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Sphinx machine solves 3D riddle

Gold coins and treasures appear to jump off the screen and into your lap with the new Sphinx 3D slot machine that hit South Florida casinos last week.

But no funky 3D glasses are required. Instead, the machines use "autostereoscopic" technology.

A tiny camera in the machine tracks a player's eyes and continuously adjusts the image according to their position. So when move your head, the machine knows it, and the 3D picture stays clear.

The seven casinos operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, including Seminole Classic, Seminole Coconut Creek and the Hard Rock in Broward County, have exclusive Florida rights to the game for 60 days.

"The coins from a big win seemed to jump right off the screen and right at me," says John Grochowski, a syndicated slots columnist for the Casino City Times. "I reached out and grasped at them."

Sphinx-themed machines, with Egyptian symbols and gold images, have been popular with gamblers for years. This game, created by Spielo, has the usual treasure chests, gold coins, pyramids, black cats and lions, but with more vivid action.

Grochowski also likes when coins stack up after a big win. "That would work effectively only with great 3D," he says.

As is the case with most new slot machines, the game gets even more entertaining when players line up enough symbols to trigger a bonus round. And, of course, the higher the bet, the bigger the selection of bonuses to choose from.

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