In the late 1990s, casinos began installing coinless machines equipped with bill acceptors and paper tickets. But even when most casinos decided in favor of more efficient and elaborated paper-ticket slot machines, the off-Strip Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel opted for keeping classic slot games and dedicate part of its gaming floor to old fashioned nickels and quarters slots, in addition of the modern ticket machines.
When the Cannery opened in 2008, the casino kept about eight Fortune 1 coin-operated games from the Nevada Palace, but when Marty Gross, vice president and general manager of Eastside Cannery, noticed how devoted customers waited in line to play them, he decided to clear out a VIP room and bring back coin games. While several Las Vegas casinos still have a few coin-operated slots, the Eastside Cannery was the first to dedicate a room to them.
In March, 2010, the Eastside Cannery Casino and Hotel launched the only Classic Slot Room in Las Vegas. Located next to the poker room, the Classic Slot Room brings to life fifty-six quarter and nickel slot games from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, including titles such as Humpback Keno, Jokers Wild Video Poker, Deuces Wild Video poker, Double Diamond, Fortune 1 Video poker games, Triple Diamond, 5X’s Pay Triple Lucky 7’s and many more. In addition to the classic games, coin buckets are available throughout the room as well as a coin redemption machine.
The experiment has been a hit since it opened a little over a year ago, generating increased interest towards the property, and bringing more players every week. Since its opening, the Classic Slots at Eastside Cannery Casino has become one of the most popular attractions in Las Vegas for older gamblers and players looking for vintage games. According to Gross, the casino normally has 40% of its slots machines occupied on any given day, compared to more than 60% on their coin-operated slots.
“It’s very full every day. I think just about every property in the valley has come in to check it out.” commented Gross.