It’s the real thing, from the old Sands Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas,

which was imploded at 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 26, 1996.

This is a mechanical machine that lights up electrically. It plays dimes, one at a time, and the jackpot pays around $35 to $50 when fully loaded. A smaller jackpot automatically drops down into the window (shown above) when the next dime is played—so that new players will be enticed; the new jackpot then builds up as the machine is played. The “Buckaroo Award,” seldom won, is the jackpot plus a bonus paid by the house, typically $500—a huge amount for a dime machine in the early 1950s.

NOTICE: Be aware that private ownership of slot machines is illegal in some states, in other states it may be legal to own, but not to play—or legal to play for fun but not to gamble. I think the latter is the rule in Illinois (you should research before buying). Various states have age restrictions too. In any case, I will not participate in any sale or activity relating to slot machines that is illegal. You should research the rules for your state before you contact me. If your state has a gaming board, that might be a good first place to inquire.


This machine sold on eBay for $4750 on 11/27/08.

Slot Machine For Sale — Excellent Price

(Not for sale to residents of states in which private ownership of slot machines is illegal—see notice below)

Several factors make this machine the collector’s item that it has become. Mainly it’s the “buckaroo” feature, the fourth wheel. Most machines of this type have only three wheels. Jennings made very few Buckaroos.

Then there’s the Sands logo. The Sands Hotel & Casino was imploded in Las Vegas more than ten years ago. 

And it lights up. 

When I visited the 2008 Jukebox & Slot Machine Show, word spread so fast among the dealers that I was there with this machine that they’d all already heard of me before I finished handing out my flyers! Out of hundreds of machines at the show, there wasn’t a single Buckaroo. No wonder it generated so much interest.

Here’s a quote from this website: “The Nevada Club always featured Jennings slot machines, regarded as the Rolls Royce of slot machines by those knowledgeable in the industry. Fitzgerald had brought Jennings machines with him from Detroit. They were the most robust, and also the most expensive machines available. Most all the other clubs used [other brands]. In October 1955 the Nevada Club introduced the new four-reel Jennings Buckaroo slot machines. Many of them were still in use in the Nevada Club when it closed in 1997. They were advertised as the first machines with "no lemons or other blanks...."