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Are there still quarter slot machines at the large casinos?

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Jan 3rd, 2006, 06:00 AM
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Are there still quarter slot machines at the large casinos?

I leave tomorrow for Las Vegas. I usually do lots of research before any trip but due to the holidays and lots of quality family time I haven't even been able to get to the library or Fodors forums. It's been many years since I have been to Las Vegas. We are staying at New York New York. From the searches I have done online are the quarter slots a thing of the past? Are most of the machines now TITO? Thanks for any help. Deborah
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Jan 3rd, 2006, 07:06 AM
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They are still quite prevalent. I play these a lot...;-)
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Jan 3rd, 2006, 07:18 AM
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Thanks Christie, I was wondering what to do with all these quarters I've been saving Deborah
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Jan 3rd, 2006, 08:01 AM
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The last time I was in a casino I could not find a way to get quarters nor could two supervisors!!- Harrahs in NO
 
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Jan 3rd, 2006, 08:07 AM
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A year or two ago I played five cent slots at the Aladdin. I turned $2 into $3.50, and the cashier sneered at me when I collected my earnings.
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Jan 3rd, 2006, 08:09 AM
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There are still lots of quarter machines - heck there are even penny machines. But more and more of them do not take coins at all. They mostly take bills. If it were me - I'd convert all those quarters into folding money - much lighter too.
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Jan 3rd, 2006, 08:51 AM
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Except for downtown, almost ALL strip casinos now take bills and issue paper slips which can be cashed in at a machine OR inserted in a slot to continue playing. Nickel and quarter machines are plentifull. Even saw LOTS of penny machines this trip though they all accept paper money.
"Change People" are a thing of the past.
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Jan 3rd, 2006, 10:29 AM
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Actually penny machines are almost becoming the norm, and I really don't care for them. I think they cater to the "gamer" generation and I find them annoying and hard to follow.

I think the casinos have found the penny machines to become the most profitable, because of the wide array of penny combinations you can use. I've seen up to $5.00 a bet possible on a penny machine! No matter how cheap you may try to be, (playing a penny for one line is unlikely for a long period of time) a machine like that, with a jackpot based on a full bet is going to cost the bucks!
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Jan 3rd, 2006, 10:33 AM
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It looks like nickel and penny machines are making a "comeback" and you'll find quite a few of them in all the casinos nowadays.
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Jan 3rd, 2006, 12:43 PM
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If I am not mistaken, I believe the original poster meant to ask whether there are machines that take quarter coins, not whether there are machines that play quarter denominations.

Coinless machines are quickly replacing coin machines in Las Vegas. There may be some coin machines left, particularlu in the older, smaller casinos but I wouldn't bet on it. At the very least, the variety of coin machines will be low. You may be better off wrapping those quarters and changing them into paper money.

I think once you get used to the idea, you will find that the coinless machines are so much better (no dirty fingers, carrying buckets, waiting for hopper refill, etc.)
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Jan 3rd, 2006, 01:58 PM
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I interpreted it as the denomination of 25 cents, not a machine that actually uses quarters.

That being said, the only ones I'm aware of are at off-strip places, or in the airport. Personally, I MUCH prefer the coin-less ones as you don't get so dirty from handling all of the coins!!
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Jan 3rd, 2006, 02:02 PM
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Thanks for all the helpful replies. I was wondering if I should pack my quarter rolls or not. Guess I will just leave them at home and bring bills instead. Thanks again, Deborah
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Jan 3rd, 2006, 02:56 PM
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I was in Atlantic City the other day and noticed, for the first time, coin-less slots. You put your bill ($1, 5, 10, 20, etc.)in and when you're done, it prints out a "ticket" which you can then use in another slot or take to the window to be converted into money.

I'm not much of a gambler, but it screws up my "2 cup system." For example, if I'm willing to gamble $10 in quarters, the roll goes in one cup and is fed into the machine and the winnings go in another cup, not to be touched. This way, I never lose more than my initial $10 (or whatever amount.)

Also, it seemed eerie just to hear all the electronic noises, like a pinball/game arcade, and no coins dropping.
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Jan 3rd, 2006, 03:20 PM
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I saw one that takes $500.00 at once...there were guards next to it though...
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Jan 3rd, 2006, 03:49 PM
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What is TITO?

The denominations I saw are: 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 25c, 50c, $1, $5 and also separate areas for "serious gamblers" I think they work using tokens.

Some slots, but you have to look for them, still give out cash. You take the bucket either to a cashier or to a vending machine, toss them in, and get paper money.

Most of the slots, you put a paper bill in, and if you win you can get a paper ticket out right away. You can collect as many tickets as you want. These tickets can be used instead of money in other slot machines or exchanged for cash.

Wow, pretty impressive lecture for a nickel player
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Jan 3rd, 2006, 04:47 PM
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TITO= ticket in ticket out
 
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Jan 3rd, 2006, 04:53 PM
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Oh, thanks, no, it's more "cash in, nothing out"
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