Our first trip to Vegas was in 1994, stayed at Excalibur. This was the first time my wife or I had ever flown and our first visit to Vegas. We were on a somewhat tight budget. We saw the coin buckets as Free souvenirs. We would collect one from each casino we went in. We, along with 90% of the other people, could be found walking down the strip with a half-dozen or more. Fun to think back on. Our last visit to Vegas was in 2007 and ticket-in-ticket-out was pretty common. Don't recall seeing any buckets, but don't recall looking for any either. I still have one, in the garage, housing the funnel I use for adding oil to the car. Anyone know when the buckets became a big thing? What did they use back in the Rat Pack days?