Some casinos are still offering coin machines for nostalgia’s sake, but it also serves as a major attraction for old school players who play at these casinos to be able to hear that ching-ching-ching sound of coins crashing down from the machine and into the metal tray. El Cortez, for instance, offers 175 coin-operated machines.
“We have all the latest and greatest machines on our slot floor, but we intend on keeping a selection of coin machines,” said Adam Wiseberg, general manager at El Cortex. “We have a process where we take away some games every month that don’t get as much play, but we have players who love these machines.
Henry who frequents E Cortez almost daily says, “I’ve already put $100 in it and I’ve only been here for about 30 minutes. I only play these machines and the Joker Poker ones. I play coin machines because it’s what I’ve always done all the years I’ve played. I guess I like to get my fingers dirty.” Other players have been coming to the El Cortez and playing these machines since the mid-60s.
Maintaining a connection with longtime players
Maintaining a connection with longtime players compliments El Cortez overall environment, as many of their employees have worked in the casino for a decade or longer. According to the casino’s slot director, Rick Ronca.
“When you go to a place where it’s just ticket-in and ticket-out, you don’t really need any maintenance staff for that. Here our staff is critical to us. They know each regular customer by name. They greet them and talk to them. I don’t have an employee who’s been here less than eight years. The average is probably 30 year.”
Furthermore, the slot machines are kept in good condition as they are looked after by the casino’s in-house technicians who fix malfunctions and track down old parts when needed. This enables visitors from all around the world to enjoy the experience of playing pull-handle games.
Coin slot machine around Las Vegas
For decades, the most popular slot machines in U.S. casinos were nickel slot machines. In the late 1960s, Bally Manufacturing developed an innovative machine called the Money Honey, a penny slot that could be played for up to five coins simultaneously, with a minimum bet per line of 1 cent. Since then these machines have been popping up in casinos around vegas and some of them are still standing and fully functional. D Las Vegas Casino houses rows of classic slot machines. Moreover, the Golden Nugget is where the jumbo Vegas slot machines reside. Other machines can be found at Four Queens, where the ‘Silver State,” can be played in both traditional currency and souvenir tokens contagion silver.