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Slot Machine Jackpots as Big as Powerball?

Nevada could soon join with other states to offer slot machine jackpots rivaling the awards produced by multistate lotteries. 

The Nevada Gaming Commission unanimously approved regulation changes Thursday that allows slot machine manufacturers to increase their prize pools by linking slot machine jackpots across state lines. The changes were proposed by slot machine giants and International Game Technology and Bally Technologies.

Other slot machine companies expressed their support for the regulation changes in letters to the Gaming Commission. Under the new regulations, slot machines in Nevada casinos could be linked with slot machines in casinos in other states, which could increase the player pools, grow the the total wagers and grow the size of large multimillion-dollar jackpots.

Nevada casinos currently offer Megabucks jackpots, which link slot machines in multiple locations. Indian casinos in California offer wide area progressive slot machine networks.

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Penny Lane Slots


Boyd Gaming Corporation announced the nationwide launch of an all new Penny Lane—a unique new gaming destination combining the latest penny slot titles with a wealth of bonus opportunities for players. 

With the tagline, "More Bonuses, More Often," an enhanced Penny Lane premiered early last month at Boyd Gaming's four Las Vegas locals properties—The Orleans Hotel and Casino, Gold Coast Hotel and Casino, Suncoast Hotel and Casino and Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall. And, for the first time, Penny Lane is now available five additional properties—the California Hotel and Casino, Fremont Hotel and Casino and Main Street Station Casino Brewery and Hotel in downtown Las Vegas; Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel in Vinton, La.; and Treasure Chest Casino in Kenner, La. 

“Since we first launched Penny Lane last year, our four locals properties have become the place to play for anyone looking for the hottest new penny slot titles,” said Paul Chakmak, executive vice president and COO of Boyd Gaming in a prepared statement. “Now, we're adding a new twist to our Penny Lane line?up—an array of additional mini?bonus games, built right into players' favorite slots.” 

The new bonus games will be in addition to the bonus rounds offered on many of the newest and most popular slot titles located within Penny Lane, giving players the chance to win slot play, B Connected credits, and other prizes.


To raise awareness of the new Penny Lane, Boyd Gaming is launching a nationwide marketing and advertising campaign featuring “Cool Abe,” a modern take on the face on the penny. Aimed at promoting Penny Lane in a humorous and novel way, the Cool Abe campaign will feature television, print and online elements.

Pending regulatory approval, Penny Lane will be introduced in the coming weeks at five additional Boyd Gaming properties: Blue Chip Hotel Casino Spa in Michigan City, Ind.; IP Casino Resort Spa in Biloxi, Miss.; Par?A?Dice Hotel Casino in East Peoria, Ill.; Sam's Town Hotel Casino in Shreveport, La.; and Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall in Tunica, Miss.


SLS On The Strip - Repacing the old Sahara

Robert Oseland remembers the excitement he felt opening the Mirage as a blackjack dealer. He was part of something big and cutting edge, part of the future envisioned by Steve Wynn.

Oseland, a Chicago native who came to Las Vegas to study at UNLV, has chased that feeling throughout his career.

In the years since, he has worked as a slot executive at the Bellagio, chief operating officer at the Wynn and Encore, and now president of SLS Las Vegas.

The brainchild of SBE Entertainment CEO Sam Nazarian, the $415 million, 1,600-room resort budding on the former grounds of the Sahara has been considered a key factor in the recovery of the Strip’s struggling north end. The resort is scheduled to open next fall.

We’re sort of forced into the past by taking over a 1950s building versus re-creating something. We’re excited about the concentration of energy. In the past, casinos were the focal point of the resort experience. As Las Vegas grew up, we built bigger and bigger and grander places, and we lost that connectivity. The lure and luster and excitement of the casino has been left behind for other experiences. It’s food and beverage and nightlife oriented. The casino ends up competing for the space.

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Flashdance - Aristocrat Technologies
Flashdance slot game dances its way across the casino floor. Flashdance is a new 50-line, five-level progressive video slot game that is as much fun as the iconic movie it is based on.

All your favorite characters from the movie are here along with songs from the legendary soundtrack. Hi-def sound and a surround sound iChair completely immerses players in the game for a fun time that will have them break dancing in the aisles and spinning on their backs with excitement.

Housed in the award-winning VIRIDIAN WS cabinet, the Flashdance graphics and animation stretches out across the 21.5-inch LCD widescreen all the way to the 31.5-inch LCD feature top box.

Bonus features include Maniac Free Spins, where players collect Sticky Scatters to increase wins; What a Feeling Free Spins, where players collect Scatters to unlock free spin games in the top box to produce more wilds, and wilds cascade to lower games creating more wins; Dynamic Stacked Symbols, where stacked symbols increase wins; the I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll Remix where symbols remix for a chance to win more credits; and the Flashdance Progressive where players collect records to determine their progressive jackpot prize.

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Black Rose - Incredible Technologies
It’s a pirate’s life for Incredible Technologies as their latest innovative slot concept explores the high seas with the beautiful, powerful, swashbuckler Black Rose. Black Rose is a 40-line voyage filled with Jumbo Stacks of symbols and a free spin-based bonus round with a high stakes Scatter Frenzy feature.

The free spin Scatter Frenzy begins when three or more bonus symbols land on the reels. Players are invited to a scatter pick ‘em round to determine which lucky symbol will become their added scatter symbol for the remainder of the bonus feature. The chance to retrigger up to 100 free spins along with monster line wins and frequent scatter pays pile up for quite a hefty treasure haul.

Black Rose, developed by 2x2 Gaming, features default fixed bet options of 40, 80, 120, 160, and 200 and is available on the company’s Magic Touch platform of casino games, including compatibility on the Breeze Upright and Slant-75 HD cabinets. Five paytables ranging from 85 percent-94 percent are offered as well as multi-denominational capability.

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Table Games are Key to Las Vegas Future
When it comes to gaming in Nevada, table games remain an important part of the casino layout and revenue. As online gaming continues its expansion, table games will become even more important to the financial health of a casino floor, one industry observer said.

“Live table play remains a unique (experience) that cannot be replicated online,” David G. Schwartz, director of the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, said Tuesday in an hourlong presentation at the Table Games Conference at Paris Las Vegas.

Schwartz said the slot experience is now replicated across many “platforms,” with no real benefit to playing in a casino besides drink service and cardboard checks given to winners of slot jackpots.

“Now is the time to invest in table game players,” Schwartz told about 140 conference attendees. “Not in 10 years when the next generation (of casual gamblers) has gone digital. Invest now while they are still there.”

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PRIZEBALL Playboy™ - Bally Technologies

Joining other popular Playboy titles from Bally Technologies™ such as Playboy Platinum™ and Playboy Hot Zone™ is Prizeball Playboy™, available on the ALPHA 2 Pro Series™ V22/42 with iDeck™.

This five-reel, 30-line, 200 credits max bet party-starter is available in denominations from one-cent to $500. This tall and attractive head-turner brings back the classic Playboy era of the '60s and '70s along with the look and feel of real pinball action – without the tilt.

Prizeball Playboy offers a Free Games Bonus, Free Games with Prizeball, and a Prizeball Bonus. If during the free games the Pinball symbols land on reels one, three, and five, the Prizeball Bonus is triggered. In the Prizeball Bonus, players are awarded one, to five pinballs to launch into play and win credits.

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© 2013 Playboy. PLAYBOY and Rabbit Head Design and BUNNIES are marks of Playboy and under license by Bally Gaming, Inc.



Mystical Mine Slots - Incredible Technologies
Mystical Mine is the dazzling new 40-line innovation from Incredible Technologies (IT) and slot design studio, 2By2 Gaming. The base game features reels of colorful gems with easy to understand game play and walls of wilds to create simply stunning wins.

Travel deep inside the Mystical Mine when three or more bonus scatters trigger up to 15 free spins. It’s a miner’s delight when any gem symbol lands on the reels and award mounds of instant credit scatter pays. Watch out as bursting gems boost wins by multiplying instant awards up to three times. Rolling Wilds can multiply any line win in the free spin bonus round up to 4X and retrigger opportunities are plentiful as up to 100 spins may be awarded.

Mystical Mine features fixed bet options of 40, 80, 120, 160 and 200, and is available on the company’s Magic Touch platform of casino games, including compatibility on the Breeze Upright and Slant-75 HD cabinets. Six paytables ranging from 85 percent to 94 percent are offered as well as multi-denominational capability

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Reels of Wheels - Ainsworth

Ainsworth is excited to showcase their latest innovation-inspired penny product Reels of Wheels in the eye-catching A560® Wide Boy cabinet. Be enthralled by the high definition graphics encased in a 32" LCD top box brilliantly displaying a unique multi wheel game feature.

The A560® Wide Boy, Ainsworth's newest addition the outstanding A560® cabinet family features a 32" landscaped LCD exciting top box signage and LED lighting.

Reels of Wheels™ is sure to be a hit with players as it continuously rewards with 4 levels of rapid triggering Standalone Progressives featuring a $5,000 Grand Jackpot option.

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