A casino in Las Vegas has reportedly announced that an antique game from the 1980s is continuing to pull in the punters including members of the much sought after millennial generation despite stiff competition from an ever-growing range of shiny new skill-based titles.
According to a Monday report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper, The D Las Vegas Casino Hotel explained that its ten-station Sigma Derby horseracing game was first released in 1985 but is still attracting players of all ages who often spend hours wagering as little as $0.25 per contest.
Derek Stevens, the owner of The D, reportedly told the newspaper that Sigma Derby is his venue’s most popular slot although he wasn’t able to break down any age demographics owing to the fact that the game was created long before the widespread introduction of player tracking technologies.
Stevens reportedly told the Las Vegas Review-Journal…
“You can have people in their 80s playing with people in their 20s and they’re all having a good time. Late at night, it might be all 20-year-olds playing and hooting and hollering.”
Created by now-defunct Japanese developer, Sigma Game Incorporated, the all-mechanical Sigma Derby reportedly features a miniaturized central track complete with tiny plastic horses that race towards a finish line offering players the ability to wager on which figure they believe will win. The newspaper detailed that The D is thought to be the last Nevada casino to feature the game following last year’s decision by the nearby MGM Grand Las Vegas to abandon its offering although fears are mounting that this exception may too have to be sacrificed owing to a lack of suitable spare parts.
“It’s an older machine so sometimes people come down and you have to put up a sign saying the horses are a little tired today. But our guys are always able to get them up and going.”
Stevens told the newspaper that his downtown Las Vegas casino has been purchasing older and broken Sigma Derby machines as a source for donor parts but that it is only a matter of time before these run out and the venue is forced to replace the ageing attraction.
“We’re trying our best but eventually there’s going to come a time where there are no parts left and we just can’t make it run. I’m proud of the fact that we’ve kept it for so long.”