IGT expands use of EZ Pay systems

Feb 26, 2002 6:06 AM

IGT recently reported its EZ Pay Ticket System-equipped gaming machines have been installed at casinos in Atlantic City, Colorado and Indiana. Additional installations of EZ Pay machines at casinos in Southern Nevada and Manitoba, Canada, brought the total installed base of the ticket-in ticket-out machines to more than 34,000 units in 58 locations worldwide.

Bally’s in Atlantic City became the first casino there to offer EZ Pay technology. Bally’s offers 54 of the machines, all video nickel games, and said it intends to convert up to 4,200 slots to the EZ Pay system, after the machines pass a 60- to 270-day test period by the Casino Control Commission.

Park Place Entertainment, which owns Bally’s, plans to expand EZ Pay installations to its other Atlantic City casinos ”” Caesars, Claridge and Hilton ”” by the end of March.

“We’re very pleased with the progress EZ Pay technology is making in every gaming venue where it’s been introduced,” said Rich Pennington, IGT’s Senior Vice President of Product Management. “The response to ticket-in ticket-out technology has been positive from customers and casino operators.”

Other EZ Pay installations included:

”¡The new Green Valley Ranch casino in Henderson.

”¡2,000 machines connected to the EZ Pay System;

”¡Forty machines at the Avi Casino in Laughlin, and 43 machines at Buffalo Bill’s in Primm, south of Las Vegas;

”¡Sunset Station in Las Vegas ”” 361 machines;

”¡Blue Chip casino in Indiana ”” 127 machines;

”¡Isle of Capri in Colorado ”” 38 machines;

”¡Two casino properties in Manitoba, each with 140 machines.

EZ Pay technology combines ticket printers with traditional machine hopper pays.