Tuesday, February 16, 2010

(Day 47) One-armed bandit

Gambling has been around for a long time, and the slot machine is well over 100 years old. It has undergone many transformations and modern ones typically don't have a functional lever (or arm) to pull. But it's obvious how the machine got its well-earned nickname. I visited Las Vegas once, and fortunately escaped with only a slightly lighter wallet. In addition I brought back a working, but toy, version slot machine - it actually pays out (but of course we're only getting our own money back!). Unlike the real version, this one won't rob you.

(60mm f4 1/2 sec. ISO800)

6 comments:

M. Hassan said...

It think I'll prefer the one that don't rob me off my money.

Love the price tag, do does coins still exist?

Rick de Zoete said...

There's been lots of talk in Canada to eliminate the penny, but no action yet. The other coins all exist (in addition now to loonies and toonies - $1, $2).

M. Hassan said...

We still have those in Nederland too.

Anonymous said...

That machine right there is a thousand years old!!

Krista said...

Hi Rick! Great shot! I was in Vegas last spring and won a TON of money on nickel slots. I can never go back, I think I used all my luck on my first trip. LOL!

Rick de Zoete said...

Thanks Krista. Congrats on the winnings - hopefully you put it to good use for a lens or camera ;-)

(I was humming the song "if it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have any luck at all") down there !