As reported by The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Proponents call them 'parlors,' but the three slot machine
casinos destined for Pittsburgh and Philadelphia could
join the ranks of the world's biggest gambling palaces
within six months of opening their doors.
of the three stand-alone facilities, like all 12 of the
main casinos allowed by the new gambling law passed this
summer, can have up to 3,000 slot machines when it opens
-- about the standard for large Las Vegas casinos. Two
smaller casinos each will be limited to 500 slots.
months later, with the permission of state regulators,
any of Pennsylvania's dozen main casinos could expand
to 5,000 slots.
law's 5,000-slots cap was designed with Philadelphia and
Pittsburgh in mind.
for the slots casinos -- one in Pittsburgh, two in Philadelphia,
and two in yet-to-be determined locations -- won't be
selected until next year, at the earliest.
expert William Thompson said a rough industry standard
of 20 square feet for each slot machine means a casino
with 5,000 machines would need 100,000 square feet, not
including attached hotels and restaurants.
machines moving away from coins
As reported by The Associated Press
MOINES, Iowa - Walk into any casino in Iowa and it's
the first thing you hear -- the sound of coins clinking
from slot machines. But not anymore.
old-fashioned coin-fed slots are being replaced at most
of Iowa's 16 casinos by a new technology that allows the
machines to make payouts with a bar-coded ticket.
owners say players won't have to lug a bucket of coins
from one machine to another. Instead, they'll get a paper
ticket that come in denominations ranging from one dollar
to a hundred dollars.
Meadows Casino in Altoona, 94 percent of the 16-hundred
slot machines use the new technology. It's also in place
at casinos in Burlington, Fort Madison and Sioux City,
and on the way in Council Bluffs and Clinton.