Nevada regulators investigate slot flaw
By Paul
Nevada gaming regulators are investigating a fault in slot machines made by Nevada companies International Game Technology and Bally Gaming and Systems that could prevent players winning potential jackpots.

The state Gaming Control Board is examining the computer chips in the machines to determine the exact nature of the glitch, board member Scott Scherer said last week.

Depending on the extent of the problem, IGT and Bally could be forced to change the chips or issue a warning to slot operators recommending that casinos themselves fix the machines.

The board may also recommend that no action be taken, Scherer said.

Last month, Illinois regulators, cognizant of the same problem, ordered companies to fix the problem within 30 days. When the companies failed to meet that deadline, the Illinois Gaming Board shut down the nearly 600 machines in question - about 6% of the slots operating in Illinois.

The problem is with the processors in the machines that store information such as payout percentages and game outcomes. About two months ago, the Illinois Gaming Board was informed by an independent testing lab that some chips made by IGT and Bally had the potential to lose accounting and progressive play information. The flawed chips were present in 57 different machines made by the two companies.

Illinois regulators directed the companies to replace the defective chips on June 21. On Monday, IGT asked for an extension to fix the problem. Regulators denied the request and ordered the machines shut down until they were repaired. Authorities estimate the shutdown cost the state an estimated $172,000 in gaming tax revenue.

Ed Rogich, vice president of marketing for IGT described the problem as a “minor glitch” in their internal accounting function.

Illinois Gaming Board spokesman Gene O'Shea said the state gave the companies a 30-day deadline to fix the machines because the chance that players' jackpots could be denied was 'miniscule'.

The board has no proof that any of the machines in question failed, he said. Rogich said the games are not flawed.

 
 
 
 
 
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