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Betting on Las Vegas: Designing Popular Slot Games

The American public wagers some $800 billion in casinos each year, losing about $60 billion. The industry's #1 revenue source is slot machines. How do slot machines work – and not work? How do game designers make losing fun? Physicist Olaf Vancura, author of several acclaimed books on gaming and holder of over 70 game-related patents, will take us on a tour of game development at one of the industry's leading content suppliers.

Image courtesy of O. Vancura

Anyone outside NIST wishing to attend must be sponsored by a NIST employee and receive a visitor badge.

For more information, contact Stephanie Shaw at 301-975-2667.

Colloquia are videotaped and available in the NIST Research Library.

Olaf Vancura
Vice President of Game Development
American Gaming Systems

Created January 24, 2012, Updated January 5, 2017