Three gaming products received high honors in Casino Journal’s annual Top 20 Most Innovative Gaming Technology Products Awards.

The top winners were announced at a luncheon Wednesday, during the final day of the Gaming Technology Summit, presented by WhiteSand Gaming and BNP Media, also publishers of Casino Journal. The luncheon, at Green Valley Ranch hotel-casino in Henderson, Nev., also honored all of the Top 20 award-winners.

WMS Gaming earned top honors from the judges, receiving the Platinum Award for its Player’s Life Web Services.

Bally Technologies’ Code Red gaming machine landed the coveted Attendee Choice Award, in which Gaming Technology Summit attendees vote for their favorite product from among the Top 20 winners. Bally also earned the Gold Award for its Code Red game. Resort Advantage took home the Silver Award for its Real-Time SSN/OFAC/DML Verification Integrated with IRS Forms eFiling.

What follows are descriptions of each of the top award-winning products: Platinum winner WMS’s Player’s Life Web Services represents the natural extension of the company’s player-popular Adaptive Gaming platform. Player’s Life Web Services takes the Adaptive Gaming experience to a new level by offering a full suite of applications that can be used along with WMS’ content and system applications to enhance player engagement and create integrated online (Web-based) and offline (real-life) player experiences.

Gold Award-winner and Attendee Choice Award-winner Bally Technologies’ Code Red \ features a first-of-its-kind 20-inch “curved” LCD display. Code Red looks, feels, and plays like a traditional reel spinning slot – but is really a video. It uses Bally’s proprietary ALPHA 2 game electronics housed in the Pro Series Upright V22/22 cabinet, and offers a number of interactive features currently only seen in video games.

Code Red also features Bally’s award-winning U-Spin gesture-control play mechanic to award free games, progressive jackpots, or bonus credits. The cabinet features cutting-edge technologies in addition to the curved LCD including a fully integrated Digital Topper and Super Candle, iDeck touch-screen button deck, a custom four-speaker 24-bit sound package, LED cabinet lighting, touch-screen reel glass, and a shared single entry/exit for currency and tickets, which makes it easy to access and service key cabinet components.

Silver Award-winning Resort Advantage’s Real-Time SSN/OFAC/DML Verification Integrated with IRS Forms eFiling gives the property cage and floor staff the ability to instantly and automatically verify a patron’s key regulatory forms processing data elements in real-time prior to generating IRS forms.

This can help ensure that e-filings will be as accurate as possible prior to the patron leaving the property. This product results in the virtual elimination of end-of-year B-Notices and potential fines for incorrect or incomplete forms submission.

In addition to providing immediate awareness of patron ID issues, any of which could have suspicious activity and/or security/surveillance ramifications, this innovation also dramatically reduces back-of-house staff time in preparing and managing IRS forms since all validation is performed at the point of form creation.

The Top 20 winners (in alphabetical order by company) are:

Slide Ways - Acres 4.0

The A4 Platform - Acres 4.0

Win Your Way - Aristocrat Technologies

Nteractive LCD Programmable Buttons - Aristocrat Technologies

King of Dragons - Aruze Gaming

Paradise Fishing - Aruze Gaming

Player Enrollment Kiosk Automated Currency Instruments Inc. - Automated Currency Instruments Inc.

iDeck - Bally Technologies

Code Red -Bally Technologies

Service Tracking Manager - Bally Technologies

Chip Recognition - Bally Technologies

iovation Reputation Manager 360 - iovation Inc.

Side Action Series Video Slots - Multimedia Games

Real-Time SSN/OFAC/DML Verification Integrated with IRS Forms eFiling - Resort Advantage

Slots Jackpot Accelerator - Resort Advantage

SAFETY NET - Responsible Gaming Networks

Player's Life Web Services - WMS Gaming


Experience Design - WMS Gaming

WAGE-NET Portal Applications Suit - WMS Gaming