The closure of a Pleasantville based slot manufacturer could cause some serious issues for the casinos who have purchased the machines, but nevertheless the gaming regulators in New Jersey have announced that there will be no slots recall in light of the current situation. Even though a local testing lab has recommended that the slots be pulled immediately, casinos in the state will not be forced to give them up.
The closure of AC Slots, which was founded in 1978, means that their line of “Axcess” slots will now be subject to certain issues. There will be no one to maintain the machines – so if they break they will simply need to be replaced rather than fixed – and ownership over the slot machine games and the components that make them up could be called into question. Gaming Laboratories International LLC of Lakewood are calling for the gambling control board to reverse their decision and ask for the slots to be returned. GLI act as consultants for casino markets where there are no testing labs available, and are therefore the kind of industry voice that perhaps should be listened to in this kind of case. However, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has its own testing lab, and told press that they were ignoring the recommendation because they had found no operational problems when their own tests were done.
Employees were notified that the company was going out of business on the 27th of December last year, and spokespeople also notified the New Jersey Department of Labour that one hundred employees at the factory and corporate headquarters are going to be laid off. It is not clear exactly how many Axcess machines are in casinos across the US, but the line has been around since 2010. It is also known that in February of 2012 the announcement was made that they were to supply eighty four machine to Revel, the newest casino in Atlantic City which has seen its own fair share of bad luck since opening. Should the recommendation prove to have been apt, it might just be another bad mark for what seems to be an ill fated casino.