Rivers Casino Slots

September 16th, 2011 | by Frank | No Comments »

There’s a reason there are about a thousand more slot machines than tables at Rivers Casino—slots are the real cash cows. The reason there is no poker room at Rivers is that slots provide a better rate of return for the casino. One poker table means 10 less slots, so you can do the math on that one.

Big Crowds at Rivers

Since its opening, some slots players at Rivers have complained about the crowds. The overall size of the floor is not huge to begin with, and many bloggers have complained about lines for slots and people “hovering” over you as you play. This should abate as time goes on, but in the meantime choose your visiting times accordingly.

Rivers Caters to High Rollers

One thing to remember about Rivers is: It is geared towards high rollers. If you are looking for a leisurely way spend a few hours playing slots, the options are not as good here as at other casinos.

Still, there are 1050 slot machines – including many of the most popular among slots enthusiasts. They have a mix of video and reel.

Rivers slots include penny, two-cent, nickel, quarter, half dollar, one dollar, five-dollar, $100, and $500 minimum-bet machines. There are also $2, $10, $15 and $25 machines.

For 2-cent machines, you can’t play just a cent or two at a time. At one 2-cent Vegas Hits machine, players must wager on all of the game’s 20-paylines, making the minimum bet 40 cents.

Among electronic table games, there are roulette, blackjack, and a few poker machines.

Big House Advantage on Slots

The house edge on standard slot machines is as much as 10 percent, meaning the casino keeps on average 10 cents on every $1 played. Put another way, the casino pays out only $9 for every $10 bet. On traditional table games, the house edge can be as low as 1 percent to 2 percent.

Of all slot machines, the biggest house edge usually rests with the penny and two-cent varieties, which, perhaps not surprisingly, also are the most popular. Typically casinos can keep as much as 10 cents on the dollar on those machines.

But the penny machines also offer the advantage of longer play for a relatively modest investment. Someone who puts $20 into a one-cent machine can play for a long time.

Progressive machines also are among the more popular ones because they offer the lure of bigger jackpots. The jackpots grow as more people play and lose. However, keep in mind that progressives are a worse bet than regular slot machines because a portion of what you’re putting in is used to feed the jackpot.

The house edge is usually lower on the higher-denomination machines. But the potential to lose big also is much greater. It doesn’t take long to lose $100 on a $1 slot machine.

Regardless of your choice, don’t fall into the trap of thinking the longer you play a machine, the closer you are to hitting the jackpot. That’s a myth. Every spin is completely independent of every other spin.

Good luck!

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