Sigma Derby Horse Racing Casino Game at MGM Grand in Las Vegas

Sigma Derby: Plastic Horse Races Casino Game in Las Vegas

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Everyone knows the gambling standards of Las Vegas Casinos: Blackjack, Poker, Roulette, Slots, Craps. But tucked away in the midst of the card tables of the MGM Grand Casino is my favorite game of them all, one that only a true Silly American could appreciate: Sigma Derby, a plastic horse racing casino game.

Sigma Derby Horse Racing Casino Game at MGM Grand in Las Vegas

Picture this: five ponies line up at the start line, the bell sounds and they take off, each jockey vying for that win, each horse trying to outdo it’s competitors, racing in a circle, until a winner is declared, as the fans place bets and jeer and cheer in disappointment and celebration…

Sigma Derby Horse Racing Casino Game at MGM Grand in Las Vegas

Now, picture these ponies and these jockeys in miniature plastic, racing under glass as gamblers add quarters to bet on which ponies will place where.

Sigma Derby Horse Racing Casino Game at MGM Grand in Las Vegas

You are given odds that you can follow for a chance at a small payout or ignore for a smaller chance at a big payout (heck, I won $20 that way). You are given a bucket, which to me is a crazy site in modern-Vegas as this is one of few (if any other) machines on the strip that takes AND pays actual coinage. And you get the chance to see a bunch of adults yelling and screaming in hopes that a plastic pony will come through (albeit…they may be a bit drunk).

Sigma Derby Horse Racing Casino Game at MGM Grand in Las Vegas

Sigma Derby Horse Racing Casino Game at MGM Grand in Las Vegas

I guarantee that this horse-racing game is definitely one of the best (and silliest) gambling experiences on the Las Vegas strip.

While in town, be sure to also check out the world’s largest chocolate fountain at the Bellagio!

Site: Sigma Derby, plastic horse racing game
Location: MGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
Cost: a quarter a bet
Hours: The casino is open 24/7
Restrictions: You must be 21 to gamble.
Date: March 20, 2006/December 2, 2007

Val

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination to roadside attractions started early. Val blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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