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Could Players Soon Play Skill-Based Slots in US Casinos?

Slot machines that mimic arcade and video games could be introduced into casinos in an effort to attract a new generation of gambler. Players could soon be able to win big on slots based on popular games such as Guitar Hero, Angry Birds and Words With Friends.

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Executive Director of the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Marcus Prater claims that new video game slots would appeal to a younger audience as they offer a skill-based activity, unlike older games that rely on luck: "This is something totally new. Players have never had the option, in any market in the world, to influence the outcome of the game."

While some companies have created slots based on classic video games adventures like Pac-Man and Space Invaders, they are still based on luck and do not allow players to immerse themselves in total gameplay. It is hoped that a new generation of skill-based machines would help improve the ailing casino slots market that many think of as having fallen behind table games in recent times.  

In 2015, Nevada gave the green light to the new machines, in the hope that it would herald a new dawn for gamers and casinos alike. The state’s Gaming Commission expressed its delight at the news, especially following a dip in the gambling industry’s profits in 2014 compared to previous years. New Jersey has similar regulations ready for such games, while legislators in Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland are reportedly considering the legalisation of skill-based slots in their own casinos.

The bad news for keen slots fans is that these games are still in their early stages of development and may not be available for another year or two. Until then, players will just have to keep hoping that their luck is in while playing traditional slots, which are still just as much as fun!


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