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Slots are there any skill based slots?

Discussion in 'Slots' started by casinoboy, Aug 5, 2013.

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  1. casinoboy

    casinoboy Low-Roller

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    are there any skill based slots? like a skill based bonus game or something? if yes then which slots? if not,why not?

    i would play a skill based slot,would you?
     
  2. dean_1492

    dean_1492 High-Roller

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    The only 'skill' you need to play slots, is the hand motion going from your pocket to the bill exchanger.
     
  3. dankyone

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    My sense is that there are no skill based slots because slot players don't want a thinking game. If you want to use your brain in the casino you can play BJ, VP, or live poker.
     
  4. Ben Jammin

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    Yes! Read This!

    The skill is in knowledge of the game. Money Management and Discipline are the keys.

    Know when to quit if the machine isn't paying. All slots are not alike, you might find one that pays 97% right next to one that pays 92% or less. Call me a charlatan, but I absolutely believe in trends. If a machine is hitting I believe it will continue to hit as long as the streak or "Trend" holds.

    Work the casino for free drinks. When the server finally comes around, have the full coinage in, like three dollars or max bet, and at least a hundred total coin in.(Just don't forget to cash out when you leave, like I have done more than once) Then as soon as she's out of eye-shot, slow play it until she returns with your drinks. Then, tip her well. Cocktail servers work for minimum wage and tips, so if you tip twice as much as the regular player you're likely to get better service IE More Drinks!. This may be the best return you're likely to get from playing slots!

    Look for high payback machines.Certain casinos offer higher paying banks of slots, as advertised. The payback will be right there on the carousel or island of like machines, like "all slots pay back a minimum of 97.6%", but if it says "Up To" 97.6%" or so and so percent it's bullshit. Don't fall for that! When it says "UP TO" only one machine has to pay that percentage, and you'll never know which one it is!

    Casinos must adhere to this advertising by law and believe me, gaming enforcement is spot on to this stuff. False advertising in Vegas will cost them their gaming license.

    But do beware, the bigger the jackpot the less chance you have of hitting it. When the Max Jackpot is lower, it hits more often.

    Certain two coin dollar slots that pay back 1600 for a two dollar investment, and $800 for a dollar. That's a nice payoff for a buck, and they hit more often than a machine that pays thousands for the biggest jackpot. But should you always play max coins? Depends on your bankroll and the machine. You see here there is no advantage to playing two dollars, if one pays 800 and two $1600, the huge jackpots are in the third coin on most reel slots, thus you must play max coins to win them.

    If your budget doesn't allow for max coins on a dollar machine switch to quarters. Along the Boulder highway the quarter machines actually pay slightly better than the dollars. Go figure?

    Everyone plays slots and if they tell you the don't they are a liar! Where else can you win $10,000 (or even a million or more) or more for $3 bucks? How about those Mega Bucks? Somebody is gonna win it, and it might as well be YOU!

    Check IGT's web site for the recent jackpots on various games like 'Wheel of Fortune". Somebody hit it.......

    When the progressive grows to millions, you'll see lines to play those.

    ADDENDUM

    A word about Comps! Casinos reward the avid slot player with the best comps. Free rooms, free slot tournaments, free meals and shows and rewards status such as Diamond or Platinum players club membership status. This is because casinos make their highest profit from slot players, so if you play slots you will be rewarded with better comps than a table game or video poker player. But it'll cost ya!

    But, that's the deal, isn't it?

    Most folks say slots are a no brainer, but it doesn't necessarily have to be that way.
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    Good Luck!
     
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  5. sageblue

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    Way back when, I loved the Ripley's Believe It or Not slots, where the bonus game asked a trivia question that did reward some skill, but it's been years since those existed. And, I never did play the Pong machines that I think were out for a hot minute.
     
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    As mentioned: there was a "Pong" slot machine just a couple of years ago. It was put out by Bally Tech and was supposed to be the first in a line of skill based slots.

    The skill part was that if you got the bonus game you won an award and then you got to play Pong for 45 seconds whereby you could increase the award based on how well you played.

    The second game in the series was supposed to be Breakout, however the Pong game just wasn't popular at all and that was pretty much it: the machines got removed from casinos and the entire line of skill based games was dropped.

    That might sound a little hasty on the gaming company's part, but that was pretty much right at the start of the recession so they, like most companies, were pretty much done taking risks for a while and just went and concentrated on machines that were a "sure thing"
     
  7. tringlomane

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    Welcome to video poker and blackjack. :evillaugh

    Seriously though, there are a few, but many state regulations require the manufacturer to clearly disclose enough info for you to make the proper decision. Older IGT slots would have bonuses like this where they recommend that you take the offer when its "X or more". If you don't take the offer, then you give more to the house in the long run.

    The "Pong" machine would also be illegal in some casino states, unless it's like "Total Blast" by the same company. It clearly states in the rules of "Total Blast" that your performance of the skill video game-like portion of the bonus has no effect on your bonus payout. It is automatically predetermined at random for you.
     
  8. kel3420

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    I have seen several skill, or least, having to think, slots and hate them. Clue comes to mind. I just want to push a button and come what may, not have to think if Professor Plum killed Mr. Boddy in the library with a candlestick. Really, truly I don't. Lol. Sometimes, even "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" is too much thinking for me. :rolleyes2:

    :beer::beer::beer:
     
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    That balloon popper slot (Poppit) seems to be skill based in the bonus round. Knowing the strategy of the game really helps.
     
  10. WrongWayWade

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    This really isn't 'skill' per se, but games that have a jackpot that MUST pay by a certain number of dollars can be leveraged by playing them only when the number is large enough. Wizard of Odds has some information about that. http://wizardofodds.com/games/slots/mystery-jackpot/

    There are some other types with small progressive jackpots that also have this same feature; you are playing at an advantage if the jackpot is over a certain dollar threshold.

    But I always wished that the video 'Pinball' game REALLY would let you play pinball during the bonus round. That would be epic.
     
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    The "Clue" slot is actually one of these. As people make guesses on who "dun it", those places are greyed out. When you get the bonus, depending your wager you have a chance to be able to make an accusation. So you can wander from Casino to Casino watching the Clue slots, and waiting until there are just a few selections left (like the person and weapon are known but there are a couple of rooms still). Sit down and play max bet somewhat rapidly hoping for a bonus because on max bet you have a guarantee at making an accusation after your bonus. If you get the bonus with only two unknowns on a max bet, you have a 50/50 shot at claiming what is usually a $200+ progressive.

    For a time I also believed that the Princess Bride slot had a skill based element. This was due to having 4 Vizzini bonuses in a row where I picked right every single time. In the Vizzini bonus you have to pick which of the two cups is not poisoned. If you watch the cups carefully and have a quick eye, you can see based on the animations where the non-poison cup has ended up a each stage of the bonus. I proved myself wrong though by visiting YouTube and downloading a few bonus videos, slowing them down so you could clearly see how many spins the cups did and found a couple that did not follow the pattern. Ahh well. :p
     
  12. Garmy

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    The one true skill gambling game that comes to my mind was the old pin ball machines. I played these about 45-50 years ago in Maryland and they were alot of fun. I saw some in Vegas around 1965 at the Showboat and I saw one, but the gambling was removed, last year in the Pin Ball Hall of Fame. I am pretty sure they are no longer anywhere to play for money.
     
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    If there was a trivia based slot I would play that all day everyday...
     
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    If there were a skill based game, some idiot would likely give a wrong answer to a simple question and then want to sue because it was unfair in some way.
     
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    In my never ending quest to build points on my card I tried one of the new games at the Hard Rock... it's some kind of fishing game with like a reel handle, etc. It can be seen here:

    http://youtu.be/wasa3a2sEnQ

    You get 10X points for playing the new games, but I quickly left for the Beach Boys game, as I had no clue what all was going on here.
     
  17. Julie888

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    Ben Jamming you wrote "But do beware, the bigger the jackpot the less chance you have of hitting it. When the Max Jackpot is lower, it hits more often. "

    What is your reasoning or knowledge on this? Not saying you're wrong. Just curious.

    Eventually they do hit.
     
  18. DeMoN2318

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    The higher the jackpot the more traffic the game will get, so the casino will adjust the paytable to make it harder to hit the jackpot.

    Look at the Lion's Share slot...it gets so much attention, yea because it has been around for 20+ years and hasn't hit the progressive, but also because the jackpot is so high. If the Lion's Share jackpot was $2,300 instead of $2.3 million no way it would get as much attention.
     
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    Far as I know, no currently running slots are "skill based" to any great extent. However:

    I have been mesmerized by the "Paradise Fishing" slot while waiting for people at South Point. During the bonus round, players try to catch hordes of fish as they swim across three giant screens. They work some sort of handle which represents the rod. I have no idea if a player can do better by working the handle better than the other players, but it is conceivable that the game is designed that way.

    In the "Wizard of Oz" game, in some bonus rounds everyone is invited to play, but I think a player had to have pushed the button within a few seconds of the time the bonus round hits or be ineligible. Probably the idea is to get players to play faster so they lose more. I'm not a slot player, so I spent a lot of time watching my friends play and sometimes forgot to keep pushing my own button. Several times I got shut out. Does continuous play qualify as a skill?
     
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    I was just up at the Wisconsin Dells at the Ho Chunk casino. They had some new slot machines that not only had a button you push to play but also a joystick. I went to the bonus round and chose the joystick and what I did was a guide/maneuver a turtle thru an
    underground cavern to pick up coins and accumulate bonus $$. So that is definitely a skill-based slot they also had the same one with a haunted house and if you went into the bonus round you operated your joystick through the haunted house and you had a bat that was picking up coins. It was more fun than general slot machines.
    I don't care for slots but I had to try these.
    The other option was 10 free spins.
    I played $2.50 (full coin in).
    The third time in bonus I was getting pretty comfortable and picked up over $145 in that round.
     
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