Cleopatra Pinball Slot Machine at Binions in Las Vegas

Downtown on Fremont street in Las Vegas in Binions casino. They feature several skill-based slot machines, that allow you to play pinball or classic arcade games like Asteroids.

Searched YouTube and a video of the Cleopatra Pinball bonus game has been documented and shared. It was made in 2018, so just shows these machines aren’t that new.

Skill-based slot machines sound good in theory, but wonder how mathematically they can work? If a machine is programmed to mathematically pay back at 93%+, what if you have this super skilled videogame player? The answer is the “random” part of the game will be randomly worse, so this will overcompensate for the skilled player part. Does this player cash out after doing so well at the skill-based part, only to leave the next players of the machine to come along and lose at the random slot portion of the game? Yes.

Don’t know how these games actually work, so this is pure speculation, but it seems logical to suggest that if one player does well, then future players will do worse. This is how the machine can pay back at least at a certain percentage.

Will you play skill-based slot machines? Have you tried any? What do you think of this idea?

Spokane, WA Hobby Lobby May Not Be Singing In The Rain like Northern Quest Casino

Singing In The Rain slot machine is at Northern Quest Casino in Spokane, WA, one of the first casinos in the United States to reopen

I’ve long argued that it’s unfair that tribal casinos as businesses are allowed to play by different rules.

Just to be clear up front, I harbor no ill will to the tribes and their people and am disgusted by American history in how they were treated, but two wrongs don’t make a right. I also enjoy visiting tribal casinos and giving them my business, so full disclosure is necessary.

That said, I wish non-tribal businesses in our state could legally offer gambling.

Whenever legislation has come up to allow any business to be able to have gambling, I’ve voted for it. Always, however, tribes sponsor anti-gambling opposition ads. Of course they don’t want to allow Joe’s Bar & Grill to be able to add slot machines. Or, frankly, any company to come in that isn’t tribal and open a competing casino.

Competition among businesses is good for us. Alas, that’s not the case in Washington State and many other states, unfortunately, where gambling is allowed only in tribal casinos.

Case in point.

Sure, I get that they don’t technically fall under the same laws, but an arts & crafts store called Hobby Lobby is not being allowed to reopen, one that is following social distancing and safety measures vs. a gigantic tribal casino and it defies logic.

“They are not allowed to open under this phase,” said Mike Faulk, press secretary for Inslee. “It’s a state prohibition, so I’m not sure why they would ask local officials to give them clearance.”

Inslee’s office: Hobby Lobby openings in Spokane area violate virus restrictions | The Spokesman-Review

The article details that Hobby Lobby can be open, but only for curbside pick-up, not for customers to come inside the store because their business is non-essential and prohibited from opening at this phase in the Washington State rollout plan.

Aye, the rub. Meanwhile, casinos are reopening which have dramatically more foot traffic than an arts & crafts store.

Movie theaters can’t open in Washington State because we’re not at that same phase. Maybe I should be wishing that tribes buy theaters so they could do so.

Don’t get me started on how a casino could be any less high risk than a movie theater.

Lowest Week 11 Domestic Box Office since 1995

From 2003-2020 domestic box office, courtesy of Box Office Mojo

The last five years week #11 box office sales domestically have exceeded $115 million. This week? $50 million. Last time the sales were like that? 25 years ago in 1995. We have to go back to 1998 to see less releases than the 44 this month.

Onward picks up the top slot, followed by: I Still Believe, Bloodshot, The Invisible Man and then The Hunt rounds out the top five. With no wide releases next week, I’ll be watching the two wide releases we haven’t seen over the next week or two. Trolls World Tour is next, see: Trolls World Tour next wide release a month from now, while My Spy and other films missing wide release opportunity.

I’m heading out on a plane tonight to Las Vegas, where I’ll be renting a car this time around so we can get out and do some sightseeting. Also will be checking out any/all movie and TV slots.

Got to play Mad Max Road: Fury Road at the Las Vegas airport

And then there was American Gods.

Actually won $58 on this one at the airport.

See how many I can find out there and where they’re at. Seems like this scavenger hunt might be fun.

The airline is showing recent movies in theater in-flight. I caught Western Stars on there on the flight home.

Lord Of The Rings Slot Machine: Rule Them All

This slot machine on our Las Vegas trip paid the best

We’re probably in the minority that have never seen any of The Lord Of The Rings movies, but while in Las Vegas for our anniversary last month we played a bunch of different movie-themed slot machines. The one we did the best at is pictured above: LOTRO: Rule Them All.

The game is styled after the classic three-wheel slot machine, but it is video based. In the corners of the reels you can capture three Eyes of Saurons then a random bonus will appear. We got the one that spawned multiple reels where the process repeats itself. If you capture enough Eyes of Saurons, you get to a bonus game at the top of the machine that pays very well with a lot of wilds on each spin. We got like three spins of that for over $1,100. Really, the perfect payout that is not a handpay.

This was the highlight of our gambling portion of our trip. Pretty much everything else sucked, but this game was fun.