A road trip for the slot machine fanatic
Gaming enthusiasts are no longer regulated to Las Vegas or Atlantic City to try their hand and lady luck…thanks to relaxed gaming regulations, there are now a slew of options from coast-to-coast. I thought it would be fun to share a few casinos from the east coast, to the center of the gaming universe, Las Vegas, Nevada, that have the best slot machines. This is a road trip for the slot machine fanatic, and one that will highlight where to find the best and most interesting slots.
- Located in Ledyard, Connecticut is the largest resort casino in North America, Foxwoods. This casino offers a vast array of gaming in six different casinos. This is a Four-Diamond property with gourmet to express restaurants. They also offer world-renowned spas, awarding-winning golf, state-of-the-art theaters and lots of high-end shopping. And, according to Casino Player Magazine, Foxwoods has the highest slot machine payout of any casino in the state, at 91.48 (average among all denominations).
- Just west of Foxwoods, in Uncasville, Connecticut is the Mohegan Sun, one of the most amazing destinations in New England…with fine dining and top-notch accommodations, along with spectacular live entertainment. Every turn leads to a new adventure at Mohegan Sun, with an indoor 55-foot waterfall, to the world’s largest and most amazing indoor planetarium dome. They also the awe-inspiring Wombi Rock, which is a glowing crystal mountain made of imported stone that serves as the focal point of the Casino. If you get board with all the activities, head to the slot floor where you’ll find an astounding array of over 5,000 slot machines that will thrill your senses.
- Heading Northwest to Harris, Michigan is the Chip-In Island Resort & Casino…the slot floor at this casino is like none other in the Midwest. With over 1,200 games from renowned manufactures such as Aristocrat, IGT, Bally and Speilo, the slot floor not only features the newest games, but the newest in gaming technology. The Island Resort & Casino is also the only place where it “Pays to Play Dead,” with a slot machine based on the popular AMC TV show, “The Walking Dead.”
- Heading due south to Tunica, you’ll find yourself deep in the Delta of Mississippi. This area may be the birthplace of the Blues, but it’s now a hotbed for amazing gaming venues. The Gold Strike Casino Hotel is one of the largest and nicest in the Delta. The hotel features a contemporary feel and has a smoke-free gaming area, which I think is pretty unique and very welcomed to non-smokers. With over 1,400 slots, video poker, reel and progressive machines, this place is not short on energy. As a matter of fact, Casino Magazine has voted the Gold Strike “Best of Slots in the Tunica Region” two years in a row.
- If you want to take a break from the action for a gastronomic experience, just next door to the Gold Strike is Jack Binion’s (inside the Horseshoe Casino). Jack Binion’s is one of those classically sophisticated restaurants that epitomizes fine dining. The atmosphere is reminiscent of a classic Chicago restaurant, with its rich and elegant décor. Click the following link to read my Jack Binion’s review.
- Heading straight west to the capital of the gaming universe, is the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. This casino is well known for having the largest jackpot of any slot machine…it’s called The Lion’s Share. This particular slot machine has failed to produce a single jackpot in almost 20 years, and has attracted a legion of dedicated gamblers who believe it’s going to pay out millions of dollars any day. The machine is also the oldest three-reeled slot on the MGM gaming floor and has the highest level of ‘occupancy,’ or daily time played, of all its 1,900 machines.
If you’ve ever wondered what the skinny is on slot machines…what’s true, what’s not, here is a great infographic on the topic: Ladbrokes myths & facts of slot machines.
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