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Lucky seven: Some of the most popular slot machines made in Las Vegas

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Steve Marcus

A Vegas Hits slot machine by Bally Technologies is displayed in the company’s showroom Thursday, March 29, 2012.

Blinking, spinning, ringing and jangling, slot machines crowd casino floors. With so many, which do you choose? Here are some of the most popular models selected by casinos worldwide from Las Vegas manufacturer Bally Technologies, which has been making slot machines for the past 80 years:
    • Cash Spin



      What sets this game apart, and helped it win first place at the Global Gaming Expo trade show in 2010, is that players can spin the wheel in a bonus round. While other games took a punch of a button to spin a wheel, players can actually reach up and give this one a spin, as fast or slow as they like, paired with clacking sound effects.

    • Vegas Hits



      Why would you want to spin just one wheel, when you can spin two? Bally credits the double wheels sitting atop Vegas Hits for its popularity. Players don't have to leave their seats to win bonuses, free games and a chance to spin the top wheel.

    • Money Vault



      Money Vault is a wide-area progressive slot, meaning any number of people are spinning for jackpot at the same time. That raises the stakes and the size of the final win. This is the machine that yielded a $2.8 million prize to a U.S. Marine in February at the Bellagio. Money Vault offered groundbreaking 3D technology when it debuted, allowing players to spin a wheel that doesn't sit flat on the machine. A 32-inch high-definition screen sits at the top of the slot, giving it extra visibility in the casino.

    • Cash Wizard



      A cartoon wizard and graphics depicting magic potions and invisible ink give this slot a playful character. Tip: When you walk by the machine, rub the cartoon wizard in upper left-hand corner, and he'll laugh.

    • Playboy



      Really, people only play this for the jackpots. You know, like they only read the magazine for the articles. Whatever the case, the slot machine features cartoon pinups that shake and shimmy with every win, as well as a dancing Hef.

    • Betty Boop



      The original animated sex goddess, Betty now is among the characters used to loosen wallets at the casino. A bonus feature making this towering slot popular is the "love meter." On a screen about the size of a couple of iPhones, players place their hands to get their "love temperature" taken. The device then rates them on eight levels from merely "lovable" to "smoking" to "passionate."

    • Blazing 7s



      This machine is sort of a pop icon. A shot of the fiery 7s opens Katy Perry's music video "Waking up in Vegas." Players seem to like it because of the 84.7 percent hit frequency and payouts of up to 20,000 times the denomination of their bet.

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    1. These gaming companies keep coming up with prettier and prettier ways to take our pennies. Are the odds better......nope....same as any other game controlled by a random number generator. What you see on the screen is really the representation of 1's and 0's that are spit out as random number sequences, which is the same workings as any other video machine. That you can reach up and spin the wheel, is really of little consolation when diminishing returns take your bank away at a rather alarming rate. The only way to win in Vegas is to NOT gamble (and even after 14 years here, I still am a sucker to video poker). At least I get to live here where I can pursue the major 3 vices - smoking - gambling and drinking. The 4th vice, the one that has to do with fooling around is NOT an option, as my better half would kick my a**.......well you get the idea, and 3 out of 4 ain't bad.... :)

    2. I don't like all this new junk. I loved the old days with real coins and less technology.