Computerizing Chance: The Digitization of the Slot Machine (1960-1985)

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Center for Gaming Research Occasional Paper Series: Paper 15, Page: 1-8

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Turdean, Cristina
Casino gaming; Casinos; Gambling; Gambling industry; Nevada – Las Vegas; Slot machines – Technological innovations; Slot technology; Techno-politics; Virtualization; Gaming and Casino Operations Management; Technology and Innovation
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The digital slot machine entered the gambling floor in the mid-1970s and, within a decade, it became gamblers’ favorite and the main contributor to casinos’ gross revenue. This paper traces the main developments of this transition, particularly the role of the inventors, entrepreneurs, and the business context that made it possible. Decisively shaped by the culture of the casino floor and advancements in computer technology, the emergence of the microprocessor slot machine involved the gradual replacement of mechanical parts with digital components and created new opportunities for casino managers.