When I ask most casino slot players about their favorite slot theme or brand, most Oklahoma players mention one of the above-mentioned AGS Class II “granddaddy” machines, Royal Reels, Cool Catz, or Liberty 7s. With all the bells and whistles you now find in most NE OK casinos, I wanted to clarify Class II gaming versus Class III (vegas style) gaming.
On Wikipedia, Class II gaming is defined as the game of chance commonly known as Bingo. Though they are technically electronic bingo games, most slots mimic the traditional Vegas-style slot machines in every way. Other than the screen that shows the bingo card patterns, it is hard to tell a difference. The outcome of each spin is actually determined by the draw of bingo balls. Various slot machines are linked together, each player has a different card (or cards), but the draw of the balls is common to all players connected via the network. Bingo patterns range from a variety of common ones to four-leaf clovers and crazy corners, depending on the game. The payouts of each bingo game are usually based on the bingo prize pool loaded into the computer. A lot of mathematics goes into the payback percentage of this game and there are two styles of bingo based slot games which are covered in detail at http://www.casinocenter.com in an article by Frank Legato called The Reel Deal.
For the most part, these “granddaddy” Class II machines are becoming harder and harder to find with the newer platforms mimicking Vegas-style machines. Most casinos still carry a variety of VGT games which are mostly 3-reel slots like Mr. Money Bags, Lucky Ducky, and Red Hot Ruby that offer the bingo card screen, as well as bonus spins based on multiple bingos daubed on the same card. However, the legend titles, like Royal Reels, are slowly fading out of the spotlight. They have been out on floors for about eight years and traditionally perform well above house average; however, it seems many casinos concentrate on bringing in the highly volatile, “super-themed” slot games nowadays. These might be pretty and based on our favorite superhero or movie, but players will always be loyal to the relatively simple games that offer them a fair payback on their bet.
In polls of Class III gaming casinos, one of the most popular slot machines still remains Double Diamond 3-reel slots. If your local casino no longer carries your favorite machine, don’t hesitate to ask why. Most slot supervisors are eager for their players’ feedback.
p.s. The photo at the top was from a very daring night playing max bet on Cool Catz’s 10cent 20line progressive game at Grand Lake Casino. Of the three AGS games I mentioned, this one is my personal favorite. The bonuses offer the most excitement compared to the other two themes. This was also the first time I ever hit five white cats, which paid out very nicely! Best of luck to you on your favorite games!