Slot Machines

A slot machine is also referred to as the slots, pokies or poker machine, puggy, or just slots depending on the country. Slot machines are very popular in casinos since there is not much strategy to apply and the themes of the slots come in all manner of variations. A further reason slot machines are exciting to play is the large number of methods a player can win, the lights, sounds, features and over all entertainment feel of the machines.

Typically, slot machines are played by pressing a button which then spins a minimum of 3 reels or icons. If the player matches three of these icons, then they win a certain amount of money. There are sometimes special icons in the game, which can take you to bonus rounds or multiply your winnings considerably.Features such as nudges or numbers are often present too, and are essentially alternatives to special icons, in that they lead to or unlock additional routes to win or mini games.

The first mechical slot machine was developed by car mechanic Charles Fey (1862–1944) in 1895. In the modern age many slots are more video-game like, with big electronic screens that draw you in, in order to keep you playing. Although slot machines sometimes offer an illusion that skill can benefit you (playing a button at a certain time etc) , they are not in fact skill based and have pre defined and set payment thresholds. Slot machines are based purely on chance and no action you take will make you more likely to win in the long term.

8 Themed Slot Machines: Part 3

Win big while getting called a f#!*$#* c#$t, with the Ted slot machine!

A bit of  WTF one, this. Ellen is great but I’m not sure she’s slot machine material!

Bond… James Bond. A very suave looking slot machine! Cash in while staying classy!

If one Bond slot machine isn’t enough for you, how about a whole 007 slots area?!

Can you get paid in Donuts while playing The Simpsons Slots

The Sopranos Slots

The Voice slots. A stylish design, I’d love to play this one.

For a real walk down memory lane, it surely can’t get better than The Wizard of Oz slots machine?

The Bellagio

Built on the site formerly occupied by the iconic Dunes hotel and casino, which was demolished in 1993, on the Las Vegas Strip, the Bellagio is one of the most famous casinos in the world. Nowadays owned and operated by MGM Resorts International, the Bellagio opened, to no little fanfare and at no little cost – the opening ceremony alone reputedly cost $88 million – in October, 1998.

Inspired by the town of the same name, which overlooks Lake Como, in the region of Lombardy in northern Italy, the Bellagio is renowned for its elegance. Externally, the Bellagio is best known for the ‘Fountains of Bellagio’, which are set in an artificial lake, covering 8 acres, or 3.2 hectares, between the hotel building and the Strip. At regular intervals throughout the afternoon and evening, anyone nearby can witness a choreographed water ‘ballet’, complete with illumination and musical accompaniment.

Internally, notwithstanding its central role in the Hollywood movie ‘Ocean’s Eleven’, which was released in 2001, the Bellagio is probably best known for its poker room, which plays host to high-profile World Poker Tour events, including the ‘Five Diamond World Poker Classic’in December each year. That said, the gaming floor as a whole is impressive enough, covering 116,000 square feet and offering 2,300 slots with jackpots of up to $2 million. Accommodation-wise, the Bellagio offers a total of 3,950 lavish rooms, of various shapes and sizes, most of which are located in the original, main tower.

MGM Grand Las Vegas

At the time of its opening in 1993, the MGM Grand Las Vegas, on the Las Vegas Strip, had the distinction of being the largest hotel in the world. Even today, the MGM Grand is the largest single hotel. Nowadays owned and operated by MGM Resorts International, the MGM Grand was built in 1991, as an extension to the existing Marina Hotel, which closed the previous year. Indeed, the original rooms of the Marina Hotel, subsequently renovated, were opened as the ‘West Wing’ of the MGM Grand in 2005.

The main building of the MGM Grand is 30 storeys, or 293 feet, high and boasts 6,852 rooms. The casino gaming floor, which is the largest in Clark County, covers 171,500 square feet and offers a wide selection of table games, notably including single-zero roulette, among many others and 2,300 gaming machines. A further 380,000 square feet are devoted to a convention centre and the building also houses numerous night clubs, restaurants and retail outlets.

Originally, the casino entrance featured a giant fibreglass lion’s head, based loosely on ‘Leo the Lion’, the mascot of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) film studio. However, some superstitious visitors considered it unlucky to enter the casino through the lion’s mouth, as was originally the case. Consequently, MGM Grand opted to replace the original entrance with a huge bronze statue – 45 feet tall and weighing 100,000lb, or 50 tons – of a complete, seated lion.