Frank Neborsky, senior vice president of slot operations, Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Conn.:
After seeing all the wonderful new equipment at last year’s show, I have high hopes for the 2010 G2E. I’m especially eager to see some of the new slots platforms being brought to market by IGT and others. And I’m eager to see what progress is being made on server-based gaming, and with equipment that will optimize the activities of staffers on the floor so they can better solve problems, answer guest questions, and generally maintain a happy environment.
While I will check out the new offerings of the large vendors, who never disappoint me in coming up with some exciting new games, I’ll also be checking out some of the newer and smaller vendors. Some have some interesting new concepts that I’ll try on the floor to see how they play and what they can do for the customers. And seeing what’s new in electronic table games also is high on my list.”
Paul Tjoumakaris, senior vice president of gaming operations, Seminole Tribe of Florida, Hollywood, Fla.:
I plan to closely examine the new technologies offered by the various vendors, but also how there are progressing in the slots floor technologies of the future. For the former, I plan to look at the new platforms and their features, as well as examine how the new games work to evaluate how they’ll do on my floor. I like some of the new cabinets being brought to market with their LCD screens and split windows; and especially their many bonusing options and mystery jackpots. But I also have an eye for the future. How well will these games work as we convert to server-based gaming systems?
And also plan to examine the progress being made on new technologies like virtual gaming that will connect more players around the casino. This technology has definite possibilities on tribal properties. I’ll also check out the progress being made in open technologies that will enable master control of any vendor’s equipment through a central server-based system.”
Jeff Inman, general manager, Dancing Eagle Casino, Casa Blanca, N.M.:
This year’s G2E promises to present so many new game concepts and technologies that I’m making my list of what to see early. I definitely plan to check out Konami’s new Advantage Revolution system and Bally’s new spin game with the huge screen. Both Aristocrat and Konami will be displaying new platforms, of which I definitely want to see how they can be used along with the game content.
Some of the second tier firms like Aruze, which will be showing new game concepts. These firms have been coming up with great ideas in game play, game mathematics, and progressive jackpots that I’ve found please the customer and keep them at the game longer.
Jim O’Kimosh, slot director, Potawatomi Bingo Casino, Milwaukee, Wis.:
G2E is an interesting place, and if you go with an open mind you’ll find all sorts of interesting new games. I’ll be looking this year for game systems that are innovative, offer new functions and new game mathematics, including some that require greater skill levels that interest and attract the younger player. Systems with larger screens, like IGT’s 103-inch LCD screens, and skill-based secondary games that trigger multipliers, are on my list. I’ll also be checking out how the manufacturers are progressing with the new technologies like downloadable gaming. They’ve been talking about that for years, so I’m interesting in the status of development and what kind of pricing we can expect. I see downloadable gaming being big when it finally becomes available.
Besides checking out new equipment, G2E is a great place for slot executives to meet and trade ideas, such as how to generate attendance using social media like Facebook and Twitter, or how to deal with the economic downturn.
John Vandenkieboom, director of slot operations, Caesars Windsor Hotel & Casino, Windsor, Ontario, Canada:
I’ll be checking out a broad range of equipment during G2E. On my must-see list I have the Komani Advantage Revolution series, those Bally Big Spin games, and the latest additions to the Wizard of Oz slots series, which have been big winners at my casino. WMS has been very innovative and packs a lot of fun into their games.
What I’ll especially be looking for at G2E are games that show a lot of ingenuity in their concepts, as customers are intrigued by something different. But I’ll also be looking for lower denomination machines, as they are the driving force on slot floors of late. Community games also are on my list, as they have been doing well on my slot floor. The big attraction for players of community games is a solid theme, interesting play, and unpredictable bonusing.