Gary Platt’s 91st Birthday Video!

Gary Platt’s 91st Birthday Video!

Gary Platt, pioneer of the slot seating in Las Vegas casinos, celebrated his 91st birthday at the Gary Platt Manufacturing’s booth on the first day of the Global Gaming Exposition 2016. Filled with smiles and well wishes, the crowd watched as Gary Platt (Founder) and Skip Davis (President) shared a moment of reflection on how the casino industry has changed over the last 60 years.

“I really love coming to G2E, because I get to see so many old friends and we remember the old days and reminisce on how naïve we were to what our efforts were creating. We were the founders of an entire industry and we had little idea as to how it would grow. Now, I come here (to G2E) and see the next generation evolving our efforts in ways we didn’t even think possible. This makes me so grateful to be a part of this industry and so excited to witness the next chapter!” said Gary, as he squeezed Skip’s shoulder.

The Platt Gala at Booth# 2823 in G2E 2016

The Platt Gala at Booth# 2823 in G2E 2016

Gary Platt Manufacturing invites you to come celebrate comfort with us at G2E this year in our Platt Gala! You will:

  • See our unveiling of unique and innovative casino chair styles that were made with ergonomics and longevity in mind; designed in only the best and most luxuriant materials.
  • Witness seating that spans from suave and sophisticated to funky and charming, while drinking at our complementary bar (cosponsored by Patriot Gaming)
  • Enjoy the best seats in the show as Gary Platt, a pioneer of casino seating, marks his 91st birthday with bubbly champagne and decadent cake.
  • Win entry to the drawing for a new office chair created by Gary Platt Manufacturing’s Head Seating Designer.

Don’t miss out on the festivities at Booth #2823

The Origins of Slot Seating in Las Vegas

The Origins of Slot Seating in Las Vegas

Look at any Vegas picture of the casino floor in the 1950’s and 60’s. See the old fashioned, pulley slot machines and imagine the clanging of coins hitting metal and the “ding, ding, ding” of someone getting a triple 7… It brings nostalgia to the minds of those not even born to the era! However, you can’t help but notice one jarring difference between the 50’s casino and the modern casino when evaluating the pictures… where is the slot seating?

slot seating

slot seating

slot seating

Chairs are completely missing from the 1950’s casino floor set-up and patrons are standing as they play nearly shoulder to shoulder. Looking at these pictures begs the question: When and how did chairs become standard on the casino floor?

Someone else was just as curious about this as we are and asked Anthony Curtis (the Las Vegas Advisor), a world renown authority on Las Vegas and gambling, to shed some light on the origins of chairs in casinos. Here is how it played out:

“Q: (Curious Player)

I was looking at some Vegas pictures from the ’50s and ’60s and there were no seats at any of the slots. When were seats put on the casino floor for slot players? Which casino was the first to do so?

A: (Las Vegas Advisor)

We’ve consulted several historians, but have been unable to pin down when or where the practice of sitting while playing slot machines first took root. (As recently as 1960’s Ocean’s Eleven, you can see stand-up slot machines.) We do know that some casinos had already adopted the practice in the 1950s.

Gary Platt, head of the eponymous manufacturing company that now dominates slot-stool supply, recalls a fateful visit to Las Vegas in January 1959, at which time he was representing L&B Manufacturing. Based in Santa Monica, California, L&B specialized in booths, tables, and counter and bar stools for restaurants.

Platt was playing blackjack in Vegas “and noticed that the stools were not nearly as well constructed or as comfortable as the bar stools that we manufactured. As a salesman, this looked like a new source of business, so I tried to call upon the hotel casinos, without any success. The answer was, ‘We purchase all our gaming equipment and supplies from Paul Endy at Paul-son Dice & Card. I contacted Paul, had a great meeting with him, and learned that the stools must be narrower, so that seven of them would fit around a blackjack table. The seat also had to be shorter, so the player sits closer and, most important of all, the seat height must be 27 inches [vertical], so players are comfortable. I told Paul, ‘These are all things we can do’ and made him a few samples. Paul-son began to distribute our blackjack stools and did a nice volume of business for us.”

Platt couldn’t shake the feeling that if similar stools were placed in front of slot machines, it would increase time on device (the holy grail of casino floor managers). However, he always ran up against the same answer: It would make the aisles too narrow and there would be no room for players to walk past.

“I kept bugging Paul to find some small casino that owed him a favor and would listen to me. He finally called me and said to come up and meet with him,” Platt resumes. “It was a small casino on the Strip near Flamingo [Road] and I can’t remember the name. I knew I’d get the same ‘aisles too narrow’ answer, so I came prepared with a large pad and a 12-inch square drawn on it, and told the casino manager that I would manufacture 24 stools with a 12-inch square seat and three-quarter-inch square-tube legs that went straight down so they wouldn’t trip the players. I’d drop them off and pick them up in two weeks: no cost, no obligation.”

As a favor to Paul Endy, the casino owner reluctantly agreed to the experiment. Platt delivered the stools and two days later received a call from Endy: “How soon can we get another hundred stools?” The coin-in on the slots that had stools had been “astronomical.” Over time, as the big boys in the industry adopted the practice, Platt’s business boomed and casino floors evolved to have wider aisles and more seating.

Thus, like so many trends and traditions in the history of Las Vegas, a major change in casino design hinged on one owner sufficiently daring to take a chance. ( September 20, 2016 – Question of the Day)”

Register for a Free Pass to G2E 2016

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Gary Platt Manufacturing produces seating exclusively for casinos, including: slot, table games, poker, bar-top, and bingo chairs. FIND US AT BOOTH#: 2823

Global Gaming Expo (G2E) is the preeminent show for the global casino-entertainment industry.

G2E 2016 will take place Monday, September 26 – Thursday, September 29 (Exhibits: September 27 – September 29) at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, NV.

Largest show floor in North America with 450+ exhibitors showcasing their newest products
Access to the Integrated Resort Experience – alternative revenue sources for casino properties
iGaming Zone—see the top suppliers in the online gaming market.
G2E Education Program—interactive and technologically dynamic sessions with leading experts focused on today’s most critical issues.
Keynotes, special events, and networking opportunities—learn from and connect with the leaders in the industry.

A full array of gaming products and services will be on display in the exhibit hall at G2E and will be addressed in sessions during the conference program such as:

  • Access Control
  • Apparel/Uniforms
  • Advertising Services
  • Architecture/Design/Décor
  • Audio/Video Displays
  • Bingo
  • Cash Advance/ATM’s
  • Casino Management Products and Services
  • Coin and Note Counting/Handling
  • Cashless Gaming
  • Charitable Products/Services
  • Class II Gaming
  • Compliance
  • Electronic Payment Process
  • Entertainment Attractions
  • Facilities/Maintenance
  • Financial Services
  • Food and Beverage
  • Furniture
  • Game Design
  • Game Equipment
  • Golf Products
  • High Roller Premiums
  • Hospitality
  • Human Resources/Training
  • Intellectual Properties/Licensing
  • iGaming
  • Information Systems/Information Technology
  • Lottery
  • Marketing/Promotions
  • Monitors/Screens
  • Networks/Software Development
  • Pari-Mutuel Products/Services
  • Player Tracking Systems
  • Promotional Items/Premiums
  • Retail
  • Security and Surveillance
  • Signage
  • Slots-Real
  • Slots-Video
  • Software Developers
  • Spa/Resort
  • Table Games and Accessories
  • Technology
  • Transportation
  • Video Gaming and VLTS


Event Hours:
Tuesday, September 27 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Note: Integrated Resort Experience will be open until 6:30 pm)
Wednesday, September 28 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday, September 29 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Find more information at the G2E website.

RSVP and Register from our Facebook Event Page.

Gary Platt Manufacturing will be at G2E 2016

Gary Platt Manufacturing will be at G2E 2016

Gary Platt will be at the Global Gaming Exposition 2016.

Global Gaming Expo (G2E) is the preeminent show for the global casino-entertainment industry.

G2E 2016 will take place Monday, September 26 – Thursday, September 29 (Exhibits: September 27 – September 29) at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, NV.

Register for your FREE pass here.

Largest show floor in North America with 450+ exhibitors showcasing their newest products
Access to the Integrated Resort Experience – alternative revenue sources for casino properties
iGaming Zone—see the top suppliers in the online gaming market.
G2E Education Program—interactive and technologically dynamic sessions with leading experts focused on today’s most critical issues.
Keynotes, special events, and networking opportunities—learn from and connect with the leaders in the industry.

A full array of gaming products and services will be on display in the exhibit hall at G2E and will be addressed in sessions during the conference program such as:

  • Access Control
  • Apparel/Uniforms
  • Advertising Services
  • Architecture/Design/Décor
  • Audio/Video Displays
  • Bingo
  • Cash Advance/ATM’s
  • Casino Management Products and Services
  • Coin and Note Counting/Handling
  • Cashless Gaming
  • Charitable Products/Services
  • Class II Gaming
  • Compliance
  • Electronic Payment Process
  • Entertainment Attractions
  • Facilities/Maintenance
  • Financial Services
  • Food and Beverage
  • Furniture
  • Game Design
  • Game Equipment
  • Golf Products
  • High Roller Premiums
  • Hospitality
  • Human Resources/Training
  • Intellectual Properties/Licensing
  • iGaming
  • Information Systems/Information Technology
  • Lottery
  • Marketing/Promotions
  • Monitors/Screens
  • Networks/Software Development
  • Pari-Mutuel Products/Services
  • Player Tracking Systems
  • Promotional Items/Premiums
  • Retail
  • Security and Surveillance
  • Signage
  • Slots-Real
  • Slots-Video
  • Software Developers
  • Spa/Resort
  • Table Games and Accessories
  • Technology
  • Transportation
  • Video Gaming and VLTS


Event Hours:
Tuesday, September 27 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Note: Integrated Resort Experience will be open until 6:30 pm)
Wednesday, September 28 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday, September 29 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Find more information at the G2E website.

RSVP and Register from our Facebook Event Page.

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