November 26, 2014

Hot in Las Vegas Slots: Progressive Jackpots on Fire

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Double Double Bonus Poker players will love the new 25-cent Progressives now at Aliante Station.

EXCITING NEWS ABOUT PROGRESSIVES highlight this installment of the Hot Slots blog.

Santa Fe Station has a half-dozen new Reel Slots with progressive jackpots. Boulder Station’s Triple/Five Play progressive sits at more than $40,000. Aliante Station has a new 25-cent progressive for “Double Double” players. And Sunset Station’s Keno Progressive is prime to pay more than $94,000!

Here’s more of the latest buzz straight from the casino floors at Station Casinos.

Aliante Station tells us…

  • A new nickel Triple/Five Play Progressive is now close to the non-smoking Bingo Room
  • A new Keno Progressive is also near Bingo
  • The Sports Bar is now featuring two machines with a hot $1 Progressive
  • If Double Double Bonus Poker is your game, you’ll love our new quarter Progressive by the Access Showroom. Progressive is on all of your favorite hands – Royal Flush, Aces with a Kicker, Four Aces, Four 2s, 3s or 4s with a Kicker, Four 2s, 3s, or 4s, and Four 5s thru Kings
  • Be on the lookout for even more Smokin’ Hot Progressives like Centennial Royals, Suited Royals, and $1199 Quarter Royals…COMING SOON!

At Boulder Station

  • The Triple/Five Play Progressive is now over $40,000
  • Boulder has paid two $50,000 jackpots within 30 days

Green Valley Ranch is excited to offer the latest themed games to hit the market…

  • Amazing Race, Queen (We Will Rock You) and Sex and the City video slots are all now at GVR! Sex and the City and Amazing Race are both located across from the main cashier…and Queen is located right in front of the Feast Buffet.

Palace Station

  • Just added Monopoly Advance to Boardwalk across from the Feast escalator, and Jackpot 7’s and Fireball near The Broiler steakhouse

Santa Fe Station‘s has

  • New GAMES
    • You can’t miss Konami’s “Podium” games near the main Cashier cage
    • JUST IN: new theme from the popular Monopoly series “Advance To Boardwalk” located near the Iguana Bar
    • Just-released Star Trek Episode 5 is now located near live Keno
    • Wizard of Oz Yellow Brick Road is across from the Chrome Showroom
    • The Monkees Spinning Streak and Mayan Sun are near Sushi Avenue 2
    • Also, new 3- and 5-reel slots with progressive jackpots include Zeus, Rose of Cairo, Rockstar 7s, Triple American Spirit, Triple Charms and Treasure of Machu Picchu
    • A new Multi-Game Video platform, which allows play of four games at one time  with a bonus feature that crosses from one game to another, is now available on titles Samurai Master Super Multi-Play and GEMS_GEMS_GEMS Super Multi-Play located against the wall between live Keno and Cabo Café
  • And new themes and game moves
    • Egyptian Riches Reel Em In – you can find next to the west Bingo entrance
    • Jackpot Block Party located between the Food Court and the Pit
    • Long-awaited “Airplane” video slots with great bonus features based on the 1980 hit movie
    • Double on Double Double Bonus Poker located between the Poker Room and High-Limit Slot area
    • We relocated Wheel Poker games from in front of the Cashiers cage to behind the 4949 Bar. We now have more Wheel Poker to choose from.
    • JUST IN: “Wheel Poker Deluxe” lcated behind 4949 bar, along side original Wheel Poker

Alerts from Sunset Station‘s slot floor include…

  • Keno Progressives
    • Don Quixote Keno, in front of the Bullfighter’s Bar, will pay over $94,000 to the lucky winner hitting 10 out of 10 with a $1 bet
    • Keno Select, in front of the Gift Shop, will pay over $26,000 for hitting 10 out of 10 with a 20-cent bet
  • Reel Progressives
    • Mixed Penny Slots, in front of the Bullfighter’s Bar, will pay over $84,000 to a lucky winner hitting this progressive meter
    • Mixed Penny Slots, in front of the Gaudi Bar, will pay over $19,000
    • Mixed Penny Slots, in front of the Rewards Center, will pay over $26,000
  • New Games
    • The latest 3-D video reel game themes in Pennies next to Fat Burger
    • For the latest in ergonomic comfort for Penny video reel players, check out the new Aruze video reel games next to Fat Burger
    • The Penny demon for Airplane, from the hit movie, is the new Jackpot Block Party. Both are located in front of the Seville Bar
    • The Penny demon for Monopoly Advance To Boardwalk is out front of Hooters
  • Come rock out with Rock You Queen, 1-cent video slot premiering the world-famous band
  • Advance to Boardwalk, a brand-new theme for our Monopoly reel slots, is now located in front of the buffet
  • We’re offering up to 95% payback on fresh new themes on our Aruze video reels, Giant Panda and The Last Emperor, located near the Food Court
  • We also paid out two $10,000 CASH awards to two lucky Jumbo Reel Cash Bonus winners since January 25!

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Station Casinos COO Kevin Kelley values, replies to your feedback

"It’s your feedback that motivates me every day..."

Well last month I asked for it and you most certainly delivered. . . Feedback that is!

In my first blog, I asked to hear what’s on your mind to help us to improve, to create fun entertainment experiences and provide value to you. I was overwhelmed that so many of you took the time to express your feelings – the good and the bad. I truly appreciate the feedback as it is these comments for better or worse that give us the opportunities to critically improve our products and services to better serve our guests.

I’ve also shared your feedback with our property general managers and asked them to take these comments to heart and solve the problems of greatest concern.

The majority of what I read was about our slots. Questions and comments ranged from “Did you tighten your slots?” to “pay out/hold percentages” to “Are you bringing new games to the floor in this economy?” and then the exact opposite of “what happened to the old machines that I loved?”

I can assure you we have not “tightened” our slots or video poker games, in fact the opposite is the case. When it comes to video poker, the pay table is published right on the game itself so even a new video poker player would know if there was a change for the worse. As it relates to reel slots and video reels, we have added the bonus feature of our new Jumbo Cash Reel Bonus program that awards hundreds of additional free play bonuses ranging from $5-$10,000 to players at all Station Casinos and Fiesta properties, thus extending your playing time without even having to hit a jackpot. If you’re a slot or video reel player, why would you play anywhere else?

What’s most important to us when making slot/video poker decisions is to give you value for your money and time on the device. Additionally, we pride ourselves on always being ahead of the competition and providing you with broad and exciting new offerings of the latest and greatest games. Here’s some answers to your questions:


The ability to change the game outcome in the “Back Room” is a myth.
Slot machines are highly regulated by the Gaming Control Board and have randomly generated outcomes. While we have some flexibility in setting the pay tables/hold percentages, changing game setups is rarely done. We select highly competitive pay tables when setting up the machines, constantly survey our competition and make sure that we offer a wide range of product. Station still offers the same great pay tables as it always has.

New slot product
I’m pleased to announce that we recently installed more than 200 new machines across the company in the last two months and we will continue to add new games as the manufacturers like IGT and WMS release them. Stop any slot person on the floor to show you what’s new. (Read Hot in Las Vegas Slots: Optimum Play at Station Casinos for more about the latest slots.)

Old favorites
We can tell what our guests like/don’t like by how much the machines are played. If we see a demand for its return, we’ll certainly do what we can to bring it back. Which brings me to our new “Gamblers’ Den” at Palace Station. A lot of you have asked to bring back some of the great video poker games of the past that have seemed to disappear across the whole Valley. Games like 4/6/9 Jacks or Better or 4/10/16 Deuces Wild, even 5/7/9 Double Bonus Poker are just some of the “oldies but goodies” that are available. I invite you to give them a shot. Don’t forget, sometimes, we simply move the machines around, so your favorite slots may still be on the floor. If you can’t find your favorite game, just ask one of our friendly Guest Service Attendants and more than likely they’ll lead you to it.

Other suggestions included:

  • Focus Groups and Town Hall Meetings – Great idea! It’s how we get better. We host focus groups all the time to get feedback to help us grow, improve and even test new products. I’ll look into ways we can open up that process for more people to participate.
  • More senior citizen programs beyond once a week for guests on a fixed income- We love you guys and Senior Wednesdays is our attempt to provide you with specials and events that are value-oriented and fit the senior lifestyle. Look forward to additional senior-centric events throughout the year.
  • Bring back the Jumbos – I know, I know, we love the Jumbo products too and although the original Jumbo Jackpot is taking a break right now, there’s still lots of Jumbo offerings out there for you to enjoy including Jumbo Bingo, Jumbo Keno, Jumbo Poker and even Jumbo Reel Cash Bonus.
  • Find ways to bring back old customers – We never ever want to lose a guest, but I could use some additional feedback in how we lost your loyalty along the way. Please let me know. We’ll do everything we can to get you back in the Station family.

I was also touched by the support from so many of you; comments like “thanks for your continued to service to the locals,” “it’s great that once again Stations leads the way” and “congratulations for reaching out to the community to get our real feedback.”

It’s your feedback that motivates me every day to make our properties THE entertainment destination of choice for you. I appreciate everyone’s candor and hope this is just the start of hearing from you. I am committed to being accessible and wanting to know what’s most important to you.

PS – For those of you wondering what my kids thought of my blog: let’s just say that I definitely surprised them, in a very good way.


Kevin L. Kelley
Chief Operating Officer

Hot in Las Vegas Slots: Optimum Play at Station Casinos

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Looking for "payback" on your video poker play? Then find the "Optimum Play Poker" signs at your favorite Station Casinos locations!

Last week the SC Blog detailed Palace Station’s new Gambler’s Den, a specially designated area at the Las Vegas casino offering hundreds of games with 99% payback or better on optimal play. (If you didn’t catch it, read the post: Las Vegas Loose Video Poker at Palace Station.)  

This time we again lead our Hot in Slots post with exciting “Payback” info. The scoop comes from Benito “Double Bonus” Biancaniello, Director of Slot Operations at Sunset Station Hotel and Casino. He tells us that Sunset offers over 200 poker paytables certified to pay back over 100% based on max coins played, at optimum strategy, in denominations from quarters up to dollars. These games are offered across Sunset’s casino floor. Biancaniello says to just look for the “Optimum Play Poker” glass or sign to find these machines.  

The “Optimum Play Poker” machines aren’t just at Sunset Station but at all 10 of the large Station Casinos Las Vegas locations so keep a look out or ask the slot attendant at your favorite Stations. Speaking of our other locations, here’s more of the latest Las Vegas slot and video poker machine news from Station Casinos.  

Sunset Station also added…  

  • More favorite Keno games by the Bingo Room and Race & Sports Book area.
  • Additional 5- and 25-cent Poker Progressives across the casino in themes Double On Double Double Bonus, Triple Double Bonus and Bonus Poker.
  • 5-cent Double On Extreme Royals, where all payouts are doubled! Look for these games by the Slot Tournament area.
  • Sunset Station also offers a non-smoking area for guests just outside the Strike Zone bowling facility.

Green Valley Ranch  

  • Just added a bank of 25-cent and $1 Reversible Royal Progressives across from the China Spice restaurant near the Table Games Pit.

 Santa Fe Station tells us that…  

  • New Jumbo Penny games just arrived and are located near the Chrome Showroom.
  • Catch The Big One, part of the well-known Reel ‘Em In theme from WMS, is now available. The mechanical reel machines with video bonusing are also located near Chrome.
Texas Station is happy to report that… 
  • A new 25- and 50-cent Reversible Royal bank was placed on the floor, and a 25-cent machine hit for $12,500 just hours after.
  • More Reel In ‘Em reel slot machines were added by the Food Court.
  • 5-cent Reels Progressive were just added to the floor near the Whiskey Bar.
  • Brand-new Fireball video slot machines are now down by the buffet.
  • A new Wizard of Oz theme called “Yellow Brick Road” is now on the floor in front of San Lorenzo restaurant.

 The buzz at Boulder Station includes… 

  • New MultiPay games.
  • A Triple Play Progressive that is currently over $30,000.

Aliante Station is excited about…

  • Brand-new full-pay Double Double Bonus Poker from 25-cent to $1 demons located near the Sports Book
  • Hey, Hey…the Monkees are here!  Check out the hot new WMS Spinning Streak games between the ETA Lounge and PiPs
  • Reel ‘Em In: Catch the Big One now casting bonuses near the pit
  • Hot New Progressives: Hit the Heights, by the Sports Bar, and Fireball and Jackpot 7s by the Access Bar
  • Check out our new favorite themes – Kick’N Ass, Buffalo, Timberwolf and Lucky 88
  • Take a spin on the brand-new Wheel Poker Deluxe – more chances to spin the wheel!

New slot placements at Fiesta Henderson include… 

  • Penny Megabucks near the hotel lobby.
  • Reel ‘Em In Catch the Big One and Wizard of Oz Follow the Yellow Brick Road are new and available near the valet.
  • Reversible Royals are ready next to the Coco Loco Bar.

Lastly, one guest won $128,000 in 30 days at Fiesta Henderson!  

Good Luck!  

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Las Vegas Loose Video Poker at Palace Station

Across from the Palace Bingo Room, the Gambler's Den is a must for video poker players looking for an edge.

We’re letting loose.

There’s always a lot of loose talk in Las Vegas about loose slot and video poker machines. Right now, Palace Station is backing up that claim with a special designated area offering hundreds of games with 99% payback or better on optimal play.

  • We’re calling it “the way Vegas used to be.”
  • We’re calling it “no gimmicks…no games…just a good gamble.”
  • Officially, we’re calling it the Gambler’s Den.

“[99% payback] means that, over time, the machine will pay back over 99% of the money that is put through it,” said Daniel “Royal Flush” Freid, Slot Director at Palace Station. “Players won’t find a better deal for video poker on the majority of machines at any casino. Many places will advertise them and then make them hard to find or limit what denominations they can play. We’re putting it in plain sight and going to a higher denomination than many places.”

Located across from the Bingo Room at Palace, the Gamblers’ Den has more than 200 of players’ favorite games like Deuces Wild, Bonus Poker and Triple Double Bonus Poker including many progressives. All of the games are in multiple denoms up to $5.

If you’re a video poker player looking for an edge, stop in the Gambler’s Den and get loose with us!

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What’s Hot in Slots? We’re Glad You Asked…

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Sunset offers more than 200 poker paytables certified to pay back over 100% based on max coins played at optimum strategy.

David “The House” Frankhouser, Corporate Director of Gaming Operations at Station Casinos, has agreed (we didn’t even have to ask him twice) to inform the SC Blog and our loyal readership (that’s you) about new happenings on the slot floor across Station Casinos properties.

Of course reading about slot machines isn’t as exciting as playing slot machines, but from now on when you want to get the latest on Las Vegas slot machines and game themes, new slot promotions across all our Las Vegas gaming locations, and everything else about video reels, video slots, video poker – the Station Casinos Blog is the spot.

Here’s the latest and greatest:

Santa Fe Station reported that:

  • Two brand-new progressive reel slots – Fireball and Jackpot 7s – are now located next to the Poker Room.
  • New Williams video slots with a Multi-Play feature are now available. Guests can play four games at one time with linked bonuses.

Sunset Station told us that it:

  • Just added the latest Konami penny video reel product, now located near the Bingo Room, offering four exciting new game themes: China Mystery, Lago Di Amore, Pineapple Coast, Mermaid Sunset.
  • Also added more favorite “Fish” titles in pennies including the newest releases of Catch The Big One, Gold Fish II Armada and Gold Fish II Mermaid’s Wonder. Look for these games near the Bingo Room and movie theater.
  • Sunset also told us that it offers the latest Video Reel craze, where you can play four games at the same time, on the following new and classic themes: Hawaiian Sunset, Golden Eagle, Wolf Run and Cleopatra. These games are offered across the casino floor.
  • Lastly, Sunset offers more than 200 poker paytables certified to pay back over 100% based on max coins played at optimum strategy in denominations from quarters up to dollars. These games are offered across our casino floor. Look for the “Optimum Play Poker” glass on the machines.

At Boulder Station the big news was:

  • A guest hit a Reversible Royal for a $50,000 jackpot for only a $5 bet!

Aliante Station wants everyone to know to:

  • Check out the hot new Joker’s Wild bank infront of the buffet.
  • And that your favorite game, Reel ‘Em In, has been relocated next to the Rewards Center.

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