Oklahoma gears up for the latest installment of OIGA
Oklahoma City will be ground zero for the annual Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA) Conference and Tradeshow, which will take place July 24-26, and is expected to attract over 2,500 industry professionals from all over the country.
As in past year, many OIGA attendees will undoubtedly peruse the event’s eclectic tradeshow floor, which will feature wares from gaming suppliers both large and small. What follows are some highlighted products and recent news from OIGA trade show vendors in their own words:
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Everi Holdings in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, have officially launched Casablanca, a video-reel game and the company’s first licensed game theme for its wide-area progressive (WAP) link, developed exclusively for Class II markets, and local-area progressive (LAP), developed for Class III markets.
Casablanca is featured on the Empire MPX, Everi’s newest premium gaming cabinet, and is part of the company’s Class II WAP link which went live in February 2017. The new Casablanca game theme is now live at three casinos across Oklahoma, Connecticut and Louisiana and will be rolled out to many more casinos and markets in the coming months. Everi’s Class II WAP link has a base jackpot amount of $100,000 and combines popular games with a large linked progressive platform and unique math model to heighten player excitement and engagement.
International Game Technology PLC (IGT) propels the most successful slot theme of all time, Wheel of Fortune Slots, with the introduction of Wheel of Fortune Gold Spin Triple Gold slots.
The vibrant progressive game is set on IGT’s new large-format mechanical reel MEGATOWER cabinet which prominently features a 27-inch mechanical wheel and stands 11 feet tall. Building on the international success of the S3000 cabinet, the MEGATOWER cabinet features three scaled-up versions of the mechanical reels found on IGT’s S3000 cabinet.
Triple Gold game symbols that align on a winning combination across all three reels can multiply payouts from 3X, to 27X. Elevating the gaming experience, the game’s Gold Spin Bonus is triggered when the Gold Spin symbol lands on the third reel. When this happens, players can be awarded with the virtual Wheel Bonus which can offer 3X, 7X or 15X multipliers. The bonus fun continues when players land on the ‘SPIN’ symbol on reel three, which triggers the famous Wheel of Fortune Wheel to spin for more big-win opportunities.
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
Diamonds aren’t just a “Girl’s Best Friend” with AGS’ new Class III game, Premier Diamonds on the state-of-the-art ICON cabinet, diamonds are every player’s best friend.
This dual-screen game and its simple, high-limit gameplay are made for the core gambler with a five-credit base bet at a standard $1 denomination. A single-line, three-reel game, Premier Diamonds has players hunting for massive wins with mixed symbol pays, scatter pays and multiplier wild symbols that multiply pays. Multiplier wild symbols, which appear on reel three only, substitute for any non-wild symbol when they land to create a winning combination and multiply the win anywhere from 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X or 10X. The game also pays for mixed symbols, such as three of any 7 symbols or three of any bar symbols. If players hit one or two cherry symbols, one or two premier diamonds symbols, or one multiplier wild symbol, they hit a scatter pay if there is no higher-value win.
The game’s highest payout is 2,000 credits (X the bet multiplier) when two premier diamond symbols land with a 10X multiplier wild.
WORTH THE RISK
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma has contracted JOSEPH EVE CPAs to conduct an enterprise-wide BSA/Title 31 risk assessment for each of the Nation’s eight standalone casino operations and its 12 Casino Travel Plaza locations.
As part of the assessment, JOSEPH EVE will evaluate the comprehensiveness of the casinos’ Title 31/AML program and identify areas of strengths and weaknesses; review the use of automated systems; review policies and procedures; and evaluate a variety of areas including staffing, SAR/CTR filings, training and due diligence procedures, among other duties included in the risk assessments.
“We are very pleased to have signed this new partnership with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and we are confident in our abilities to provide the Nation with the services and assessments they need to ensure their Title 31/AML programs function at the highest possible levels,” said JOSEPH EVE Partner Grant Eve in a prepared statement. “We have had the privilege of working with tribal enterprises and commercial casino operations across the U.S. for nearly 35 years, and we are honored by the trust our clients place in us.”
The 3,237 slots at the new and stunning MGM National Harbor are protected by JCM Global’s award-winning iVIZION bill validator, and in the property’s first three months, JCM products validated and processed more than $72.3 million.
JCM won 100 percent of MGM National Harbor’s bill validator and printer business, and JCM’s iVIZION bill validator and GEN2 U thermal printer are installed on each of the property’s slot games. In January of this year, analysts stated Maryland was America’s best regional gaming market in 2016. Across Maryland, JCM products validated $74.3 million in December 2016, and $67.6 million in January 2017, and $69.6 million in February 2017 for a state-wide combined total of $211.7 million.
JCM’s landmark iVIZION is the Foundation of Intelligent Validation and its Contact Image Sensor (CIS) technology scans 75 times more data points than any bill validator in its class, capturing the full image of both sides of a banknote or ticket. JCM will install its next-generation GEN5 Thermal Printer at MGM National Harbor when the product becomes available later this year. JCM’s GEN5 is one of the most technologically advanced printers available, and when combined with the iVIZION bill validator, MGM National Harbor may take advantage of a wealth of modern applications using JCM’s new FUZION technology.
VizExplorer recently announced that it has signed its first agreement with the Ute Mountain Tribe of Colorado to install campaignViz and floorViz at its Ute Mountain Casino and Hotel property in Towaoc, Colo.
After considering a range of analytics solutions, Ute Mountain Casino is making its first investment in operational intelligence with VizExplorer. For gaming operations, the casino selected floorViz, the company’s gaming floor optimization tool, while campaignViz is being added for advanced marketing campaign management.