One might say: Vegas was built
by the truck load
This page was created on 11-04-2005 _ Last updated 4-05-2012
During the early bingo years, Si was living back east and ran
at least one casino in the
In reference to the “reflex unit” Don says that these were adjustable (more on this later) but Si knew that keeping people in the casinos was the real key to success, to making money. Si would set-up his machines to payout 90%-to-95% and he was one owner/operator who ran them the highest in order to keep people in the hotels and casinos. That even back, staying at these places was expensive and the machines were basically a give-away.
Si also has interests down in the
Si was also very involved with shipping the one-balls and bingos out of the country, selling them overseas. He sold 1000s of “Debry” machines and other pins to the Japanese – A trend very prevalent as owners worked to liquidate their inventories toward the close of the era of these machines.
In the interview, the team mentions that Si was Bally’s Top Salesman and in reference to this and that Si married a much younger wife: Don responded: “Yeah, he was no dummy!”
Mr. Si Redd can clearly be counted in the annals of: “Who
Helped To Build
Originally, Redd came to
The phone calls to Bally's headquarters started to come: Redd wanted multi-coin play, with the jackpot available only with maximum coins played; Redd wanted payoff on three lines, then five lines; Redd wanted more liberal payoffs on low denomination machines. Features that are as common as flashing lights and jackpot bells today were all developed under Redd's direction. By the time Bally bought back their distributorship, Redd was a multi-millionaire with an eye to the future.
Holding on to Bally's rights for video-based machines, Redd
founded SIRCOMA and began developing video poker on old Pong machines. Soon
the machines were everywhere, players often preferring the interactive game
to the hum-drum yank of the slot machine. SIRCOMA became IGT, the dominant
gaming machine manufacturer in the
Redd sold his interest in IGT in 1986. Since then he developed and
sold his Oasis resort-casino in
Si Redd was so popular, well known, revered, and respected –
- The Man -
……………and in this case, the shirt…………...