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App Gift Ideas for Slot Players

There are so many slot iPhone apps coming out now that’s it hard to keep up; but here are some of my favorites:

Video Poker Pay Tables 9/6
$1.99 on iTunes

This tidy app from shows how to spot a video poker machine with the best odds by a quick glance at the pay table.   Amateurs and Pros alike will love this app.

Sun And Moon by Aristocrat
$1.99 on iTunes

This is just one of hundreds of slot titles available for free play.  This one represents the entire category of games developed with “Australian math,” which is largely responsible for today’s 1¢ video games surging to the top of the charts.

Cleopatra by IGT

Again this is one of many video slots available, but like the iconic game above, Cleo helped energize the video game market which eventually moved reel slots into second place on most casino floors.

Playboy Hot Zone by Bally

Just another video-slot-in-an-app but this one has lots of bells and whistles.   They have a feature called Hot Zone which is like playing Tetris on top of your game for bigger bonuses.  It has pretty good sound as well.

Looking for lunch break fun? Try Cleopatra(R) or Cash Spin(R) on your iPhone

We have a confession to make: We’re addicted and in love with playing two premier iPhone slot games - Cleopatra from IGT and Cash Spin from Bally Technologies.

They are just as fun to play as their counterparts here at Pechanga, although with no actual money at stake, it loses a bit of the excitement. Nevertheless, for some lunch break entertainment, or even during those exhausting meetings, these two sure make time pass nicely.

And yes, Cash Spin lets you spin the wheel with your finger and everything.

Check them out in the iPhone app store by searching “Cleopatra" or "Cash Spin.” Let us know what you think of them. FYI: Cash Spin costs $1.99 currently and Cleopatra is free (although it also started at $1.99). We hope Bally makes the same move soon.


Recap: Q&A with VP of Slots Buddy Frank

Every other week, we host a Q&A with our VP of Slots Buddy Frank on our Facebook page to give you the rare opportunity to ask ANY question about slots, how they work, when we’ll be getting new games, etc.

Check out some of the questions from this week’s conversation below:

Which slots give you the best odds…..pennies, quarters or dollars?

With rare exceptions, the higher the denomination, the looser the odds. We have 11 $100 slots if you want to test this theory ;)

Is it true that the average payout for slots is 35%?

35%?!! No. That’s almost as bad as the California lottery at 55% payback. The state law in Nevada limits casinos to 75%. In California, the law permits 80%. However, despite the law, few operator even get close to 90% (mainly back east). I would guess that most of my competitors here in Southern California set their average at 91% to 94%.

When the payout percentage is set for a multi-game machine like Game King, are all of the games set for the same percentage, or each individually? Does Video Keno fall under these “payout percentages” or are the real Keno odds used?

Generally, they are all different. However, the pokers are fairly close within a single cabinet. Here at Pechanga, there is less than three percentage points of difference between the tightest and the loosest poker machine on the floors. But on a single multi-game cabinet, there is less than one percent difference from tight to loose. Keno is generally three points tighter than poker. Video reels games on GameKing machines tend to be five or more points tighter (but they have bigger payouts for the winners).

In the new slot game LORD OF THE RINGS, what is the significance of the Player’s Life login and website? Is this something that will be seen in all new slot games?

Interactivity with slots and the Web is definitely coming. The Lord of the Rings is just one example (in that game you can advance the bonuses and game play themes by playing in the casino …or…playing on-line for free.) Some other options I’ve seen are the ability to “copy” a winning slot jackpot screen and email it to friends. We have our own Facebook games you should check out here.

It seems like the slots have gotten tighter over the years. Have the odds changed?

You’ll never believe this; but the odds on the same types of machines have gotten looser over the years. (In other words, the 5¢; 25¢ and $1 games are the same or looser). However, for the last three years most casinos have added hundreds of 1¢ machines. They are tighter than the older $1 machines for example…but a lot more fun to play and you can play them longer for the same amount of spend (despite slightly worse odds.).

Why not bring back some slots with coins?

When the tickets first arrived; we had thousands of complaints…until guest stared playing them. They didn’t miss the dirty hands, the “empty hoppers,” and machine jams. The folks working in the casino had a dramatic reduction in strains and pains due to lifting, wrapping and exchanging coins and the machines didn’t break down as often. Also, they allowed the penny machine to blossom. The coin hoppers didn’t handle pennies or dimes very well and jammed all the time. I do miss the noise from dollars hitting the trays, but not that much!