to play Wheel of Fortune without leaving the house? It might finally be time to

  buy your own slot machine. It’s not always possible to be at the casino, but

  you can bring some of the glamour home with you.


  machines are having a bit of a moment. Retro chic has never been cooler and,

  just like arcade games and vintage jukeboxes, they make a great centerpiece and

  talking point, as well as a unique addition to your games room.


  benefits of buying your own slot machine include endless gaming any time you

  feel like it, and the chance to get your skills up to scratch before your next

  casino vacation. And the best bit? It’s essentially free to play and the only

  person who’ll bag your bucks at the end of the day is you.


  everything you need to know before you take the plunge…


  you want to find slot machines for sale, the internet is your oyster. But the

  best places to buy a real slot machine are dedicated and reputable retailers,

  distributors and manufacturers — people that know their stuff — either online,

  in a shop, or both!


  all depends where you’re based: if you happen to be passing Las Vegas, and

  prefer to see your purchases up close, it could be worth doing the rounds at

  local pawn shops to dig out vintage casino gems.


  don’t worry if you’re not within driving distance of Sin City, there are also

  plenty of online options, and you can also scour websites that deal in

  pre-loved and second-hand goods.

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  To get started, visit a retailer like Slot Machines Unlimited, a well-known slot machine dealer and wholesaler based in the US. The family-run business sells used machines that are refurbished to order, and are exclusively for home entertainment purposes. You can find big names here like Bally and Konami, but they don’t come cheap — you can expect to fork out around $1,000 for one.

  If you want to go straight to the source and have the dollar to afford a brand-new machine, you could try going directly to a slot provider.

  Be aware that some may only deal with casinos directly, rather than individual orders. At the very least, researching these companies and their offerings may help you decide what you’re looking for.


  you don’t want to spend that much on your personal slot machine, there are

  other avenues, too.

  A quick search will reveal slot machines for sale on eBay, as well as on consumer-to-consumer sites like Craigslist, for varying but sometimes discounted prices. Just watch out for the weird items on Craigslist in your search…


  can also find an array of instant-buy options on Amazon, or even Etsy — but

  beware that these are usually likely to be smaller replica or toy slots, rather

  than the real deal! If the price seems too good to be true, it is.


  is it better to buy online or at auction? Through a retailer or an individual

  seller? The choice is yours.


  difference is usually about one thing: money.


  a company you’ll pay a premium, but benefit from a fixed price, a guarantee and

  a receipt.


  through an auction website like eBay or an individual could see costs change

  due to demand, goods that don’t live up to expectation or price tag, and a

  longer wait for the product you want to become available.


  always, with any big purchase, remember to factor in any shipping costs and

  make sure you know the condition of the machine and trust the seller.


  know it’s more appealing to focus on the fun parts, but consider these points

  before your purchase:

  Size matters —real slot machines aren’t


  Make sure you have enough space to give a ‘Big Bertha’ a good home, and also

  think about whether you’ll be able to receive delivery easily through your

  doors, corridors, stairs or elevator. Where will you put it?

  Consider whether you’ll keep it in the garage or the house, or in a communal

  space or a private room if you don’t want to introduce younger family members

  to gambling. As your machine may be expensive, safety and practicality may have

  to come before interior design. How much does it cost to buy a slot machine?

  Think about your budget — what’s the maximum you’re willing to spend? Don’t

  forget to factor in those delivery costs, too, and any extra refurbishments you

  may need. Are you ready to make repairs if you need to?

  As your slots will likely be second-hand, you’ll have to be prepared for a

  machine that’s not in mint condition. If refurbishment isn’t part of the deal,

  can you or someone you known install and repair it?


  machines come in all shapes and sizes. Think about what games you usually enjoy

  at the casino, whether you prefer vintage, antique and collectors’ items, or

  whether you want a brand-new, shiny toy.


  may also come down to the style of your home, whether your decor has a classic

  feel or you’re all about new technology.


  are pros and cons for both. If you think they don’t make them like they used

  to, then a classic one-armed bandit may be the machine for you. Just be aware

  that if you buy a single-coin machine it won’t accept bills. On the plus side,

  your credits will last longer.

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  it’s greater variety you’re after and something with all the bells and

  whistles, opt for a five-reel video slot machine or touch-screen technology instead.


  way, make sure you get some paperwork with your purchase, especially if your

  machine is an antique.


  the US, shopping for a slot machine can be more complicated than expected. It

  largely depends on the state you are in, as a lot of states have control boards

  and regulations to monitor gaming.


  is unsurprisingly one of the ‘easiest’ states to buy and own a machine in,

  whether it’s for public or private use.


  are no restrictions on private ownership in the following states. You can buy and

  own a slot machine in:

  ?Alaska?Arizona?Arkansas?Kentucky?Maine?Minnesota?Nevada?Ohio?Rhode Island?Texas ?Utah?Virginia?West Virginia


  are the states in which private ownership of slot machines is completely


  ?Connecticut?Hawaii?Nebraska?South Carolina?Tennesse


  states, such as Washington and California, have age restrictions on ownership.

  However, it’s always best to double check as laws are fluid.

  If you don’t have the space or money for your own machine, why not play some of the best online slots instead?

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