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Slots What Happened To My Favorite Slot?

Discussion in 'Slots' started by Rush, Aug 28, 2016.

  1. Rush

    Rush High-Roller

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    When I was a young whippersnapper, if you played slots, there were three reels, and some variant of 7s was involved. I loved the Red, White, and Blue game the best.

    Now, you have a new "themed" slot rolling out every other week. It seems like yesterday everyone was in love with WOZ machines. What about The Walking Dead? Now, it's those damned BUFFALOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    What is the shelf life of your average slot machine these days?
     
  2. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    For releases in the past few years? The average is probably a year tops.

    Red White and Blue still exists here and there. Most CET casinos still have it.
     
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  3. dmr

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    If you look around you can find slots that are 10 years old or more. Some of them are my faves!
     
  4. ardee

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    Shelf life of the average/new slot machine these days is 60-90 days depending if the casino feels it's making any money out of them.
    They lease them for a period of time and if things aren't working, then they let them go.
    Happily, we get to enjoy the newest slots because we have the opportunity to visit more often vs. the usual Vegas visitor.
    Taking a break, yet looking forward to what they have to offer in November/December this year, cuz that's when we'll be
    back to play.

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    I thought that Buffaloooo has been around awhile. Was there a previous version like the current one?

    And for a minute there, Rush, I thought you were going to talk about cherries, lemons and bells. ;)
     
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  6. dmr

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    Actually, I do miss those dearly! I can remember my very first "win" ever, got two dimes for a cherry in the third column.
     
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    There must be 4 or more versions now counting the ones with 4 screens.
     
  8. SH0CK

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    There used to be a ton of these along with the 3X game, 5X game, and 10X game, but those have steadily be disappearing from casinos. I have no idea where I read this, but most games like that are owned by the casino versus the "themes" ones they lease from Bally, IGN, etc and are generally used as space filler.

    My thought is those machines have gotten enough age on them that it's easier to scrap a damaged one for part to repair others, so the number in service dwindles.
     
  9. Snidely

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    My wife used to love the Wild Cherry slots but moved to the newer video slots with the fun bonus rounds like Batman and Robin and Dirty Dancing. Never wins a lot on those, though. She sat down at a super times pay 10x $0.25 reel slot and hit for $750 a couple days ago.
     
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    This happens too. A sign of a successful slot if that happens. Mary slots now are yanked before any significant wear.
     
  11. Edserv

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    I like the slots at Venetian where you can win the BMW. I was killing time one day a few trips ago and put in a $20. Played for a long time on the $20 and have played these almost every trip for a break from the video poker grind. These slot machines have to be some of the oldest still in service at Venetian and have very confusing payout lines, which is one of the things I like. I'll pull the handle and think "great...nothing"- then ding ding ding and I won 40 bucks. I swear I can hear them grinding inside and often times several of them are out of service. Speaking of, anyone ever heard of someone actually winning one of these cars? Has to be one of the highest hold % games anywhere but fun.
     
  12. Electroguy563

    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    The old mechanical 3-reel Red White and Blue slots are getting harder to find. Even at the Cal, my home casino, there are more newer video type machines replacing all the mechanical ones.

    Red White and Blue was one of my favorite machines to play.
     
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  13. dmr

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    I tend to avoid the reel type slots but lately I've been hooked on Firehouse Hounds, which is a reel type with kind of a video screen animation overlay type of thing.
     
  14. martinr

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    I have experienced machines I've had repeated luck on disappearing one by one. Can't be coincidental. This has happened on three occasions at my local CET and MLIFE properties.
     
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    I do notice that there are many new machines swapped out yet many of the older machines are still there in their usual spot.
    The newer machine can't just make a profit, they need to make enough after paying the licensing fee.
    Maybe the older 3 reel machine don't have it and therefore they are 100% profit.
    A machine making 100% profit doesn't need to be played as much as the newer machine to make it a worthwhile machine to keep.
     
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    The r/w/b machines were known as IGT S+ machines. That model was made from 1992 to 1999 and we're replaced by S2000 machines. IGT stopped making parts for it. In Nevada a casino cannot buy used parts from a company that is not licensed by the gaming board. Tribal casinos and cruise ships can.

    One last note, those machines have a glotch, when the machine is turned off and turned back on the RNG resets to the beginning where the top award is.
     
  17. atomicboy

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    I miss the big Wyland slot machines with the huge video screen for the bonus rounds. Always won or broke even on it at Mirage but it disappeared. I think they still have one at TI but I hate TI
     
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    I heard about a guy that won 4 of them in one trip. I think his name was Nick. He was a software guy from Yuma, Arizona.
     
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    Agree with you @martinr. I've noticed it on the mlife three reel slots. During a December five day stay in 2014 at the Mirage. I won 2 hand pays on a dollar version of double triple star in a 24 hour period, and husband won a jackpot on the same machine the last day. As we were hanging out playing in that area we saw two other hand pays on that same machine! Six weeks later when we returned, that machine along with another three reel dollar slot in that same section that had been hitting like crazy on the previous trip were gone....
    I kept asking the slot attendants and a manager what happened to them and they said they were being rotated out for new ones and would probably show up elsewhere in the casino in a few months - nope - never reappeared to this day. I'm convinced they removed them because of the high payout frequency...they never swapped out or removed any of the other slots right next to the 'winners' cause these don't pay, lol!

    I am really a fan of three reel slots (dollar and five) and hate to see them leaving one by one.
     
  20. whitefox

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    Heard he was actually a teenager with a fake ID.