Defected Slot Machines; No More Jackpots?

Published July 30, 2002 by OCR Editor

Defected Slot Machines; No More Jackpots?

Nevada gaming watchdogs are looking in to a possible defect in slot machines, which may well leave players without possible jackpots.

Independent research labs clued up the Illinois Gaming Board a few months ago about a possible fault in slot machines, explaining that several chips produced by International Game Technology and Bally Gaming and Systems, possibly misplaced bookkeeping and progressive play data. Around 57 pieces of equipment were exposed to the defected chips.

Last month IGT and Bally were obligated by Illinois regulators to repair the hitch within a month's time. However, The Illinois Gaming Board had no choice but to power cut virtually 600 machines who seem to have been defected, since businesses did not meet Mondays deadline, giving them a chance to repair the flaw. Nonetheless, the machines were repaired on Wednesday and the Nevada gaming regulators are now investigating the setback. In the Interim IGT and Bally

May be required to replace the chips or advise slot operators to warn the casinos, suggesting they should repair it themselves. Though, this all depends on the severity of the fault.

Scott Scherer, a board member, noted that the board might also decide to drop the whole thing and not do anything regarding the matter.

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