PROFILE: DigiDeal continues to innovate with latest product line

One of the first companies to harness the power of technology for table games starting back in 1999, DigiDeal in 2011 has introduced its latest progression: the Live to Virtual (L2V) version of its proven Digital Table System (DTS).

According to company literature, adding the right technology to traditional table games allows casinos to keep the key elements of a pit and gain new-found accountability and efficiency with actual player tracking, better reporting and elimination of dealer errors. Instead of giving away more of the pit to slot games, the L2V is designed to let casinos keep the “felt” and lose the inefficiencies.

Even with its advanced technology, the DigiDeal L2V version is still a felt table. And it is still a real table game with the same play and strategy. At the same time, the new L2V table packages options in versatility and flexibility now available for the first time in a single product.

With the L2V e-table, operators can use traditional playing cards and a variety of third-party, card scanning shoes or be totally converted to virtual cards. As each physical card is dealt, it is scanned, verified and digitally displayed on the player’s screen along with card totals and end of game outcomes. Virtual cards and game outcomes are similarly presented on the individual player monitors.

The six-position L2V table also can be configured for play with a host or be easily switched to all virtual table play. Overall, it can be a single hosted table, semi-hosted in connection with other tables, or in AFT jurisdictions, the L2V table can be switched to fully automated play.

In addition, the L2V table can be set up to accept any of the casino methods of buying into the game. Players can use tickets (TITO), AFT, cash and chips or by keyed on credits. After buying in, the credits are displayed in the player’s bank as virtual chips for wagering.

As do all the company’s DTS-V tables, the L2V also offers full player tracking with SAS compatibility.

In all, highlights of the L2V include:

• The ability to convert from live to virtual cards in minutes. L2V uses live shoe with traditional paper cards or virtual cards.

• Automated virtual banking with the ability to accept TITO, AFT, KOC, promotional credits.

• Ability to track and reward players with the back-end system that’s compatible with full player tracking systems.

• Easy conversion to auto host to cut costs during slow times. It’s a simple shift for L2V to be a fully virtual table.

• Availability with a variety of popular game themes and multiple side bets.

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PROFILE: OLG antes-up for PokerTek games

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has begun field trials on products created by PokerTek, a Matthews, N.C.-based company that develops and markets electronic table game solutions for the gaming industry. Two of PokerTek’s table game devices are being tested at OLG Slots at Western Fair District in London, Ontario.

“We believe that the Ontario market is a good fit for PokerPro, due to the fact that there are multiple properties that offer only slots and electronic table games,” said James Crawford, president of PokerTek. “With field trial underway, we look forward to growing our PokerPro footprint in Canada.”

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is a provincial agency of the Government of Ontario. OLG owns and/or operates 27 gaming sites across Ontario, and also sells lottery products at approximately 10,000 retail locations province‐wide.

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The Portable Chip Reader from Gaming Partners International (GPI) is an innovative tool that gives casinos greater flexibility in authenticating and validating RFID-enabled gaming chips. By enabling casino staff to quickly and accurately read, authenticate and count their currency from any location at any time, this reader extends RFID protection from the cage or chip bank to the table, the pit podium or even to back-of-house counting areas.

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.

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Los Angeles-based Commerce Casino has gone live with EZ Pai Gow, a new poker concept from DEQ Systems, a Canada-based provider of table game bonusing, jackpot and loyalty solutions.

EZ Pai Gow is a revolutionary method of accelerating the speed of Pai Gow poker by eliminating the 5 percent commission on winning hands. The commission is replaced by imposing a push when the dealer gets a Queen High Pai Gow (Queen high hand). Players can side bet on the occurrence of the dealer’s Queen high Pai Gow (called Queen’s Dragon). This side wager pays 50 to 1 and creates an additional way for the player to win and a new revenue source for the casino.

“The Commerce Casino is very happy to have spearheaded the approval of EZ Pai Gow in the California Card Rooms,” said Haig Papaian, Commerce Casino president. “EZ Pai Gow operates much the same way as EZ Baccarat with the push and side bet mechanism and we are very excited to see it perform.”

DEQ also announced the release of the EZ Trak for EZ Pai Gow. The EZ Trak accomplishes two essential needs of EZ Pai Gow: it offers a LCD based virtual position selector to start the round while tracking the vital statistics surrounding the Queen’s Dragon side bet.

“Adding the position selector brings all the necessary technological elements together to make the EZ Pai Gow offering complete”, said Earle G. Hall, president and CEO of DEQ.

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The Wave Workstation » SURF CITY GAMING

Game chips are one of the casino’s most handled assets by customers and employees alike. Is your property taking the right steps to protect its employees and players against germs and other widespread contaminants? Surf City Gaming has created The Wave Workstation which combines a fully portable chip cleaning system with non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaning process to deliver a fully integrated chip cleaning solution.

The Wave Workstation is based on Ultra-Sonic cleaning technology which utilizes our specifically designed Tidal Wave cleaning concentrate. The Wave is designed to fit within a customer’s existing facilities as well as being fully portable, faster, and more cost-efficient than any other chip-cleaning machine on the market. The system is also backed by Surf City Gaming’s deep knowledge of the gaming industry’s needs and demands to provide our customers with a truly custom solution for their commercial chip cleaning needs.

The Wave Workstation enables customers to achieve longevity to their chips, image to their business and cost savings to their bottom line with the confidence that it meets their stringent sanitation and hygiene standards. Customers using the system are lowering their total cost of operation and improving the safety of their workers and players.

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