Will Skill-Based Slot Machines Make Their Way to US Casinos?

Published April 23, 2016 by Elana K

Will Skill-Based Slot Machines Make Their Way to US Casinos?

Gambling regulators across the United States are debating whether to allow land-based casinos to offer a new kind of slot machine - "skill-based" slots, a kind of slot that is similar to video and arcade games.

Gambling regulators across the United States are debating whether to allow land-based casinos to offer a new kind of slot machine - "skill-based" slots, a slot that is similar to video and arcade games. While classic slot machines are based solely on luck, these new, skill-based slot machines would involve a degree of skill. Unlike video and arcade games, however, these new slot machines would pay out to winners.

The idea behind this new initiative is to appeal to millennials, who tend to view classic slot machines as old-fashioned.

In Massachusetts, the state Gaming Commission has already released a draft of new regulations that would allow skill-based slot games in its land-based casinos. Massachusetts’ three licensed casinos are currently reviewing it.

Opposition

Naysayers claim that these new slot machines might end up being more addictive than classic slots, because they combine two things that are known to be addictive: gambling and playing video/arcade games.

Christopher Moyer, spokesman for the American Gaming Association, says there’s no evidence to suggest such games would be more addictive than current machines.

What kinds of skill-based slot machines are there?

Manufacturers have already begun developing skill-based slot games, modeled on video and arcade games such as Pac Man, Space Invaders, Guitar Hero, Angry Birds and Words with Friends. Of course, none of these games will be allowed to enter US casinos unless the states pass new legislation.

What does this mean for online casinos?

It’s difficult to discuss anything in the land-based casino industry without considering how it will affect the online gambling market, a multi-billion dollar industry that grows with each passing year. If skill-based slot machines are eventually allowed in United States casinos, it is only a matter of time before online casinos add them to their lists of offerings. US-accepting online casinos such as Vegas Casino Online, Rich Casino and Casino Classic will undoubtedly be at the forefront of this new slot machine trend. 

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