Survey: 'Double Diamonds' slots are tops

LAS VEGAS -- The favorite games of slot players are Double Diamonds and its variations, including Double Diamond Deluxe, Red White and Blue and Triple Diamond, according to a study by the Casino Journal Publishing Group.

In a survey carried out with the International Gaming Institute at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, the publishing group's "Strictly Slots" magazine editors solicited slot machine preferences from their readers.

The respondents said they approach the slots for excitement, the chance to win money, entertainment, ease of play and an opportunity for affordable minimum bets.

The survey also found:

  • Players prefer traditional reel-spinning slot machines, with 75% of respondents also playing bonus games.
  • Some 80% also play multiline machines.
  • Progressive machines lure 90%, but for only 10% or less of their time.
  • More than half (56.5%) play video poker, particularly Deuces Wild.
  • Some 98% use a slot club.
  • Three equal-size groups play six times a year or less; seven to 12 times a year, and more than 12 times a year.
  • The Las Vegas Strip; Atlantic City, N.J.; Mississippi; downtown Las Vegas; Connecticut, and Louisiana emerged as the most popular gaming locations, according to the survey.
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