Rhode Island State Lottery has ordered Twin River Worldwide Holding which operates the two casinos in the state to remove 360 of its “underperforming” video slots. The gambling operator has Video slots provided by the gaming technology and services company IGT.
Recently, the gambling operator announced to downsize and 30 table games supervisors and 65 dealers.
According to a report from The Providence Journal, the Rhode Island Lottery Director Gerald Aubin told a legislative oversight committee on Monday that IGT’s video slots are “underperforming” the minimum requirements in its contract with the state as well as machines provided by other companies to the two Twin River casinos. The Lottery official also told legislators that he would take appropriate measures to prevent the state and its gaming venues from bleeding any more money.
At present, there are 4,364 IGT’s gambling machines in the state. The figures represent a total of 84 percent of gambling machines at Rhode Island’s two casinos. On the other hand, Scientific Games provides 616 and Everi provides 195 gambling machines.
State Gov. Gina Raimondo was also of late embroiled in a controversy after she agreed to extend IGT’s contract for an additional 20 years through 2043 without a competitive bidding process.
Talking to The Providence Journal, a state lottery spokesperson said that “Lottery officials met with IGT managers […] to inform the company that it would remove 360 of its [VLTs] from the casinos.” Doing this “will raise its efficiency rating to at least 100 percent,” he added.