STATS and FIGURES
· Bally Technologies employs 4,200 employees worldwide; 1,200 in Nevada
· Three buildings comprise BT's Las Vegas headquarters: one for manufacturing, one for design and project teams, and one for executive offices and gaming demos
· Bally accounts for 25% of games globally and is the second largest manufacturer (behind IGT)
· Only gaming company that manufactures right here in Las Vegas
· Outputs approximately 25,000 machines per year
· Can assemble 150-200 per day during peak periods
Of the company's $1 billion dollars in annual revenue:
· 35% is from casino sharing/leasing of (mostly themed) games
· 35% from sales of games
· Remainder from casino systems
Mr. Trask confirmed the typical slot players are females between 40-60 years old. This explains why Bally's games include themes like the Beach Boys, Grease, and the new Titanic game. Meantime, the Pawn Stars crowd trends lower in the 30-40 year old checkbox. Must be the Chumlee factor.
Real spinning slot reels are illegal in Minnesota. That translates into the state allowing video reels only which is, of course, the newer technology, anyhow. But, it's nice to have options sometimes, isn't it? Not for Minnesota.
NOT SO FUN FACT
No matter how great a slot machine idea you think you may have, you can share with us but don't send it to Bally. Trask confirms that outside submissions are never accepted. Too many lawyers and contracts would need get involved and who wants that?
We did, unofficially, relay one non-theme related idea during our visit that was received well. We'll tell you about that and more later this week when we take you to the project and manufacturing floors at Bally and also reveal what Bally has planned for the future.