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Slots What happened to the slot pay signs?

Discussion in 'Slots' started by Fafa2e, Aug 2, 2013.

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  1. Fafa2e

    Fafa2e Low-Roller

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    I was just thinking of the differences between my early trips to Vegas in the mid 90s and today.

    One thing I recall from my early trips were big signs on top of groups of slot machines that would advertise something like "Up to 99% Payback", which I believe meant that at least one machine in that station was programmed with a 99% return.

    In more recent trips, I do not see this.

    My guess is that the casinos have dropped the payout percentage and these signs would no longer be a good selling point and/or research has shown that this type of advertising did not increase play at the machines with the signs.

    Has anyone else noticed this change? Does anyone know why you don't see this much anymore?
     
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    Just my guess, but I think you may see it more off strip or the slots are such a big hit they no longer need to do that.
     
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    I never see them anywhere. When they were displayed, they were usually for the 3 reel type slots. Video slots have taken over the casino floors and I doubt that any one of them would be set to pay back 99%. I used to play the bank at the Stratosphere back in the day when they had them. I never won. I'm afraid those days are long gone. The so called penny slots have taken over. A lot of these penny slots are now set up so you have to play a minimum of say 25, 40, or more cents per spin. It's getting crazy.

    The problem with the up to 99% banks were as you stated, it meant that at least one of the machines paid 99%. The rest of the machines in the bank probably paid the state minimum. It was a way to suck people in thinking that all the machines paid 99%. That is why I play Video Poker. I know exactly what my machine is paying by looking at the pay tables. When I do play slots, I generally play the old 3 reel type because I think they pay back more than the video penny machines.
     
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    shifter Degenerate Gambler

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    they went the way of the themed hotels and $2.99 buffets.
     
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    With regard to the video slots, many of them can't even be set to 99% even if the casino wanted them to be. The slot manufacturer usually doesn't make the reel strippings that generous when designing them. :(
     
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