So finally catching up on the world after my visit to Las Vegas.
There are many thinks to make you smile about America as it's so unique and the size size of everything, we could start with the gaming shop at the airport in Detriot...
...but the winning picture has to simple be the fruit machines in the airport at Las Vegas, they are everywhere.
If there is open floor space then it simply needs as many machines as possible. Why in the baggage lounge would people be that desperate to play, I don't know - but they are again everywhere.
As an ex-addict who was actually in Las Vegas for non pleasure reasons and this was actually a bonus to be there with a little personal time this was going to be a real challenge.
I had planned on blowing no more then $50 a day that I had put away in savings to do - I think on average I blew less then that - but I needed a system.
The first challenge was understanding the machines - they were not as I expected.
They were paper only, so they would take $1 - $100 bills or coupons. The coupons were printed out when you pressed the "Cash Out" button. The machines made a sound like MFME paying out as the coupon came out.
Every casino was the same and all had the coupon based system. You could cash the coupon for cash or simply insert it into another machine. I never tried doing a coupon from Casino A into a machine that was in Casino B. I suspect it would not work. A cashed out coupon looked like this.
To cash out, you had to go to an ATM type machine like below. You could also withdraw from these devices like an ATM as well.
Oh and speaking of ATM machines, this was the first BITCOIN machine I've ever seen - it was in a Shell garage here...
The machines were all digital one way or another with proably 90 - 95% of them having digital reels. They simulated real machines with top glasses looking like the kind you could find in eBay, but they were just screens you were looking at.
In some cases you would have the pull handle on the right of the machine but it was an illusion harking back to old times, you could also press the "play" button for these as well.
To show the screens and also an interesting mass failure, here is a casino where there was obviously a network failure of some kind. When things go wrong, they really go wrong. This looked like a network error, I am not sure I was meant to be in there - but I had to go and get a picture.
This shows how dependant Las Vegas is now on linked machines. We truely are in a digital age with them.
The machines in many cases were also 3D, or even 4D when you consider the ones that the seats vibrated when you played and if anything intersting happened it felt like you were sitting on a huge sound stage. This is clearly not good for pensioners with loose bowels and all that vibrating.
The 3D effect was due to the second layer of glass on reels that were digital - they would literally jump out at you as they were imposed on the closer screen. It is a really neat effect and did get you hooked on machines as you actually enjoyed the feeling.
The key really is gameplay. My tips are as follows.
Treat £1 for $1, it works out so much easier this way.
Play 1c machines only at no more then 80c a spin.
Limit yourself to spending no more then $40 on a machine, if in that time you win then literally press cash out and take the voucher.
Trade the vouchers for cash if anything more then $50 and then continue to play if you choose on other machines. I really feel if I'd done well on a machine and put the > $50 in the machine, it always seemed dead and just drained the win. If I put $ bills in, then it was much happier. This could be total horseshit - but it's the way I felt.
Do not - absolutely do not - increase stake and prize to chase wins. You can do fine on 1c only.
Finally here is just a couple of general pictures.
The biggest Space Invaders I have ever seen...
A few generic snaps...