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How to unlock a bally series M or E machine without a key
« on: April 22, 2013, 07:57:25 AM »
I just answered the question for someone in an email, and I thought this would be the perfect place to share this information with others here on the forum. If you have any other way to do this, please let us know. I'll start it out with the question I received, and then I give the answer after that:

Hi Rodger,

I wanted to reach out to you concerning a 1090 Slot Machine.  A relative of mine had purchased the remnants of a storage unit, and one of the items is a 1090 slot machine.  It looks great, however the electric cord looks like it was frayed, and doesn't work when you plug it in. I was wondering, if you have or have access to a key for this machine.  It says El Dorado on it, and can fit up to 3 quarters at a time. Also, do you know how much this machine should weigh?  It seems pretty heavy is all I have attached some photos.

The Answer:
You have a problem here I see, first, casinos take the locks off when they get rid of their machines, so door locks are added and put back on by dealers and owners and that also means they are all keyed different. The round barrow locks can be picked by a locksmith but not an easy one to pick. The only other thing you can do is to drill the core of the lock completely out, but this just starts the problems, and it gets worse now. The locking mechanism is a bar that slides up when you turn the key, so once drilled out there is no way to slide this locking bar up, and it looks like a safe door with three locking points on the cabinet. So, after drilling out the core of the lock, you need to turn the whole machine upside down, even on its top if you can, and at the same time wiggle the door with a straight edge screwdriver or anything you can get in between the door and the case to wiggle the door, this will cause the locking bar to fall down, because the machine is upside down now and the door will unlock and open. Maybe there are other ways to do this but I had to do this a couple of times myself, and so far this is about the only thing that worked for me. After that you just buy a new lock. Now, this looks like a E-1088 to me. If so, it will have electronic circuit boards in it, if it is an M-1088 it will not have circuit boards in it. By the look of your win meter I am thinking it is an electronic machine. So after getting the door open this way, look behind all the circuit boards for loose coins as once the machine is upside down, all the lose coins are going to go everywhere, and they always find a way to get behind a circuit boards. If there is a one coin behind a circuit board (it's just takes one) somewhere and you turn the power on, you're going to blow a circuit board or even more. These can weigh about 200 pounds or more.

I hope this helps someone here.......
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« Last Edit: April 22, 2013, 08:00:05 AM by CSAdmin »



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