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Nevada’s loosest slots in North Las Vegas

by Sally J. Taylor

Where do you go to find the loosest slots in the United States?

North Las Vegas, according to Casino Player magazine.

Of the five Nevada categories published in its April, 1998 edition, Stateline showed up on the list only under the $5 slot category where it tied for second with the Reno area. The payback percentage of the two areas was 97.1 percent. North Las Vegas was first in the category, as well as all the other categories, with 97.9 percent payback.

Each year, editors of the magazine rate the loosest slots in the United States based on state gaming records from the previous year.

Based on 1997 data, “The nation’s loosest slots have quietly been set up in some of the newest casinos in Nevada, those identified in most cases as ‘local’ or ‘neighborhood’ casinos,” the editors said.

Which individual casino has the loosest slots in Nevada is a secret kept by the state Gaming Control Board. While many gaming states release data for individual properties, Nevada provides only regional numbers to the public “because of the proprietary nature of the data,” said board spokesman Russell Guinden.

In each of the five categories of slots – 5 cent, 25 cent, $1, $5 and overall – North Las Vegas placed first in Casino Player’s rankings. The overall payback percentage in that growing region was 96.5. In specific slots North Las Vegas paid back 93.6 percent in nickels; 96.8 percent in quarters; 97.4 percent in $1 slots; and 97.9 in $5 slots.

The Reno area, which included North Lake Tahoe in Casino Player’s ranking, placed third in several other slot denominations. The region placed in 5 cent slots at 92.9 percent, $1 at 96.6 percent, and tied for third for overall payback percentage with 95.4 percent.

Though Stateline did not rank in most of Casino Player’s ratings, Guinden provided the Nevada State Gaming Control Board regional numbers for comparison.

Overall, Stateline casinos paid back 94.9 percent. For 5 cent slots, the payback was 90.6; 25 cents was at 93.5 percent; and $1 was at 95.5 percent.

In the Reno area, quarter machines paid off 94.3 percent of their winnings and $1 machines were 96.6 percent.

In overall loosest slots in Nevada, after North Las Vegas, the Boulder Strip placed second at 95.9 percent and more remote areas of Clark County tied with Reno for third with 95.4 percent.

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