New Mexico’s Buffalo Thunder resort will offer state-of-the-art slots, and other international industry news and notes.

When it opens in August, new Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino will offer players 1,200 slot machines, such as this one being wheeled into the New Mexico property.

New Mexico's Buffalo Thunder resort to offer state-of-the-art slots

Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino, a combined project of the Pueblo of Pojoaque and Hilton Hotels Corp., opens in August, bringing some 1,200 state-of-the-art slot machines.

Among those manufacturers supplying machines are Aristocrat, Atronic, IGT and WMS.

“We’re particularly excited about the arrival of these new slot machines… As a matter of fact, 100 percent of our 1,200 games will be brand new and have the newest machine designs and game themes available in the casino business today,” said Duff Taylor, executive director of gaming operations for Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino. “We will have not only the most modern casino floor in the industry, but also hundreds of our customers’ most favorite current game themes.”

Each game also will feature the Aristocrat Sentinel III player touch-screen pads with advanced promotions and player bonuses. The casino also will offer automatic kiosk promotional terminals where each player can select their own promotion or self-activated offer. “This is going to be the most technically advanced and player-friendly floor ever introduced in New Mexico,” Taylor said.

One unique feature of Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino will be Thunder Alley, an area in the southeast wing of the casino with 150 slot machines and special lighting and sound equipment to produce a “thunder and lightning” effect. When activated, the “storm” will indicate the start of a special promotion, making current players eligible to win. Promotions are to be determined. Thunder Alley will be a nonsmoking area.

When complete, Buffalo Thunder, located in Pojoaque near Santa Fe, will be the largest destination resort in New Mexico and will include a state-of-the-art casino with Las Vegas-style gaming and the Hilton Santa Fe Golf Resort & Spa at Buffalo Thunder with 390 luxury guest rooms. The destination will offer a variety of amenities including a Hale Irwin-Bill Phillips designed golf course, a full-service spa, Mark Miller’s signature Red Sage Restaurant, Blue Tower Lounge, two heated pools, tennis courts, walking trails, a Native American Heritage Center, retail shopping and 66,000 square feet of meeting and convention space.

IGT buying Cyberview for $76 million cash

International Game Technology has entered into an agreement with Cyberview Technology to purchase substantially all of the assets of the company for a cash purchase price of $76 million.

The deal includes Cyberview cash on hand of approximately $17 million.

IGT also announced that concurrently with the closing of the asset purchase, it will enter into a license agreement with Cyberview that provides IGT access to certain Cyberview patents and technology not included in the asset purchase, for a one-time license fee of $9 million.

The agreement is subject to Cyberview shareholder approval and certain other closing conditions and is expected to close in the third calendar quarter of 2008.

Aristocrat Oasis 360 to deploy at Eastside Cannery Casino

Aristocrat Technologies and Cannery Casino Resorts LLC have agreed to unveil Aristocrat’s OASIS 360 Casino Management System at the Eastside Cannery Casino Hotel, scheduled to open later this year, and will upgrade the existing OASIS system for Cannery Resort Casino.

Within the agreement, Cannery Casino Resorts will leverage its Ethernet casino floor network with the use of Aristocrat’s SpeedMedia Marketing and Promotions applications on more than 4,200 Sentinel III in-game displays across their enterprise. SpeedMedia allows Cannery the flexibility in the creation and deployment of customizable downloadable media while offering players additional gaming excitement with configurable secondary bonusing events.

By implementing the OASIS 360 solution, Cannery also will use the business intelligence tools to perform in-depth analysis of their patrons, thus maximizing marketing efficiencies and strengthening their brand among the Las Vegas market.

“We are looking forward to the benefits and capabilities that OASIS 360 brings to our properties. It offers us a broad set of marketing and analytical tools, and now that our two properties will be linked, our players will have the benefit of rapid rewards at both Cannery locations, further enhancing our guests’ experience,” said Mike Day, chief information officer of Cannery Casino Resorts.

Iverson Gaming installs system for ship

Iverson Gaming Systems has completed installation of its advanced gaming management system on a third MSC ship, the new MSC Poesia, in time for her April debut in Dover.

The installation of the advanced Iverson system completes the casino and gaming amenities for the ship.

MSC noted that the new MSC Poesia, at 89,600 tons and 1275 cabins with double occupancy for 2,550 passengers, features a blend of cutting-edge technology, elegant surroundings, exciting entertainment venues and tantalizing dining opportunities.

MSC Poesia is a sister ship to the popular MSC Orchestra and MSC Musica (launched in 2007 and 2006 respectively), which also are served by Iverson Gaming Systems.

”This installation continues Iverson cruise gaming franchise and underscores our commitment to the cruise gaming marketplace,” said Joanne Iverson, company president. We are very proud to be serving MSC, one of the fastest-growing cruise lines in the world.”

AGEM continues adding members

The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers’ Board of the Directors has approved the membership applications of five new companies, bringing the trade group comprised of the world’s leading gaming suppliers to a total of 48 members.

The new AGEM members are:

Greenberg Traurig, LLP, which is an international full-service law firm with more than 1,750 attorneys and traces its roots in Las Vegas back to 1969 where it focuses its practice primarily on the gaming industry.

The Kreller Group, which provides reliable, cost-effective global due diligence investigations that assist its clients, including those in the gaming industry, in making difficult business decisions.

PDQ Printing, based in Las Vegas, which specializes in a wide variety of design and printing projects for the gaming industry.

The Bright Group, with headquarters in Silverwater, Australia, which is a global contract manufacturer of cost-effective and high-quality products ranging from electro-mechanical sub-assemblies to generic slot machines.

Young Electric Sign Company, with headquarters in Salt Lake City and operations in Las Vegas and throughout the West, is a leading provider of exterior and interior signs.  

3M Touch Systems gets top tech award

3M Touch Systems received the highest honors in Casino Journal’s Top 20 Most Innovative Gaming Technology Products of 2007 contest.

The company’s MicroTouch Capacitive TouchSense System netted the Platinum Award at this year’s Gaming Technology Summit, where attendees voted for their favorites among all of the Top 20 winners.

The MicroTouch Capacitive TouchSense System is a next-generation touch interface for gaming machines where players receive tactile feedback on the touch-screen surface as well as the traditional audio and visual cues. The system is an enhanced MicroTouch ClearTek II touch system and can either be designed into future gaming cabinets optimized for tactile touch slot games or retrofitted into existing on-floor casino games to replace CRT or LCD displays - giving old games new life. This system has allowed game manufacturers to replace their mechanical buttons with a video-based button panel so players receive tactile feedback similar to pressing a mechanical button, which will increase player involvement and time on machine.

“This award is another indicator that the MicroTouch Capacitive TouchSense System could become the next-generation touch interface for the gaming machine industry,” said Scott Hagermoser, gaming business unit manager for 3M Touch Systems.

Bally Technologies was awarded both the Gold and Silver awards at the Gaming Technology Summit - the gold award for its TableView Real Time Table Rating and Tracking System and the silver for its GameMaker HD product.

The TableView system is a standalone application designed to allow floor operations staff to use a touch-screen device for entering real-time player ratings, request chip fills and credits, input table closers, issue player comps and markers and change the table shift.

Bally’s GameMaker has been revamped into a new high-definition format as GameMaker HD. As the only widescreen, multigame platform on the market, it features a clear, sharp screen, enhanced audio and the reliability of ALPHA OS, wrapped in a multi-denomination in three distinctive cabinet styles: CineVision widescreen; single-screen V20; and V20/20 dual screen with stacked 20.1 inch touch-screen displays. All GameMaker HD games are presented in a high-definition (1,286 lines of resolution) widescreen format that supports an array of popular game titles. A fully configurable multigame package offers multiple denominations, multiple percentages and configurable max-bet-per-theme type. Additionally, a patent-pending Game Select feature allows players to change the game theme and denomination directly from the game being played, without having to exit to the main game menu.