Las Vegas’ Plaza Casino Giving Away 12 Vintage Gaming Machines in October

  • Vintage coin-operated gaming machines are outdated, being removed from operation
  • Four machines awarded in weekly October video poker tournaments
  • Eight machines given to highest rewards points earners for the month
Exterior early-evening view of the Plaza Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
The Plaza Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas is awarding a dozen vintage gaming machines via two promotions next month. [Image: Shutterstock]

Old slot machines need to go

The Plaza Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas is giving away vintage slot machines in October via a pair of promotions.

A dozen coin-operated gaming machines will be awarded in total, including keno and video poker, in addition to slots.

The casino explained that the slot machines, while popular, are not compatible with today’s gaming technology. They also have no ability to track customers’ play for the Plaza’s loyalty program. Some are more than 25 years old and because of their age, have become a burden to maintain. Thus, they are being taken off the gaming floor.

the slot machines, while popular, are not compatible with today’s gaming technology

The machines include such titles as Joker Poker, Deuces Wild, and Catch the Heat.

Play daily or weekly

As mentioned, there are two ways people can win one of the vintage gaming machines. The first is via a series of video poker tournaments. The Plaza will host a tournament each Tuesday in October. The winner of each tournament will receive one of the gaming machines. The second place finisher will collect $250 in free slot play.

The second promotion is geared toward the Plaza’s regular customers, the high-volume players. From October 1 through the morning of October 29, customers can earn Royal Rewards points while playing slots, video poker, and video keno. The top eight points earners during that period will win coin slot machines.

All participants must be at least 21 years old, live in Nevada, and be Royal Rewards members. For the video poker tournaments, players who are at the Jack and Queen Rewards levels (the two lowest tiers) must earn 20 points the day of the tournament in order to play. King and Ace level members have no such requirements.

The Plaza’s website outlines how points can be earned. One dollar of slots play earns one point, one dollar of bingo play earns two points, and one dollar of keno play earns four points. It takes three dollars of video poker play to earn one point. Bingo, live keno, and table games do not count towards the points accumulation in the October Point Challenge promotion.

Promo for local gamblers

While the Plaza says that all the vintage slot machines are in working condition, their new owners are responsible for all future maintenance. It is unclear if there are other old gaming machines that are being uninstalled and if there are, what is being done with them.

Unfortunately for tourists, the contests are purely for locals, as participants must be Nevada residents and have Nevada ID’s to be eligible to win. But that’s the point. Jonathan Jossel, CEO of the Plaza Hotel & Casino, said:

These machines are a part of Vegas history, and we wanted to give our locals a chance to have their own piece of our city’s great legacy.”

The giveaway serves the purpose of building goodwill with customers through a fun promotion as well as being a way to attract customers to the casino floor during October.