INNOVATION beyond the slot floor
by Paul Doocey
October 14, 2011
Ask the average attendee at the month’s Global Gaming Expo (G2E), which will be held from October 3-6 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas, why they walk the event’s massive trade show floor, and most would likely answer to see the latest wares and technology from slot manufacturers and suppliers. Make no mistake…the G2E show floor has been and primarily remains a slot and gaming machine showcase. (For more information on G2E, visit www.globalgamingexpo.com.)
But G2E also attracts a growing number of non-slot suppliers and manufacturers; companies that create and market everything from new table game products to security systems, mobile computing applications to uniforms. Here’s our preview of some of the G2E purveyors with product likely to steal attention from the latest slot bells and whistles:
Available in men’s, misses’ and women’s sizes, the shirt features moisture-control fabric for maximum dryness, comfort and wrinkle resistance, as well as a narrow collar and adjustable cuffs for a modern fit. Offered in six colors—paprika, wine, black, cobalt, Caribbean blue and curry—the shirt is designed for home laundering, eliminating the need for expensive dry cleaning and the use of potentially caustic chemicals used in the dry cleaning process.
Booth number: 3426
For more information, visit www.docandamelia.com.
SEEKING A SOLUTION
Booth number: 3911
For more information, visit www.e-seek.com.
Booth number: 2720
For more information, visit www.wincards.com.
READ AND REPORT
Utilizing the latest RFID high-frequency technologies, GPI’s Portable Chip Reader combines the latest Magellan MARS 24 reader with a two-dimensional antenna that can read RFID chips in mass, in stacks or in racks. Encased in a sleek, portable case that includes a chip-reading surface that can be customized with the casino’s individual logo, the reader is able to quickly authenticate individual RFID chips and chip stacks that contains up to 20 chips. It can also quickly authenticate chips that are still in their trays and all validation information is displayed on an easy-to-read LCD display that shows both the number of pieces being authenticated as well as the total value amount. Its high-speed reading capabilities make it possible to read up to 400 chips per second while simultaneously identifying whether the chips are authentic, valid casino currency. This key advantage makes it possible for casino staff to easily identify and remove foreign, non-casino chips.
The Portable Chip Reader is also designed for ease-of-use and reliability, featuring a durable design that makes it easy to transport throughout the casino and a universal power supply that works with any voltage.
Booth number: 4441
For more information, visit www.gpigaming.com.
KEY TO SUCCESS
Other convenient features include access via an optical fingerprint reader or card reader interface (complete with alarm and access control integration capability), as well as an easy to use interface with large buttons that offers step by step instructions. Keys available to a user can easily and quickly be called up on the screen. “Find Key” and “My Keys Out” are additional new features that provide users with the location of a specific SmartKey, and information about SmartKeys that have not been returned and when they will become overdue. Key reservations and notes can now easily be entered at the KeyWatcher Touch screen.
The unified “KeyWatcher Site” design allows a network of KeyWatcher Touch systems to share a single database, which can accommodate more than 14,000 keys and 10,000 users. All control and management of the system, including programming, remote functions and reporting is done utilizing the all new KeyWatcher TrueTouch software.
The KeyWatcher Touch is designed around the latest in technology, with USB connectivity, built in Ethernet, audio output jack and a full color display.
Booth number: 2531
For more information, visit www.morsewatchmans.com.
NEWave’s myCloudSolutions combines the power of NEWave’s solutions with benefits that come from Cloud-based storage and retrieval, namely, the ability to safely store key data offsite, centrally share data from various locations, and anywhere/anytime access to that information via a secure log-in.
NEWave selected some of its most popular software as well as integrated Web services to critical banking and regulatory compliance tools for its myCloudSolutions suite, including:
• Check Prove, a check-cashing database that enables the cage to pull essential data from the Cloud and data from a pool of other subscribers.
• eDeposit enables electronic depositing of check images directly into bank accounts for increased efficiency and security.
• Document Manager for safe, encrypted storage of documents and e-deposits, if required.
• Tax Forms, which streamlines completion by aggregating disbursements and automatically populating forms.
• eFile Gaming Tax Form, which empowers casinos to electronically file IRS tax forms.
• TINCheck, for verification of a wide range of patron information.
• Gaming Watch List with OFAC, which delivers real-time information and notifications, checking against known terrorists and other information indicating that patrons could be on watch lists.
• ID Manager for quick verification of age, expiration, and banned/state-issued data. The Cloud assures data is up-to-the-minute accurate.
• Easy Marketing stores analyzed and encrypted data for generation of tailored marketing campaigns. NEWave devises the messaging, develops the creative, and launches the communications, and all results are trackable from the Cloud.
Booth number: 1337
For more information, visit www.mynewave.com.
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Booth number: 2031
For more information, visit www.rymaxinc.com/cj.
SCA’s MegaDraw promotion offers gaming operators the flexibility to run multiple drawings per day, throughout the month or longer if desired. Customized prize structures are offered to fit casino budgets.
Booth number: 1224
For more information, visit www.scagaming.com/megadraw.
Booth number: 4938
For more information, visit www.surfcitygaming.com.
OMNI sets the standard as the industry leader in terms of functionality, reliability, control and accountability, but what truly keeps your employees happy is the ease of use. Fully customizable to fit the exact needs of your hall, OMNI is configured in accordance with the regulatory requirements of your specific jurisdiction. MICS-compatible for tribal bingo, OMNI’s modules range from easy-to-use cashiering screens with integrated bingo handset downloading to sophisticated data management and reporting, allowing you to see the bottom line simply and efficiently.
Booth number: 4848
For more information, visit www.videokingnetwork.com.
All three offer simple optional or mandatory minimum initial side bets depending on game rules, [HI or LO] for dice and numbers, [Red or Black] ranked and suited decisions for cards. What sets this product apart from any other side bet is the novel house offer of an optional “Raise” after the primary game decision and before any payoff is made. This counter balanced hedge bet allow players to exercise the “Raise” option by increasing their original side bet against a win, attempt to recoup a loss or stand pat.
Once “Raises” are placed the dice shake, cards spin or the balls blow, each side bet device delivers an entertaining decision with an action signature all its own. Odds payoffs are attached to featured side bet decisions; all other wins pay even money. Primary wagers and side bets are settled and the next game begins; it’s fast, easy and exciting.
The addition of these all new double action table game variations can shake up a stale pit and be the impact product you’ve been looking for. Various titles, pay tables, and configurations as well as custom branding for layouts and signage are offered. The devices are GLI certified.
For more information, visit www.gamingdynamics.com.
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