While the December 2020 Game Performance Report by Eilers & Krejcik Gaming shows a slight dip in the recovery that began following the pandemic lockdowns earlier in 2020, it has a few interesting tidbits. Below left, the denominations of slot games across the floor of casinos that report their activity to EKG are slanted mightily toward penny games. Of course, there are few real “penny” games. The average bet on a penny game can approach $1 a spin, but it also indicates why penny games are so popular among operators who may set the hold percentage higher than other denoms. At right, the kinds of games offered are outlined. Clearly, video reels dominate, with ETGs making a move recently. Video poker holds steady at around 10 percent, but mechanical reels are also making something of a comeback.
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