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By Sam Donaldson
W A S H I N G T O N, Dec. 31 Check back here for continuous updates from the presidents Y2K Information Center.
Slot Machines Down
With the exception of continuing high usage of cell phones, the biggest Y2K-related problem in the nation appears to be the crash of hundreds of video slot machines at Delaware race tracks.
Bill Fasy, general manager of the Delaware Park track in Wilmington, says his first move in 2000 will be to sue WMS Gaming for letting his machines go down on what he says is usually one of the busiest days of the year. Fasy says WMS staff waited until the last minute to replace outdated chips that looked 72 hours ahead on Wednesday and read tomorrows date as Jan. 1, 1900.
They did not do their job, Fasy complains. You dont wait until the busiest day of the year to fix a problem like this.
John Koskinen, the presidents Y2K tsar, told reporters this afternoon that the computer coding problems that brought down the Delaware slots had been resolved. But that came as news to Fasy, who says state lottery officials have informed him that his 300 machines remain out of service and are likely to be down for the rest of the night.
A casino official in Las Vegas who also uses WMS machines says that no similar problems have been reported there.
-- semper paratus (email@example.com), December 31, 1999
-- semper paratus (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 31, 1999.
Well I can tell you that I just spoke to my good friend who's south of Dover, Delaware and she just got back from the Dover Slots. She said, "they weren't working". So ol' Kosky speaks with a forked tongue. Lie if you have to. Just don't let it appear as though there's any problems at all. Makes me mad.
-- beej (email@example.com), December 31, 1999.
What a fate that would be -- the CIO or CEO of "The Only Confirmed Y2k Failure in USA"! (Won't happen, but imagine...)
The interviews, the ghostwritten celebrity bio, the movie rights!
Sort of the Joe Hazelwood of Y2k.
-- jor-el (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 31, 1999.
Any guesses on what will transpire in Lost Wages, Nevada?
-- dinosaur (email@example.com), December 31, 1999.
Oh no! If all the slot machines in Vegas quit then there WILL be mass riots in the streets.
Maybe that's what the poster earlier today was alluding to when he said his parents left Vegas early after they were quietly advised "something" was going to happen and they didn't want to be there.
If the slots don't work in Vegas the casinos will lose money big time and it'll ripple through the economy like an elephant belly-flopping into a frog pond. The Crash of 2000 will start in Las Vegas when the slots all pay off big at midnight and then quit!
-- Wildweasel (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 31, 1999.