Slots addressed concerns of …

Louisiana’s LOOSE SLOTS

Coushatta Casino Resort receives coveted Loose Slots Certification from Strictly Slots magazine By Sean Chaffin   Step into a world …

Ellen’s Slots

IGT forges a partnership with talk and comic superstar Ellen DeGeneres for a hot new slot series by Frank Legato …

NEW SLOTS 2015

Our annual sneak peek at the coming year’s crop of new slot machines By Frank Legato   Every year, hundreds …

BONUS BONANZA

Slot makers build a lot of fun into their games for 2015 BY JOHN GROCHOWSKI   Without doubt, bonus events …

A Champion Of Tournaments

Multimedia Games holds its third annual National TournEvent of Champions in Las Vegas By Frank Legato   Crowds of excited …

The Best Of Slots 2014

Our 14th annual rundown of our readers’ choices of the best the slot floor has to offer By John Grochowski …

Extreme Symbolism

Entertainment Value In Video Slots Extends to Symbols And How They’re Used By John Grochowski   Slot machine manufacturers long …

Lots of Slots

Our annual sneak peek at the coming year’s crop of new slot machines by Frank Legato   For the record: …

Innovators on the Move

New owners have creative trio in Bally, IGT, WMS By John Grochowski   When the Break the Bank symbol landed …

Join the Party

Aruze follows up its blockbuster community games with the multi-tasking “Players’ Party” By Frank Legato   Consider this the next …

Close Encounters Winning Kind

On slots and video poker, anything can happen—and sometimes does by John Grochowski   Whether  you’re playing slots or video …

Back To School

AGS continues the “It Pays To Know” series with “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” By Frank Legato   …

Maximum Thunder

“Thundering Herd,” “Invasion 2” and other top games herald the arrival of Multimedia’s new MPX format By Frank Legato   …

Ten for the Money

Small tips can make a big difference for players By John Grochowski     I once saw a woman land …

Funny Money

Incredible Technologies reprises the beloved Archie comic-book theme in “Archie Money Funnies” by Frank Legato   How’s this for a …

Online Quantum Leap

Virtual games both reflect and influence casino slot machines By John Grochowski   Slot machines have moved from sideshow in …

Loosest Slots in the Southwest

Strictly Slots certifies loose slots at Desert Diamond Casinos By Karrie L. Zukowski   Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment has …

TournEvent Takes Off

Multimedia Games’ national slot tournament soars into its second season by Frank Legato   If you thought nothing new could …

The NationalTournEvent of Champions is Coming Your Way!

The National TournEvent of Champions is making its way across the country in search of this year’s champion. So, watch …

A New Breed of Slot Tournament

Technological leaps have made slot tournaments, well, fun! By John Grochowski   Modern slot technology has made possible a new …

Loosest Slots 2014

After two decades, our annual report on the most generous slots in the business comes home to Strictly Slots by …

Getting an Edge

Three More Great Advantage-Play Slots By Frank Scoblete   If you follow the rules completely, the game will never be …

Blade Running

A new reel-spinning format powers great offerings from WMS Gaming By Frank Legato   Adding to this basic strength is …

Youth Be Served

Reel-spinning may not suit the millennials By Frank Legato   Sooner or later, the slot manufacturers are going to cater …

Three Advantage-Play Machines

If played at certain times, these machines give players an edge By Frank Scoblete   Players can get an edge …

Pretty in Pink

Bally takes players on a second trip back to Rydell High with “Grease Pink Ladies” by Frank Legato   When …

MULTIMEDIA GAMES PARTNERS WITH CASINO PLAYER PUBLISHING FOR ADDED PROMOTION OF NATIONAL TOURNEVENT OF CHAMPIONS

AUSTIN, Texas, January 30, 2014 – Multimedia Games announced a partnership with Casino Player Publishing LLC this month, naming Strictly …

Advantage Play

Slot machines that you can actually beat! By Frank Scoblete     I am going to share with you some …

What a Bonanza

Big wins bring fond memories to go with the cash By John Grochowski     When it comes to big …

Skills for Tomorrow

A small niche today could be just the beginning for skill-based slots   Slot machines are not known as games …

Video Slots: A Newbie’s Dilemma

One man, three plans. Which one to choose? By John Grochowski   Video slots aren’t games of strategy, strictly speaking, …

TournEvent has Crowned a Champion

Multimedia Games awards the nation’s best slot tournament player By  J. Phillip Vogel   “The Multimedia Games promotions team created …

Off to See the Wizard

WMS brings The Wizard of Oz to life once again with 3D and motion in “Ruby Slippers 2” by Frank …

It’s Official: TournEvent has Champion

Multimedia Games crowns the nation’s first ever best slot tournament player By J. Phillip Vogel   Following a whirlwind tour …

The Slot Machine Battle Royal

Getting a little extra oomph out of slot play By Frank Scoblete   The jaded slot player has seen it …

Righteous Dude

Gaming’s “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” captures the hilarity of the classic 1980s comedy By Frank Legato   In the decades …

Cents and Sensibility

An expanded slot world means there’s that much more players need to know By John Grochowski   In the video …

Here Come the SLOTS

Our annual sneak peek at the new games coming your way By Frank Legato   There is some very, very …

WMS Gaming

WMS is riding high on the popularity of the new “Gamefield xD” format, which combines a horizontally situated portrait monitor …

Spielo International

For Spielo this year, 3D is the word. The company’s new game Sphinx 3D is not to be missed. The …

Multimedia Games

Multimedia Games is launching a great batch of entertaining new video slots. Comedy is a common thread in these games. …

Konami Gaming

Konami is launching some huge new game styles, literally. The “Podium Goliath,” launched last spring, is a super-sized version of …

International Game Technology

IGT will offer some great entertainment this year, including a new based on the blockbuster 1980s trilogy of Back to …

Incredible Technologies

Incredible Technologies, the amusement-game giant that has been moving into the slot market for the past two years, is gaining …

Cadillac Jack

Georgia-based Cadillac Jack is following up on last year’s hit game “Peter & Wendy,” a video slot based on the …

Bally Technologies

Bally is coming out with some amazing new cabinet styles this year, but some of its best games are in …

Aruze Gaming America

Aruze Gaming is launching a new version of its reel-spinning series, Innovator with Radiant Reels. The reel series is distinguished …

Aristocrat Technologies

Aristocrat brought on a load of new game design talent this year, including industry legend Joe Kaminkow, who previously made …

American Gaming Systems

American Gaming Systems is launching a group of slots featuring a player-friendly batch of bonus events—all with fair shakes to …

The Games People Play

What’s your favorite slot and why?  Here’s what our readers have to say. By John Grochowski Why are slot machines …

The World According to Ripley

What you know can pay in AGS’ revival of the legendary “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!” theme By Frank Legato …

Loose Slot Myths

Think you know where the loosest slots are? Guess again. By Bill Burton   I get a lot of email …

A Munsters Reunion

Incredible Technologies takes players back to 1313 Mockingbird Lane with “The Munsters Family Portrait” By Frank Legato   “People are …

Playing Just a Bit Longer

Tips for slot players By H. Scot Krause   The casino has an edge against every player on almost every …

Green Flag

Bally brings racing glory to the slot floor with NASCAR by Frank Legato   Of all the variety of slot …

The Not, Not, Not of Slots Play:

The unwritten slots rules to live by By Scobe’s Slant   Somewhere around 80 percent or so of casino players …

Reel Renaissance

From gold to crystal to fantasy tales, Aruze’s Innovator series is redefining the reel-spinner By Frank Legato   The first …

The Loosest Slots Award for 2013

The 20th annual edition of our report on the most generous slots in the business By Frank Legato   The …

The “TournEvent of Champions” Event Locations & Dates

By Frank Legato Slot Groupies Some people follow around their favorite musicians.  Others trot the globe to be part of …

Take a Seat in the Ultimate Tournament

The “TournEvent of Champions” will crown the top tournament slot player in the US. By Frank Legato     Quick—imagine …

Simply Unpredictable

Why you CAN’T make a living playing slots By Frank Legato   In the 29 years I’ve been writing about …

Loosest Slots

2010’s Loosest Slots in America Casino Player magazine releases its report on the loosest slots from coast-to-coast. For nearly two …

A “Trick” For Beating the Slots?

Readers ask if quick reflexes are the key to winning By John Grochowski   I keep a list of questions …

Reading Between the Lines

Get maximum bang for your buck by playing the right number of lines By Bill Burton   As the number …

Pawned Treasures

Bally mines cable TV’s hottest reality series with “Pawn Stars” by Frank Legato   For many decades, the pawn shops …

Bouncing Ball

Multimedia Games’ “Moneyball” puts the pinball theme into a world of its own by Frank Legato   There are a …

New Slot Year

With the new year comes an amazing group of new games from all the slot-makers. by Frank Legato   Now …

Enchanted Wins

WMS brings the fairy-tale story of Rapunzel to life in an interactive bonus game by Frank Legato   Slot-maker WMS …

Beating The Slots

A Reader Reveals His “Method” For Winning Jackpots By John Grochowski The search for surefire ways to beat casino games …

Gambling In the Cloud

Server-based slot machines are now a reality. But are players ready? By Bill Burton I wrote an article about server-based …

BEST OF SLOTS 2012

Our Favorite Games   BEST OF SLOTS 2012  – This year’s results show a return to the classics in the reel-spinning …

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Our 12th annual ranking of the best of the slot world, as determined by those who know best—our readers   …

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A subjective list of the top 10 slot games launched at the recent Global Gaming Expo By Frank Legato   …

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Our annual sneak peek at the new slots games coming your way in 2013—or sooner by Frank Legato   In …

Sixth Sense in Slot

Do some slot players possess psychic powers? By Frank Scoblete   What if a player—time after time—gets that “feeling” about …

Questions & Answers in Slots

Revealing the truth behind some of the most common slot player questions By John Grochowski   Your choices do matter. …

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Which types of slot machines make the casinos more money? by Frank Scoblete   Slot players are always looking for …

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AGS deals out swashbuckling bonuses with “Blackbeard’s Treasure” by Frank Legato   Imagine every pirate movie you’ve ever seen, from …

It’s All Random

Answering an age-old question: Do the odds get better when you bet bigger? By John Grochowski The random number generator …

Slot Watchers

My idea of a sensible “diet” for slot players By Frank Scoblete  Weight Watchers allows you to eat anything, as …

Slot Hypnosis

5 tips to keep you alert and playing at your best by Bill Burton   Reality is suspended, as you …

Reel Deal – Understanding Payback Percentage

What does “100 percent payback” really mean? By Frank Legato   For more than two decades, this magazine has sought …

Jungle Fever – Aristocrat expands the hit Tarzan series with “Tarzan and Jane”

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Bigger Bets, Bigger Wins?

The truth about playing max coins in Slot Machines By John Grochowski When you simply bet more on the same …

Getting More From Your Slot Club

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To Thine Own Self Be True by Slot Players

Keeping track of your play teaches you about yourself in Slots By Frank Scoblete Too many slot players play with …

Cash Is King

When it comes to winning over players, there’s nothing like winning By John Grochowski   Slot machine manufacturers keep coming …

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I talk to a lot of slot players, and many have told me, “I was up, but I ended up …

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Bally embraces the movie theme with a masterful reproduction of the 1978 movie musical Grease.   Tens of thousands of …

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How new slot club members can cash in on great gifts, rebates and more By H. Scot Krause   Receiving …

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Multimedia’s High Rise cabinet provides the theater for a new bonus show by Frank Legato   In the old days, …

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IGT reinvents the Wheel once again with “Wheel Of Fortune Triple Extreme Spin” by Frank Legato   Players never seem …

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Video slot bonuses allow you to control your destiny By Bill Burton   Technology allowed slot makers to add additional …

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Multimedia Games of Austin, Texas is sponsoring a statewide slot tournament called TournEvent that will bring together competing slot players …

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For those who simply love the slot-playing activity, Game Show Network’s Digital division has the answer by Frank Legato   …

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Soaring Eagle and Saganing Eagles Landing have made Michigan a slot players’ paradise By Rob Wiser “I’ve always believed that …

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Trust me. That slot machine doesn’t feel a thing. by Frank Legato   Time for a little reminder to all …

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Why do we flock to the games with the lowest return in the house? And why can’t the pennies return …

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Tying up your loose ends and looking ahead to 2012 By H. Scot Krause Ask at the slot clubs if …

A Most Dangerous Strategy

Applying the Martingale betting system to slots By Frank Scoblete Long losing streaks at slot machines can happen, and they …

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The two latest “Monopoly” slots from WMS Gaming continue one of the most successful franchises in the slot world by …

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Back to Basics – Slots

Understanding the ever-elusive RNG by Frank Legato   Our reader mail is normally a pretty good gauge of the elements …

Don’t Get Fooled Again – Slot

Ten Player “Mythtakes” About Slot Play By Frank Scoblete Put three quarters in a machine every five seconds, and you’re …

All For One, One For All – Slot

Community-style slot machines turn players into neighbors, encouraging cooperation (and sometimes competition) As they travel around the Monopoly board, players …

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Multimedia Games mines the talent of Austin, Texas to create great slot games by Frank Legato   Most of what …

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Sometimes there’s nothing like a game that’s built to last – Slot by John Grochowski Talk about lasting popularity. Blazing …

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One of WMS Gaming’s Best game franchises roars back with ‘Star Trek Battlestations’ by Frank Legato     If 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 …

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Understanding payback percentages By Frank Legato   “Payback percentage” is one of the most misunderstood terms in the casino industry. …

Solving The Jackpot Mystery

Can betting less increase your odds of hitting the top jackpot? By John Grochowski   If you’re eligible for the …

Vegas, Baby – Slot

Bally’s new Vegas-themed slot combines the best of the old and the new by Frank Legato   The modern slot …

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 …

Smarter Gambling In 2011 – Slot Games

Tax tips, hot promotions and practical advice to help you pocket more winnings By H. Scot Krause   Make sure …

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How to capitalize on slot machines that give you the edge By Frank Scoblete   Once you’ve identified a slot …

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WMS launches an innovative online community for slot players   WMS Gaming has gone a step further, figuring out ways …

After The Jackpot Slot Games

The dream of every slot player—winning a life-changing jackpot—can turn into a financial nightmare if you don’t manage your money …

Best of Slots 2010 – Games

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Are Players Winning Less Jackpots Than They Used To?

If it seems like you’re seeing fewer jackpots than before, here’s why By H. Scot Krause In the older days, …

Hot Shot Redux

Bally super-charges one of its most popular games with a 15-reel version Those 15 reels mean you can get multiple …

Slot Scams

There’s a sucker born every minute… and a ‘winning slot system’ for each of them by Rob Wiser Prior to …

Player’s Edge in Slots – The Numbers Never Lie

Do you understand how slot payback percentages really work? By John Grochowski The hold percentage on table games is the …

Hobbit Quest – The Lord of the Rings

WMS takes players on a journey through Middle-earth with “The Lord of the Rings” by Frank Legato   The film’s …

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Keeping It Simple – Slots

My no-brainer strategies for staying safe at the slots—and enjoying the ride By Frank Scoblete   It’s true that I …

Tech Overload – Slot

Is it a slot machine, or an iPhone with a handle?   Pretty soon, we’ll be able to play slots …

Stage and Screen – Wheel Of Fortune

IGT’s Center Stage series gives you Wheel Of Fortune like you’ve never seen it before by Frank Legato If you’re …

Taking It To The Limit in Slots

How much should you bet on a slot?   Many games require a certain minimum wager to activate all the …

Bally’s “Cash Spin” lets you reach out and touch the action

Re-inventing the Wheel By Frank Legato   For the first time in recent memory, here is a Bally game that …

The Skill Factor in Slot Machines

Video games and slot machines converge to create a new casino experience By Rob Wiser   The impact of video …

Return To Oz Slot Machine

Thanks to WMS Gaming’s “Ruby Slippers,” we’re off to see the Wizard—again by Frank Legato   “Back in 1939, one …

What’s Your Slot Style?

How Understanding your personality will help you make the best slot-playing choices by Bill Burton   I recently attended a …

The Six Senses of Slot Play

How the casinos make your senses tingle… all six of them by Frank Scoblete   There are five physical senses …

State of the Art Slots

The industry’s top manufacturers unveil their latest innovations By Rob Wiser   If you want to peer into the future …

Fact or Fiction? Slot Machines

Twenty years after the introduction of the “virtual reel” slot machine, the myths about how slots operate continue by Frank …

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Forget the myths that abound in casinos by Frank Legato   Millions and millions of words have been written over …

Is This Slot Machine Due?

Telling when a machine is “due to hit” is the Holy Grail of the slot world By Frank Legato   …

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Powerball takes the multiple progressive to the next level by Frank Legato We can all remember when shooting for a …

Mystery of the RNG Unlocked – Slots

Understanding Slots by John Robison   The god in the machine. That’s what Frank Scoblete calls the slot machine’s Random …

HALL OF FAME IN SLOT GAMES

Reel ’Em In Entertaining characters, a great bonus and a new kind of slot game put WMS Gaming in the …

Wild Blue Yonder “Top Gun” slot machine

WMS introduces “sensory-immersion gaming” with its amazing new “Top Gun” slot machine by Frank Legato   At first glance, it …

The Logic of Loose in Slot Machines

You have to get to know which slots are faster by Frank Scoblete   I am sure that readers of …

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Bally Technologies celebrates its 75th anniversary—looks to the future by Frank Legato   For any slot player, the logo is …

Slot Futures

WMS’ Sweepstakes introduces its groundbreaking new Monopoly game by Frank Legato   WMS Gaming has launched yet another slot game …

Hot Slot Promotions

Bally’s, Caesars & Showboat (Atlantic City, NJ) How Suite It is Total Rewards members receive one entry for every 25 …

Slots and Meditation

Machines can be relaxing and stress-reducing by Frank Scoblete   When I was a young gambler, I was disdainful of …

Getting the Most from Your Slot Play

Points, Bounceback, Mail Offers and Good Machines by Frank Scoblete   The savvy slot player knows that there is more …

Comparing the Different Slots on the Casino Floor

A better understanding can decide the way you play by John Robison   Let’s finish our look at the different …

Know The Type of Slot Machine You Play

Knowledge makes you bet more effectively by John Robison   Even though there are hundreds of different slot machines made …

Penny Lane Slot

Why we love to play those low-denom slots by Frank Legato   Young casino-goers may not remember, but it wasn’t …

The 3-Step Simple Slot Plan

How to cut your losses and still have fun playing by Frank Scoblete   This magazine is geared to helping …

Loosest Slots 2007

Our 14th annual Loosest Slots Awards point to the best payouts in the land by Frank Legato   Where are …

The Psychology of Slots

Tactics that casinos use to keep you playing by Basil Nestor   Are you playing the slots or are they playing …

Long Live the King Slot Machine

Long Live the King by Frank Legato A decade after the Elvis first appeared on a slot machine, players still …

Rules & Strategy – Slots

Rules & Strategy Slots Machine games such as slots and video poker are perpetually the most heavily trafficked casino games. …

Helping Luck Along Part II – Video Slots

The key to success is to stay in the game and wait out the odds by Frank Legato   As …

Helping Luck Along in Slot Games

The laws of randomness ultimately decide whether you win or lose on a slot machine. Are there ways to help …

Mystery Of The Slot Machines

Players panic when slot techs tinker with their games by John Wilson   If you want to find a group …

Here Come The Slots

Our annual “sneak peek” at what’s in store for the slot floors The array of new games that will arrive …

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