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High-Tech Slots Offer Casinos Personal Gaming or Big Brother
Wednesday, March 7, 2007 at 8:49:35 AM
In the casino of the future, slot machines might recognize gamblers by name, take their drink orders and sell them tickets to a show.
Behind the scenes, the slots would be linked to a central server computer that would allow operators to instantly adjust the odds or the minimum bet from, say, a nickel to a quarter.
Manufacturers tout the new technology, aimed for delivery in 2009, as the biggest innovation since the lever that gave one- armed bandits their name. Yet casino operators and players aren't so sure. They say the devices may not pay for themselves, and they're wary of a technology geared so much to the individual player that it might scare off customers.
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