Las Vegas is changing every day. Sometimes we all have a desire to hold onto the past. Most casino operators don’t make that very easy as they try to keep up with current customer preferences. The hotel and resort sections of most Las Vegas properties have been renovated over the years to become more modern. Even if there’s a vintage feel to the property they’re probably (hopefully) working with modern amenities.
However, if you’re looking for a true vintage Las Vegas experience you can head into five casinos in downtown Las Vegas. There are still a handful of casinos who offer vintage coin-operated video poker or slot machines. The vast majority of casino machine games have been modernized with the TITO (Ticket In Ticket Out) system.
Coin-operated games are now so vintage that The D no longer offers them in their 2nd-floor vintage casino. Last year The D added vintage machines that were equipped with TITO systems. The ticket system is convenient so that you don’t have to deal with lugging coins around or dirty fingers when you cash out.
While most people gambling in Las Vegas enjoy the ease of the TITO system there are still some people that are nostalgic for the clanking of the drops dropping. Even the dirt from the coins can bring back some old Las Vegas memories. Part of the fun of Las Vegas is remembering the good times you had before. The noise and filth sometimes bring back some great memories.
You can still find coin-operated video poker and slot machines in the following downtown Las Vegas casinos:
- The California
- El Cortez
- Main Street Station
I’m always looking for a way to work Sigma Derby into my day and coin-operated slot machines are a good excuse. The old mechanical horse racing games still run on quarters. Both Sigma Derby games in Las Vegas still operate on actual money, unlike most video poker and slot machines. You can still find Sigma Derby at MGM Grand and The D. This is the only coin-operated game in either casino for the time being.
Downtown Las Vegas has been adding new businesses and renovating casinos a lot over the past five years or so. However, the operators know that keeping a vintage atmosphere is what separates the area from the Vegas Strip. The coin operated video poker and slot machines are just one way you’ll enjoy vintage Las Vegas downtown. Even with renovations over the years each of the casinos I’ve mentioned here has kept a very different old Vegas vibe without actually being old.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.