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Stan Fulton, casino owner, video slot machine pioneer, dies in Las Vegas

Stan Fulton, owner of Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino and a pioneer in the world of video slot machines, has died. The casino said Fulton died Thursday in Las Vegas, Nevada, where ...

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Re: Stan Fulton, casino owner, video slot machine pioneer, dies in Las Vegas
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2018, 10:20:12 AM »
I usually don't look at these but this seems significant. I found a more detailed article from the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Does anyone know if Stan actually designed/developed the Fortune One himself?
Here's the article from the paper:

http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/education/anchor-gaming-founder-unlv-benefactor-stan-fulton-dies-at-86/
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Re: Stan Fulton, casino owner, video slot machine pioneer, dies in Las Vegas
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2018, 03:18:28 PM »
Stan had a 3 card TTL video slot called Fortune Coin.
When I first started working at Fortune coin I was a bench tech working on them.
The REST of the story is Stan did not invent the Fortune 1 video poker machine.
The engineer and a couple of us techs originally worked at a company called United Audio Visual and
we worked on slide projector show electronic systems.
Load a cartridge of slides and program the unit to step and pause as programmed.
The engineer, Logan Pease, and the rest of us were hired by Stan to develop new products. Logan designed the prototypes, I built them
and a software genius named Dwight Crevelt wrote the code for the Fortune 1 system.
I built 3 suitcase programmers for the shop so the prototype poker board could be loaded with hex code one byte at a time.
Then a 18 pin DIP cable would be plugged into the target poker board and the entered code from the suitcase would run the board.
If it worked the suitcase could program the tri voltage 2716 chips and then they would be plugged into the poker board as a final test.
This is why there is a 18 pin DIP socket at the edge of every Fortune 1 poker board and why the GCB lab insisted we remove them or epoxy over them so no one could hack the board.
Si Redd bought the company and renamed it Sircoma and later it became IGT.
Dwight got a job as a independent contractor who tested new software for the GCB and was also the one to test any cheated machines to deter mine how it was cheated.
Ron Johnson, another tech, started his own company called Creative Concepts and designed those large LED progressive displays.
He was bought out by Mikohn. I started a company called ALDOR electronic services (www.aldor.net) and designed multi point animators for incandescent and neon signs
and sold it to Federal Sign. I continued doing electronic designs for products related to gaming and sex toys to keep busy.
Finally I ended up working for Larry at K-LAR electronic slot service and worked with him for 10 years repairing home use machines in the shop and via service calls.
When Larry passed away I found a buyer for the company and I now manage K-LAR for him.

BTW I still have a suitcase programmer for the Fortune 1 and am willing to sell it for $300.
It still worked a couple of years ago if any one is interested in purchasing a piece of history.

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Re: Stan Fulton, casino owner, video slot machine pioneer, dies in Las Vegas
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2018, 04:52:38 PM »
.....I continued doing electronic designs for products related to gaming and sex toys to keep busy.....

Dang!  that's an interesting way to keep busy.......  :buttwiggle:

(my life seems more boring now)
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Re: Stan Fulton, casino owner, video slot machine pioneer, dies in Las Vegas
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2018, 05:05:13 PM »
That's an interesting and informative story.
Did Stan's "Fortune" machine look like the Fortune One? Do you happen to have any picture of one?
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Re: Stan Fulton, casino owner, video slot machine pioneer, dies in Las Vegas
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2018, 06:11:10 PM »
No pictures. I was glad they were phased out. The schematics were 6' x 4' blue prints and would cover the whole testing bench.

 

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