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Groundbreaking Casino Technology

Acres Manufacturing

Acres Manufacturing was founded by John Acres, the inventor of casino systems technology. Since 1972, the Acres name has been synonymous with groundbreaking casino technology.

In 1981, Acres started his first business, Electronic Data Technologies. EDT created a system that allowed casinos to track slot machine players by using loyalty cards, offering gamblers rewards based on how much they played.

Acres started his next business, called Mikohn, in 1986. Mikohn devised the modern progressive jackpot system in which slot machine jackpots increase over time, creating growing excitement for players. By the time Acres and his partner sold the company in 1989, Acres’ initial investment of $120,000 had turned into $6 million.

Acres’ third company, Acres Gaming, invented a system in which slot machines awarded instant bonuses based on current or accumulated play. Acres Gaming took $17 million to reach consistent profitability; Acres sold the company in 2003 for $143 million, and the casino industry has been at a technological standstill ever since.

Acres has revolutionized the casino industry again with the Foundation Casino Management System. Foundation reports any SAS meter change in real time, giving casinos more than 1,000 times more data than ever before. These metrics reveal what really influences spend and loyalty decisions. Foundation’s structure gives casinos total ownership and control over this data, allowing it to be interfaced to anything the casino wants.

Foundation delivers data from every slot machine to a transaction engine that can interface with any other data source, allowing a new dynamic between real-world and in-game events. An adaptable credit meter empowers casinos to change the player experience by changing the credit meter balance on any game, for any reason, at any time.

Foundation is currently being installed at all Penn National Gaming properties, pending regulatory approvals.

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