Clear Seas Research interviewed more than 200 casino executives across the United States regarding their impressions and plans for server-based gaming in their facilities. The results may surprise you.

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In this edition of By The Numbers we focus our attention on server-based gaming. We interviewed more than 200 casino executives across the United States regarding their impressions and plans for server-based gaming in their facilities. The results may surprise you.

Server-based gaming is coming - but at what cost?

Although more than half (52 percent) of the survey participants still believe that the widespread adoption of server-based gaming will occur within the next four years, compared to the last time we surveyed this group a much higher proportion (45 percent) feels that cost will further delay the onset or further development of server-based gaming at their facilities. SeeFigure 1.





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The economy is still hurting plans for SBG adoption

We asked how much of an impact the current economy is having on casino industry investment and uptake of server-based gaming.Figure 2shows the dramatic toll the economy is taking. Nearly half of survey participants indicated that the economy is having at least a “moderate impact” on their plans. However - note that 18 percent report no negative impact at all, and 25 percent report only a slight impact.





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Impact of the economy on server-based gaming investment

Finally, we asked those without any server-based gaming currently on their slot floors what specific impact the economy was having on their plans. Figure 3 highlights the ambiguous nature of server-based gaming plans with two-thirds of casinos indicating that they have delayed their server-based gaming plans without a specific timetable for the reconsideration of those plans.





For more information on this study, or other market research needs, please contact: John E. Thomas, Executive Director, Gaming Insights Group, Clear Seas Research at thomasj@clearseasresearch.com, 248.786.1659 or visit www.clearseasresearch.com.