RIP Las Vegas Nickel Machines

Immy

Silver Member
Mar 12, 2005
2,911
584
Vegas
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting


Of all the pictures I've posted on TNet, this is the saddest.

Yesterday I discovered that the last six nickel machines at the El Cortez Hotel, in fact in all of Las Vegas, were mothballed a few days ago. The chairs you see in the pic are where they once stood. It was a depressing moment, and it means the end of my casino nickel searching after 37 years. I will have to be content with the 59 quarter machines and 9 half dollar slots that are left, though they obviously won't be an adequate substitute. I'll say more in my Casino Royale thread, including a nickel stat retrospective eventually, but I wanted to post here for better visibility.

Thanks nickel slots. You've added volumes to my collection and untold enjoyment to my free time.
 
Upvote 5

jrf30

Bronze Member
May 7, 2006
1,820
285
CO, AZ
Detector(s) used
dfx, Ryedale!
Do the half dollar slots still produce anything, or are they just retreads of the same coins, over and over. (Might want to mark to do a test)
 

Cuda74

Full Member
Jan 9, 2021
146
482
North Ga
Detector(s) used
Tesoro Toltec II, Equinox 600
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting


Of all the pictures I've posted on TNet, this is the saddest.

Yesterday I discovered that the last six nickel machines at the El Cortez Hotel, in fact in all of Las Vegas, were mothballed a few days ago. The chairs you see in the pic are where they once stood. It was a depressing moment, and it means the end of my casino nickel searching after 37 years. I will have to be content with the 59 quarter machines and 9 half dollar slots that are left, though they obviously won't be an adequate substitute. I'll say more in my Casino Royale thread, including a nickel stat retrospective eventually, but I wanted to post here for better visibility.

Thanks nickel slots. You've added volumes to my collection and untold enjoyment to my free time.
Sad that they're taking these out now, but then again, I thought the slots were dead after they went with the electronic machines, not fun to just press a button.......
I thought I heard that there was at least one casino that had a floor of only older machines but can't verify.
 
OP
I

Immy

Silver Member
Mar 12, 2005
2,911
584
Vegas
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting
  • Thread Starter
  • Thread starter
  • #4
Do the half dollar slots still produce anything, or are they just retreads of the same coins, over and over. (Might want to mark to do a test)
If you're an NIFC collector, it's a haven. Silver is pretty scarce but it does appear on rare occasions, usually 40%ers.

Sad that they're taking these out now, but then again, I thought the slots were dead after they went with the electronic machines, not fun to just press a button.......
I thought I heard that there was at least one casino that had a floor of only older machines but can't verify.
There was another one - The Klondike - that had two locations but the coin-op location closed and the other one is coinless. Would love to be proven wrong though. Let me know if you find anything.
 
OP
I

Immy

Silver Member
Mar 12, 2005
2,911
584
Vegas
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting
  • Thread Starter
  • Thread starter
  • #6
Last time I checked, Circus Circus still had token slots.
Don....
Just called them. They referred me to Slots-A-Fun next door that has coin-op quarters, dollars and five dollars. No nickels. :-[
 

Top Member Reactions

Users who are viewing this thread

Anderson Detector Shafts

Latest Discussions

Top