A few of over 2,000 slot machines in the New York-New York casino, viewed from the mezzanine that overlooks the casino floor. Other casinos have different decor appropriate to their theme, but the basic layout is the same. Getting to any place in the resort complex— whether shopping, restaurants, showrooms, the registration desk, or your hotel room— requires a circuitous trip through banks of slot machines like these. Almost every visitor inevitably ends up depositing some money in the ubiquitous flashing, clanging “slots.” You might consider it a kind of “tax” that funds all the decor and trappings. Jay Sarno first devised the now-standard maze of slot machines for Caesars Palace, which opened in 1966.