What is a Coinless Machine?
A coinless machine is a casino gaming machine (such as a slot game or video poker terminal) which does not take or issue coins or tokens. Players might use a payment card, play using an account balance or purchase paper tickets which are fed into the machine, with paper coupons issued back to cash in winnings. Coinless machines are becoming more common as coins fall out of fashion and players adopt different methods of paying for goods and services – such as plastic cards and electronic transfers.
Coinless Machine Explained
A ‘coinless machine’ describes any casino gaming machine which accepts alternative currencies to coins. Most traditional gaming machines, like slot machines and video poker games, take coins and also pay out winnings as coins. Players feed those coins into the machine to purchase credits, which are used to play, and the machine banks any winnings to either convert as credit or to pay out when the player hits the cash out button. The sound of jackpot coins falling is said to be part of the buzz of gambling, and it is certainly an incredible sight when a player at a coin machine wins big!
However, coin machines are not especially practical and there is a growing demand for coinless options, which suit the modern player better. Adding coins to the machine is time-consuming; with a coinless machine, gamblers can make many more plays per hour. Coinless machines are also better for players who use alternative forms of currency. Coins are falling out of favor now that electronic accounts, debit and credit cards, paper money and digital currencies have become more common.
A common kind of coinless machine uses paper tickets as currency. Players buy a ticket at the cash desk and feed this into the machine, which then fills up the player’s balance. When the player cashes out, a ticket is printed which can be taken to the desk and exchanged for the money. This is more practical and safer than carrying armfuls of coins across the casino floor. Other kinds of machine accept debit and credit card payments or allow the player to log into a prepaid casino account.