January 11, 2013
Bally Technologies signs iGamingBally Technologies has signed a deal to provide its iGaming platform to Mohegan Sun’s casinos in Uncasville, Conn. and Wilkes-Barre, Pa., adding to the growing portfolio of online gaming sites the company develops for casino operators.
The agreement will enable Mohegan Sun to offer play-for-free online poker in Connecticut and Pennsylvania in preparation for online wagering regulation. Mohegan Sun selected Bally Interactive following a six-month review process.
“We’re thrilled to continue our successful partnership with Bally Technologies,” said Mitchell Etess, CEO for the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority. “Our goal is always to provide our guests with the best gaming and entertainment offerings, and we believe iGaming is the next step in fulfilling the demand for regulated online play when customers aren’t able to be on property. Further, we believe this exciting new offering will entice new players to visit our properties and experience all that we have to offer.”
Bally’s iGaming platform offers casino operators a number of benefits. The platform’s open architecture enables operators to choose from best-in-class content from a multitude of providers. Additionally, content is hosted, limiting the infrastructure required. The iGaming platform is also designed for mobile integration and is ready to accommodate online gaming beyond poker, such as casino table games, video slots, sports betting, and social games.
Earlier this year, Bally Technologies became the first company licensed in the United States as an interactive gaming system manufacturer and service provider.
“We are proud of our long-term strategic partnership with Mohegan Sun,” said Bally Technologies’ CEO Richard Haddrill. “This partnership will demonstrate the advantages of having an open iGaming platform, which allows for best-in-class content.”
Seven Clans casinos opt for Konami's KCMS productRed Lake Gaming Enterprises, the operators of the Seven Clans casinos in northern Minnesota, have installed the Konami Casino Management System (KCMS) in all three of their gaming and entertainment properties, located in Red Lake, Warroad, and Thief River Falls.
“The three Seven Clans casino properties combined currently offer more than 1,450 of the latest slot machines, table games featuring blackjack and poker, a range of dining options, and more than 230 hotel rooms,” said Clark Warren, director of systems sales and marketing at Konami Gaming. “By closely linking all three properties with our KCMS system, we will enable the Seven Clans operations team to understand more about the behavior of their customers across all three properties and we will provide new marketing and bonusing tools to help ensure that their customers are recognizing the value Seven Clans is offering.”
KCMS is a casino management system best known for its innovative marketing capabilities, bonusing toolkit, ease of upgrades, and commitment to customer service. Konami’s proprietary technology, coupled with its dedicated support staff, ensure that casino operators can maintain focus on managing and analyzing their gaming operations, implementing innovative marketing campaigns, and driving their business forward.
“With KCMS, we are moving into the 21st century and this new system will create a competitive advantage for us in the U.S. and Canadian markets where our customers reside,” said Raymond J. Brenny, chief executive officer of Red Lake Gaming. “The scalability of this new system will also easily accommodate our brand new, state-of-the-art Seven Clans Warroad resort property which is scheduled to open in May of 2014 and will replace the existing Seven Clans Warroad casino.”
INCREDIBLE TECHNOLOGIES APPROVED FOR ILLINOIS GAMING MACHINE MARKETThe Magic Touch Video Gaming Terminal (VGT) collection from Incredible Technologies (IT) has been approved by both the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) and Gaming Laboratories International (GLI). This approval allows IT to begin placing their one-of-a-kind machine in the Illinois Route Gaming market.
IT, best known for being one of the largest U.S.-based manufacturers of amusement video games, is also recognized as one of the fastest growing competitors in the Class-III casino sector, with over 700 games placed in nearly 70 casinos across the country. Utilizing their experience in both the amusement route and casino markets, IT’s Magic Touch Illinois VGT was developed with both the player and operator in mind. The multi-game device includes an assortment of nearly 40 innovative games optimized with purpose-built math models designed to maximize excitement, including the Illinois-exclusive Golden Tee Wild! slot game.
“We are proven veterans in the amusement gaming industry and we are growing exponentially in the casino gaming industry,” said Don Pesceone, senior vice president of sales for IT. “We are looking forward to experiencing this same type of success in the Illinois VGT market. Our machine has more games and pay tables than any other device currently on the market. Our games are unique and fun and we are anticipating a great response.”
Additional casinos ink social gaming contracts with DoubleDownInternational Game Technology (IGT) has signed on with 15 additional land-based casino partners who will be featuring the DoubleDown Casino solution on their websites-taking the total to 24 since the partnership program was introduced in August.
DoubleDown Casino includes some of the topâperforming land-based game titles in the industry, including Da Vinci Diamonds and Cleopatra, with plans to include many more popularlyâranked IGT landâbased and interactive game titles in the coming year.
“IGT is providing a unique and highly desired service to the casino community, with continuous innovation and proven results in the social gaming arena,” said Robert Melendres, IGT executive vice president of emerging businesses. “The DoubleDown Casino is providing casinos with a solution that they can utilize today, having been made available to encourage and incent players to return to the casinos for even more exciting game play.”
Casino properties are lining up to take advantage of the DoubleDown solution which addresses how casino properties can expand their reach into social gaming. In the past month, 15 additional partnerships have formed in California, Colorado, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Florida, Minnesota, South Dakota and Virginia.
The DoubleDown Casino solution not only shows forwardâthinking on the part of the casinos, who are essentially offering their players with a free-play solution for poker, bingo, slots and additional casino-style entertainment immediately, but it also allows the casino player with a way to connect with the casino property in a way that has never been offered before.
DoubleDown Casino gives players a wide variety of popular slot game options such as classic IGT slot titles, a newly released bingo game and multi-player poker directly to the casino’s website. The DoubleDown Casino will launch many more games during the next 12 months, all of which will be available to land-based casinos as part of the program.