The slot machine was once an after thought to casinos in the early days of gambling in Las Vegas. Most older gamblers did not trust the mechanical gambling devices and they flocked to the table games to gamble their money with actual dealers, dice and cards.
Now casinos feature four to five times as many slot machines as they did in the early days of Las Vegas. The trend is more profound on Indian reservations and jurisdictions away from Las Vegas.
Once corporations began to buy gaming companies and become gaming companies, they saw the slot machines as an employee who never needed a break and never talked back. Slot machines don’t try to unionize and they rarely make a mistake.
Now slot machines are high-tech and sped up by the player to give faster results and of course make more money for the casino. The slot machines are also used to gather information on a player. How fast does the player play? How much does the player play and do they ever walk away with a win. A “good player” for the casino is one who plays fast, loses all their money and plays for extended period of times.
Slot machines have come a long way from their simple timing reels that would spin randomly. Now they are computer marvels that lure players in with high quality graphics and noises designed to peak their interest. The next time you walk by a slot machine that is compelling to play, you will see first hand how the slot design teams have taken every step to attract you to play their machine.
An Illegal gambling den, complete with slot machines, was broken up this week in San Diego.
The makeshift casino was busted after authorities received a tip came that illegal gambling was going on in a house on a Bonita cul-de-sac.
Monitoring activities for two months, California gambling control agents moved in Tuesday night, detaining 10 people and seizing slot machines, loaded firearms, narcotics paraphernalia, cash, and business records.
During surveillance, they saw quite a few people coming and going.
The man who lived at the home is believed to be the operator and can face felony charges. Misdemeanor charges can be filed against other people at the house.
Surveillance indicated gambling going on seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
The slot machines took $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills, which would show on the displays as credits and be added to or subtracted from depending on the play.
House funds would be paid out once the gambler was finished and notified manager. Five slot machines in a small room added on to house and several in a garage were also found.
Surveillance cameras were around the property.
The 10 people detained during the raid were eventually released. Neighbors said they were unaware of the gambling operation.
A machine in one of these unlawful operations can bring in as much as $1,000 a week. Operators can also set the slots any way they want.
When Surrey, B.C. councilor Bob Bose leaked details about a secret council meeting that was held to discuss a casino on the city-owned Cloverdale Fairground in October 2002, he launched a controversy that still haunts Fraser Downs and its slot machines.
The Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, which purchased Fraser Downs in March 2005, has decided to cut the number of race days at the track in order to save money, which is the latest issue in this on-going saga.
For a number of years, the horse racing industries have been dramatically losing ground to casinos and online gaming. Coming to the track are less and less people and profits are way down.
As a way to save racing by using a portion of the revenue generated to increase race purses, the push for slot machines at Fraser Downs was presented. Richer purses would bring better horses and drivers to Surrey were argued, which would mean more fans and gamblers as well. However, it did not work out that way.
In 2007, Great Canadian and the B.C. Standardbred Association signed a four-year deal that extended the season by two months and it was intended to stabilize the game but it did not happen.
Unfortunately, horse racing at Fraser Downs is in serious trouble and it is slowly fading away, even after adding the slot machines.