I received one such call from a local last week. Although I had not sold him his "Haywire" slot, a friend had told him that I worked on slot machines. The problem was that his machine had stopped taking quarters and seemed to be "locked up."
We've sold slots for a number of years and I have picked up a few tidbits on how to get a machine up and running, if it's a relatively easy fix. When I arrived at the gentleman's home and powered up the slot, it showed a "Code 12," which indicated a low battery on the mother board.
Ahh, something I could actually fix!
I pulled the board and brought it home to replace the battery. While working on it, I took a few pictures and thought you might like to see what the "brains" of a one-armed bandit looks like.
|"Haywire" Mother Board|
After I soldered the new battery onto the board, I took it back to the client's home, plugged it in, and fired it up.
Wah-La! Another satisfied customer!
Over the years of selling, repairing, and playing slots, I've learned not to play them in casinos. There's a reason there are so many on a casino floor. It's a huge money-maker for the properties.
So now you know, if you're going to make any money at slots, buy and sell them. Putting money in them is an act of futility :)