RISE of the MACHINES
by Paul Doocey
March 1, 2011
Each year the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) conference and trade show attracts the best and brightest the tribal gaming industry has to offer. This year’s show should be no different.
It’s estimated that representatives from 200 tribal governments and 400 Indian gaming facilities will attend Indian Gaming 2011 Tradeshow & Convention, which will take place April 3-6 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Arizona. They’ll gather to participate in the 200 hours of training, workshops, roundtables and caucuses covering everything from economic development to slot surveillance. Attendees will also have ample opportunity to network at Indian Gaming 2011’s receptions, luncheons, banquets and three scheduled golf tournaments.
Equally important to the event is the trade show, where gaming industry vendors display the latest games, systems and technologies designed to either save or make casinos money. Here are some recent product releases that will likely be featured on the NIGA trade show floor.
The four bonus features are the Cashman Multiplier, a randomly triggered event on any bought game in which Cashman may appear at the start of the game and award a two to 10 times multiplier; the Cashman Added Wild is another randomly triggered event on any bought game in which Cashman appears and places stacked Cashman symbols on all the position of one or more reels; Hold and Respin is also random triggered — if four Amazon symbols appear on reel one, Cashman may appear and will award one to three re-spins; and Cashman Nudge, which occurs following any spin or re-spin if any reel has three Amazon symbols, and involves Cashman appearing and nudging that reel to reveal four Amazon symbols.
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The template-based PromoNet solution helps casinos design and manage a wide range of promotional campaigns from the convenience of a workstation PC, turning ordinary slot tickets into eye-catching coupons. These campaigns can be downloaded via a secure network to the slot floor, Players Club, restaurants, hotels and shops to provide an integrated couponing solution across the entire operation. Business analytics applications monitor the success and return of individual couponing campaigns, enabling operators to identify which promotions are the most popular and to customize them to reward their most valuable players.
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FLIGHT OF THE CONDOR
This G-Deluxe multiple bonus game from Aruze Gaming is a five-reel, 30-line video slot with a large interactive top box that includes a 19-inch LCD display with an exciting game board representing different stops in the game of Cranky’s life.
The bonus game, Cranky Condor’s Life, is triggered when three bonus symbols appear on the first, third and fifth reels. The player rolls the dice and advances an amount of spaces on the board game determined by the outcome of the dice. Players must face critical decisions for Cranky Condor, such as going to college, getting a job and where to build an oil mine. Credit amounts are earned in mini-games on the way to the goal of becoming a billionaire.
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The link progressive is complemented by the new widescreen Super A560 cabinet and striking signage package, according to the company. Lights, Camera, Action! will be available in one cent, two cent and five cent denominations and in 40-line and 50-line configurations with fixed line play options.
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In the free-spin bonus, players are awarded as many free spins as possible until the “Whammies” appear. In the Big Board Bonus, the interactive top box brings the Press Your Luck board to life as players hit the STOP button to try to stop the flashing board on the big prizes. Players have the chance to multiply their Big Board wins by up to five times.
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Hosted on the ALPHA game platform, which provides an unparalleled gaming experience along with unsurpassed reliability and the flexibility to convert from Class II to Class III with minimal costs or downtime, Quick Hit Platinum-Black & White Wild Jackpot features five reels with 30 lines and a 150/300 maximum credit bet and a top prize of 5,000 times total bet. This game features Bally’s signature Quick Hit fast-pay progressive with five progressive jackpots that can be won when the player is awarded five to nine Quick Hit symbols.
Quick Hit Platinum is available in one cent to $25 denominations, includes a six-level internal/external progressive option and a free games bonus feature.
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KEYS TO THE KINGDOM
The game is driven by Multimedia Games’ Class II Reel Time Bingo Gaming System, is SAS compatible and has multiple payout template options.
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Mega Money Maker is available exclusively on Cadillac Jack’s Genesis next generation dual-screen game cabinet.
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DIVING FOR DOLLARS
The five-reel, 20-line machine has five bonus features: In Diamond Hunt, Jewel randomly uncovers diamonds during game play and once she has found all 10, the player is taken to a second screen where they pick until they match two prizes; Mine Field lets players select mines as they explode into wins; in Shark Attack, players pick one of three sharks from a reel that in turn chomps reels revealing credit amounts; Neptune’s Maze make the player snake through an underwater grid to a treasure chest, picking up gems along the way; and Newton the Nudger is a crazy credit-dispensing gremlin that randomly appears to change a losing spin into a winner.
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