There is an iconic sound missing from the Las Vegas Strip these days – can you guess what it is? It would be the sound of coin payouts hitting the metal tray of coin-operated slot machines. Coin slot machines are an endangered species in the new digital landscape of Vegas slots.
Though shiny, bright, and new, the coinless slot revolution lacks the satisfaction that many old-school players and retro-loving newbies seek from their slot machine experience.
Goodbye Coins, Hello TITO
In the 90s the casino world made a major move away from coin-operated slot machines, even though these machines, and their unforgettable clang of coins dropping, are a quintessential Vegas experience.
Coin-operated slots are labor intensive for casinos. From the never-ending need to refill hoppers, complete repairs, and manage an endless tonnage of coins, these slots were certainly not cost effective for the casinos. During the 90s, a new approach to slots was introduced – the Ticket In/Ticket Out (TITO) method. Now, payouts are printed on tickets, which can be exchanged for cash or simply fed into a new digital slot. This “money-free” method makes gambling faster, easier, and truly hassle-free.
Players said goodbye to scooping coins into casino-branded plastic cups; goodbye to lugging around hundreds of coins; goodbye to fingers stained with coin residue but also, goodbye to that intoxicating sound of a coin payout!
We Want Coin Slots!
The TITO system was a win for casinos everywhere, and was generally embraced by most gamblers, but there still are vocal and vibrant subsections of gamblers and classic Vegas lovers who miss the nostalgia of dropping coins into a machine. Slots don’t feel quite like slots when feeding a paper ticket into a machine with an HD display and a Dolby soundtrack! Where are the spinning wheels, the beeps and ticks, and the metallic scent of coins? Where is the Vegas of Sinatra, the Rat Pack, and Bugsy Siegel?
The solution? Come visit DTLV, a vibrant area of Vegas that shines with retro-charm and the flavor of classic Las Vegas.
Coin Slots at the Plaza Hotel and Casino
The Plaza Hotel and Casino, located on Fremont Street in the heart of DTLV, is a bastion of old-world Vegas blended with modern elegance. Committed to preserving the best of traditional Las Vegas, while also providing state-of-the-art modern conveniences, the Plaza Hotel and Casino is the jewel of downtown Las Vegas.
Coin slot lovers flock to the downtown area and the Plaza Hotel and Casino to find all their favorite traditional slots. Come play the rare and hugely popular Joker Wild Poker – one of only four machines in the Vegas area and renowned for having the loosest pay table in town. Other classics favorites include: Full pay Joker Poker, Deuces Wild, Catch the Heat Vintage Vegas, and a 777 slot tournament every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
You don’t want to miss all the action in downtown Las Vegas! Break open that coin jar… you finally have the perfect use for all those extra coins.