I have played at Prairie Meadows for the past 5 years and have noticed that in the past year, slot payouts have become minimal. I live close so I go there frequently. I abandoned my players card thinking that it would affect play. I have noticed that you have to play higher denominations, be willing to lose between 5 and 10 dollars per machine before hitting small amounts and trying to hit a bonus during the day is very difficult. Just this morning I went and spent 150.00 on a variety of 50 cent machines, hit 4 bonuses. The highest was 9 dollars and the lowest was 75 cents. My impression is that their current marketing strategy is to prey on the over 55 crowd, making machines very stingy, knowing that they spending their retirement and just trying to kill some time. I wish the regulatory officials would investigate Prairie Meadows because I question the claim that they have a 92% payout. Playing 7-10 dollars a machine with little chance of return is not entertainment anymore.
I've been to over 50 casino's in other states and this has the worst slot payout on the planet. I played twenty different machines and lost horribly everywhere I went in the facility. It wasn't just me either, no one around me was winning a dime all evening. Ultra greedy owners. I would highly recommend you drive a little further to Tama Iowa and try Meskwaki. Their slots ACTUALLY pay out once in a while which makes the gaming experience entertaining. Even if you don't hit it big you at least win enough to make a night of it. I saw people walk into prairie and blow $400 in 15 minutes and were forced to leave empty handed. The Feds should check the machines at that site. Their is no way Prairie is paying out anywhere near what they claim.
We spent less than an hour at Prairie Meadows, the cigarette smoke is so intense we had to leave, it was so bad. Our clothes and hair smelled disgusting. Could not find the non smoking area, obviously not enforced. We will only go to watch the horses because you can sit outside, .