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Here are the pros and cons of dollars and pennies:
The dollar machines will tend to have higher long-term paybacks than the penny machines. The dollar slot areas may be less crowded and cleaner than the penny slot areas. Your average hit, in addition, will be bigger on the dollars. And those are the only pros I can think of for the dollar slots.
The dollar machines probably won't be video slots with bonus rounds. Even if they are, you won't be able to bet more than one coin on one line. Your bankroll swings will be greater on the dollars because the machines can't pay back less than $1 on a winning spin. Your hits will be less frequent, but on average they will be bigger, than on the pennies.
It's true that you'll most likely get a higher long-term payback on the dollar machines. But it takes hundreds of thousands of spins for the difference in long-term payback to really affect your results. Long-term payback is really something that only the casino experiences.
If you like the dollar games and have the bankroll for them, you can play them.
Otherwise, just have a blast playing the penny games and their bonus rounds. Even when you've lost money, you've won something if you've had a good time playing.
Best of luck in and out of the casinos,
Send your slot and video poker questions to John Robison, Slot Expert, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Because of the volume of mail I receive, I regret that I can't reply to every question.
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