1 – Going Big
The size of a slot may not necessarily matter when it comes to your chances of taking away a jackpot or some nice winnings. But a few slots stand out just from their sheer enormity. The largest slot comes with quite a unique twist.
The Slotzilla zipline experience not only offers visitors plenty of thrills flying through downtown Las Vegas, but also doubles as the largest slot machine in the world. The game checks in at 128 feet tall and comes complete with video screen reels and even a handle in case a giant wanted to give the machine a spin.
When it comes to a more traditional slot machine experience, that just happens to be enormous in size, downtown Las Vegas is also still the place to be. Just inside the Golden Nugget, check out the giant-sized slot that often draws plenty of onlookers. This four-reel machine is about 8 feet long and the novelty of the game alone is worth a few spins of the reels.
The Four Queens also housed a gigantic slot machine for years. Aptly named the Queen’s Machine, this game checked in at 10 feet tall and 9 feet wide. Once known as the largest slot in the world, the device featured enough seating for six players, who each had their own individual betting options.
Also in Las Vegas, Bally’s (now rebranded as Horseshoe Las Vegas) was home to the super-sized Big Bertha slot. Named after a World War I German howitzer, the machine reportedly cost $150,000 to manufacture. Now retired, Bertha measured 8 feet tall and 5 feet wide, with three huge reels driven by a five-horsepower electric motor and 20-inch chain wheels.
Super Big Bertha eventually replaced the original, measuring eight feet tall and 6.5 feet wide with eight reels. These mega machines brought in plenty of players looking to hit it big on these big machines.
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2 – Gridiron Gambling
This slot stands out for its actual location, not necessarily the game itself. Most gambling and sports fans might think a slot machine right behind the end zone on a football field seems a bit bizarre. But the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, isn’t like every other college football program.
Many teams use some form of motivational sideline gimmicks for players who shine on the field in various moments of the game. For example, Virginia Tech has used a lunch pail since 1995. The week’s defensive player of the game brings the unique trophy to practices, meetings, and the next week’s game – ready to “go to work.”
In 2021, UNLV debuted its own take on the sideline gimmick. The Rebels installed a “turnover slot machine” that seems fitting for Sin City. The slot was designed exclusively for the team and earned high marks from players, bringing some spinning-reel excitement to big-play celebrations.
“I really wanted to somehow implement a slot machine,” UNLV football’s chief strategy officer and director of recruiting Shelby McIntyre told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I wanted the slot machine to win every spin, because it’s kind of a letdown if you go and spin and you don’t win.”
For the team, this game is always a winner. Here’s a look at the UNLV slot in action.
3 – Taking ‘Grease’ for a Ride
Fans of the Grease film and musical featuring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John may want to give the slot machine version a spin. The game features characters from the film such as Sandy, Danny, and others. Set in the 1950s, the game also includes classic cars, plenty of 1950s nostalgia, and popular songs from the film. The game’s bonus game even offers a look at the Rydell High School yearbook.
Clips of the 1978 movie even appear while spinning the reels. As Danny Zuko, might say – it’s electrifying. When the game debuted, many slot players could really get a feel like they were a real part of the Grease crew. That’s because rather than just housing the game in a traditional slot cabinet, there was a bit more to the experience. Fitting for the film, early games took a seat in front of a row of the slots built right into a hot rod.
Players can feel like they are part of the action and check out a classic car that looks like it’s right from the Grease set. It’s a cool aesthetic addition that no doubt turned plenty of heads.
4 – The Wheel Deal
In 2021, auto sales company Carvana ramped up the car-themed slot machine angle even more. The company debuted one of its car vending machines in Las Vegas. Customers can shop for more than 20,000 used cars online and schedule a pickup as soon as the next day at these vending machines across the U.S.
However, the company focused on a bit more of the slot machine angle when unveiling the Vegas version. Customers heading to the 11-story “car slot” will find a colorful, glowing glass structure that can house up to 39 vehicles with a wonderful view of the Sin City skyline in the background. Cashing in for a car is a regular part of many casino promotions as a reward or jackpot, but the Carvana slot delivers the car itself.
When playing on this machine, buyers are even given a special oversized slot token. Once dropped in the machine, the vending process begins with a car soon hitting the payout area. Buyers can grab their keys and then drive off with their new set of wheels feeling like a winner.
5 – Horsing Around
Fans of horse racing and slot machines can combine both of their interests in the Fortune Cup horse racing game. Technically a slot, the game plays out much differently than dropping some funds in a traditional reel game – because there are no reels. Instead, players make selections at a realistic-looking three-dimensional horse track.
When it’s post time, the mechanical horses then race around the track before paying out winners and losers. This can be a great way to spend some time in the casino and play a truly unique game. This may be the next best thing to visiting a track in person and Fortune Cup can now be found at numerous casinos.
Another horse racing slot version is Sigma Derby, an older precursor Fortune Cup. This classic horse racing machine features some vintage fun with players dropping in coins instead of cash. The game can still be found at a few casinos including at the D Las Vegas downtown. The old-school game is a bit more primitive than Fortune Cup with less realistic horses making their way around the track, but that’s all part of the fun.
Snag a handful of quarters at the change machine and place your bet – or perhaps even a quinella. Then watch these mechanical horses and jockeys race around the track. Hopefully, your horse is a winner!
6 – Robot Wars
It’s been a banner year for fans of robot fighting. The Battlebots Destruct-A-Thon show debuted in Las Vegas, bringing the mechanized fighting from the popular TV show up close and personal for Sin City visitors. For those new to the show, teams build varying robots that battle it out each week in the BattleBots Arena.
Builders spend thousands of dollars to build these bots, which can weigh up to 500 pounds. Fights can feature plenty of sparks, fire, weapons like hammers and saws, and even bots getting flipped high into the air by their opponents.
Beyond the Vegas show, a BattleBots slot machine also debuted in 2023 as well. Players can try their luck on the game as they check out some robot fighting right on the screen. The game debuted at the Silverton Casino in Las Vegas and what’s cool about playing at the location is that some of the classic robots right from the show are housed right next to the games.
Fans can get in the ring at the BattleBots slot as they check out some of their favorite fighters – complete with plenty of battle scars. Some of those on display include Tombstone, Skorpios, Jackpot, and Ginsu, with many features in the slot. Gear up on that next trip to Vegas and perhaps you’ll walk out of the BattleBots slot arena as a winner. Here’s a first-hand look at the game at the Silverton.