Michael Pace, AMOA-NY’S 2023 Annual Gala Guest of Honor

Mike Pace
MICHAEL PACE, the Founder/Chairman of Pace-O-Matic Corp

The Amusement and Music Owners Association of New York, Inc. has chosen MICHAEL PACE, the Founder/Chairman of Pace-O-Matic Corp. (www.paceomatic.com), of Duluth, Georgia as its 2023 Guest of Honor. 

Ken Goldberg (Emerson Amusement, Woodside, NY), AMOA-NY President explains:  “Our organization has had great, qualitative annual gala guests of honor.  However, Michael Pace stands out as a leader among leaders.  Michael is dynamic, innovative, and courageous as he has exhibited through Pace-O-Matic.”

Established in 2000, Pace-O-Matic develops, produces, and licenses legally compliant games in many states.

For almost five decades, Michael Pace has been a groundbreaker and trailblazer in the coin-operated amusement and gaming industry. Known as the “father of the countertop video game”, Pace is the trusted name behind some of the industry’s best selling games.  His notable career has enjoyed many accomplishments and milestones. 

Michael Pace co-founded Digital Controls to manufacture and market coin-operated video games.  In 1980, developed the Little Casino bar-top game as the first counter-top ever invented, becoming a top-seller.

In 1984, Michael Pace launched Cowboy Casino with laser tech. It was the first truly interactive videodisc-based, coin-operated game.

Establishing US Games, Michael Pace developed Turbo 340 in 1989, a powerful bitmap graphics controller board, which became the world’s most broadly used platform for game creation. 

In 1990, he invented the world’s first electronic pull tab, called Pot of Gold. This put Pace and US Games at the technological forefront of a new market.  And In 1994, his Pot-O-Gold was the first game terminal installed in Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut.

Through Pace-O-Matic, Michael Pace’s Dragon’s Ascent, combined with a variety of inventive, advance technology tools which support the operator—has captured the imagination of many electronic game sector leaders by way of its creativity, architecture, and business model.  Michael Pace, together with his talented team demonstrates the potential and excitement in the future of our industry.

This occasion will be held 6-9 PM, Monday, April 24th, at Ben And Jack’s Steakhouse (https://benandjackssteakhouse.com/), midtown Manhattan, NYC.

Returning from a two year Covid hiatus, AMOA-NY celebrated 2022 with a packed, sold out gala honoring Chris Brady, VP of Sales from LAI Games.  Each year, AMOA-NY recognizes a “Jukebox Artist of the Year”.  For 2022, it was comedian, motion picture and television star Tracy Morgan—who made his debut as a recording artist where a number of his new records were publicly introduced at this gala.  (Other past “Jukebox Artists of the Year” have included: Tommy James & The Shondells, The Ramones, The Dictators, BJ Thomas, The Stylistics, Tony Orlando, Judy Collins, Dionne Warwick, and Peter, Paul & Mary.)

For ticket and souvenir video journal information, contact AMOA-NY Executive Director Danny Frank at dannyfrank@comcast.net (802-362-4034)