The Pioneer was famous for Double Jackpot Time. Every twenty minutes a pitch man would say to the players, “It's five minutes to Double Jackpot Time!” and a countdown would begin.
4-3-2-1 minutes until the Double Jackpot! Bells would ring and everyone would start playing slots as fast as they could, making sure they had their coin cups full of 5¢, 25¢, or $1.00 coins ready to put into their machine and then pull the handle as fast as possible. Slots were fairly loose then, and bells would ring, pitchmen yelling jackpot on machine number xxx !!!.
They had drink girls all over serving free drinks in nice glasses, all with Pioneer advertising on outside of the glass, with Pioneer Vic and casino picture. It was a exciting, and fun time to play. They created so much excitement, and the place was jammed. Mainly the old three wheeler slot's with $7.50 jackpot on the 5¢ one coin machine. I loved old Vegas and now love the history.
The original Pioneer Club drink glasses were about 3" in diameter and 4" tall, heavy glass bottom, and glass was clear, with painted black advertising on outside. I remember many people walking down Fremont St. carrying a Pioneer drink. It was great advertising.
The casino was mainly for the common folks, on a low budget. Not a high roller type of clients, but so much fun. My wife and I were married in 1960 and went to Las vegas on our honeymoon. We were young kids, just 21 years old and on a low budget, but we had the best time ever. We have been going back for 55 years, 2 to 3 times a year.
We just loved old Vegas in 60's,70's & 80's, when the mob ran Vegas, and rooms, food, drinks, and the shows were very reasonable. Gaming was the only profitable department. Now every department is a profit center and the bean counters stay up all night making rules to make gaming more profitable for the casinos.