The gaming jury is still very much out when it comes to the future impact of skill-based slot machines within the land-based casino environment. One thing is certain, opinions on skill games very much run the gamut; from groundbreaking, vital and essential to unfeasible, unplayable and overblown.
Still, the topic of skill-based slots is brought up at every gaming tradeshow and conference I have attended this year, and there is some consensus on the subject. To start, there seems to be agreement that it will be difficult for skill-based slots to be as profitable as traditional machines; simply stated, the mechanics and math models for the traditional slot are far more lucrative than those developed thus far for skill play. So the talk of entire slot floors being devoted to skill concepts within the next decade are somewhat overblown, especially if slot managers want to maintain profit levels (and find me an operator who wants their machine area to generate less cash).