Coins hide behind old machines

Apr 10, 2007 4:56 AM

If casinos are looking for pocket change, all they have to do is start looking under the slot machines on their gaming floors.

Last week in Atlantic City, workers found more than $17,000 worth of coins that fell under or around slot machines that have been in place for nearly three decades at the former Sands Casino/Hotel on the Boardwalk.

The casino was closed last November and will be torn down later this year to make way for a new gambling hall that will be built by Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. (PNK).

Company executives said they weren’t surprised that the coins were there, however, the amount of coins found was a shocker.

It also was a shocker in Jean, Nevada, where workers began removing slot machines from the shuttered Nevada Landing Hotel/Casino that also is slated to be demolished to make room for a new development.

Workers found nearly $10,000 or about 675 pounds of loose change while dismantling the property’s roughly 800 slot machines.

The coins filled 27 bags, each one weighing about 25 pounds said cleanup managers. They said that much of the money was spilled when slot technicians refilled the machines by dumping in coins by the bucketful.

Nevada Landing was closed by owner MGM MIRAGE Inc. (MGM) in March after announcing that the company had formed a new development group to build a planned community.