Slots still indebted to Redd

Oct 20, 2015 3:00 AM

This week in 2003 we lost a pioneer in the slot industry, International Gaming Technology founder “Si” Redd.

Not only was Redd the man that began IGT, but he was considered by many in the industry to be the father of the modern video and slot machines we enjoy and often curse at every day at our favorite casino or local establishment.

In a story that appeared in Gaming Today, former Nevada governor Bob Miller called Redd “the most innovative gaming pioneer.”

Bill Thompson, a professor at UNLV specializing in gaming issues said Redd might have had a greater effect on gambling than anyone in the last 30 years.

That’s certainly worthy of remembering today.

Also deserving a shout out was Mark Franco’s record setting pace in what was then the Las Vegas Hilton’s SuperContest. Franco was off to a 26-9 record (74%) and was on the staff at

Barry Daniels, who was my boss when we both worked at VI, wrote the article for GT. Franco today is still a successful handicapper and a pretty good guy as well.

Mark Mayer has over 35 years covering sports events and is the sports editor at GT. Twitter: @MarkMayerGT Email: [email protected]