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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The hottest attraction in Las Vegas is an outdated three-reel slot machine that hasn't produced a jackpot in almost two decades.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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jsblackball February 10 2014 at 10:38 PM

give 2 hour on it i will beat in two hours

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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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Dennis February 10 2014 at 5:11 PM

A RIPP OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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vegasdicepit February 10 2014 at 4:14 PM

Each reel has 80 stop points, there are 3 reels. This means chances of the jack pot win is 80 to the 3rd power or should hit about every 512,000 spins. If the machine is not loaded, meaning max coins in, the machine will recycle itself to hit again. So if you only load a one coin bet and the win cycle hits...you don't get the jackpot you get an alternate payout. So seeing it hasn't paid out in all that time, you can be assured knuckleheads have not loaded the machine with a max bet. It's the only way the machine will pay the giant jackpot.

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hpycmpr155 February 10 2014 at 3:29 PM

I love Vegas.

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elrod.porkmore February 10 2014 at 3:18 PM

these machines are rigged it hasn't payed out in 2 decades and isn't going to, the gaming board needs to check it out, people believe anything, look what is in charge of our country

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gkika22 February 10 2014 at 3:17 PM

They don't say how many people have hit a jackpot, playing one or two coins! Not the max bet of three. I have seen that on various slot & poker machines

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J February 10 2014 at 2:48 PM

"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."

Your expert is silly and MGM is lying. What they are describing is called the "gambler's fallacy." The machine has a set chance to make that payout. That chance is very small. That chance stays very small each time you play. It doesn't somehow become lessened with every time someone plays. If you flip a coin a hundred times (a 50/50 chance, let's say) and get 100 results in a row of "heads," you are not "due" for a "tails" result. The chance of a tails on the next flip is...50/50, just like always.

There are people who have never understood this. They are called gambling addicts or incipient gambling addicts. MGM is targeting such people with their lie.

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wittlief February 10 2014 at 3:02 PM

not exactly. If you sat down with $2M and played till your money was gone
you have a 1:1 chance of winning your $2M back.
normally you would only win about $1.8M back

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fred February 10 2014 at 8:00 PM

Good description of the random integer.

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wittlief February 10 2014 at 2:47 PM

common mistake on slot machines
the odds of winning are the same, all the time
if you win big on a machine, the odds of winning on the next spin are exactly the same.

if you want to win money, the best bet is to play machines that pay out often,
because their payout is set higher.

if a machine has never paid out, its set to very high odds (against you)
or maybe IT BROKEN and will never pay out.

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bonitoking61 February 10 2014 at 2:09 PM

One of their undercover employees will win the jackpot, I saw it happen at Mohegan Sun in Con.

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