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The Greatest Slot Machine Designer in the World

A former stockbroker creates a lucrative new video poker game
Michael Kaplan
From the Print Edition:
Steve Wynn, Jan/Feb 03

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Before Triple Play Poker gets overtaken by something bigger and better -- which, invariably, it will -- Ernie Moody hopes to produce a successor. He is not alone in this desire. The popularity of Triple Play has made video poker into a waiting gold mine of sorts, and game designers across the country are working hard to hit the mother lode. Moody himself has mathematicians working on innovative software and he has joined forces with a couple of other game designers in the hopes of being in on the next big thing -- even if it doesn't come directly from his brain. "The quest is rewarding," Moody says, ruminating in the way that only rich men can. "When this whole thing started, it was my dream to become successful, and the fun of getting there has been a big part of it. But it also felt good to know that I would not go out of business, that this thing would grow, and that I would continue to make money." He hesitates as if he needs to consider this. Then he adds, "Yeah, that feels good."

Michael Kaplan is Cigar Aficionado's gambling columnist.

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