AZDuffman
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May 11th, 2013 at 12:43:00 PM permalink
Locally here at Rivers they made news when they put in a $500 slot machine. Now I see The Venetian will have a $5,000 slot.

Does anybody really play these things? Or are they just for a sort of publicity?
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RogerKint
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May 11th, 2013 at 1:09:08 PM permalink
I didn't see anything close to that denomination there but the Venetian high limit room is somewhat unique. There's a dead-end hallway leading from the main HL room. Off this hallway are smaller rooms each containing a couch and about three high limit slot machines. When I went, the entire high limit area was void of human life...with the exception of two security guards looking me up and down like "who's this transient?". They do have some must-hit-by-10k machines there.
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AlanMendelson
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May 11th, 2013 at 1:49:15 PM permalink
Twice in my LIFE over about 15 years of going to Caesars Palace I saw someone playing the $500 per coin, two coins per play, slot machine.

One of the players I knew becaue he was also a craps player. He hit the half million dollar payoff twice in his session (top pay was a million).

The other player I didnt know personally but I was told he was an "Oil man from Texas" who was waiting for his payoff on the million dollar prize. He was in a wheelchair, and had on a table in front of him several hundred thousand dollars of the $500 slugs that he used to play the machine.

At Caesars in the Palace Court High Limit Slots area (this is the private room where they have ONE $5 8/5 Bonus Poker machine) you will regularly see people playing $100 slots and $100 video poker. Through some miracle there is a $5 8/5 Bonus Poker machine in there stuck in a corner which I love to play because it's quiet with no lookers, and the private bathroom and free refreshment bar (water, nuts, candies) just steps away. Also a private cage.

Photos of the private bathroom here: http://www.alanbestbuys.com/id223.html
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May 11th, 2013 at 2:32:37 PM permalink
Quote: AZDuffman

Does anybody really play these things? Or are they just for a sort of publicity?

Although casinos will milk anything for its publicity value, floor space is an asset to be maximized and casinos do try to maintain a profitable "mix" of machines. Some people do actually play the ultra high roller slots. Otherwise they would disappear. Think how often restaurants and bars are closed and reopened. How a Porte Cochere was built and then torn down to make way for a Day Club when Day Clubs became the "in" thing for the glitteratti to do in Vegas after dancing the night away at a night club.

So ... I'd say that while traffic might be slow ... it sure ain't gonna be zero or the machine would go out.
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May 11th, 2013 at 2:41:26 PM permalink
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Does anybody really play these things?



Of course they do.

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vendman1
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May 11th, 2013 at 3:40:38 PM permalink
The golfer John Daly used to play $100 slots all time, back in his heavy drinking/smoking days. He's cleaned up his act some; so don't know if he swore off high limit slots or not. I heard one interview where he claimed he won 200K at a particular tourney and lost 100K back in high limit slots two days later.
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May 11th, 2013 at 4:01:55 PM permalink
Quote: AlanMendelson

Twice in my LIFE over about 15 years of going to Caesars Palace I saw someone playing the $500 per coin, two coins per play, slot machine.

One of the players I knew becaue he was also a craps player. He hit the half million dollar payoff twice in his session (top pay was a million).

The other player I didnt know personally but I was told he was an "Oil man from Texas" who was waiting for his payoff on the million dollar prize. He was in a wheelchair, and had on a table in front of him several hundred thousand dollars of the $500 slugs that he used to play the machine.

At Caesars in the Palace Court High Limit Slots area (this is the private room where they have ONE $5 8/5 Bonus Poker machine) you will regularly see people playing $100 slots and $100 video poker. Through some miracle there is a $5 8/5 Bonus Poker machine in there stuck in a corner which I love to play because it's quiet with no lookers, and the private bathroom and free refreshment bar (water, nuts, candies) just steps away. Also a private cage.

Photos of the private bathroom here: http://www.alanbestbuys.com/id223.html



Is this the circular area, or an actual room inside the high limit table area? I played the $5 machines there at the circular opening and I must have been at least half the age of the youngest person in here. One couple came by and played 1 hand of DW and cashed out with the quickness after they doubled/tripled up.

I always try to find the high limit bathroom areas everywhere I go. At the Luxor they have a high limit area with a few machines, a private bathroom, and a bar which is private enough for me to press buttons without too much attention. Too many people asking me for money or cigarettes when I'm on the regular floor, especially with a huge balance on the machines.
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AlanMendelson
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May 11th, 2013 at 4:11:33 PM permalink
the "Palace Court" is not the circular area -- thats called the "small dome."

If you go up the three stairs there are some slot machines and then a door to the Palace Court high limit slots area.
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May 12th, 2013 at 7:20:58 AM permalink
I could be wrong, but I believe Scioto Downs has a $100 machine, but it's just in the regular High Limit area. If so, I've never seen anyone playing that one, although, I have seen people playing the $25 machines more than once.
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Mosca
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May 12th, 2013 at 9:52:15 AM permalink
Is $100 considered high limit?

I've seen people, Ma and Pa Kettle types, sitting in front of the $100 Wheel of Fortune slot at Mohegan Pocono, feeding it hundred dollar bills as if they were playing with plastic tokens. Wouldn't you know, while I was watching they hit the $25k spin slot, the red and white one. Someone told me later that they tapped out anyhow; I don't know what they were expecting.

I've put a few hundreds through that sucker over the years, maybe five or ten. Notice that on a high dollar WoF, a blank pays back one unit, so sometimes you get two or three spins out of that $100. Not that that is significant mathematically, but it is important when considering the thought process that compels people to play at that level when it might not be equal to their earning level. Myself, I'll do it when I'm up a lot for a session and feel like taking a stupid chance. I've never hit a spin.

Once Mrs and I played the $25 WoF ($50 max bet); I wrote about it here.
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