Twin River unveils Rhode Island's first REELdepth slot games

Rhode Island’s first video lottery terminals featuring IGT’s patented REELdepth Multi-Layer Display technology were installed at Twin River in Lincoln, R.I.

The first 16 G MLD machine models were installed in March, and in April, an additional 108 S MLD and an additional 22 G MLD machine models were to complete the installation. These 150 machines will feature more than 40 game themes and will showcase both round top LCD top box screens as well as square top LCD top box screens. 

“This is the first video lottery install in Rhode Island of our REELdepth games,” said Tim Shortall, IGT vice president of eastern region sales, “and one of the most exciting features of these new games is the video spinning reel technology. IGT’s MLD technology makes the spinning reels look, sound and feel like true mechanical spinning reel games. With true mechanical spinning reels not being allowed in all jurisdictions, IGT partnered with PureDepth to create the REELdepth Multi-Layer Display technology to allow the player the look, sound, and feel of true mechanical spinning reel games in a video format.” 

MGM Mirage Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Alan Feldman, far left, leads a server-based gaming discussion with Nevada Gaming Control Board Member Mark Lipparelli, center, and Michael Volkert, ARIA Resort & Casino vice president of slot marketing and operations, during the first day of GLI’s eighth annual Regulators Roundtable.

Regulator Roundtable 8th annual GLI event draws more than 200 regulators

Gaming Laboratories International welcomed more than 200 people from across North America to its 8th annual Regulators Roundtable.

The conference, titled “Growing Together,” featured expert speakers and panels tackling a range of important topics. It took place March 10-12 at the South Point Hotel Casino Spa in Las Vegas.

The annual GLI roundtable allows regulators to gather each year to learn about the latest technological developments and their potential regulator impact, and to openly discuss regulations with one another in a private setting. GLI offers the conference to regulators free of charge.

Keynoting the conference was IGT Chairman TJ Matthews, who gave a  frank and informative talk on the current economic state of the industry, emerging technologies, regulation, and IGT’s support of open standards being developed by the Gaming Standards Association.

GLI President and co-founder James Maida also delivered a keynote address, discussing gaming from a global perspective, with a sharp eye to the current state of the global economy and Obama Administration policies.

Two regulators listen intently during the eighth annual GLI Regulators Roundtable, held March 10-12 at the South Point hotel-casino in Las Vegas.

In addition to the keynotes, the conference included two days of enlightening panels. Kicking off the event was a panel discussion on MGM Mirage’s decision to deploy the world’s first completely networked casino at CityCenter. Speakers included Alan Feldman, MGM Mirage senior vice president of public affairs, Mark Lipparelli, Nevada Gaming Control Board member, and Michael Volkert, ARIA Resort & Casino vice president of slot marketing and operations.

Next, a panel of experts discussed emerging technologies and their potential impact on and use in combating problem gaming. Panelists were UNLV Assistant Professor of Sociology Dr. Bo Bernhard, IGT Director of Responsible Gaming Connie Jones, Global Cash Access Executive Vice President and General Counsel Katie Lever and GLI General Counsel & Senior Director of Government Relations Kevin Mullally.

Among the many other topics presented were an update on Class II charitable gaming; a discussion on regulating during challenging times; an update on new technologies developed by GLI to assist regulators in their daily jobs, and a legislative update.

In addition to the conference sessions, four in-depth training modules were conducted at GLI’s Las Vegas lab. Topics covered “Advancing Game Verification,” “Introduction to Redemption Kiosks in a Gaming Environment,” “Raising the Understanding of Slot Accounting System Reports,” and “Increasing Network Security Knowledge.”

GTECH signs licensing deal with Aerosmith

GTECH Corp. signed a multi-year licensing agreement with the rock band Aerosmith, giving GTECH the exclusive rights for the lottery business to use one of the most powerful brands in the music industry.

GTECH said it plans to develop innovative lottery games across all channels that will include, in addition to cash prizes, exclusive Aerosmith merchandise, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences including VIP All Access passes to Aerosmith’s upcoming tour.

“Knowing that Aerosmith’s music has a huge multi-generational demographic fan base, we are confident that the brand, the music, and the value-added merchandise, and experiential prizes will provide our customers an opportunity to drive revenue with innovative and fun lottery games,” said Ross Dalton, GTECH senior vice president, printed products and licensed content.

Hart

IGT names Hart as president and CEO; Matthews remains chairman

International Game Technology has appointed Patti S. Hart as its new president and chief executive officer.

The IGT board in March also accepted the resignation of former President and CEO T.J. Matthews, who remains chairman.

“In Patti, the CEO search committee saw a unique combination of executive-level management expertise, an intimate knowledge of IGT through her years of service on our board and technology sector experience for a gaming industry increasingly characterized by rapidly evolving technology,” Matthews said.

Hart has served on IGT’s Board of Directors since June 2006 and serves as a director for Korn/Ferry International Inc. and Lin TV Corp. She was formerly chairman and CEO of Pinnacle Systems, chairman and CEO of Excite@Home, was the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Telocity Inc. and held various positions with Sprint Corp., including president and CEO of Sprint’s Long Distance Division. “IGT is a dynamic company with a solid record of performance, a wealth of talented employees and great potential for the future,” Hart said. “While the industry is facing challenging economic headwinds, I am eager to take on my duties as the CEO and help maintain IGT’s position as an industry innovator.”