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Vegas' hottest slot machine isn't what you think

Vegas' Hottest Slot Machine

The hottest attraction in Las Vegas is an outdated three-reel slot machine that hasn't produced a jackpot in almost two decades. Called the Lion's Share, it's in the MGM Grand, the Strip's second-biggest casino.

'This game probably gets played about five times more than the average game on our casino floor. Our staff gets asked multiple times a day every single day where this game is from people that haven't played it before,' Justin Andrews, Executive Director of Slots at the MGM Grand, explained.

Because a generation of players has already lost their money, the Lion's Share jackpot has more than doubled ... to a whopping $2.3 million.

The track record also makes it among the rarest of Vegas treats: a decent bet.

One expert says it may approximate an even money bet. MGM officials confirm that each day without a winner pushes the odds closer to a player's favor.

Andrews says that MGM will keep the game 'as long as it's in working order -- and until that jackpot pays out.'

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lthrnck68 February 10 2014 at 6:16 PM

Maybe so, but I'll stick with the 25 cent Wheel of Fortune slots.

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MASTER February 10 2014 at 11:46 AM

I do believe none of the slots I've ever played have paid anything in twenty years.
But then bad luck is the only luck I have. Ö

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Mister Wonderful February 10 2014 at 11:45 AM

Maybe the state gaming commission should check the computer out, if humans made it, it could be “fixed”.

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Jake Hart February 10 2014 at 10:04 AM

imagine how much money that machine has made for the mgm. considering its jackpot is 2.4M.

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lela & terry Jake Hart February 10 2014 at 11:51 AM

Because IDIOTS play min. bet when it states "Paid on MAX BET ONLY"

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BlackDeep February 10 2014 at 9:17 AM

That is a long time to have a machine on the floor. Probably been converted from coin to tickets, the hopper has been taken out, the tray covered up, and the tracking system updated a bunch of times. They have probably gone through and changed the odds on it and a few other tweaks. And as part of the compliance program the chip has been Kobetron at least once if not more in that twenty years.

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biffcove February 10 2014 at 9:12 AM

Gaming comm. should have stepped in ALONG time ago

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tom February 10 2014 at 8:41 AM

We go out once in awhile, give yourself a budget and stick to it. Call it entertainment. Sometimes you win, sometimes you don't. If you dig a bit, you can find what the machine payback percentages are citywide. Downtown LV, grocery stores used to be the best. The airport machines the worst. Study a book about BJ or craps before you lay bets. I used to see people put 3 or 4 bets down on a Big Six wheel. One spin has maybe one winner, so you lost all bets except maybe one before the wheel was even spun. I worked in a casino for 30 yrs.

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tom February 10 2014 at 8:34 AM

The next time you play this machine gives you no better odds than the first time it was ever played. Just like the lottery. The only dif is that if more people are playing it, it has a better chance of being hit, like lotto tix, if more people buy more tix, it has a better chance of being hit.

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wlucas8743 February 10 2014 at 8:33 AM

How can it get in the player's favor. Isn't it suppose to be random number generated? Which would make each spin the same odds.

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Welcome MSGT wlucas8743 February 10 2014 at 8:43 AM

You are correct. The odds are the same on every spin.

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palestra38 Welcome MSGT February 10 2014 at 8:48 AM

What they mean is that you will be paid out in excess of your odds. So when they say "The odds will be in the player's favor," what they are sayings is that if the odds are 2.5 million-1, you will get a payout in excess of $2.5 million. The odds for a single play hit remain 2.5 million-1.

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philsun73 February 10 2014 at 8:26 AM

They should hook that machine up to about six other machines such as some casino's have for other progressive Jackpots. After 20 years, that jackpot shold be at least 10 million

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