Update: A new article covering this topic was published on July 1, 2020.
Coin-operated video poker and slot machines are nearly extinct. Ticket-in/ticket-out technology has rendered these old devices obsolete.
There are still some Las Vegas casinos that spread the old-style machines that still accept and drop coins. Some are so antiquated that they do not even have a bill acceptor.
Downtown Las Vegas Boyd Gaming Casinos
All three Boyd Gaming casinos in downtown Las Vegas spread a wide variety of coin video poker machines. These casinos are Main Street Station, California and Fremont. Some games are only found at these properties.
Pay the Aces, found only at Main Street Station, requires an extra quarter to trigger the bonus feature that pays based on the number of aces dealt in the first five cards as long as there are no face cards. Treasure Chest Poker is 8/5 Bonus Poker with a bonus screen for quads. Players choose a treasure chest out of the five displayed for a small jackpot. It is available in quarters and dollars at all three Boyd casinos in downtown Las Vegas.
California Casino offers 10/7/5 Double Bonus Poker in quarters and dollar coins on the first floor. It spreads 9/6 Jacks or Better on the second floor in quarters and on the first floor in dollars. These machines do not take bills. There is a nearby change bank to get coins, just like the old days. Some old keno machines with daubers are found near the keno lounge on the first floor.
Main Street Station spreads $1 Joker Poker and 9/5 Double Bonus, as well as quarter 9/6 Double Double Bonus and Deuces Wild Bonus. There is a bank of Loose Deuces with a progressive. It also has banks of 8/5 Bonus Poker, as well as some coin keno games.
Fremont spreads coin games of 9/5 Triple Double Bonus, 8/5 Bonus Poker, 9/7/5 Double Bonus and 9/6 Jacks or Better. Fremont is home to a majority of the Treasure Chest Poker machines. There are also some old keno machines that use coins and have a dauber.
Plaza has removed about half of the coin games that moved over from Las Vegas Club when it closed. The games remaining include three quarter full-pay Joker Poker machines and a half-dollar one. There are two 9/5 nickel Double Bonus machines and two quarter 7/5 Double Double Bonus ones. There are two $1 slots with Las Vegas Club branding, as well as a couple of nickel video keno machines with a $96,000 progressive for hitting 10 out of 10.
El Cortez has a large selection of coin games throughout the casino. This includes the highest returning video poker machine in Las Vegas. That is quarter Double Deuces Wild that pays 13 on a straight flush. There is also quarter and half-dollar 10/7/5 Double Bonus, quarter, half-dollar and dollar Double Deuces Wild and Joker Poker and 8/5 Bonus Poker. The high limit area spreads $1 and $5 coin versions of these games.
The coin games at Jerry’s Nugget include Double Deuces Wild, White Hot Aces, 9/6 Jacks or Better and 8/5 Bonus Poker. Most of the Jacks or Better machines only take quarters. There are no bill acceptors.
Skyline Casino specializes in full-pay Deuces Wild. There are more than two-dozen of these machines that operate on quarters. Some permit bets of 10 coins. Other coin games at Skyline Casino include 18/7/5 $1 Joker Poker, 9/5 $1 White Hot Aces, and quarter Sevens Wild, Double Deuces Wild, 9/6 Double Double Bonus and 10/7 Double Bonus. There are some $1 coin reel slots near the restrooms.
Poker Palace is in North Las Vegas. It hosts a few $1 8/5 Bonus Poker machines, as well as a couple of 9/6 Double Double Bonus ones. There are four Gamemakers that operate on nickels and quarters. Games on this device include keno and video poker.
Other Coin Games
Circus Circus has two banks of $1 slot machines by the sportsbook. Signs on this bank describe the return as 97%. These are all reel slots. There are no coin video poker machines at Circus Circus.
Sigma Derby is an old horseracing game. It is spread at The D and MGM Grand. The games do not have bill acceptors. The games only operate on quarters.