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Limited Participation

17 June 1999

A couple of readers have written lately to ask why not every casino has their favorite slot machines. One reader was touting Monopoly, while the other is a big fan of Wheel of Fortune. Both noted that these games are available at most casinos and that they always seem to be busy. So why can they board a few of the area boats and not find these popular games?

Although Monopoly and Wheel of Fortune are different kinds of games manufactured by different companies, they share a link. Both are games referred to in the casino industry as "revenue participation games." When a casino installs a participation game, it does not buy the machine. The machine belongs to the manufacturer, and the manufacturer and casino share the revenue the game produces.

For a casino to install a participation game, executives have to be convinced it will be so popular that the casino's share of revenue will outweigh the earning potential of buying a less popular game and keeping all the cash.

Some casinos enter into no revenue-participation agreements at all. The problem is that manufacturers often put their most innovative, most popular games on the market as participation games. Most casino operators can't resist Monopoly or Wheel of Fortune--and neither can their customers.

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John Grochowski

John Grochowski is the best-selling author of The Craps Answer Book, The Slot Machine Answer Book and The Video Poker Answer Book. His weekly column is syndicated to newspapers and Web sites, and he contributes to many of the major magazines and newspapers in the gaming field, including Midwest Gaming and Travel, Slot Manager, Casino Journal, Strictly Slots and Casino Player.

Listen to John Grochowski's "Casino Answer Man" tips Tuesday through Friday at 5:18 p.m. on WLS-AM (890) in Chicago. Look for John Grochowski on Facebook and Twitter @GrochowskiJ.

John Grochowski Websites:

www.casinoanswerman.com

Books by John Grochowski:

> More Books By John Grochowski

John Grochowski
John Grochowski is the best-selling author of The Craps Answer Book, The Slot Machine Answer Book and The Video Poker Answer Book. His weekly column is syndicated to newspapers and Web sites, and he contributes to many of the major magazines and newspapers in the gaming field, including Midwest Gaming and Travel, Slot Manager, Casino Journal, Strictly Slots and Casino Player.

Listen to John Grochowski's "Casino Answer Man" tips Tuesday through Friday at 5:18 p.m. on WLS-AM (890) in Chicago. Look for John Grochowski on Facebook and Twitter @GrochowskiJ.

John Grochowski Websites:

www.casinoanswerman.com

Books by John Grochowski:

The Craps Answer Book

> More Books By John Grochowski