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When did they start to put a seat for every slot machine ?

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  1. vegasqc

    vegasqc VIP Whale

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    Was watching an old movie today (wise guys from 1985) that took place in the resort international casino in Atlantic city and the thing that jumped at me is the people were playing slots standing up with no chairs in sight

    In some other scenes you could see like a chair at every 5-6 machine

    When did a seat at every machine became the norm?
     
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    shifter Degenerate Gambler

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    I don't know when but I do remember back in the 90s that stools were just scattered about and most people stood to play.

    I guess they figured out somewhere along the line that a seat makes you stay longer.
     
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    My Mom and Dad always played standing up during their trips to AC. It was considered to be a sign of weakness to sit.

    Anyway, the stools were supposed to be for the really old people.
     
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    I'm starting to see stools at craps tables now. So far just in lower end local joints. Haven't seen it in Vegas or in the nicer local places around here.
     
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    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    The Cal and MSS have a lot of older craps players. Every now and then an old player will show up and the boxman will jump up and get a chair for him (never saw a her).

    I often wonder if they would get a chair for these gentlemen if he bought in for a $100 instead of the $1000 + that I always see as an initial buy-in.
     
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    In AC all of the casinos will get you a stool if you ask. Very nice after you've been standing and playing for an hour or so...even the dealers get a break after an hour. In LV I've only encountered a few that will provide a stool at the craps tables. Many will let you use a chair from a nearby closed gaming table if the casino's not busy but refuse if it's crowded unless you have a handicap ID. They are nicer about it if you're elderly or start off with $1,000, or more.
     
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    I do remember that in the 1970s, when I first had my few Las Vegas experiences, most people stood to play slots.

    I remember seats came common about the time video poker really took off, early 90s or so I would say. Nowadays it seems like the eye level is lower and even somebody of medium height like me would have to look down to play.

    I do remember playing standing up when our first local (Council Bluffs) casino opened, Bluffs Run (now Horseshoe). That was mid-late 1990s, IIRC. I can also remember standing to play at Casino Omaha in the 1990s.
     
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    Take it for what it's worth... I looked and could not find it anywhere, but our tour guide at Neon Museum said Benny Binion was the first to install seats at slot in a casino.
     
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    That and they can tell who is entitled a free drink easier I guess.
     
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