Slot Machine appendix 3E
Last Update: May 03, 2002
Relationship between Coinage and Return
for Las Vegas Slot Machines
Many readers have read my Appendix 3A and asked about higher coinages. Until May 2002 I have resisted publishing my results because of an insufficient sample size. However I have been asked so many times that I'll give you what I've got. First let me say that my emphasis is still nickel slots. The vast majority of video display slots that I test are nickel games. Remember, you can play roughly 100 coins at a time, or up to $5 per spin. So there isn't much need to bet more than that unless the player has a very large bankroll. As of this writing I have only seen quarter video display slots in 16 Las Vegas casinos and dollar slots in 8. Even those that had them did not have a large selection.
The following table lists all casinos in which I found at least one quarter or dollar video display slot machine. The table shows the nickel, quarter, and dollar returns, sorted by nickel return. You will notice some casinos actually go down slightly from nickels to quarters. This is due to sampling variation. Some types of machines tend to paybetter than others, and those at the quarter level tend to be the stingier varieties. The nickel returns listed here may not agree with those in Appendix 3A. That is because appendix 3a reflects some updated results and this appendix does not.
The following chart shows the return for each coinage ateach casino. This chart seem to support a generalcorrelation between nickel and quarter return, although itis not a strong correlation. There is also a roughcorrelation between quarters and dollars, with ArizonaCharlie's and the Excalibur as exceptions.
Casino name abbreviations:
Acknowledgements: I would like to thank Par SheetPete (not his real name) for providing the par sheets,without which this project would not have been possible. Iwould also like to thank Rob Feldheim for helping to collectdata for this survey.