Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady really spiced it up in the past few days when they allowed their customers to try their luck on slot machines for free. The players were given the opportunity to test run new slot machines without losing their money and were then to review them.
Rush Rewards members and VIP players attended a “Slots Showcase” the casino hosted from Saturday to Tuesday. The event was open to the public on Monday and Tuesday and a little more than 400 people tried out the machines for free.
The event was designed in a manner to show players how new machines work and to get them familiarized with some of the slot games which aren’t just straight forward three column versions. All slot machines were in a demo mode so players, without putting any money in it, could change bets or set the game to result in a jackpot but could not win money themselves. Vice president of gaming at Rivers, Rosemarie Cook said that the aim of the event was to get players accustomed with the set-up of certain styles of games or help them understand what a certain bet might net them without losing any money.
Rosemary Cook herself tried out one Konami slot machine and demonstrated a best-case scenario jackpot, that a $3 spin can yield.
Unlike video lottery terminals available at the Saratoga Casino and other casinos in the region, where a slot is designed with a pre-determined number of winners per certain number of spins, the slot machines that were tested at Rivers Casino are similar to those in Las Vegas. The new slots feature real-time number generators which means a number of winners are not predetermined.
Customers’ Opinion Matters
After the test run was finished, the guests were asked to fill out a survey. The results will be referenced in future decisions on the casino’s gaming floor. In addition to some of the machines already on offer, as the result of customers’ opinion, two more machines in demo mode will make their way on the floor full-time.
Rivers Casino has 1,150 slot machines available 24/7 to its guests and for this event, they had slot machine manufacturers like Konami, IGT and Ainsworth agree to ship their products. Approval of New York State Gaming Commission was also necessary for this gaming test.