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5 Super Fun (And Lucky) Slot Machines at DC-Area Casinos

There may be a reason why some slot machines draw a crowd.

Photograph courtesy of Hollywood Casino.

The most popular slot machine at area casinos is called Buffalo Grand. Live Casino & Hotel has five of them, MGM National Harbor nine, and Horseshoe Baltimore a couple.

(Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races has numerous machines of the prior generation, called Buffalo Gold.)

At Live, the five machines are in almost constant play and some people wait hours to get on one. Among the tallest slot machines on the floor, they feature a giant bonus wheel, five levels of jackpots, and loud theme music that tells you when the buffalo are running and you’re winning. A casino official I spoke with called their appeal “insane.”

Photograph courtesy of Aristocrat.
Photograph courtesy of Aristocrat.

I played Buffalo Grand at all three casinos that had it but, alas, failed to get rich. I lost my $20 at both Horseshoe and Live (at Live in a matter of minutes) and $11 at MGM. I do know the machines can hit—the woman who took my seat at Horseshoe proceeded, on the next spin, to win $998.

Below, including Buffalo Grand, are five of the most popular slot machines in the region, according to casino managers. It couldn’t hurt to look for them. Their popularity could be a sign that they pay out the best—or, at the very least, are among the most fun to play.

1. Buffalo Grand

2. King of Africa

3. Mystical Unicorn

4. Buffalo Gold

5. Fu Dao Le

This article appears in the August 2017 issue of Washingtonian.