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Nugget to sell old slot, video poker machines

Cathleen Allison/Nevada Appeal

Inside the Carson Nugget’s former buffet are rows of about 80 slot and video poker machines, bingo cards and restaurant equipment from a bygone era – well, at least the 1980s.

“I could open a major cafe or cafeteria,” said Ronnal Chancellor, the facilities manager at the Carson City casino, strolling by rows of unused dinnerware, signs and bar stools. “I could open you a small casino.”

The casino will be selling its unused equipment starting

March 20 until everything is gone, Chancellor said. The items will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day inside the former Nugget buffet.

Only cash will be accepted.

Chancellor said casino and business owners, as well as Gold Card members at the Nugget, will get a chance to come in on March 18 for a soft sale before the items become available to the general public.

“There’s some cool stuff here, and a lot of it is antiques,” Chancellor said.

He said the slot machines and video poker machines will sell for $300 to $1,200, depending on quality, adding other Carson City casinos can sell their unused gaming machines with the Nugget’s equipment, too.

He said Nevada residents are allowed to own up to two slot machines, and to buy one at the Nugget they will have to provide proof they live in Nevada.

“They can’t take them home until (state gaming regulators) approve all of the paperwork,” he said.

Other items for sale include plastic cups meant to hold coins from slot machines – most casinos use printed tickets nowadays – and serving stations from the casino’s former buffet, which closed last fall. There’s even a soft-serve ice cream machine.

As for who’s likely to buy the slot machines, Chancellor said he already has three casino owners that are interested in purchasing some of the machines.

“I can’t believe the amount of excitement,” Chancellor said. “I’m expecting a huge crowd.”