smoothgrh
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March 19th, 2013 at 12:43:05 AM permalink
Hi,

I'm feeling nostalgic and am wondering if there are any places in Nevada where I can still play electromechanical slot machines?

Last year, I played in a Virginia City saloon an electromechanical machine that pays out a cocktail, mine tour, steak dinner, and up to a replica pistol. It was great fun, and I finally won a cocktail on about $4 in quarters.

Any other places that have some playable history? Thanks!
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March 19th, 2013 at 12:33:01 PM permalink
According to John Robinson at Casino City, non-computer chipped slots for actual gambling in Nevada are extinct. The government requirement to monitor play and payout history, makes them unusable for legal gaming nowadays. Due to this regulation, I'd be a little surprised if the machine you refer to in Virginia City was actually government approved to award prizes on a random basis.
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March 19th, 2013 at 12:42:35 PM permalink
I don't think you mean "electromechanical" because all physical-reel games are "electromechanical" and those are all over the place. They use physical reels controlled by stepper motors and a random number generator. Are you talking about games from before the RNG era? Because that started about 30 years ago...

Do you mean games that still take coins? I'm not aware of any major Nevada casinos that haven't gone fully coinless but there may still be some out there.
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March 19th, 2013 at 2:09:18 PM permalink
Back in 1990 when I was a slot tech, security and world's ugliest barmaid, always had customer asking where a machine was that had an arm they could pull. And they would work at using it to win. LOL

No, I did not tell them the arm just worked a switch in parallel to the button. Why bust their bubble ?
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March 19th, 2013 at 2:11:49 PM permalink
Thanks for the replies! Apologies, I do mean the EM slots from before the era of random number generators. I hope it's not true that these slots are now extinct.

It was at least a year ago (maybe two) when I played that slot machine, so it might be gone. I hope that I don't get the saloon in trouble (as if the authorities wouldn't learn about it on their own), because it was great fun playing a coin game that actually had the reels determine the outcome!

Perhaps I'll post some photos somewhere that shows the slot. It's beautiful, and so fun to pull a real handle!

As far as coin slots, is this article about some casinos bringing back coin slots in a special "retro" area outdated?: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/apr/20/many-players-eager-get-their-hands-dirty/

Change, please!
smoothgrh
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March 19th, 2013 at 2:22:16 PM permalink
Let me head off the nitpickers: no, I didn't mean that the reels determine the outcome, but I do mean the mechanical doohickeys behind the randomly spinning reels that determine the outcome—not a microprocessor.
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March 20th, 2013 at 2:38:58 AM permalink
Quote: MathExtremist


Do you mean games that still take coins? I'm not aware of any major Nevada casinos that haven't gone fully coinless but there may still be some out there.



The Gold Strike Casino on the I-15 about 20 minutes south of South Point still uses "REAL COINS" and pays out "MONEY YOU CAN FEEL" as stated on its electric billboard sign along the freeway.

I've played video poker there and it's not bad. They have 8/5 Bonus at the $5 level with a progressive. They have a $1 VP progressive game but I don't recall what the game was.

They have bill acceptors but NO TITO. When the hopper is empty, you need a refill and they come with a bag.

While I wouldn't call it a "major Nevada casino" ala MGM or Caesars, it's still more than a bar.
smoothgrh
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March 20th, 2013 at 10:50:13 AM permalink
Thanks Alan,

In my next trip to Vegas, I definitely want to stop by a casino that uses coins in their games.

Though I like the speedier games, at times I do want to slow down my games and just soak in the casino atmosphere. It's fun to use coins, especially the dollar tokens, to remind me of the "old days."
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March 20th, 2013 at 12:08:25 PM permalink
There's still a lot of "coin droppers" around (Downtown Vegas, Reno, etc)
My personal favorite are the "Treasure Chest" poker machines at Boyd Properties...

On the subject of that one at Virginia City...there's a few more like that up there too..the pay out/take in Silver Dollars
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March 20th, 2013 at 1:07:30 PM permalink
Quote: TIMSPEED

There's still a lot of "coin droppers" around (Downtown Vegas, Reno, etc)
My personal favorite are the "Treasure Chest" poker machines at Boyd Properties...

On the subject of that one at Virginia City...there's a few more like that up there too..the pay out/take in Silver Dollars



Where are these Tim? I wonder how they get around the play history / documentation requirement?
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