If you’ve ever visited Las Vegas, one of the first things you spot is that there are slot machines in the airport – this is one of those things that makes Vegas Vegas, although it’s also available in the Reno/Tahoe airport as well.
Just like any other property, the casino is licensed by the Nevada Gaming Commission and is managed just like any other casino. As such, there are slot techs and so forth that are on site for various activities, and if a jackpot handpay occurs someone will show up and pay you just like any other.
One thing more observant players will notice is that there are no ticket redemption machines in Harry Reid airport like there are at casinos to pay you out instantly, so if you wish to get paid out on a ticket, you have to find someone. To accommodate this issue, cashiers in the terminals themselves that are able to help you with smaller ticket payouts.
So there’s actually staffing that tends to be pretty steady when it comes to airport casino slots, in that you will get paid out by a person.
We’ve had a few situations where it’s taken a moment to find someone; because there are limited numbers of slots in each area you may need to look to the next section to find a cashier at times. The same goes for the inevitable breaks and so forth.
A player should simply expect a slower process and build in that time, and that means not chasing a handpay 10 minutes before final call before your flight – you might find yourself racing against the clock to get paid for a handpay before your flight departs.
Particularly in the case of a handpay, there’s generally a longer walk to get to a backroom to handle the appropriate paperwork and so on, as well as retrieve the larger amount of cash needed to pay it out.
So those are the main differences to expect when playing at the airport.
A fun little side fact is that the company who has managed the slots and video poker at Harry Reid airport in Las Vegas has been doing it for more than 35 years, and in that time the airport slots have generated more than $1 billion in revenue. That’s a lot of money for people waiting for a flight!
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