There are a bunch of reasons why there were not any .999 fine strikes in the original releases at Sky City. The main reason is they are new to the program and just learning about it. That being said, the second reason is that for their market, frankly they do not need to. I'm not trying to be flip, it's just the market at Sky City is for tourist souvenirs and for the Truckers. I think it's a great way for the casino to get their feet wet and learn about the program. The long haul truckers are looking for ways to kill time while their trucks are being serviced. If they are into playing slots, here's a great way for them to play for something they can always cash in on their next trip if they need the cash. And if you think about the number of truckers going through Sky City every day versus the number of silver strikers in the club (I believe 476), it makes sense to cater to the market already there first. The $10 strikes are geared toward the tourists, same as Vegas. They outnumber us again, so smart move to start the program that way. There have only been a few casinos in New Mexico that had .999 fine strikes and those machine are long gone. So the only competition within 400 miles that they have is Route 66. It was a good call to start with clad and I hope they hit their target audience!
That being said... I would love to see them add .999 fine strikes and the management is aware of the added bonus of having .999 fine strikes for the silver collectors in the club and our hobby in general. They are not against the idea, I think it's a work in progress and patience is the key. Let Sky City learn the program and get some feedback at the casino.