Good night on a 1.50 bet where's the gold 2nd spin got bonus paid $231. Then put a 20 in betty white game hit $156. $20 in vgt lucky duck $3 bet hit $90 cashed out put another $20 in cashed out $60. Then put $40 in vgt money bags hit $351. Low betting but over all nice night of wins!
They still have to follow federal regulations, however they have varied state compacts on a state by state basis. Server based gaming isn't big even in Vegas yet, and while they can change the payback % with it, it's not as simple as a switch or a few keystrokes. A disturbing amount of states don't require they publish a payback%
From what I've been told...Native don't follow fed regulations on machines, only tables. Watch out for server based systems (not traditional one micro-chip, one machine) as they can change % at any given time without having to reboot. I also believe that this falls into Class 2 or B gaming (the ones with the bingo game attached) I've noticed as well that the old adage of "Play the machines by the door" fits with Tribal casinos, the hidden, or further out ones are tight(er) and the stand alone end cap type machines seem to payout more with heavier foot traffic. Max bet isn't as good in a tribal as it is @ a non tribal for some reason, I seem to go through a bankroll quicker. Also the ones by the food courts seem to pay better than the ones 40 feet away. I'm just stating what I've noticed from my local Tribal(s) (of which there are 3 different Tribes @ 6 different locations) vs local non-Tribal (7 within my willingness to go to, not including Detroit area) with a mandated 85%+ payback. No matter which you go to, it's about having fun (yeah right)