American Gaming Systems (AGS), a leading designer, manufacturer and operator of gaming machines with more than 7,000 units in operation, has acquired all rights, trademarks and patents for the unique Pay it Again Poker game for exclusive distribution to its customers and installed base of AGS machines.

AGS announced this week that it acquired Pay it Again Poker from noted Las Vegas game designer Rocco Tarantino and features a 10-coin max bet and unique bonus payouts for commonly hit video poker hands.

The game has five bonus payouts along with the regular ones typically found in video poker. The bonus payouts are Two Pair, 3 Of A Kind, Straight, Flush, Full House and 4 Of A Kind. As long as a player is playing six to 10 credits, when the player hits these hands again within the specified number of hands, the payout is much larger than the normal payout for that hand. "This game has the potential to be a home run and fits in well with our strategy of acquiring unique third-party content to freshen our large existing machine base, boost our efforts in new markets such as Illinois, and develop niche products for participation in Class III markets," said Robert L. Miodunski, chairman, president and CEO of AGS.

Pay it Again Poker, with a U.S. patent secured and other U.S. and international patents pending, already has been submitted for regulatory approval in Nevada.

With roots in the gaming industry dating back to 1996, AGS’ current portfolio of products includes Class III and Class II machines, Class III and Class II server-based gaming and wide-area progressives, most with an emphasis on locals play. Privately held by San Francisco-based Alpine Investors, AGS is a leader in the Class II space, providing video machines to tribal markets, and has offices in Nevada, Illinois, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Canada, with a satellite service presence in a number of other jurisdictions.

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