Sunset Station debuts new bonus carousel

March 27, 2001 7:46 AM
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If you’re interested in jackpots, and you wouldn’t be here if you weren’t, check out the new Cash Bonus Blitz slot machines at Sunset Station.

The 12-slot carousel is located near the entrance to the Feast Buffet and features a nice medley of Williams Gaming slots: Boom, Reel ’Em In and Jackpot Party.

But what make these 25-coin slots unique are the bonus jackpots that are paid out at random, irrespective of the machines’ outcome.

Slot manager Jay Fennell says since the machines have been installed, they’ve averaged between 10 and 15 bonus jackpots per day.

"The beauty is that these jackpots are in addition to the regular machine jackpots," Fennell said. "We used the Williams slots because they’re tried and true and players like them."

Fennell added that, while the bonus jackpots are paid regardless of the coins bet and reel outcome, players have a better chance of hitting one if the maximum coins are played.

"Each coin played is like a lottery ticket, so the more coins, the better the chances of winning," he said.

There are three progressive meters connected with these machines, and they pay out in the following ranges: $25-$100, $100-$250 and $250-$1199.

Fennell said the Cash Bonus Blitz will soon be available at other Station properties, and that other types of slot games could be added to the mix.

Located near the new Blitz carousel are other cutting edge slot games, including Aristocrat’s Penguin Pays slot machine, and the first of the new Kunami games unveiled at last season’s Gaming Expo.

As the slot tilts

There are more than 200,000 slot machines operating 24 hours a day in Nevada, so machine malfunctions are a rarity. But they do occur, usually because of tampering, coin jams, empty hoppers, switch failure, computer malfunction, power outages and accidental bumping, according to the Gaming Control Board.

When a machine malfunctions, it normally stops accepting coins or playing credits, the light on top of the machine blinks and the digital meter likely displays a strange numeric code, such as 3300.

It’s also likely that a reel slot machine will briefly stop on a "jackpot position," such as triple-7s, then go into a slow spin. This can cause a player to think the machine has hit a jackpot, when in fact it hasn’t.

To avoid this situation, which in the past has resulted in disputes between players and the casino, manufacturers have changed the "stop" location to other than a jackpot alignment to help prevent the misunderstanding.

Slot players are advised to notify the casino floor person if there’s a problem with a machine. Any dispute involving $500 or more will be reported by the casino to the Gaming Control Board.