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newbies in Vegas

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by pete, Jan 1, 2014.

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  1. pete

    pete Newbie

    Nov 17, 2013
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Hi I've been reading some of the posts on here for a while and have finally got the nerve to ask a question. In July I will be in Vegas to get married, there will be a small group of us and we are all newbies to Vegas and gambling. We will probably be playing on the slots and some of the guys will be going to the sportsbook. A couple of questions, is the sportsbook the same as going to the 'bookies' in England, and with the slots what is meant by a machine thats a dollar machine and $30 a pull, is it $1 a go or $30??
    Looking forward to your replies if only to make Vegas a little less daunting and confusing.
  2. Chuck2009x

    Chuck2009x VIP Whale

    Apr 5, 2009
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    A sportsbook is an area of the casino where you can place sports bets. Typically there's a seating area, many large screen and some smaller screen TVs, several electronic sign boards where the odds/betting lines are displayed, and several betting stations.

    For slots, think of a tic-tac-toe board.

    Some older, mechanical reel machines will pay a win only on lining up symbols across the middle row. Some will pay on symbols lining up on more than one row. Those are called "lines".

    Some machines have a fixed amount that you bet per line, and some allow you to vary the denomination.

    So you could go to a machine, set it to 25 cents per line, and only play 1 line.
    Or you could set it to play 9 lines ($2.25 a pull). Or you could set it to $1 a line and play 9 lines ($9 a pull).

    Video machines are pretty much the same idea, except they normally have taller and wider displays.

    Like an old reel machine might have 3 reels, and 3 rows of symbols that display. Whereas a video machine will have 5 and 5. The more reels and rows, the greater the number of possible "lines" the machine will allow you to bet. This increases your chances of winning something on a spin, but obviously costs more.

    There are video machines with 5 reels and 4 rows that will let you bet 200 lines. So before you play, make sure you know what denomination the machine is set at. I once played 200 lines on a machine I thought was set at 1 cent ($2.00), but it was actually set at $1 ($200).
  3. LV_Bound

    LV_Bound VIP Whale

    Nov 17, 2010
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    In Vegas you simply walk up to the counter, tell them your bet, pay them money and get a ticket.
    The two difference is that with a bookie you usually pay afterward and you have the potential to get your legs broken. :wink2:

    The older reel slots are usually 25 cents per line but there could be up to 9 lines (or more). Each line you play will be 25 cents.
    In your scenario if its a $1 machine, playing max number of lines there would then be 30 lines for a $30 spin.

    Don't get fooled by the penny machines which are 1 cent per line.
    Here you can choose 5, 15, 25 or even more lines.
    The machines also allow you change from 1 cent, 5 cents, 10 cents or more per spin.
    In theory the machine can range from 1 penny per spin to $5 a spin.

    What does this all mean???? Well, you just need to make sure and read each machine you play to verify the amount per line and the number of lines. It is not uncommon to put a $20 in the machine thinking its a $1 per spin only to find the $20 is gone after 2 spins because the credits or number of lines were miscalculated in your head. :eek:
  4. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

    Jan 21, 2013
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Damn hope you hit well on that spin!
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