Sunday, November 11, 2007

New Machine MANIA!

There is nothing more exciting for the Slot Blog (other than winning big, but that is such a rare occurrence it is hardly worth mentioning) than new slot machines on the casino floor.

When they are elaborately themed WMS models the excitement really builds.

That is the case with WMS' "Wizard of Oz" machines at Red Rock Casino.

Apparently the machines are so new that they are not even listed on the WMS website. I'm not sure why that is the case, but no matter. The machines are such a big hit, that players stand sometimes two or three deep and stalk the carousel, so that they might get a shot.

It began a few weeks ago, when Red Rock switched out two of the Top Gun machines to Wizard of Oz. The general slot playing public didn't catch on immediately and I was able to sit down and play for about an hour.

I got a good "Emerald City" bonus and picked up Dorothy as I headed down the Yellow Brick Road. When I got to Emerald City the wizard granted me the highest credit in Dorothy's cache - 1500 on the penny machine.

I figured every bonus would be pretty good, based on that experience, soon to learn I was wrong. I haven't had a bonus like that since, instead usually choosing a credit amount, or sometimes the "Flying Monkey" bonus instead of the "Emerald City" bonus.

On one occasion I was able to choose the "Emerald City" but got very little, crapping out almost immediately and not getting past the Wizard's gates.

The Wizard of Oz machines use the same "Sensory Immersion" technology as Top Gun, meaning the Bose stereo system imbedded in the chair uses sound and vibrations to add to the experience.

Randomly "Glinda the Good Witch" floats through to turn reels wild, similar to the Fly By bonus of Top Gun.

It didn't take long for the throngs at Red Rock to discover the new machine, and soon the phenomenon of "nothing attracts a crowd like a crowd" took hold.

Red Rock responded by switching out the last two Top Gun machines to Wizard of Oz, but they could (and perhaps should) go farther and add more, judging from the popularity of the new machines.

How long will it take for the novelty to wear off? I was able to play the machine the other day as the crowds are beginning to thin.

As I've mentioned in earlier posts, the shelf life of slot machines, is becoming shorter and shorter. WMS seems to know this better than anyone, and is not shy about constantly introducing new machines at an alarming clip.

This last week WMS "Goosin' Around" and "Lucky Meerkats" also appeared at Red Rock, usurping a favorite machine of mine "Jewels of the The Night" another WMS machine that has yet to appear on its website.

I need to go into another Station Casino to see if they are spreading them around town, but it doesn't hurt that the closest casino to my domecile is their latest and greatest Red Rock. . . which leads me to another post -- a Station Casino promotion that I actually like!

32 comments:

Beth said...

I played the Wizard of Oz at Redrock also. The best most fun machine I've ever played. Hope they get it soon at Mohegan Sun my regular casino.
Beth

Tim said...

I played the Wizard of Oz game on the strip in Las Vegas recently and was pleasantly surprised when Glenda showed up and made the reels wild. I won $136 while playing only 60 cents per pull. That bonus was fun!

MommyCPA said...

I played Wizard of Oz at Luxor these last few days. On Monday, I won $1,000 on a 20 line 1 nickel per bet. Glinda the Good witch appeared in her beautiful pink bubble and turned my ENTIRE SCREEN into WILDS!!!!!!!! Just think, if I weren't cheap and played the max...I think I'd have won $20,000!!!!! I played this game lots and was rewarded with lots of trips down the yellow brick road. Once, I got the Tin Man and the Lion and went to see the Wizard. I think I won about $600 that time. I also got Dorothy as well. I definitely won WAY more than I put into that one. It was so fun to play with the interactive picking of the emeralds and the sound and vibration in the chair. When I hit the 20,000 credit jackpot it played me the entire Somewhere over the Rainbow song and flashed BIG WIN on the screen!

Tim said...

Can anyone tell me where on the strip and in Reno these machines can be found? I played one once but I can't remember where it was. It was great fun and I did win!

vegas said...

I played the Wizard of Oz at the Flamingo on the Strip on Super Bowl weekend (Feb. 1) I wish I had discovered it sooner as I too had Glinda show up and award me $130. When coming in from Margaritaville entrance, there are 4 machines right at the door! Since I am from the east, I was wondering if anyone knows if there are any of these in Atlantic City?

Tim said...

Thanks for letting me know where those Wizard of Oz machines are at the Flamingo. That will be where I go the next time I go to Vegas.

Also, if anyone is interested there are ome really good paying "quick ht" penny machines at the Venetian. I did awesome on those.

Beth said...

Mohegan Sun in Ct. has Wizard of Oz machines. They always seem to get the newest machines.

AC Fan said...

There are Wizard of Oz machines in AC at the Showboat and Hilton. I played this week and had a great time. Lots of fun, enjoyed Glinda and made some money too!

vegas said...

Thanks AC fan! I hope to get to AC in the next month. I went to the Harrah's website and I think they have WofOz also in AC.
Good luck!

Ljazzie said...

I was in Vegas this week for my Son's wedding. Treasure Island. Only had three days. Played several different slot machines and didn't have much luck. About an hour before we had to leave for the airport, I tried 4 machines and lost $50.00 of my $100.00 bill.
At the last minute I decided to try the Wizard Of Oz slot. It was make it or break it time. WOW, I won back the $50 I lost and then some. I really didn't want to leave. What a fun and exciting game. Next time I go back, it will be the only game I play!!!!

monroe said...

I just played "Wizard of Oz" for the first time at Harrahs Rincon on Saturday and what a Blast. I did very well playing either 60 or 100 credits on a 5 cent machine. Before I left on Sunday, I tried it again and walked away with more than $875.00 more than I started with. Glenda the Good Witch was very very good to me, I got the wilds on the first 3 lines with a max bet and it paid very big. Music is Great and Graphics are xln't. Have fun Playing.

lgbowl35 said...

My husband discovered the Wizard of Oz machine at Red Rock- What fun! I then played it at the Flamingo and hit Glinda's big win of $750 on the penny machine.( I was playing the max of 3.00)I can't wait to play it again! I searched Harrah's website and supposedly Showboat has a nickel Wizard of Oz- Can't wait to see~

Tim said...

I want to hear more success stories about these amazing Wizard of OZ machines? Does anyone know what the payback % is at any of the casinos? Has anyone lost a lot on them? What is the biggest win that you've heard of?
Thanks!

misteraegis said...

I went to Vegas and on our last day we stayed up all night and played at Paris then Bally's withoutany luck. Finally we decided to go to Bill's, formally Barbary Coast, and when we went through the side entrance there were 2 Wizard of Oz machines. I started playing one of them and only playing 2 cents per line I kept getting all three bonuses and eventually ended up with about $300 more than I started with. At 5am in Vegas though there were not to many people to enjoy my success.

Aunt Gio said...

Just got back from Foxwoods and the new MGM. They have the Wizard of oz game at both casinos. The machines at Foxwood are in the Festival Casino. As everyone said, the game is very entertaining. You get excited because you do hit some good wins. I did not walk off a winner. I lost about $200 in total. But that was about after 8 hours of play. Their is a wait for the machine. Once someone gets a seat, they're there for hours. People to the left & right of me were raking in the dough. So I guess a lot has to do with luck too. I didn't want to leave the game. I kept putting money in. I played the max 30 at 2 per line, which came to 60 cents a spin.

Tim said...

Aunt Gio had a great time on those Oz machines , it seems! I want to hear more about these Wizard of OZ slots experiences. I really would like to get some idea of the payoff percentages. Does anyone know anyone who kows this?

Jennifer said...

I dont know what the payoff percentages are unfortunately. What I do know is that everytime I head out to Mohegan (once a week, almost guaranteed!) I attempt to play the Wizard of Oz machines. I have low patience, therefore I generally only play really late at night as the 4 machines they have there are always surrounded. My Godmother and I ALWAYS win. The amount varies each time, but I havent walked away losing yet.

Tim said...

This Wizard of Oz information provided by Jennifer is really interesting. Does anyone else have experiences like that to share?

map53 said...

My niece and I discovered Oz in Vegas in May. We first played it at Monte Carlo, then played for hours at Bills. Also saw it at Flamingo and a nickel version at Mirage.
In July we played in at Harrahs Kansas City. People were hitting bonuses like crazy. One woman was over $800 ahead. I was not so lucky, but my niece hit a Glenda bonus for $198 right before we left.
Great machine. They need to put more in more casinos.

map53 said...

My niece and I discovered Oz in Vegas in May. We first played it at Monte Carlo, then again at Bill's. We also saw a nickel version and Mirage.
In July we played it at Harrah's Kansas City. People were hitting bonuses like crazy. One woman said she was well over $800 to the good. I was not so lucky-couldn't hit a thing. My niece left with $200 she won on the Glenda bonus.
Great machine-they need to put more in at more casinos.

map53 said...

My niece and I discovered Oz in Vegas in May. We first played it at Monte Carlo, then again at Bill's. We also saw a nickel version and Mirage.
In July we played it at Harrah's Kansas City. People were hitting bonuses like crazy. One woman said she was well over $800 to the good. I was not so lucky-couldn't hit a thing. My niece left with $200 she won on the Glenda bonus.
Great machine-they need to put more in at more casinos.

JanetMarie said...

We played Oz at the Wynn on the strip. My husband won $300.00 during one run, but we didn't always win. Like any machine, they're hot and cold. I had two Flying Monkey bonuses in a row...and won a total of 40 cents! But an hour later, I hit "Top Gun" on the Top Gun machine and won$277.00. Win some, lose some. But they sure are fun. Does anybody know if the Oz machines are in Reno?

Tim said...

JANETMARIE,
The Grand Sierra (formerly the Hilton) has two Oz machines. My wife and I played there last month and I had a really good session. Net up over $130, and what a blast! I had two Flying Monkey bonuses that were really great. These are such fun machines!

Ulor said...

Does anyone know if i could find a wizard of oz slot machine in any Barcelona casinos? Just back from Vegas and I got hooked on it. Heading to Barcelona in 2 weeks and would love to get my hands on that machine!!

Ulor said...

Does anyone know if i could find a wizard of oz slot machine in any Barcelona casinos? Just back from Vegas and I got hooked on it. Heading to Barcelona in 2 weeks and would love to get my hands on that machine!!

Miriam123 said...

Well, I am hooked on the Wizard of Oz slot machines. I first saw the bloody thing in foxwoods. However the line of anxious gamblers was to long. I was able to play on one in Atlantic city. I won $500.00 in a matter of two hours. I just got back from Vegas, where I won $700 in NYNY, then $414 at Luxor, but then I lost $500 at the Tropicana, $300 at Bellagio, and $400 at planet hollywood. Its great fun, when you win and get all the bonuses. Not so much when you keep going and going and lose.

bip_bop said...

The Wizard of Oz is absolutely incredible! It sets the new standard in slot game play! I played at Coushatta Casino in Louisiana and had great fun! I always bet max coin and thought I had done well with a $200+ win with Glinda's appearance, but when she showed up again (when she arrives it is an incredible feeling) she made the first 3 reels WILD and then I also got a regular WILD symbol on the 4th reel! I won $650+ dollars and the crowd went wild! It is such a glorious slot with so many possibilities that one has to play it to believe it! The sound is unbelievable!

Beth said...

Has anyone played the new Star Trek slot? I played it a Mohegan Sun . It's also by WMS GAMING. You can save your game and play on any Star Trek machine anywhere.

Star Trek
First entry in the Adaptive Gaming™ product category
Players can save their game state and return later
When a bonus is triggered, players choose either a picking game or free spins
Players earn and save medals to unlock new episodes
Players can hear, see, and feel the Star Trek adventure



How to Play:


Adaptive Gaming™ debuts with the immensely popular STAR TREK™ brand and leverages WMS' wide area network capabilities and advanced WAGE-NET™ server-based system. This fully immersive, persistent state game experience adjusts to players' personal preferences and accomplishments, which is expected to dramatically increase casino patrons' enjoyment and playing time. With Adaptive Gaming and STAR TREK players can "boldly go where no player has gone before."

Win Warp Feature

At the end of any winning spin, the player may randomly be awarded 1 of 4 features. Each episode has its own 4 possible Win Warp features.

Episodes:

Explore New Worlds

3 or more scattered BONUS symbols triggers the "Pick-A-Bonus" screen
Players select either the RED ALERT BONUS or the BEAM ME UP Bonus
The Trouble With Tribbles

3 or more scattered BONUS symbols triggers the "Pick-A-Bonus" screen
Players select either the TRIBBLE BALL BONUS or the TRAP A TRIBBLE BONUS
Trek Through Time

3 or more scattered BONUS symbols triggers the "Pick-A-Bonus" screen
Players select either the VORTEX BONUS or the RESCUE BONUS

Tim said...

Listen to this!! We just got back from Vegas and my wife had a great experience on the WIzard of OZ. At the Luzor near the Chris Angel Theatre, she played the Wiz and did not realize that it was a nickel machine! Her first max spin was a $9 spin!!! Well, to her amazement Glenda showed up right away and bingo she won over $415!!! We just love these Wizard of OZ machines! We also played them at the Green Valley Ranch over there in the corner area and WOW we did very well there on several sessions. I just love those flying monkey bonuses!! They can really add up big. Keep these Wizard of OZ stories coming. I just love reading them!

Tim said...

Listen to this!! We just got back from Vegas and my wife had a great experience on the WIzard of OZ. At the Luxor near the Chris Angel Theatre, she played the Wiz and did not realize that it was a nickel machine! Her first max spin was a $9 spin!!! Well, to her amazement Glenda showed up right away and bingo she won over $415!!! We just love these Wizard of OZ machines! We also played them at the Green Valley Ranch over there in the corner area and WOW we did very well there on several sessions. I just love those flying monkey bonuses!! They can really add up big. Keep these Wizard of OZ stories coming. I just love reading them!

vegasbaby said...

I love the Wizard of Oz slot!!! I played it in January of 2008 at Casino Royale and won $1300. Does anyone know which Casino's currently have the machine? I am going back to Vegas next week (5/3-10/2009)and would love to play it.

Super JackPot Party said...

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Wizard Of Oz Slot Machine