Some games that the casino operator shares winnings with the manufacturer are being replaced with nonparticipation models

The Las Vegas Review-Journal is reporting that participation slot machines, or games that the casino operator shares winnings with the manufacturer, are being replaced with nonparticipation models at Harrah’s properties in Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

The R-J story points to dozens of participation slot machines no longer at Bally's in Las Vegas. The games are reported to be all IGT-owned devices including some of the Reno-based manufacturer’s popular titles such as Wheel of Fortune. Harrah's filled the empty spaces with nonparticipation slot machines as the company attempts to reduce gaming revenues going to slot makers during tough economic times.

Harrah's spokesman Gary Thompson confirmed the participation games had disappeared. Part of the reason was to reduce expenses. He didn't say how many slots had been switched, according to the R-J report.