G2E Asia will look to banish the economic blues with a feast of the latest and greatest in games, systems and technologies



Organizers of next month’s G2E Asia are confident the region’s largest industry trade show will exceed last year’s record 8,288 attendees despite the current state of the world economy. But the economy certainly will be front and center at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Strip Convention and Exhibition Center on June 2-4 when the show opens its doors and experts from around the world gather to share their insights in an expanded conference program that will look into the challenges and opportunities the industry faces in these difficult times.

As an added attraction, this year’s event also will feature a Wines & Dining Pavilion highlighting food-and-beverage trends, products and services.

And of course everyone will be looking to see what the industry’s most creative minds have come up with for the casino floor.. More than 160 exhibitors are expected, and there is bound to be something to intrigue every attendee.

Agilysys

Systems specialists Agilysys will be showing an array of innovative software packages for managing casinos and their related businesses.

Highlights will include the Lodging Management System, which automates every aspect of hotel operations from reservations to scheduling housekeeping. Also on display will be the Visual One Property Management System, which automates management and accounting for residential properties, golf courses, spas and catering operations.

The popular InfoGenesis POS system will be on hand as well, a proven solution for food-and-beverage operations, along with Eatec Solutions by Agilysys, a food-service and hospitality management system that encompasses meal planning, ordering and sales forecasting.

Also on display will be Agilysys’ Stratton Warren System, which manages procurement for all areas of a resort casino, including the hotel; Hospitality Analytics, a business intelligence solution designed to spot trends that can increase profitability; and DataMagine, which automates a range of business processes, including report creation and e-mail archiving.

Ainsworth Game Technology

An all-new lineup of slots will be exhibited by Ainsworth at G2E Asia, highlighted by the theme-packed range of GamePlus games - Double Hit, Double Action and Triple Shot - the popular Play 50Line and Play 40Line range and the Chinese Zodiac Series.

Double Hit provides players with a number of exciting ways to win. Double Action offers a new ante bet feature that doubles the pay lines to increase the chances of wins. Triple Shot provides an array of featured-packed concepts with seven ways to win: three levels of progressives, three levels of bonus prizes and a lucrative free games feature.

Ainsworth’s Product Marketing Manager Jason Meyer says the company is “very excited” by the new releases and “confident they will provide excellent performance and enhance any gaming floor.”

Alfastreet

Alfastreet has an array of new multiplayer games to show and has expanded its exhibit space to accommodate them. The larger presence reflects the company’s increasing commitment to Asia as it continues to grow its market share in the region.

Highlights this year, alongside the company’s flagship multiplayer roulette, include an exciting new video baccarat game, a new multiplayer keno and bingo offering and poker and Sic Bo games - all hosted on platforms that support ticket, coin and bill play and major player-tracking and cashless systems.

“Alfastreet multiplayer products are designed with both players and operators in mind and are world-known for their player-friendly interface and high profitability,” says Matjaz Petek, marketing and sales manager. “We are very excited about this show and we are looking forward to present our newest product portfolio to Asian customers.”

Aristocrat Technologies

After successfully launching its Viridian cabinet and GEN7 platform at G2E Asia 2008, Aristocrat returns this year with an expanded range of games and technologies built around the theme “Designed to Perform”.

The Australian slot giant has become expert in offering games with an Asian, and particularly a Chinese, flair. These include Fa Fa Fa, available on the Hyperlink four-level progressive jackpot system, Choy Sun Doa, 5 Dragons, 50 Dragons and Lucky 88. The newest Hyperlink title for Asia is Bank Buster, which features the rich player experience for which Aristocrat is known and six exciting bonuses.

New to the lineup are Tigress, King of Asia and the 25-line Ladies Day. Also, the popular Money Train, a four-game multi-pack Hyperlink, will be shown on the innovative Viridian cabinet along with Banana King, which offers players the chance to win one of five bonuses or one of two progressive jackpots.

New titles powered by the GEN7 platform include an Asian-themed Reel Power game, Fortune Foo, the 25-line Kick ’N Ass and a Power Pay game, Arctic Dreaming, which allows players to buy extra reel positions for up to 432 ways to win. 

Aristocrat also will be demonstrating its new system, S7000 Prime, which supports slot management and monitoring, slot ticketing, promotions, player loyalty, cashiering, table and pit management, CRM and hosting and advanced analytical reporting. Modular and highly flexible, the S7000 Prime can be integrated with hotel, retail and data warehousing systems.

On the server-based side, Aristocrat will be demonstrating its ACE TrueServ system with a selection of Class III games from its library along with those of third-party suppliers.

Bally Technologies

More than 60 new video and stepper titles will be on display at Bally’s expansive stand.

Highlighting this year’s offerings will be five-and seven-reel versions of the popular CineReels Quick Hit series, a new high-denom version of the Reel Money progressive stepper, seven-reel steppers Fireball Frenzy, Double Dragon and Fortune 8s, a new video slot series featuring the titles Goldbeard’s Treasure, Outdoor Wild and Monkey Madness, and an assortment of Hot Shot Progressive and Hot Shot Frenzy linked games available in both video and stepper formats.

Among the exciting new games is Power Strike, which offers operators a unique new way to attract players with a top progressive jackpot that can be configured to award either cash or high-value merchandise such as cars, motorcycles, boats and vacations.

Bally also plans to show a new series of Power Progressives Platinum video slots - Double Wild Rose, Rich & Famous and White Gold - on its Alpha Elite V32 cabinet. Each offers operators configurable lines, credits and denominations. The 32-inch vertical interface displays a dynamic progressive “ladder” bonus that gives players a chance to win up to seven different jackpots. Two exciting random bonus events, Power Switch and Power Spin, move the player up the ladder toward the top award.

Casino Data Imaging

Casino Data Imaging is showing a new version of its iGuide way-finder designed exclusively for Asian markets.

Using dynamic mapping technology and Microsoft software, iGuide signs easily inform and direct customers through all areas of a hotel, resort or casino using an avatar to not only note where their destination is, but also the shortest and quickest route to get there. Once a patron gets to an iGuide board and asks for help, the process takes only a few seconds.

Versions of iGuide can be installed anywhere in a property and even can be customized for guest rooms.

Genetec

Genetec’s iLPR License Plate Recognitions System will make its debut at this year’s show.

The latest offering in Genetec’s iView Systems portfolio and powered by the innovative iTrak platform, iLPR optically captures numbers off license plates issued by any governmental entity on automobiles traveling at speeds up to 140 mph (or parked at angles up to 45 degrees). It’s a unique data-capturing and passenger-identification tool designed to enhance casino security, guard parking facilities and prevent theft.

It also performs an important marketing function, ensuring paying guests are not charged parking fees while working to exclude undesirables and prevent trespassing.

International Game Technology

An impressive collection of games and platforms will be on display at IGT’s exhibit, highlighted by the Reno, Nev.-based slot giant’s popular Multi-Level Progressives series.

New titles in the series include The Joker’s Wild, which offers five winner-take-all progressives, and 3-D Expanding Wilds, with a scatter pay top award and an innovative bonus feature.

Debuting at G2E Asia will be two video slots: Categories, a five-reel 30-pay line game, and Prizes, a five-reel MultiWay theme with 243 ways to win. Cleopatra will be the star attraction of the MultiPlay Video Slots series, which offers players the ability to play their favorite games up to four times simultaneously, with different outcomes on the same machine.

Also on display will be a Wheel of Fortune Multi-Level Progressive, which has been upgraded with two 23-inch LCD screens, an all-new cabinet design and a unique “buy-a-pay” feature - all with the vivid graphics and sound of IGT’s advanced AVP platform, which has been tweaked with larger LCD screens in 16 x 9 screen-aspect ratio and features that include dynamic buttons for seamless changes between games, improved lighting and color contrasts and enhanced sound.

IGT also is taking the wraps off a new line of sb-ready machines custom-made to operator specs with new styles and functionalities and turbo-charged AVP performance and flexibility. All are designed using the company’s unique Human Machine Interface process for ultimate player comfort, convenience and playability. New models on display will include the G20 Game King AVP Widescreen Upright, the G22 Game King AVP Widescreen Slant and the S MLD, G MLD and G23 Game King AVP Widescreen Uprights.

JCM Global

At a shared booth with TransAct Technologies, JCM Global will be showing its award-winning Universal Bill Acceptor, Intelligent Cash Box, its new Vega bill validator and the Sentry Bezel.

TransAct will be showing its Epic 950 Thermal Printer, the Epic 950 with ServePort technology and its Epic 880 system.

Already deployed in 32 casinos around the world, including Wynn Macao, JCM’s UBA/ICB combo is proving a powerful solution for accuracy and efficiency in currency handling. The Universal Bill Acceptor uses overt and covert sensing technology to validate currencies up to 85 mm in width. It also reads bar codes. Intelligent Cash Box eliminates several common areas of human error and also conducts a three-point electronic check, assuring back office staff of the most accurate accounting possible.

The Vega bill validator is a cost-effective solution for a wide range of uses, including AWP and kiosk.

Sentry is a smart-bezel that helps floor personnel quickly and easily solve problems with brightly colored LED alerts.

Konami Australia

Konami is showing a range of new stand-alone progressive and linked games in its K2V Series along with a number of new stepper games from the popular Advantage 5 series.

The headliner will be Mystical Temple, an action-adventure-themed, three-level, low-denomination linked progressive. When the interactive link jackpot is triggered a second screen appears on the winning machine, the player selects one of four “treasure chests” to reveal one of three jackpot prizes or a consolation prize. A new range of 100-line games, which feature stacked symbols, will also be on display as part of this exciting link product. 

The Advantage 5 steppers feature five full-size mechanical reels with unique LED lighting and a large LCD top box surrounded by a mirrored row of lighting that produces an eye-catching multi-dimensional effect.

Rounding off Konami’s line-up will be a mix of proven performers and new concept games available as Quick Strike stand-alone progressives. Quick Strike is a mystery two-level progressive available on all new K2V game titles.

Slot-Tickets

Slot-Tickets specializes in watermarked papers for TITO printing and lotteries. The company’s White Phantom line will be introduced for the first time at G2E Asia with a watermark unique to the region. The series’s Dual-Phase White Phantom papers also include a range of security features sensitive to ultraviolet light.



Novomatic/Austrian Gaming Industries

Novomatic/AGI shared exhibit space at last year’s show but is striking out on its own at G2E Asia 2009 with an array of proven international and country-specific performers.

On display will be best-sellers such as the Super-V+ Gaminator, with a multi-game mix customized for the China market and available in multiple languages, and the Novo Super-Vision and Novo-Vision Slant Top I with a range of exciting multi-game mixes.

The Super-V+ Gaminator mix is highlighted by several titles on AGI’s robust Coolfire II platform - these include Chicago, Indian Spirit, Lucky Lady’s Charm Deluxe, Book of Ra Deluxe, Xtra Hot 8, Jewels 8 and Sizzling Hot 8.

Eight Novo-Vision Slant Top I terminals will be connected in a Flexi-Link mystery jackpot installation, combining comfort and style with an attractive floor layout and state-of-the-art progressive gaming thrills.