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July 9th, 2015 at 6:20:57 AM permalink
I believe this is a perfectly normal casino advertisement. Most slots players know the odds in slots are worse than games like blackjack or craps, but they play them anyway for the shot at a large jackpot or for the fact they don't have to deal with people telling them what they did wrong at the tables and some people find them fun. This IMO just plays into one of the biggest motivations to play the slots which is the possibility of winning a big jackpot.
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July 9th, 2015 at 6:25:48 AM permalink
I just came back from visiting Reno for the first and last time. What really needs to change is the city's motto, The Biggest Little City in the World. The downtown is a depressing dump, we were walking between the downtown casinos on a Tues. afternoon and it was almost abandoned expect for the bums hanging out in front of the casinos. It sort of reminded me of the old depressed steel towns of W. PA.
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July 9th, 2015 at 6:40:09 AM permalink
My answer to the poll was a big ol' "Meh." Personally, I have long ceased giving any credence to these types of ads. If I am really concerned about slot payback, I'd probably come here or over to WoO for the straight (well, straightest available) dope.

As far as the airport ad goes, I can't see anyone thinking that the airport's slots pay more than the casino's. In fact, if instead of that ad, they had placed a piece of construction paper with "There are slot machines in the terminal" hand-written in magic marker, I bet it would have the same effect on travelers. They could have used the money they spent on this ad campaign to loosen those slots! :P

Quote: Wizard

It looks to me like that woman has no feet.

Indeed! I hadn't noticed that. Now, I am wondering why she is pulling her suitcase up that purple pyramid thing. Won't some of the bills become dislodged and fall out when the suitcase comes crashing down from the pyramid?

Ok, now I am noticing the tag line on the airport ad:
"Over $15 million won at Reno Tahoe International. You could be next!"

Does anyone see this as an ambiguous non-sequitur with ominous overtones? Maybe it's just me.
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July 9th, 2015 at 7:20:07 AM permalink
The places in my neighborhood advertise the total jackpot payouts.
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July 9th, 2015 at 7:22:39 AM permalink
Quote: Wizard

If the prior monthly average was $10m, $15m or hell, even $20m then I'd be impressed.

The reality is, and what most of us would assume, is that the prior average was $25m or even $25.5m.

But to the ignorant / uninformed, that banner is impressive.

Spin doctoring at its finest.

But misleading? Sadly, no.
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July 9th, 2015 at 8:27:15 AM permalink
I will say that in a few hours playing CC Reno's penny slots (Uncle Sam, Texas Tea) a few months ago I was astounded at the high returns. I get a similar feeling at the Boulder Strip low level joints like Boulder Station and AZ Charlie's.
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July 9th, 2015 at 9:09:06 AM permalink
Favorite college stats professor quote: Figures never lie, but liars sometimes figure.

I agree with those that previously stated... I hate these signs because they're 100% misleading. As someone else pointed out, if I put $1 in, bet it, and "win" 50 cents back, they count that as "paying out" 50 cents, which is NOT the case. I LOST money, but they're claiming they're paying out. It's a misrepresentation of the data, and I hate scummy people whom try to use good data the wrong way. i.e. Every casino in existence.

There's a few signs like that around my area for some local casinos. There's been times when I've had friends in my car say "Well someone must be winning!" and I have to point out that no... in fact EVERYONE can lose and they'll post a sign like that. If people bet $100 million dollars total and all get half of what they bet back then they are ALL losers. Yet that sign will say "Paid out $50 million to all the winners!!!"
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July 9th, 2015 at 10:07:18 AM permalink
Quote: Wizard

It looks to me like that woman has no feet.

Who's looking at her feet?? 0:-)
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July 9th, 2015 at 10:24:24 AM permalink
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Who's looking at her feet?? 0:-)

Glad to see you back on the boards, IBYA.
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July 9th, 2015 at 10:26:44 AM permalink
There are quite a lot of adverts like this - typically the ones on TV here are for bingo companies saying we pay out over {so much} per hour. Lotteries use the same tactic of concentrating on the winners' amount or how much we raise for charities.

My immediate response to this is if players are getting X then the casino might be making X/10 - gosh that's a lot of money you're making!

With fruit machines set at 95% it would be X/19 etc. but the principle applies that if they pay out a lot, they also must be keeping a lot.

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