BINGOWORLD...BUT like you've NEVER seen IT
by James J. Hodl
April 27, 2010
Bingo Mundo: A WHOLE NEW GAME
A WHOLE NEW GAME
Bingo Mundo is offering attendees at Southern Gaming Summit a sneak peak at Kinzo, a new bingo-style game that the Société des bingos du Québec has developed and plans to roll out in the fall.
Inspired by Spanish bingo, Kinzo is designed to play at a faster pace, incorporating multimedia animation and a “buzzer” to the action, yet also allowing interaction among players. Bingo halls will have the option of playing one of two games on a 15-number ticket. One game requires players to get The Line (five horizontal numbers in a row), while the other is won by getting The 15/15 (all 15 numbers on the ticket). But to win the player must first hit a buzzer, which triggers animated lights and colorfully confirms their claim to the game’s prize.
Bingo Mundo also will show its innovative bingo network. This turn-key software-based system enables games to be played simultaneously in several halls with all the control, management and reporting options required in today’s industry. It can be used to create client-specific game programs in 75- and 90-number formats. It also performs financial accounting and reporting, electronic funds transfer and payments management.
Bingo Novelty World: AID FOR A CAUSE
Bingo Novelty World is unveiling a line of special products to support the National Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign.
These include a pink bingo purse with the campaign’s pink bowed ribbon on the front outside pocket. The roomy purse has two outside pockets and two inside pockets perfect for holding up to six daubers and loads of other supplies for the serious player. The company also has manufactured daubers that use the campaign’s special shade of pink.
On a less serious note, BNW will show wind-up walking bingo balls that patrons can play with between games. They also have a range of popular items that can be sold or given away or awarded as prizes: bingo-themed tote bags, travel cups, holiday-themed daubers, necklace clips that resemble bingo balls for holding one’s ticket or photo and a “Bingo Confidential” comedy DVD that follows the “adventures” of six bingo aficionados.
GameTech: GETTING THE EDGE
GameTech has the Edge at this year’s show — a complete bingo hall solution with Virtual Flash Board integrated with a new hand held Wi-Fi Explorer and new fixed base player.
Edge’s Explorer features a brilliant 8- or 10-inch full-color touch screen in a compact handheld unit with the durability to withstand the pressures of a busy bingo setting. And it can be expanded to incorporate a variety of gaming content in addition to bingo.
GameTech will also showcase its new Elite operating system for VLT and Class III gaming in a high-resolution wide-screen cabinet. The Elite provides the ultimate platform for GameTech’s exclusive games and bonus features.
Attendees also will get a look at GameTech’s 24 Number Speed Bingo suite (B3) Big Bad Bingo, which combines innovative game play, entertaining bonus features and sophisticated scalable technology to provide a gripping gaming experience for your players.
Video King Gaming: THE CAT'S MEOW
Video King will be letting the cat out of the bag at its BingoWorld exhibit with the new TAB-e portable gaming tablet.
Boasting the same advanced features as the company’s Champion II tablet, this new unit costs less and is smaller and more compact. TAB-e connects to a Wi-Fi network for device management and game play. The touch screen supports both 75- and 90-number games and can play hundreds of cards each game. Players can even select background and dauber colors. TAB-e also is a complete multimedia package, capable of non-gaming displays such as restaurant menus, and it can take customer surveys and deliver non-gaming entertainment.
Video King will be highlighting its Pick ‘N Play combination bingo and slots system. Housed in an Atronic Harmony slant-top station equipped with Spielo’s Sensys platform, Pick ’N Play Bingo & Slots integrates Class III games, such as video reels, poker and keno, with a fully functioning bingo station. Players can enjoy full-screen bingo, full-screen Class III games or simultaneously play a Class III game and interact with a live bingo desk via a split screen. Features include a 17-inch TFT screen that provides vivid color and depth. Ticket capability enables players to easily transfer play to another terminal.
James J. Hodl
is a Chicago-based freelance writer covering the gaming industry. He can be contacted at +1 773 777 5710; or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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