New Jersey automation specialist StataCom Corp. has created a slot machine gimmick that marries gadgetry and luck in a series of clanking, spinning, ball-rolling contraptions. It was unveiled April 30th at Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City N.J.
Rube Goldberg, a Pulitzer Prize winner who died in 1970, was famous for drawings of complicated machinery that accomplished little but expended a lot of energy in doing it. He was the inspiration for "The Amazing Cash Contraption," a two-story device that sends a bowling ball through a series of chutes, tubes and glassed-in display cases loaded with levers, gears, faux hammers and other bells and whistles.
Eventually, the ball circles an entire slot machine venue, triggers a short animated film, and finally randomly selects one of the 281 slot machines. The person playing that machine wins a jackpot of between $5 and $10,000, provided they have their personal player card inserted in the machine at the time. Every 15 minutes, the cycle repeats.
The Amazing Cash Contraption spans over 300 feet in length, incorporates plasma and projection screens, and features a custom music score and sound effects. The Contraption uses two Alcorn McBride 8-TraXX and a V16+ show controller.